Group 2 – Russian and Swedish management!

These are our results of the CASE-study!

We have found that Swedish management is characterized by ambitiousness, a will to work hard, perceptiveness and humbleness towards the employees (a manager doesn’t claim to be right all the time just because he/she is the manager) and a great deal of trust. Tasks are often delegated and the workers are not supervised very much while working. This way of working is probably possible because to an employee, it is important to like one’s work and work place; then one will be motivated to work and make money for oneself.

We believe that this has to do with Swedish employees only working for themselves and not for the entire company. We live in an individualistic culture and often switch work places. Therefore, we don’t see a company as a family, since we will probably not spend the rest of our lives there anyway, which seems to be more common in a collectivistic culture as the Russian. We think Swedes in general like working on their own and to do one thing at a time. Perhaps this comes from how our society has developed since the 1800s industrialization. Sweden used to be a rustic society; big families lived together at a farm and helped each other out with harvesting and so on. However, with the industrialization came the factories, the big cities evolved and one could make a living on their own.

Russian management on the other hand, is characterized by a collectivistic way of thinking, behaving and working. Our Russian colleagues believe that this could have to do with their history; in Soviet time managers always made the decisions and initiatives from individual workers were “crushed”. As we understand it, in Russia you work more for the sake of your company than for yourself only, and the company is almost like a family. A manager is more likely to employ a friend or a relative, whom he/she knows well, than an unfamiliar person with the appropriate skills. This way, perhaps it is harder to get the specific work that one is interested in, which could lead to less individual motivation among the employees.

Russian organizations are not, as the Swedish, characterized by flatness, but by hierarchy. The manager listens to the employees but always makes the decision that he/she finds the best. It is clear who the leader is. According to our Russian colleagues from Khabarovsk, Russians are polychronic; they are able to work with several different things at the same time – multi-tasking! They describe the typical manager as hardworking, obstinate and aim-oriented. On the other hand, they confirm our interpretation of “the Russian bear” as Russians working hard in intervals, but rest in between (a characteristic which we have read about in “Understanding the bear”, a text that the Russians however claim to be out of date). Still, they confirm what it says: “We leave all our job for the last moment then successfully do it and rest till the next critical situation :)” – hardworking every now and then, eh? 😉

As you see, we have had much help from our answers sothank you very much!

Jonas, Jenny, Pernilla and Nastaran

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One Response to Group 2 – Russian and Swedish management!

  1. Örebro University, Sweden says:

    Raymond Ghookas, Shadust Nisser and Mattias Danilowicz, summary of our deep impact assignment about swedishness, swedish culture and the Sweden democrats.

    The purpose of this study was to analyze a cultural use of rhetorical tools. The cultural object is Swedish and Swedish culture and the rhetorical tools were cluster analysis. The goal was to get a definition of these two concepts according to the textbooks we had at our disposal during the course cross-cultural rhetoric and then compare the definition from the National Socialist party Sweden Democrats’ own definition. The specific questions were: What is the Sweden Democrats in Swedish culture and Swedish culture?, What does the literature on Sweden and Swedish culture? Answer these questions would answer the third and main question, Is the Sweden Democrats’ confidence in the Swedish and culture with the literature?

    Sweden Democrats Swedishness associate with the nationalist line of thought. Sweden Democrats’ view is that the Swedes are doing better out of that love their country, this leads to better integration with the multi-cultural society as well.

    The literature refers to the Swedish culture is something historical and social change that has contributed to the Swedish character today as Frykman. And as for Daun as he refers to Swedish culture is a certain stereotype so that other cultures, after he has examined it through various surveys as a method.

    The results pointed in different directions in our research and we picked up, was a two-page response. Sweden Democrats’ view of Swedish is not so vain as generalization has been given us, and faith. It has a proper perspective on how Swedishness used to be that we mention the results. They may talk about how the Swedes have developed into the 60s. In the case of enlightenment about what’s up now on the Swedish character of the Sweden Democrats to believe they do not know much about the situation now of Swedish. In order to research the results of the Swedish character today, they must take into account the multicultural society partly. The Swedish culture can not be defined because it is mixed with the multicultural society’s values.

    In the discussion so we mention the problem between Swedish and multi-cultural aspect. There are two inseparable subjects that go hand in hand, we have noticed. In the discussion we will try to challenge what Swedishness meant and how to possess this characteristic. It is something we have not received answers to our thesis, and may be something to investigate further.

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