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How to lead in a different culture: a study of three Swedish leaders in China
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With the increased internationalisation, people from different cultures come together in the workplace. It therefore becomes crucial to understand the behaviour of a foreign workforce in order to lead an international company successfully. Based on this, the research problem of this study is: how do leaders from one culture lead people in a completely different cultural environment? In order to find an answer to this problem we conducted a qualitative case study, in which we investigated how three corporate leaders lead, motivate and communicate with employees in a foreign setting. To collect primary data we carried out two telephone interviews and one personal interview, and we also collected secondary data, such as publications in the library. The study showed that the leader as far as possible leads in the “Swedish” way, and that it is necessary to be sensitive and flexible in order to lead a foreign workforce successfully.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, leadership, culture, international leadership, communication, motivation, china
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-50439ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--01/062--SELocal ID: 7b4083a3-0083-4ecb-93e6-902c885bc73dOAI: diva2:1023798
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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