Swedish dragons and Chinese vikings: a study of conflict management in Swedish companies established in China
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
China is the country that is in the centre of interest of the world’s investors today. Cheap labour, fixed currency and the lack of a legal foundation that would protect employee rights make China a paradise for organizations that aspire quick profit earning. The growing market opportunities over the last years have exposed both Chinese and western businessmen to challenges for adapting and changing their business operations in order to become effective and successful. Within this international business environment, it is important that managers have the correct qualifications and competencies to cope with business partners from other countries. Because of that it seemed challenging and interesting to study the Swedish and the Chinese management styles and the interaction between them. The authors of this paper has chose to approach the subject from a Swedish perspective and to focus on how Swedish expatriates in China experience conflicts and conflict management. Two main theories were used for this paper, Hofstede and Selmer. Hofstedes’ is a general theory based on IBM research about how cultural differences are perceived and resolved in many different countries. On the contrary, Selmers’ discussion concentrates on the characteristic features of Swedish and Chinese management and points out the differences and similarities. In order to recieve the experiences of Swedish expatriates, an empirical study in the form of a questionnaire was conducted.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-5183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-5183DiVA: diva2:194936