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Different countries different cultures: Germany vs Sweden
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Title: Different countries – different cultures

Level: Thesis for Bachelor Degree in Business Administration

Authors: Cecilia Jensen and Changiz Saadat Behesthi

Supervisor: Lars Ekstrand

Date: 2011 – 12 

Our study is based on two countries, Sweden and Germany, and is aiming to find out if the cultural differences between the two countries have a major impact when doing business together or not.Cross-cultural management is a modern topic and can help transnational companies deal with problems that occur due to different cultures in the organization, but is it really necessary to spend huge amount on intercultural training?

We used a qualitative method and did a survey through a convenience sampling among six managers in the two countries. We analyzed the answers sorted by country and then compared them to each other.

The result of the survey was that Swedish managers inform and include their staff in decisions to a bigger extend than German managers. Other than the preferences of a more democratic leadership the differences were, according to us, insignificant to perform any cultural training between the two countries.

For further studies we suggest a deeper research method with a field study at every workplace, to conclude that the manager’s answers concurred to the actual outcome. We also think that interviewing more managers, and within the same branch, would increase the creditability of the study.

The result indicates that the money spent on intercultural training between Sweden and Germany is quite unnecessary and that the differences are smoothing out. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
leadership, culture, power distance, swedish, german, management
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11449Archive number: E3BA:DiVA 8/2012OAI: diva2:493244
Educational program
Business administration
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-03-06 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2012-03-06Bibliographically approved

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