Unique research shows how Czechs, Germans, and Poles perceive one another in business and in everyday life.by Martin Ehl 17 September 2013
Life in the grip of stereotypes can be, on one hand, comforting, on the other unbearable. The Polish company PkN Orlen commissioned a research study from the Polish Institute of Public Affairs, which aimed to describe the mutual relations among Poles, Czechs, and Germans. In addition to the general conclusions about cultural differences, the part describing mutual business relations is very interesting.
The report suggests that the German way of doing things is simply an unattainable model, but also that various prejudices about having colleagues or superiors from the neighboring company are a thing of the past. The views of Czechs and Poles about Germans and the German economy will be especially interesting during the evaluation of the results of the German parliamentary elections, which will take place in the coming weekend.
The graphs below say more than any words; the charts appeared in the extensive publication that the authors presented (in both Czech and English) at the Economic Forum in the Polish town of Krynica at the beginning of September.