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Brittney KostrzebskiPOLANDCountry Analysis
Introduction: POLANDRationale:My last name originates from husband’s paternalgrandparents which has always piqued my interest into theirheritage.I chose their homeland based on Poland having a fairinternational reputation, my lack of in-depth knowledge about thecountry and my husband’s grandparents incredible stories of Poland.Choosing this country to study and delve further into it’s existenceinterests me from a cultural and personal standpoint.Location and Geography(Central Intelligence Agency, 2015):Poland is located in central Europe, just east of Germany.It’smade up mostly of plains and fertile farmland, with the BalticSea that borders it’s northern edge.Poland experiences coldwinter and mild summers with precipitation likely year round.(World Atlas, 2015)
Sociocultural EnvironmentCountry Composition(Central Intelligence Agency, 2015):Literacy Rate99% (15 years and older)Rate ofUrbanization60.1% urban population and -0.25%annual rate of changeHeavilyPopulated CitiesWarsaw (1.768M), Krakow (767,000M)Educational Data4.8% of GDPAge Structure0-14 (14.8%), 15-24 (10.34%), 25-54(43.44%), 55-64 (13.95%), 65+ (17.47)87.21.30.40.410.8Major religions of PolandCatholicOrthodoxProtestantOtherUnspecified
Sociocultural EnvironmentValues(Hofstede, 2015)Poland is a Hierarchial society that values tradition and family.This independent society has a strong workethic and is driven by success.Foolish behavior will not be tolerated, as the Polish abide by strict rules when iscomes to behavior.Communication(“Poland - Polish Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette, 2019”)Language:Most of the 38 million people of Poland speak the official language, Polish.Slavic is also spoken by a smaller Polish population.Nonverbal:Conservative, shake hands with everyone upon arriving, introduce women then men, maintain eye contact, use titles, smile.Business Etiquette(“Poland - Polish Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette, 2019”)Formal titles are preferred until permission is given to call someone by their first namePromptness and reliability is an expected characteristicDress conservativeEye contact while speaking is a must, and prolonged eye contact is the normGreeting are welcome but not necessary and shake hands with everyone
Sociocultural Environment:Observation DeckBusiness ObservationsDue to the high-level of respect that is expected in regards to management, communication willbe more indirect between management and subordinates.Breaking the rules in the workplace will not be tolerated.Conservative dress is a must.Understanding strong family values and traditions will be important in the workplace.Because the Polish prefer to “fight it out” to resolve a conflict, training on resolving issues in a lessbarbaric manner may be necessary.

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