Live at the Institute for Supply Management conference in St. Louis 3

7 May 2008

As an interesting aside to the debate about whether to wear a tie or not (http://supplymanagement.typepad.com/supply_management_blog/2007/10/tie-or-no-tie.html) to a conference, it’s interesting to see how people from the UK are perceived when aborad in a business situation.

In a workshop about global negotiation this afternoon, the speaker said that Brits (and Germans - strangely the only two nationalities to be singled out) prefer to dress more formally than Americans.

Looking around my fellow delegates (in suit and tie, now feeling remarkably self-conscious), I would definitely agree this is the case. The event has had a very relaxed attitude, with most US buyers opting for open-necks, polo shirts and (seemingly obligitory) chinos de rigeur for the occasion.

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