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Personalarbete och kommunikation över kulturgränser
2000 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to create a good base for an empirical study at Volvo Cars Japan Corporation, VCJC. The intention with this part, part one, of my thesis is to give a picture of the area of study. This will be done through theoretical studies and through interviews with people within Volvo. Part two of my thesis, will be an empirical study of VCJC. Area of focus is how Human Resource Department work considering the cultural differences between Japan and Sweden. Another area of focus is Cross- Cultural Communication. My theoretical investigation is divided into four main areas, which will help me when preparing for coming empirical work, and also give some relevant questions about my subjects. The main areas of my theoretical study are culture, organization, communication and human resource. There is also a chapter about Japan and the purpose of this chapter is to prepare for coming advents and especially the cultural differences. The chapter about culture is based on Hofstede’s four culture dimensions and these dimensions show how Japan and Sweden differs on four main points. These are power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism versus collectivism and masculinity versus femininity. The areas which are discussed in the organization chapter are cultures within organizations, organization structure, look upon organizations with an environmental perspective and to see how to manage an organization. The part about communication and information is giving the reader a picture of what the complications can be in a company. It is shown there that communication and organization structure are tied together, and how communication and culture affect each other. Discussion about how to work with human resources in a company is made out of the perspectives, personnel policies, strategies and how to work on a daily basis. The chapter about Japan contains areas, which connect to the main areas in one way or another. Examples of these areas are history, communication, to do business with the Japanese and different views on status, leadership and organization. The empirical part in this study contain some background facts on VCJC. Data in this chapter is gathered through interviews with employees at Volvo. The conclusion will guide my coming interviews and observations at VCJC. The conclusion consists of a number of questions. I ask how VCJC work with Human Resources considering there are two different cultures in the organization? What are the cultural differences and what does the culture within VCJC look like? Is power unequally distributed and are people in VCJC more individual or more collectivists according to Hofstede’s dimensions? I am also interested in seeing what policy, vision and goal the Human Resource Department work after and if there are any social activities for the employees? Concerning the communication and information area within VCJC, I will study how today’s communication and information channels work and how they can be more effective? What does communication during meetings look like, can every one speak up and do they? How are communication between head office, branches and importers working and what problems do the employees experience concerning communication within VCJC? Is there enough of information in the company and is it easy to get?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. , p. 40
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-58827Local ID: SOC C-12OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-58827DiVA, id: diva2:1123536
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Sociology
Available from: 2017-07-13 Created: 2017-07-13

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