Zabdi Alarcón
Mind Map by Zabdi Alarcón, updated more than 1 year ago
Zabdi Alarcón
Created by Zabdi Alarcón over 6 years ago


How to do business in Zimbabwe

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  1. Sense of self and Space
    1. Cities: Arms length or more of personal space is very important during conversations.
      1. Rural areas: Personal space between men and men, can be very close, even holding hands.
        1. There is little to no touching during initial and business meetings.
        2. Values and Norms
          1. Traditional and modern medicines are used, and a distinction is made between minor ailments and serious illnesses. This is done partly because of the belief that illness may have been inflicted by angry spirits (justifiably or through witchcraft).
            1. It is best to be honest about price. Emotion may be necessary in some instances, but not always.
            2. Food and Feeding Habits
              1. A few food taboos with serious health consequences are still widely practiced.
                1. Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. Roasted and stewed meat is the food of celebrations; an ox, cow, or goat may be slaughtered in the rural areas, depending on the significance of the event
                2. Relationships
                  1. Two types of marriage are recognized under the law. Customary marriages are potentially polygynous and legal for black Zimbabweans only and usually are dissolved only by death (divorce is rare).
                    1. Marriage. Through marriage a family ensures its survival and continuation into the next generation.
                      1. Civil marriages are monogamous and can be dissolved by death or divorce. Customary marriages are the more common form.
                        1. Civil marriages are monogamous and can be dissolved by death or divorce. Customary marriages are the more common form.
                        2. Time and Time Consciousness
                          1. Always show up on time to meeting as this gives a good impression.
                          2. Dress and Appearance
                            1. For Men - Formal suits and ties. Darker colors are the way to go.
                              1. For Women - Conservative yet stylish is a good choice. Avoid wearing overly expensive accessories, dresses/skirts cut above the knee, and sleeveless attire.
                              2. Comunication and Landuage
                                1. All the national languages, with the exception of the official language, English, are Bantu, a branch of the Niger-Congo language family.
                                  1. Personal questions about one's age, income, sexual orientation are fairly common. Avoid talking about local politics at initial meetings.
                                    1. Rural areas: Indirect speaking.
                                    2. Work habits and Practices
                                      1. Major Industries. Manufacturing is the largest single sector of the economy (23 percent of GDP), followed by agriculture and forestry (14 percent), distribution, hotels and restaurants (11 percent), and public administration (10 percent).
                                        1. Allow the host to begin/end business discussions.
                                        2. Mental Process and Leraning
                                          1. They appreciate the way you can use logic.
                                            1. Education is developing, so the education most of the time is just for the people that have enough money
                                            2. Belief and attitudes
                                              1. In traditional religion, the spirit of a deceased person returns to the community and the deceased heads of extended families (the ancestors), have a powerful influence on family life.
                                                1. Many Christians continue to believe in spirits and the power of witchcraft and seek spiritual guidance from both belief systems.
                                                2. BIBLIOGRAPHY
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