Culture, Business practices, China, Nigeria, Society
According to Zimmerman (2015), culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. It was also described by Murphy (1986) as that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, customs, and many other capabilities and habits acquired by members of society, which gives them their sense of identity. From this we understand that the influence of culture on individuals cuts across every aspect of their lives including business practices. This paper seeks to analyse the influence of culture on the business practices of these two different countries; China and Nigeria, and also comparatively analyse the influence of the traditional culture of these two countries in other to better understand their business practices to foster smooth business relations
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[...] Keywords: Culture, Business practices, China, Nigeria, Society. INTRODUCTION Culture which is widely referred to as the total way of life of a particular group of people which is passed down from one generation to another, generally influences every aspect of human life both consciously and unconsciously. From the moment a child is born in a particular society, the child's mind set and behaviours are shaped by events happening in his or her immediate environment, starting from within the family and u to the community at large. [...]
[...] This is the influence of traditional culture in which the ‘King' only arrives after everyone else has settled down in the place. Consequently, if a Nigerian person has the upper hand in a negotiation, he or she tends to arrive late for the meeting, if the contrary is the situation, they tend to arrive early as a way of impressing the other party with punctuality Business Contacts The business contacts of the average Chinese is usually inter connected and very wide. [...]
[...] The influence of Confucius teachings and philosophy is seen to be reflected in the way the Chinese people set up their business organization and conducts business generally, with a great emphasis and importance being attached to relationships and loyalty from long-time business associates. Furthermore, in agreeing to contracts, Chinese business people tend to be influenced more by personal relationships, rather than business relationships. This is a direct effect of Confucius' influence, which preaches the need for family to come first in the decisions of an individual. This is a bit different from the business practices of other countries. [...]
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