Pitfalls When Doing Business Abroad

Pitfalls When Doing Business Abroad

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  • Daniela Räger
    Daniela Räger
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    Hello everyone,

    since we have been talking about Russia... A while ago, I had a very interesting class in university: Business Modell Russia. There we learned that Russians neither considers themselves European nor Asian. They are something in between, a little bit of both, and a unique case. They say the are Eurasian.

    What do you guys think about this?
    =)
    Dani
  • Johannes H. Schmiedt
    Johannes H. Schmiedt
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    Hello,

    well, geographically speaking they are correct. Europe is considered to end along the Ural mointain chain. Anything furthr East ist considered Asian.

    So, in a sense Russians are Eurasians. Anyhow, generalizations hardly ever work. In my view of things, it depends where the person comes from and where s/he spent most of her/his life so far. There are quite significant differences and Russian is not Russian. However, this concept is true for Austrians, Germans and most of the other cultures as well.

    There are only very few things which are generally speaking true for all Russians (or Austrians, or...) Any additional information is usually very much dependent on the personality and background of your partner or counterpart.

    This makes everything more fun and much more interesting. ;-)

    Cheers,

    Hannes....
  • Mark Hauler
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    Interesting question. I hadn't thought of this question before.

    Generally speaking, I think that if you were to ask a group of Americans if they thought of Russia as being in Europe or Asia, the majority would go with Asia, primarily due to the great breadth of the country and the fact that the vast majority of the country is undoubtedly in Asia - regardless of where the population center is.

    If one takes the Urals as the boundary of what's considered to 'belong' to Europe, then of course the correct answer is that Russia belongs to both Europe and Asia.

    it's also an interesting point because if one takes the eastern borders of Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, then you have a nice, neat north/south 'dividing line' between what many in the west consider the border between Europe and Asia.

    Now, if they could only move the Urals over to the 30th meridian, everything would be nice and tidy.
    This post was modified on 24 Jan 2006 at 09:43 pm.
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    Anders Moller
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    You know, I was thinking about this when I set up the different boards. I kind of lean towards Europe, but not completely...

    Any more opinions?
  • Mark Hauler
    Mark Hauler
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    jmo,

    but as far as OpenBC forums are concerned (this one in particular), I would tend to include Russia in the Europe group since the (broad) general focus here is generally business/social/cultural issues and the large majority of the populace is in the western part of the country.
  • Johannes H. Schmiedt
    Johannes H. Schmiedt
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    I tend to agree with Mark's view. For the sake of this forum Russia should definitely be part of Europe.

    At least until and unless someone manages to move the Urals over to the 30th meridain. ;-)

    With best reagards from Austria,

    Hannes...

    P.S. just to add another twist to the discussion: Malaysians consider themselves Eurasian as well. Probably with more weight to Asia. Small world, isn't it? ;-)
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    Does Russia belong to the Asia or Europe the question is relative and a bit humoristic, along the line we could post the question: does Bayern belongs to Germany or not. Those in North Germany will understand the issue behind that :), for those in south there are many complicated issues about Friesland and North Germans :)
    People are diverse and that what counts, unless you need heading on top of the cover letter: WE ARE DOING BUSINESS in Asia (todays top trend) :) In case of Russia one can go for putting both and he/she won’t be wrong.
    The question of belonging is like putting etiquettes in tradition of Wall Mart or other merchandisers. I would suggest, smiling about those questions is the answer. :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
  • Johannes H. Schmiedt
    Johannes H. Schmiedt
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    Hello Victoras,
    you are absolutely right, it is a relatively philosphical question, after all. Your comments definitley deserve a big ;-)))))

    BTW, Bavaria is actually the 10. state of Austria. ;-)))))

    Best, Hannes....
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