Top 3 Project Management Applications for Belgium

The successful PM researches and understands cultural differences that may affect communication and the overall project outcome before making initial contact on any project. Here are some things to keep in mind when working with business partners in Belgium.

Corporate Etiquette in Belgium

There are two distinct regions in Belgium, the northern Flemish Region (Flanders) and the southern Walloon Region (Wallonia). The regions share similar business viewpoints on being punctual, using English business cards, and using your initial meeting to socialize and build trust before getting to agenda items. Belgians are common sense people willing to negotiate and compromise, once you have presented a detailed and clear presentation.

Your foreign colleagues in the Flanders region have a management style based on consensus and have no problem delegating responsibilities to other team members. Be aware that your business partners in Wallonia, however, prefer a more formal management structure, paying closer attention to positional hierarchy, titles, rules and procedures.

Top 3 Project Management Applications for Belgium

Belgium does have an established IT infrastructure with broadband capability, but the efficacy of the two regions may affect which collaborative software products work best for your client. Here are our recommendations for working with counterparts in the Belgium market.

Cloud Computing in Belgium

Belgium is not among the top 24 countries on the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard. Another report has Belgium just making the top 10 list of EU countries, coming in at #9. The northern Flemish region uses cloud computing far more than their southern counterparts in Wallonia, but that may be due to business size and type.

Belgium is working to improve their broadband capabilities nationally with the Digital Belgium – Plan for Ultrafast Internet in Belgium 2015-2020. They have a well-developed IT infrastructure including internet, mobile and fixed broadband users.

Wrap-Up

Belgians are punctual and formal when conducting business meetings. They like to establish personal trust before getting to business items. Remember the distinctive, regional approaches to management, and structure your timeline to allow for the differences. Regional cloud computing capabilities may also affect your collaborative software selection, so that is something you will want to discuss upon initial contact. Paying attention to these cultural nuances sets the tone for a successful partnership.

Rebekah Peterman

Rebekah Peterman

Rebekah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Services in the School of Education. She’s participated in projects including editing/writing/publishing and blog articles, and is currently writing informative articles on the topic of project management.

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