Business Practices in Indonesia
- The Fundamental Principles of Business Culture
- Patience and self-control are desirable, as showing irritation is poorly thought of. Looking for a consensus is omnipresent, as Indonesians do not like unequal relations or confrontation. You must make sure you have been understood correctly, as people often say "yes" out of politeness.
- First Contact
- The best thing is to be accompanied by a third party, who should be carefully chosen.
- Indonesians (Muslims) greet each other by bowing and putting their hand on their heart, or bow with their hands together. When shaking hands, use your right hand.
- How to Present Yourself
- Introduce yourself by saying hello, then giving your first name and surname.
- Business Relations
- Personal interaction is much appreciated in business relations, and it is essential to establish good relations with your business partners.
- It is not common practice to exchange gifts.
- Business Communication
- Be patient and avoid presenting different opinions agressively.
- Dress Code
- Relaxed town suits are acceptable. Suits, batik blouses and dresses, for women, are common dress code.
- Visiting Cards
- Professional cards are very often used. Use your right hand to give or take cards and treat the cards you are given with respect.
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