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Business etiquette in India

No matter which country you want to do business with, it is always beneficial to learn about the culture and how business is done. Understanding cultural differences will allow you to prevent potential business partners from being offended and will help you build strong relationships.

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Business practices and culture

Partners

Due diligence

Negotiations and contracting

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Planning your visit

Check the calendar

Business cards

Before booking your trip

Be sure to consult:

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Business language and greetings

Language in India

Greetings

Titles

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Business meetings

Format

Time

If the meeting was a success

Dining etiquette

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Relationship-building

India places great value on the quality of interpersonal relationships.  Relationship-building should be a key element of your India Strategy. 

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Important role of hierarchy

Indians respect a hierarchical structure regardless of gender and level of authority.  Understand this dynamic to effectively negotiate with and work with partners and clients:

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