Ledarskap i främmande kulturer : en kvalitativ studie av franska chefer verksamma i Sverige

by Carlsson, Frida; Henriksson, Sara

Abstract (Summary)
In today’s globalized society the boundaries are being more and more expunged and we are living closer to other cultures. This is perceived with the European Union seeing as this has lead to the simplicity in travelling as well as working in other European countries. Companies establish offices around the world which leads to the meeting between different cultures at the office. Cultural differences are for the most part about people’s different values and norms and that includes everybody in the company regardless of position. The internal communication can deteriorate in a multinational company if managers and employees are not on the same wavelength. In this situation the roll of the manager is being distinguished and how he interacts in the meeting with a new culture.This thesis aims to investigate what managers working in countries with different values and norms find important to succeed. The interest lies in bringing out their reflections about leadership in foreign cultures and what possible difficulties that may occur.To answer our purpose a qualitative study has been carried out, consisting of personal interviews with eight French managers working for French companies in Sweden. The theories and studies that have been used discuss culture, leadership and intercultural leadership.After analyzing the empirical data against the chosen theories, the following conclusions have been drawn. The survey shows that a certain amount of adaptation from the managers is needed for the cooperation to work, in addition to this an awareness of the other culture is needed to be able to understand the other culture. As a manager in a foreign culture you have to be able to ask your co-workers for advice if there is something you don’t understand. The differences that were most obviously manifested between the two cultures were the low degree of power distance, the fear of conflicts and strive for consensus.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Södertörns högskola

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:culture leadership intercultural


Date of Publication:02/06/2007

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