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Swedes establishing overseas: Cultural differences in management between Sweden and USA
Södertörn University College, School of Business Studies.
Södertörn University College, School of Business Studies.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Establishing Swedish corporations in different parts of the world means that companies will face other corporate cultures, different or partly different, from their own. Cultures in USA seem quite similar to the Swedish culture, but there are most certainly differences, even if they exist under the surface. Cultural differences can cause further problems than those that normally exist in the initial phase of an establishment.

The question we wanted to bring an answer to in this project was: Which cultural related differences might cause problems for a Swedish company, establishing in the USA, from an organizational point of view?

The purpose with this report is to find out which cultural differences there are between the Swedish management and the American. To se possible differences we first studied the two cultures one by one.

We interviewed six companies that are established in USA. They all had Swedish owners, who also are managers in the companies. Together with extensive empirical studies and theories on management, as well as on national differences between cultures, we came to a conclusion:

If the Swedish manager is aware of the existence of cultural differences, and therefore is adjustable and observant to any differences, there should not be any problems neither to establish nor to lead a company in USA.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Management, Culture, Sweden, USA
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-857DiVA: diva2:16577
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Available from: 2006-08-22 Created: 2006-08-22

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