Basic Swedish characteristics of community, egalitarianism and consensus-seeking all blend to make Swedes good team players – so long as the team accords to their ideals.
A team, which consists of a strong leader instructing junior team members, is unlikely to succeed.
There is a need for continuous consultation and for an ongoing buy-in process. Team meetings are, therefore, likely to be reasonably frequent and sometimes long.
Each team member expects and is expected to perform his or her individual tasks with the minimum of supervision from superiors. Such unwarranted supervision might be seen as a criticism or lack of trust in professional capabilities.
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 Sweden only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.
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