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Swedes in the workplace: the foreign expatriate's perspective
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When working abroad as an expatriate manger the work environment differs in many aspects. The perception of the new work environment also depends on the country that the expatriate originates from. Sweden in one of the largest recipients of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and there are several expatriates working in Sweden. The purpose of this study is to investigate foreign expatriate managers’ perception of Swedes in the workplace, more specifically, how foreign expatriates describe Swedish work motivation and Swedish work values and finally how foreign expatriates’ description of Swedish behaviour in the work place compare to Hofstede’s classification of culture. To fulfil the purpose case studies of seven expatriates from different countries were conducted. The empirical data was collected by telephone interviews. The main findings were that Hofstede’s classification of Swedes in the work place according to the four dimensions is still applicable. Swedes communicate a lot in writing, but informally the information is shared through words. The work goals that are most important for Swedes are salary and working with people that they like. In their life they value the family more than work. The government plays an important role in the Swedes work life and paying taxes are important.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Workplace, Culture, Motivation, Expatriate, Swedes, Swedish, workplace
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-48291ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--01/075--SELocal ID: 5bf4abea-6440-45ce-95ab-3e1c2f787b50OAI: diva2:1021632
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
International Business and Economic, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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