Cultural Lone Wolf
Finland is one of the developed world’s best-kept secrets. This small, cold, and isolated country of the north “leads the world in various fields of technology, network readiness, global competitiveness, research and creativity, . . . enrollments in universities and colleges, empowerment of women, and sustainability of the environment.” Finland has a reputation as a stand-alone nation; she is a member of many international organizations, but she retains traces of a Lone Wolf mentality. Secure inside the EU, she can maintain her equable relations with her giant neighbor (Russia) to the East. The Finns are able to devise their own remedies to almost everything, from foreign policy, internal divisions, and the changing structures of her economic activities. Richard D. Lewis is uniquely qualified to write about Finland, having spent all or part of fifty years in the country and having been acquainted or friends with an unending list of Finns from members of Parliament to ministry officials to CEOs to writers and historians, and so on. His love of Finland is no secret. On every page of the book his respect for and fondess of his adopted second country radiates from the pages. Lewis begins Finland with an overview of Finnish origins, history, and geography. He examines ten of the most dominant cultural values and devotes an entire chapter to Finnish communication patterns. Because of his extensive experience with Finnish business and politics, Lewis’ observations on leadership style, negotiation, the uniquely Finnish suomi-kuva (Finland image), attitudes toward business -- and on corporate giant, Nokia -- are of particular interest. Richard D. Lewis is the author of many other best-selling titles, including When Cultures Collide and The Cultural Imperative.
Author: Richard Lewis
Author: Richard Lewis
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