Organizational Culture across National Borders: the Case of Elekta in Greece
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Aim: The aim of this research is to analyze the impact of national culture on organizational culture across national borders from a cross-cultural dimension approach. For this reason, a Swedish healthcare company Elekta AB, operating in Greece as Elekta EPE has been examined. The issues discussed are the influences of the culture of origin (Swedish) and the hosting country (Greece) on the organizational culture of a business unit operating abroad, in order to understand which organizational culture is implemented in Elekta Greece.
Method: This is an exploratory research in which qualitative data have been used. Interviews took place with employees at Elekta-Greece EPE office in Athens.
Result & Conclusions: The results of the research show that the organizational culture is influenced by the environment in which the company is operating and the cultural traits of the people working in the organization. As an outcome, in Elekta EPE there is a coexistence and merge of traits of both, Swedish and Greek culture that creates a successful and unique organizational culture.
Suggestions for future research: This is a single case-study. For further investigation one can suggest the expansion of this topic by conducting more case studies, add more countries at the same time in order to be able to create results that can be compared to the current findings.
Contributions of the thesis: The research contributes to the understanding of the cultural issues in international businesses, analyzing a specific case study in the healthcare industry. Moreover, the research underlines the importance of culture for companies operating globally; the need of adapt the practices to the market environment of the countries hosting the company and understanding values and behaviors of different cultural backgrounds.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 70 p.
National Culture, Organisational Culture, Healthcare, Greece, Organizational Model, Philotimo
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23738DiVA: diva2:1080768
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