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Business in Italy
Friday, January 31TH, 2014 by ancos
Doing business in Italy can be a complicated affair. Italian bureaucracy is notorious for its convoluted Byzantinisms, and many things are not self-evident. At the very least, you'll have mountains of documents and forms to compile, taxes to pay and offices to visit: and that's even before starting your activity. Businessmen in Milan Once you are up and running, you'll have to deal with the typical Italian way of conducting business, which means you need to know how to entertain business conversations proficiently over dinner, how to dress properly to conduct business with success, and...
Doing business in Italy
Tuesday, January 24TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Doing business in Italy: some cultural conventions to know   Cultural factors and influences play a key role even when it comes to talking about doing business. We know that Americans take very much into account the cultural context they work within, while it is not exactly the same for Italians, who believe culture doesn't influence a successful business result. Perhaps they are sometimes too influenced by their habits and customs in their business decisions.   Therefore, when doing business in Italy there are certain conventions concerning the business etiquette that foreign businessmen...
  Let's start with one point and make it very loud and clear: "Italy will never default". Italy is rich and is the 5th largest economy in the world. Italy represents 20% of the entire EU GDP and just to put things in perspective the GDP of the city of Rome alone is higher than the entire New Zealand's.   That being said, of course the world financial scenario is a disaster and Italy has its share of problems, just like any other western country has; however, with one big difference: Italians are among the the largest savings holders in the world, they have the highest per capita real...
Working hours in Italy: the basic rights
Friday, May 27TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
It is impossible to generalize and pinpoint the standard timetable of a typical Italian working day, as it usually depends on which job one has, the company one works for and, at times, their sector of expertise. Nevertheless, the average workday usually lasts 8 hours, although some go to work earlier than others and some finish later. However, work rights are common to every type of worker regardless of their job; in fact, as far as working hours are concerned, state regulations are applied all over the country: the  Legge n.133 del 2008, articles 2107 to 2109, contained in the Codice...
Problems at work: mobbing in Italy
Friday, May 27TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Like many other countries, the Italian workplace has its problems: one that is specific to this country, though, and quite serious, is mobbing. The word "mobbing" is a borrowing from English and does not have an Italian equivalent. The English loanword is now part of Italian's own terminology, and describes a widespread phenomenon, the effects of which are dangerous for both for the victim and society as a whole . Mobbing is usually defined as intimidating or  aggressive behavior towards an employee from either the employer or a colleague. Many reason can stand behind such a behavior: envy,...
Employment in Italy
Tuesday, May 03TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Employment in Italy   As in many other places in the world, today Italy is experiencing a challenging time with regard to work and jobs. The economic downturn that has touched so many has caused problems in Italy as well. When discussing job situation in Italy it is also important to remember that it is a complex one and not homogeneous throughout the country. The job situation is different in the northern, central and the southern regions of the country. There is a sharp contrast between the levels of unemployment in the South and those in the North (concerning several aspects like...
How to Look For a Job in Italy
Tuesday, May 03TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
In Italy, just as in the United States, quite a diverse set of tools  can be used when looking for a job . While different natures and strategies, these days such tools have a common link: the internet. The internet has become an invaluable tool when job searching: along with online job postings, one can also go through newspapers, employment exchanges, information centers, employment agencies and the Chamber of Commerce.   Before the dawn of the internet the Wanted ads in newspapers were the biggest source of job leads. These days, newspapers are still a good source, but most of the...
Best Blog about Italy
Monday, March 14TH, 2011 by Anonymous
If you have a good up-to-date Blog about Italy in English please contact us and we will add it to this list - ( A reciprocal link is welcome ) 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree Nice blog about Italy from Basilivcata. About Abruzzo This site is dedicated to thoughts, comments and photographs relating to Abruzzo, Italy. News From About Italy This site features news about Italy in both English and Italian. Aglio Olio E Peperoncino A great blog about Italian food with good images. Amid the Olive Trees An American woman living, working and parenting in southern Italy. An American In Italy An...
Luxottica
Monday, January 10TH, 2011 by Glauco
Luxottica Logo . Luxottica is a very well run company that has become the world leader in the eyeglass universe. Slowly but surely, Luxottica seems to be buying out all the major eyeglass companies in the world, especially American ones.  This acquisition pattern has created a large group of smaller companies and a domination of the industry, which is furthered by fact Luxottica produces its own glasses. Basically, Luxottica is a manufacturer for some of the biggest brands in the world when it comes to both sun and prescription glasses. These companies include Prada, Armani, Burberry, Chanel...
Fiat and its entry in the American market
Wednesday, December 22TH, 2010 by Glauco
Fiat logo As the worldwide economic crisis continues to spread and governments try hard to put a stop to it, new opportunities arise that were unthinkable just a few years ago. In the car industry, Fiat's actions are not only historical but unique in nature, strategy, and implementation. Recently, the three major American car manufacturers -- Ford, GM, and Chrysler -- were all on the verge of disappearing from the face of Earth, in a rapid process that led to strong government's financial intervention . While Ford was able to turn down public help and survive on its own strength and...

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