By Jette Schramm-Nielsen
This e-book contributes to the increasing box of cross-cultural and comparative administration, and addresses the difficulty of even if the most Scandinavian international locations - Denmark, Norway and Sweden - convey such similarities in administration variety and perform as to represent a rustic cluster. it's according to a qualitative, interview-driven learn of managers in businesses matched via within the 3 international locations and seeks to contextualise the examine findings in a basic dialogue of the Scandinavian nations, displaying their intertwined histories and comparable associations and values. The e-book argues that the primary values of those managers are equality, informality, decency, and clash avoidance; it indicates that the behaviour of Scandinavian managers is galvanized by way of those values and they could be attributed to nationwide tradition and never to the peculiarities of any specific undefined. administration in Scandinavia should be of curiosity to scholars and academics of overseas administration, in addition to practitioners of commercial and administration.
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In Church matters as well as in education Grundtvig played an enormous role in the struggle against authoritarian ways of life, and in both fields he pleaded for freedom, democracy and dialogue. The development of agriculture and the technical improvements created the need for agricultural machinery and equipment and for a food processing industry, and since the country had a century-old craft tradition with apprenticeship education, the basis was there for a large number of small industries, suppliers to agriculture or buyers of agricultural products.
Third, Swedish industry internationalized at an early stage, in various senses: ● ● ● ● becoming strong exporters; establishing manufacturing operations in other countries; earning the larger share of their revenue outside Sweden; having a non-Swedish workforce (in other countries) that exceeded the number of Swedish employees; and Context ● ● 29 developing a management cadre with substantial international experience. In this connection it is worth mentioning that the Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan i Stockholm) was established as early as 1909.
Membership of the OECD, on the other hand, was never in conflict with Sweden’s neutrality policy. Sweden only joined the EU in 1995, in a rapid change of opinion among the leading politicians as a consequence of the discussions leading to the Single European Market (SEM), which became effective from 1994. During this period it became clear that Sweden, with its small domestic market and dependence on exports, could no longer stay outside (Nedström, 2000). In 1994 a national referendum was held, giving a small majority of 52 per cent for membership.