Dissipating the Divide: Understanding the American Business Culture

Foreign business people who are looking to invest in the U.S. should look past legal requirements. These are easy to accomplish if you have the time and the resources. What you need to focus on is the business and corporate culture of the new country.

usa flagUnderstanding U.S.’s culture when it comes to business is important in creating harmonious relationships with stakeholders. This, in turn, will ensure efficiency in certain processes and help achieve goals. Rahbaran & Associates believes that Americans’ attitude toward business is easy to relate to despite the ethnic mix of people with different beliefs and work ethics. Nevertheless, here are some things you need to keep in mind:


When it comes to decision making and meetings, American business people are usually quick. They see to it that everything is efficient in the meeting, while making sure that every member at the gathering has voiced out his concerns and suggestions.


Americans are known to be direct and frank people. But, that doesn’t mean they forego politeness. Expect them to apply this attitude to their business. When they say “yes,” they really mean it. Knowing this, you should get rid of the apprehension if you want to ask or tell them something directly. Just make sure your question or statement is related to business.

They are polite and they expect you to ask questions if you don’t understand something. When it comes to arguments, Americans expect you to show figures and facts to support your claims.

Work Structure

Work structures vary from industry to industry. But generally, they favor a loose structure. Other than using open plans to foster collaboration and setting up cubicles to maintain privacy, Americans also allow work-from-home schemes as long as the output is submitted on time.


When it comes to agreements, Americans do their best to keep everything on a business level even if the people involved are friends. They keep everything objective to avoid conflicts that may harm professional and personal relationships.

These are only some of the things you need to keep in mind before starting a business in the country. You have yet to learn other areas, such as greetings, body language, clothing, and dining.