From AUSTRIA about The USA

This anecdote is about the difference between Austrian and American business culture in meetings. When I was on my exchange semester in the US I was working in one class on a group project. Therefore we had plenty of group meetings and also discussions in front of the plenum. At the beginning of this course I was wondering how different the communication style during the meetings and discussion are.

This ‘confrontational’ approach, (where openly and directly debating all the relevant issues even at the expense of personal relationships is valued, ) is very different to those cultures who always put diplomacy and harmony at the heart of their approach to meetings.

Of course, many cultures mistakenly see this direct approach between colleagues as a sign of bitter, personal animosity — which it always invariably is not. It is endemic to the American approach to communication in meetings and is seen as a positive step towards addressing whatever the vital and pressing issues might be.”