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The Internationals - England : 

The Internationals - England A Thorough Guide to Building Successful Business Relationships in England Amanda Warren, Gerardo Puga, Yijyun Chen

Similarities : 

Similarities Luckily for American businesspeople looking to build relationships with English firms, the similarities are numerous. It is for this reason that the tradition of English and American companies working together is quite lengthy, and, generally, successful. Below is a short list of the commonalities between the United States and England: The official language of both nations is English England and the United States share mostly common ideas of accepted social norms (e.g. what is considered acceptable behavior) Both of these nations are multicultural: America is rapidly approaching a population that is comprised of half minorities, and England is becoming more and more welcoming to minorities, with a heavy influx of Asian and Black immigrants deciding to raise their families in England Just like how America is home to many different regional accents and dialects, so is England, with some of the more common ones being Cockney (London), Scottish (Scotland), Scouse (Liverpool), and Geordie (Newcastle)

Differences : 

Differences Despite their similarities, the two countries also share numerous large differences that can cause problems in a business environment. Below is a short list of the differences between the United States and England, and larger differences will be discussed in individual slides: Punctuality is incredibly important to English people, and being late even five minutes is considered disrespectful. It is generally advisable to be five minutes early to a meeting in order to avoid such problems Similarly, most business meetings are taken in person, rather than over the phone or through computer-based video chat Business gifts are unusual, and are not given unless the recipient is a long-time associate Dark attire is preferred in English business. Generally, businessmen are expected to wear blue or black suits, and women similarly-colored blazers and skirts Typical business attire

Differences II : 

Differences II The English are direct and avoid the use of so-called “fluff” words or qualifiers that are not necessary to the point being made Titles are not frequently used in English business, but individuals are expected to be addressed by Mr, Mrs, or Ms (note that it is not Mr.; there is no period) Finalizing decisions can take a long time because English businesspeople tend to analyze and investigate all of the options before firmly agreeing to anything Privacy is heavily valued in England, and discussing personal matters or engaging with each other outside of work is uncommon unless two individuals have worked with each other for quite some time A map of the UK, including England

The Language Issue : 

The Language Issue In the group’s investigation of the differences between America and England, there was one that seemed to be, by far, the one that could potentially be the most troublesome: Language. Yes, despite the fact that both nations speak English, there are startling differences that can make dealing with an English corporation difficult and potentially cause embarrassing mistakes for both sides. The national vernacular or lexicon of England is quite different than that of the United States, and the chart below demonstrates a few of the more stark comparisons: If an American trouser company were looking to expand their business to England and pitched their product as “pants”, there would certainly be some confusion when the English firm did not receive underwear as expected! These sorts of language issues can cause costly and major problems in international business.

The Language Issue II : 

The Language Issue II Written language is different in the two countries as well, and it is incredibly important to know the audience to which you are writing when sending out business proposals, company emails, or similar forms of communication. If an American writes to an English colleague or superior, the recipient’s immediate reaction might be to wrongly condemn the sender as unprofessional or silly for their spelling, so it is quite important that American people adapt to England’s spelling rules to appear competent and not lazy. There are three major differences between the written language in England and the United States: o/ou, z/s, and er/re. The chart below provides a demonstration of those spelling differences:

A Brief in Culture : 

A Brief in Culture There is a heavy reliance upon trains and taxis due to the country’s relatively small size Working hours are generally 9am-5pm Like most of the world, England uses the metric system Items are frequently weighed in “stones”. One stone is equivalent to fourteen pounds Business and industry is just as varied as America: there are plenty of agriculture, music, sport, and technology firms The most popular sports are soccer, cricket, golf, and rugby Many of the country’s newspapers are not in the same ilk as the New York Times. For example, the best-selling newspaper, The Sun, is a heavily sensationalized tabloid-style newspaper. It is best to stick to “serious” newspapers, like The Guardian and Telegraph Visits to the bar, or pub, are frequent and a part of daily life in England. Occasionally, close business associates will end a long day together at the pub History is very valued in England, so it is important to respect it Manchester United, England’s biggest soccer team

A Brief in Politics : 

A Brief in Politics England has both a constitutional monarchy and a Parliament (of the entire UK) system Prime Minister: David Cameron of the Conservative Party Major political parties: Conservative: center-right, argue for union of UK countries and against Scottish and Welsh independence Liberal Democrats: center-left, socially liberal Monarchy: Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (the Queen’s husband) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (heir apparent) The Queen, Queen Elizabeth II

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