Published
2009-December
Language
English
Series number
VR 2009:33
Series
Vinnova report
ISBN
978-91-85959-93-8
ISSN
1650-3104
Number of pages
38
Author
Pär Isaksson
Price
Publisher
Vinnova
Reference number
2009-01626
Subject
Organisation and management

The Swedish management style, with its emphasis on trust, teams, empowerment and decentralization, has sometimes been regarded as a competitive advantage for Swedish companies, not least when it comes to promoting creativity and innovation. But do the main characteristics of Swedish management constitute the vital leadership qualities needed in a global knowledge-economy?

This report focuses on one aspect of this issue; Swedish management style from the view of Chinese managers. It is based on case stories illustrating some of the main characteristics of Swedish management written by a selected number of Swedish and Chinese managers and on notes from a workshop where the different cases were discussed. Although limited in scope and empirical data, the report can contribute to the discussion of how Swedish management can be adapted to a changing global business environment. The aim is also to generate ideas for future research on “managing the Swedish way”.

The report is jointly produced by Vinnova and The Swedish Institute.