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Netherlands In the Netherlands they are known for their commercial history and famed adaptability. This means that they import goods to re-export them at a profit. Fifty percent of all trucks in Europe are from the Netherlands. Some of the cultural differences between the United States and the Netherlands are work floor, education, business structures, management style, communication styles and prestige.
Work Floor In the United States workers what to be rewarded for a job well done. Some companies may give out an employee of the month to the best performing employee or some might give out bonuses for performing well. In the Netherlands it is a general opinion that it is normal to do a good job, expected without reward. Also Dutch employees will stay with one company for a long period of time, showing their loyalty and interest in long-term goals. Another big difference is the labor laws. The Dutch laws are very stringent which make it difficult to dismiss employees. So for a company to downsize it is difficult and can be very costly.
Education
Education and grades are much more important in the United States than in the Netherlands. In the US having a degree is about the only way one will get very far in any business anymore. The Dutch on the other hand as long as you have a diploma that is enough and grades don’t matter. With that being said the Dutch as a nation are highly educated. A large percentage of the country’s GDP is spent on education.
Business Structure Business structure in the Netherlands is quite different than the United States. They have an industrial democracy. This system is run by the Works Council of elected members that discuss and will make recommendations to senior management. Larger companies have a supervisory board that is made up of people who are not employed by the company. Their job is to oversee the direction of the…...

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