KNOWLEDGE BASE Singapore Business Culture



Influenced by national culture, business culture varies from country to country. And you will increase your chances for success by paying attention to the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the business culture of your own country and that of the country in which you would like to do business. Don’t rely on your Singaporean business contacts simply accepting that the people in your country “just do it that way”. You may inadvertently offend them and hurt your business prospects from the start. Instead, understand and embrace the business culture you are entering and show your respect and understanding for the people of Singapore. 


Use the Business Culture In Singapore section for information on the following:

Familiarize yourself with the factors that shape the national culture of Singapore, which also affect the business culture
Learn the rules for business and social etiquette
Understand how hierarchy and seniority are generally viewed in Singapore and compare it to your own country's approach
Know how negotiations are typically handled by Singaporeans and determine where there are differences with your country's approach. Decide how your negitiating style will need to be modified
Understand what binds a contract in Singapore and have any contract reviewed under Singaporean law
English is the language of business in Singapore. If you are not proficient in English, determine how you will overcome this gap


Globig Knowledge Base

Learn more about Singapore demographics in these related Globig Knowledge Base sections.

Business Culture In Singapore

Anti-Corruption In Singapore

Demographics For Women In Singapore


Globig Resources

Use these related resources if you'd like to do some additional research on your own.

National Culture books by  Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, and Michael Minkov 

Overview and more information on each of the dimensions described in the national culture work by Geert Hofstede and his team

Transparancy International

Singapore Government's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau

Singapore Government's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau - "What is Corruption"

World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2015

For Singapore's World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report


Globig Marketplace

Are you ready to explore what service providers are available to help you on the ground in Singapore?

The Globig Marketplace contains vetted, quality service providers who can help you. Review your options, learn more about them, and even send them an RFI. 



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KNOWLEDGE BASE Singapore Business Culture