Nathan Miala presentation a Belgian in Sweden

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Expat life: A Belgian in Sweden By nAthan miala 2ION3

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Table of CONTENTS Introduction Geert Hofstede’s cultural dimensions Power distance Individualism Masculinity or Femininity Uncertainty avoidance Long-term orientation Indulgence Conclusion

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Introduction Hans Blok Neighbour Married 3 Grown-up Children IT-Sourcing at Hewlett-Packard (HP) For 20 years Sweden, France and Germany

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Hofstede’s cultural dimensions

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Power distance Score : 31 Relay on their own People were reluctant Difficult communication Informal towards managers Non-hierarchical work environment

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individualism Score: 71 Take care of themselves Not depending on others Teamwork is important

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Score: 5 on Masculinity Sweden has a Feminine society Family orientated Value quality and equality Masculinity or femininity

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Uncertainty avoidance Score: 29 Don’t like change Different approach Belgium scored : 94 Play it safe Looking outside of the box

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Long-term orientation Score : 49 High respect for traditions Oppose change if necessary

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Indulgence Score : 78 Willingness to realise impulses Enjoying life and having fun Importance on leisure time Dress code at work: Belgium : Very formal Sweden : Casual

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Conclusion Big difference in business culture Adjustment from the expat Challenging Free spirited nature

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Thank you for your attention Question for you: Do you think it is good that the Swedish people don’t adjust themselves a little bit for their expat? Could a Swedish person be successful in Belgium if he sticks with their business culture? With the info you got now, what advice would you give a person who is going to Sweden for work?

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