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Taiwan Business Etiquette, Culture, & Manners

Taiwan etiquette, manners, and more                     Taiwan etiquette, manners, culture, protocol, gift giving, greetings, and more 

Taiwan Introduction

The Taiwanese migrated to Mainland China starting in AD 500. Taiwan has a population of approximately 20.5 million. The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Most businessmen speak and understand English. It is governed by a multiparty republican system. Taiwan is often referred to as Nationalist China. Although the Taiwanese practice a variety of religions the culture is strongly influenced by Confucianism.

 

Taiwan Fun Fact

Taiwan has a very young population. Almost 50 percent of the population are under thirty.

 


Geert Hofstede Analysis for Taiwan


The Geert Hofstede analysis for
Taiwan is almost identical to the model for China. Long-term Orientation is the highest-ranking factor. As with other Asian countries, relationships are a primary part of the culture. Individualism is the lowest ranking. Like the Chinese, the Taiwanese are a collectivist society. More Details

 

Religion in Taiwan


* WORLD FACTBOOK 2011

Due to the philosophical similarity of Buddhist and Shinto societies, these have been consolidated for the purposes of this study. These countries have the closest correlation with Hofstede’s Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI), which is the same correlation that the majority of Catholic countries have demonstrated. (See the accompanying article)

Taiwan Appearance

International Business Dress and Appearance   Conservative dress for men is changing rapidly to a more open style, due largely in part to the younger staff.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Women should dress conservatively as well with a simple skirt and blouse.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Causal activities should reflect a modest dress.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Appearance should be neat and clean.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Winking is inappropriate in any situation.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Do not touch another person’s shoulders.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Do not touch anyone’s head particularly the head of someone’s child. Children are held in very high regard in Taiwan.

International Business Dress and Appearance   Do not touch or point at anything with your feet, they are considered dirty.

 

Taiwan Behavior 

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Business hours are very similar to Western countries and may sometimes be longer as the Taiwanese people are very hard working.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Business relationships are based on respect.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Meet face-to-face if possible.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Elders make the decisions.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Always include a senior executive in meetings.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Candor is not appreciated.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Divide topics into segments for presentations.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Direct presentations to the senior ranking individual.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Have all new products registered and or patented to avoid copying.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Translate all written documents.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Subtlety is key.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Modify tone and volume as not to appear loud.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Do not visit a home without an invitation.  

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Do not discard food from your mouth back to your plate or bowl.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Good topics during dinner include art, family, and Chinese sightseeing.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Gift giving is common practice in business - see gift giving section.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Good choices are items with your company logo on them for your first visit to Taiwan.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Give and receive gifts with both hands.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Gifts will not be opened in your presence.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Food is a good gift.

International business behavior, introductions, gift giving, protocol, culture  Avoid giving knives, scissors or cutting tools as they symbolize the cutting off of friendships.

 

Taiwan Communications 

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  A nod of your head is an appropriate greeting.

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  Handshakes are for casual meetings and introductions.

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  Bowing slightly is a good way to show respect with your hands to your sides and your feet together - More Japanese than Chinese.

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  Business has become westernized and both men and women shake hands.

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  "Have you eaten?’ is a standard greeting. It is more of a rhetorical question.

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  Always wait for introductions.

International Business Communication, handshaking, introductions  Punctuality is of great importance in Taiwan.

 

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