When collaborating with global teams, understanding cultural differences when conducting business is important. Here are some things you should know when working with colleagues in Singapore.
Corporate Etiquette in Singapore
Singaporeans value punctuality, so be on time and ready to exchange business cards upon introduction to your project partners. The management style in larger corporations in Singapore is similar to what you would expect in Western countries.
Your Singaporean counterparts like to develop personal relationships, but get straight to business in meetings, and negotiate quickly. Come prepared, be thorough in all reporting and presentations, and deliver everything when promised. Singaporeans prefer straightforwardness in business dealings, even when discussing money issues.
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Cloud Computing in Singapore
Singapore is #7 on the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard having current cyber-crime and intellectual property legislation and having implemented the Electronic Transactions Act 2010. Singapore’s privacy laws protect information and enable cloud computing advancement.
Overall, Singapore encourages business innovation, but they still have some internet censorship. Singapore ended their CCRA (Common Criteria Recognition Agreement) membership in 2015, however, which was a step back from global certification efforts. Singapore has an advanced IT infrastructure and a goal of high-speed accessibility, but the country fell 2 spots since 2015 as other countries are innovating faster.
Singapore is a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian people, with each group having its own traditions while developing an interconnected culture. Younger Singaporeans see themselves as Singaporean first, with their familial ethnicity as secondary. Shaking hands is the general greeting, but including a slight bow when doing so demonstrates politeness.
Business dinners are customary when getting to know your colleagues, so do some additional research, as rules of engagement and decorum when eating together may be different depending on your business partner’s individual, cultural nuances. Western business attire including white shirts, ties and pants for men and suits including sleeved blouses and skirts or slacks for women are appropriate.