SH: During last week’s Executive Dialogue we discussed how to utilize Swedish company culture and values within organizations that consist mainly of local employees. Is it possible to combine best practices of Swedish corporate values with the advantages of Chinese working culture? Some key takeaways from the dialogue were:
1) Even though the company culture may origin from grassroot-level, Management play a key part in leading by example.
2) Can you really “teach” culture or can you only influence by letting employees actually experience the culture?
3) Some of the participants found financial drivers still to be important incentives for many Chinese employees, but “Nordic” values especially linked to work-life balance become more important.