chapter  8
12 Pages

Audit and prospect

WithPeter Lawrence, Tony Spybey

This chapter offers an assessment of Swedish management, both in terms of the substantive account and in relation to its social context. It focuses on salient features of politics and society in Sweden and a provisional balance sheet. In conventional capitalist terms, Swedish management ought to be disadvantaged by its social and political context. The Swedish ethic of competence and the Swedes’ attachment to acting correctly may appear to be a vague formula, but it is important. Avoiding severe altercations during the industrialisation process, Sweden also avoided the more extreme forms of industrial ownership. Since the early 1970s there has been a rash of legislation in Sweden aimed at really doing something about sexual equality. The real problem in Sweden is to change society when it rather steadfastly declines to keep up with the legislative changes. The pattern of industrial relations in Sweden must be a leading contender for the most enviable aspect of Swedish industry.