are expected to be punctual for business meetings in general,
nevertheless don't be surprised if the person you planned on
meeting doesn't arrive on time. It's known to occur that the
more important the person, the longer they will keep you waiting.
In cases where the meeting is held at a restaurant or a place
that includes a show or performance, like a theater, and there
is an established time of commencement, you should be punctual.
The same does not apply for social events, like parties, where
you usually expect the person to arrive much later than the
The Argentinean businessperson's
wardrobe follows the European trends. Formal attire is preferable,
meaning dark colored suits and neckties for men; white blouses
with dark colored suits or skirts for women.
Due to the fact that Argentina
is a generally bureaucratic country, the Argentinean businessperson
takes his or her time when finalizing business deals. Before
signing a full contract, one still considers that any part of
the contract is renegotiable. For Argentine people, personal
relations are much more important than corporate relations,
thus they tend to make friends at the time of establishing a
deal or business. This leads to conversations about topics such
as soccer and current events before entering into
the deal or contract. Business dinners are common and
take place regularly in restaurants during the evening. Both
men and women greet one another by shaking hands and slightly
nodding the head, however, don't be surprised if you see men
greet each other with a kiss on the cheek when they are
friends or good acquaintances. Unlike other countries in Latin
America, the Argentinean possesses a more natural and confident
personality, and they tend to be more direct and informal, using
the "vos" form instead of "Ud".