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The aim of the course is to provide a general overview of factors influencing business operations in Nordic countries (history, political, geography, legal and economic systems, culture), in particular, the operations of companies. The focus of the course is on welfare state institutions, European Union legislation and regulations, and Nordic culture(s).

During the course you will learn how to explain, compare and analyse differences and commonalities in the Nordic societies regarding the following themes:

  • societies in general
  • leadership styles
  • entrepreneurial traditions
  • organizational cultures
  • gender and power issues

and to summarise and compile these themes into a handbook.

This course is one of the three courses offered together with Mays Business School (Texas, USA) as a Summer School:

  • 22059 Introduction to Russian Business Culture (3 ECTS),
  • 22018 Introduction to Nordic Business Culture (3 ECTS) and
  • 22019 International Environment of Business (3 ECTS).

The courses are on intermediate level. To get a dynamic and international learning experience we invite Hanken students to apply for the courses. This is a great chance to learn together with US students. Notably, the course also include company visits, guided tours of Nordic design and entrepreneurial environments, guest lectures delivered by distinguished academics as well as recognized leaders within their trade as well as in Nordic societies.

Following graduation, most students will find themselves working in businesses or not-for-profit organizations. Regardless of position or career aspirations, their role in directly managing other employees or understanding human resource management (HRM) practices is critical for ensuring both company and personal success. As a result, this course focuses on human resource issues and how HR is used at work.

The course aims at engaging students in learning through the use of real-world examples and best practices; focusing them on important HR issues and concepts; and applying what they have learned through exercises and cases. Students will be able to take what they have learned in the course and apply it to solving HRM situations they will encounter on the job.


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The course gives a general overview to Russian culture and society that enable participants to see the historical, cultural and societal developments that shaped and molded the Russian mentality and character. Furthermore the course builds on this knowledge and with their help explains how Russians see the world in general and the business world in particular.

The course can be taken as a summer course in 2021 by students from both Helsinki and Vaasa and this course can be included in the elective major subject studies.