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Chinese Views on Swedish Management

Consensus, conflict-handling and the role of the team

Book cover Chinese Views on Swedish Management
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VR 2009:33
Pär Isaksson
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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.

Last updated 15 December 2022

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