Finland

Finnish Business Structures

Finland differs from its Scandinavian neighbours in a number of ways. In business, probably the most striking is the lack of dependency on consensus as a means of reaching important decisions.

This is not to say that Finns are massively hierarchical or that they are non-consultative – it is more that Finns like to know exactly the perimeters of their responsibilities and will expect to be allowed to take the decisions which fall naturally within those perimeters.

Thus, Finns will complain just as bitterly (probably even more bitterly) than other nations about the slowness of the Swedish decision-making process. The structures of the organisation are supposed to be defined in such a way that everybody knows what is expected of them and the organisation trusts that employees (who are amongst the best educated in Europe) will have the requisite levels of skill to perform their allotted tasks.

Finland has experienced many years of comparatively calm industrial relations and there is little, if any, antagonism between shop floor and management.

Outside the metropolitan centre of Helsinki (where more than 20% of the total population live), many companies have traditionally taken on an active social role within the community, quite rightly seeing themselves as mainstays of the local area. Therefore, outside Helsinki, employees have been very loyal to employers with little job-hopping taking place.

 

Author

This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.  Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working.  We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.

This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Australia only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.


Author

This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture

Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working.  We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.

This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Finland only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.

Country Breakdown

5.5

Million

Population

Euro

Currency

$ 235.8

Billion

GDP

338,424

km2

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