Corporate culture In Finland compared to neighboring countries Sweden and Russia
This course is part of the training Bachelor in Business Management.


Course level

Course prerequisites (start competences)
Working knowledge of English

Course description & goals (final competences)
The aim is to give a picture about the Finns and Finnish culture to help the students to figure out the Finnish corporate culture.
Special attention will be paid to Swedish and Russian cultures in business life. Students will get a good picture of the Nordic dimensions through lectures and literature. During study trips to Stockholm and St. Petersburg, the group will learn and hear about experiences in every day life in companies where there are members of these three nationalities involved.

With the above-mentioned information, students may make comparisons with their own countries´ corporate cultures and that will help them to better understand and value their own culture as well as differences between national cultures. Through increased knowledge on diversity, students may get better possibilities to succeed in international business and especially in business with these three countries and cultures in question.

Table of contents
Cultural features starting from Finnish culture.
What are the Swedes like and how do they differ from the Finns?
What are the similarities?
What do we know and have learnt about our eastern neighbor Russia during the past decades? Breaking through culture shock.
Study trips to Stockholm and St. Petersburg.
Learning diaries on study trips.

Please note! Study trips will be paid by students themselves.

Teaching method
Lectures and discussions as well as working in small groups during the lectures. Searching information in the internet. Study trips. Learning diaries. Students´  presentations of their own cultures in a nutshell. Reading of literature according to later agreement. Written exam.

Course material
Snyder, R. & Anikari, P. 1999. The Lighter Side of Finland (for Businesspeople). Gummerus Oy. Jyväskylä
Dahlgren, M.&Nurmelin,M. 2000. A Survival Guide to Finnish Sauna, Sisu & Sibelius (for Businesspeople). Gummerus Oy. Jyväskylä
Trompenaars, F. and Hampden-Turner, C. 2002. Riding the Waves of Cultures. Second Edition. WS Bookwell. Finland
Lewis, R.D. 1997. When. Cultures Collide. 3rd Edition. 2005. London. UK
Marx, E. 2001. Breaking Through Culture Shock. Finland
Axtell, R.E. 1998. Gestures. The DO´s and TABOOs of Body Language Around the world. USA
Schein, E.H. 2004. The Corporate Culture *Survival Guide – Sense and nonsense about culture change. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Tammer-Paino Oy. Tampere
Selected material from the Internet.
Eloise M. Boyle & Genevra Gerhart. Bloomington, Indiana. 2002. The Russian Context - The Culture behind the Language
Genevra Gerhart. Bloomington, Indiana. 2001. The Russian´s World, Life and Language.

Examination and assessment method
Mandatory written exam will be graded as follows:
A (excellent), B (very good), C (good), D (satisfactory), E (sufficient) and F (failed)
It will make up 60% of total grading.

Study trips and the corresponding learning diaries can be replaced by assignments.
Each study trip will make up 20% of total grading.
Learning diaries will be evaluated approved/rejected.        


Information lecturer
Mrs Pirjo-Riitta Niemi BSc (Econ.), Bachelor of Tourism, MBA
Mrs. Jaana Halme MA