Top 3 Project Management Applications for Spain

Different cultures have different ideas about how to conduct business, so make sure you study up on your international project team. Here are some things you should know when working with business partners in Spain.

Corporate Etiquette in Spain

While Spaniards may see a meeting start time as flexible, you should be punctual. Meetings aren’t typically long, but prepare to take time to build rapport before getting to the agenda.

Spaniards use both English and Spanish in meetings, but check ahead to see if an interpreter is necessary. You’re Spanish colleagues want to make their own decisions, so be careful not to push your point too insistently. Spain doesn’t operate with a top down management style, so anticipate a more relaxed organizational structure where top executives may not be #1 on the org chart.

Top 3 Project Management Applications for Spain

Successful communication is important for a productive, long-distance collaboration. Here are our software product recommendations for the Spanish market.

Cloud Computing in Spain

Spain is 11th on the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard. They support international development and interoperability. Spaniards have current cyber-crime laws and extensive electronic signature and commerce regulations, while providing operational freedom for their internet service providers.

Spain does have room for improvement regarding intellectual property security, and while having comprehensive privacy legislation, their current data registration process could hinder cloud-computing capabilities. Spain has made great IT infrastructure advances and has committed to provide increased internet speeds for all households by 2025.

Wrap-Up

Spaniards value modesty and integrity, and admire individuality. Personal appearance and making good social connections are very important. Your Spanish counterparts may meet you first at a lunch or dinner to gauge personal chemistry and to establish trust before deciding to do business.

Spaniards have a sophisticated, conservative style when dressing for both business and casual engagements, paying special attention to shoes, so keep this in mind when dressing for meetings and events. Business attire includes jackets and ties year round for men, and women tend toward a blouse and skirt or a dress.

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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