It is notable that the management culture of France is strongly hierarchical, and therefore, in the business organisations of France, positions and powers are clearly described. The prime principle, underlying the management style of French business is honour. Therefore, every class and society in France are honoured in a pertinent manner they are immensely stratified. Due to this reason, and thus, superiors in French business are treated as superiors and subordinates have to accept this in a conscious manner.
However, management culture of West Coast is not that hierarchical and superiors and subordinates work in cooperation with each other. In comparison to the business culture of France, power distance is low in west coast and power is distributed unequally. In the business culture of West Coast, people treat each other very informally and they mostly address each other on the first name basis. In the west coast, no job titles are used and mostly first names are used.
Moreover, it is also noteworthy in the context, to the management style of France that people in French business do not think as managers and non managers; instead of this their thought process works as cadres and non-cadres. It is considerable that Cadres pertains all the higher opportunities; they focus on proper schools and take pleasure of high social class. In addition, in West Coast and French business etiquettes there is possibility that one employee might report to two different bosses (Hofstede 1993).
It is important to mention that French business management is an intellectual task, which requires an inclusive knowledge and comprehension of multifaceted concepts and information along with a balanced approach of decisions. In addition, pragmatic concerns, for instance buy-in and fascinating or encouraging staff have not given concern in the management beliefs and business etiquettes of France. Additionally, the decision making style of business organisations is, autocratic and superiors also have a directive, that is they forward decisions to their subordinates and lower level employees for the execution.
Yet, it is significant to take into account that French business etiquettes have more of feminism orientation, and work is a major concentration. In addition, competition amongst work colleagues is not permitted in the business etiquettes of France. Punctuality is although treated casually in French and West Coast business etiquettes, but it is essential to make appointments for business as well as for social occasions. French business etiquettes do not accept ‘drop in’ behaviour or to reach someone unannounced as such behaviour in France is considered as rude.
French business person usually arrives late for meetings, and they regard this as a prerogative; hence apologies should not be expected. In addition, working late in the office is common in French business etiquettes, particularly for individuals who ate at senior positions. However, in West Coast meetings are normally informal and business people shake hands during the meeting.
In the context to dress code, it is pertinent that fashion and appearance have gained significance in French business than in any other country. Thus, even the low-paid and entry-level executives purchase the best clothes. In general, dress tends to be more formal for both men and women, whether in business or social occasions (Tomalin and Nicks 2010).
In French business, high quality and traditional suits and accessories are suggested, and therefore, men have to wear dark suits. Executives do not loosen their ties or take off their jackets, whether at the office, or restaurants. Furthermore, businesswomen in France are also fashion conscious and are known for their reserved and feminine chic. A well-tailored business suit and good shoes are mandatory accompanied with careful accessorising in French business etiquettes.
In contrast, in West Coast during a meeting, a suit is the suitable dress. However, IT companies follow very casual dress code, and thus, Jeans, T-shirts, cotton shirts are acceptable. In West Coast business etiquettes clothes need not be costly and they must be clean as tidiness is very significant. Women can also follow the dress code accordingly to men.
Moreover, it is worth mentioning that formality has given huge importance in west coast and French business etiquettes, and therefore, it is expected from subordinates to address their superiors as ‘Monsieur’ or ‘Madame’. It is critical to consider that a high level of politeness is necessary for French business etiquettes. Although, people from other nations find it difficult to show such politeness, but amongst French people it has given great significance. However, in West Coast, the decision lies in the hand of an American woman that she wants to be called. "Madam" word in the West Coast in only used as a title for an elected person.
With respect to French business, it is also essential to consider that introductions should be made using both first and last name. However, it is acceptable to introduce with last name first, followed by the first name as this is acceptable in French business culture. Another pertinent fact related to french business etiquettes is that handshakes are handshakes are recognised as more vigorous and light. This style of handshake is mandatory, and people from other nations are expected to show this etiquette while meeting business professionals (Miller 2000).
It is prominent that, first impression in French business etiquettes relies on clothes or attires, and thus, quality business attire, jewellery and accessories are medium of earning valuable points. In the context to french management, it is notable that the strategic management strategies in the country are formulated on long term basis, due to which, the large the company is, the complicated will be the planning. The top hierarchy of the organization is responsible for long term planning and subordinates do not have a say in it (Tomalin and Nicks 2010).
In French business etiquettes, employees are expected not to mix their professional life and family life. This will aid employees in maintaining a constant arrangement of formality in the workplace. It is considerable that when employees employ in a small talk at the intuition of a meeting or any networking event, it is recommendable to keep the topic of discussion simply professional and keep away from questions that are related to personal life, family or any other personal issue.
In West Coast, status is more closely interrelated to possessions and money, and therefore, people with no trouble move across the country in the want of a higher position and better salary.
It is important that a prominent portion of communication in France business organizations are concealed underneath a complex network of personal attachments and alliances that assist employees in getting things done. The management in Frame shows a high inclination for conceptual reasoning, theories, and judgment that comprehensive knowledge becomes vital for a manager moving to France (Dam and Marcus 2012). In contrast, in west coast people communicate in the present with much action oriented words. People are mostly friendly and believe in open and direct communication.
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