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Switzerland and Pakistan, Business and Culture Comparison

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In this presentation we compared the geography, culture, and business guidelines of Switzerland and Pakistan. Knowing the culture before doing business with a differing culture will be helpful when confronted with business situations.

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Switzerland and Pakistan, Business and Culture Comparison

  1. 1. Switzerland & Pakistan Presented By: Krystal Aguilar Ashley Chennault Chiho Nakayama Brianna Stock Philip Wall
  2. 2. Geographic Location
  3. 3. Switzerland Geographic Location
  4. 4. Geographic Location
  5. 5. Pakistan Geographic Location
  6. 6. Cultural Facts
  7. 7. Switzerland Cultural Facts
  8. 8. Pakistan Cultural Facts ● Islamic Republic of Pakistan - individualistic country ● “Land of the Pure” in Urdu and Persian ● Official languages - Urdu and English ● Established on August 14, 1947 in the eastern and northwestern regions of British India, where there was a Muslim majority ● One of the top 25% tourist destination for its World Heritage sites ● 2nd highest rate of deforestation in the world
  9. 9. Cultural Values
  10. 10. Switzerland Cultural Values Hofstede’s Framework Key: PDI - Power Distance IDV - Individualism MAS - Masculinity UAI - Uncertainty Avoidance LTO - Long Term Orientation (Confucianism)
  11. 11. Pakistan Cultural Values Hofstede’s Framework Key: PDI - Power Distance IDV - Individualism MAS - Masculinity UAI - Uncertainty Avoidance LTO - Long Term Orientation (Confucius)
  12. 12. Cultural Values Compared
  13. 13. Business Guidelines
  14. 14. Switzerland Business Guidelines In-Person Meetings and Negotiating: ● Formal, to some almost stiff ● Value punctuality ● Direct communication ● Expect to debate ● Many different languages spoken at once ● Strive for win-win situations
  15. 15. In-Person Meetings and Negotiating: ● Strives for punctuality ● Prefers formal meetings ● Communicates indirectly ● Greets participants in descending order ● Aims for win-win outcomes Pakistan Business Guidelines
  16. 16. THANK YOU Danke ‫.شکریہ‬ (shukriya)
  17. 17. Questions How would you approach a deadline in Switzerland? How important is the power distance and hierarchy in making business contracts in Pakistan? Which country would be more similar to America in terms of doing business with? How do you think Pakistan would rank in long-term orientation?
  18. 18. Resources Switzerland Values: Clearly cultural: Making sense of cross cultural communication. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.clearlycultural.com/geert-hofstede-cultural-dimensions/individualism/ The hofstede centre: What about switzerland?. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://geert-hofstede.com/switzerland.html World business culture: Switzerland. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.worldbusinessculture.com/Swiss-Business- Style.html Pakistan Cultural Values & Business Guidelines: "Culture Crossing." Culture Crossing. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2013. <http://www.culturecrossing.net/basics_business_student_details.php?Id=8>. Kwintessential. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2013. <www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/pakistan.html>. Pakistan Geography: Chaudhry, D. Q.-u.-Z. (2007). Director General. Islamabad: Pakistan Meteorological Department. Retrieved from http://www.pmd.gov.pk/SeismicReport_PMD.pdf CIA. (n.d.). Map of Pakistan. Retrieved September 10, 2013, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world- factbook/geos/pk.html CIA. (n.d.). The World Factbook. Retrieved from Central Intelligence Agency: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ Dam. (n.d.). Retrieved from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarbela_Dam National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition. (n.d.). Pakistan Facts. Retrieved from National Geographic: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/pakistan-facts/Tarbela

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