Australia, officially the Common wealth of Australia,is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Below are the tips for doing business in Australia
- Tip 1
- Although Australia is relatively geographically remote and has a small domestic market, it is economically successful and its citizens have a comparatively high standard of living.
- Tip 2
- Due to its small domestic market, Australia needs to trade actively on the international market place and Australians know this – they are open to new ideas from overseas. Continue reading
Marketing Folks have just finished Marketing in Asia and the Pacific Rim class. In this class, we studied about marketing strategies and practices as they specifically apply to Asia and the Pacific Rim. We did analyze marketing challenges and opportunities in this part of the world through class discussion, guest speakers, readings, case studies and lectures.
In this class, we have more understanding about the specific challenges, opportunities and strategies relevant to marketing in the Asia Pacific region. We also used key marketing concepts and strategies to develop solutions to complex business situations involving Asia Pacific consumers and companies. Moreover, we did practice and enhance oral and written communication skills along with teamwork and small group leadership skills. Thus, we were be able to develop a marketing plan that could be executed in an Asian market. Continue reading
Burma, also known as Myanmar . It is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China,Laos, and Thailand. One-third of Burma’s total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres (1,200 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. At 676,578 km2 (261,227 sq mi), it is the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Southeast Asia. Burma is also the 24th most populous country in the world with over 60.28 million people.
Food in Myanmar represents a mixture of Indian and Chinese cuisines, with local curries and soups adding a Burmese flair to the food. Rice is the staple food in Myanmar, making up approximately 75 percent of the local diet, according to Myanmar.com. Typically, meals are served at a dining table, with the individual pieces laid out so that diners can serve themselves and create their own combinations. A condiment made from preserved fish or prawn and chili powder accompanies most meals.
When dining in someone’s home in Myanmar, people usually sit on the floor or on a floor mat at low, round tables. Diners do not drink alcoholic beverages with their meals, but rather have juice, tea or water. Eating begins once all of the food is on the table, and diners should handle serving spoons with the left hand, which locals consider the clean hand. Forks and spoons have gained popularity in Myanmar, but many locals still eat with their fingers. Elderly diners and guests serve themselves first. Leaving rice on the plate signals to the host that the diner wants more rice. Continue reading
Bangladesh, officially the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. It is bordered by India and Burma (Myanmar), and faces the Bay of Bengal to its south. Together with the Indian state of West Bengal, it makes up the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name Bangladesh means “Country of Bengal” in the official Bengali Language. Dhaka is a capital city. For the ethnic, it consists of Bengali 98%, tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims. The official language is Bangla, also known as Bengali. It is the first language of more than 98 percent of the population. It is written in its own script, derived from that of Sanskrit. Many people in Bangladesh also speak English and Urdu.
Customs and Etiquette in Bangladesh
1. Meeting & Greeting
- Greetings usually take place between members of the same sex.
- The hand shake is common although they may feel rather limp.
- Women will only really be met within business contexts and even so, it is best to wait to see if a hand is extended before doing so.
- The traditional greeting for Muslims is Asalamu alaikum to which the response is wa alaikum salam.
- Naming conventions are very much based on the hierarchical nature of Bangladeshi society.
- Bangladeshis will append a suffix to a person’s name to denote respect and the level of closeness between the two people.
- In general, age dictates how people are addressed. (If people are of the same age, they use first names. If the person being addressed is older than the speaker, the person is called by their first name and a suffix that denotes the family relationship. ) Continue reading
Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan , is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country in the world.The capital is Islamabad. The ethnic in Pakistan consist of Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashtun (Pathan), Baloch, Muhajir (immigrants from India at the time of partition and their descendants). The religion consists of Muslim 97% (Sunni 77%, Shi’a 20%), Christian, Hindu , and other 3%. Urdu is the only official language of Pakistan. Although English is generally used instead of Urdu in this regard. English is the lingua franca of the Pakistani elite and most of the government ministries. Urdu is closely related to Hindi but is written in an extended Arabic alphabet rather than in Devanagari. Below are the tips for doing business in Pakkistan
Pakistani Society & Culture
- Islam is practised by the majority of Pakistanis and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives.
- Among certain obligations for Muslims are to pray five times a day – at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening.
- Friday is the Muslim holy day. Everything is closed.
- During the holy month of Ramadan all Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk and are only permitted to work six hours per day. Fasting includes no eating, drinking, cigarette smoking, or gum chewing. Continue reading
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, abbreviated as DPRK or PRK, and commonly referred to as North Korea is a country in East Asia , located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. The capital city is Pyongyang, the country’s largest city by both land area and population. North Korea has worked very hard in recent years to improve the business climate for foreign companies and individual investors in an effort to boost its sagging economy. Although the improved business climate is not a sufficient reason alone for doing business, it is a necessary ingredient for business relations. The etiquette of North Korea is not much different from South Korea. Below are the tips for doing business in North Korea.
Eating and Dining
1. Don’t pour your own drink, but offer to pour others’ drinks. If you deny to pour for someone, if will be offensive. Women pour only men’s drinks, and never another woman’s drink. A woman can pour her own drink though. If you want a refill, drink all of your drink, otherwise, don’t drink all of your drink.
2. Wherever you see a “No Tipping” sign, don’t tip. Koreans find that if you tip, then it will be offensive.
3. Always agree to your host to seat you. The seat of honor is the seat looking at the front door, and if you are seated there, it is polite to protest slightly.
4. It is polite to pass or accept food or drink with your right hand while your left hand supports your forearm/wrist.
5. The person who invites pays the bill for everyone. However, it is polite to offer to pay. When two people are dining, usually the younger person pays for the older person. Continue reading
Time flies!!! Now is October which is the last term for MIMers 2012. everyone have to find a job. However, how can we write the resume and make it effectively. Today, we have tips for writing resume for everyone.
1. Know the purpose of your resume
Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job (hopefully!).
2. Back up your qualities and strengths
Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things. Continue reading