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The role of culture in global leadership: A case study on Electrolux and Ericsson
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Globalisation is a movement that has already had an impact on a wide range of industries which is increasing to influence a number of managers in multinational firms. These complex situations require a new type of leadership I believe but research concerning global leadership is lacking. There is substantial emphasis on culture in the research field which I am critical towards. The thesis aims to discuss the hypothesis which follows: “Global leadership is not as culture bound as many scholars claim, it is rather quite cultureless”. The intention of the thesis is to shed light on an impoverished field of research. Considering my research problem and purpose a qualitative approach has been applied where case study based research has been conducted at Ericsson and Electrolux. At these companies I have performed eleven in depth structured interviews with ten respondents constituting of both, managers and human resource personnel with international experience whom all are responsible for global functions or have global responsibilities.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-5603OAI: diva2:195474
Available from: 2007-01-05 Created: 2007-01-05

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