Item description for Dealing with the Dutch: A Guide for Visitors, New Residents and Better Business Relationships by Jacob Vossestein...
People from all corners of the world involved in government, business and culture come into contact with Dutch colleagues and counterparts, either in the Netherlands or in their own countries. No matter whether you are coming to the Netherlands for a business trip or to work here for a while, or have regular contact with Dutch people in your own country, being prepared for Dutch culture will make your working and social contacts more effective and therefore more satisfactory.
Like the very successful first edition published in 1997, and the updated version published in 2001, this 14th revised and updated edition of Dealing with the Dutch focuses on Dutch values and norms, but it also takes into account the economic, social and cultural changes the Netherlands is undergoing. Many new quotes by people from all over the world who have already 'dealt with the Dutch' have also been added.
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Jacob Vossestein is a human geographer and social anthropologist who has visited more than 60 countries. Since 1984, he has been a cross-cultural trainer, mainly at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dealing with the Dutch: A Guide for Visitors, New Residents and Better Business Relationships?
Who are the dutch? Mar 16, 2008
This promising title will guide you through the cultural, economical and business practices of the Dutch. One thing it does not take into account though is who the Dutch are. I'm Dutch and yet I cannot find any dutchman like me.
As in as many books about culture and business, generalizations have to be made in order to keep things centralized. I do not believe however that this is the right way to approach Dutch business culture.
The book is between 3 and 4 stars and is a good first step getting to know the basics of Dutch culture. When it's really good it should also learn a Dutch reader some new things as well, but this was limited.
If you really want to know a culture this cannot be done from a book. Come over to our little country and see the mills, clogs and Amsterdam. Or am I generalizing right now?