Wealth and Happiness

Through this trip I have posted blogs that thematically connect Scandinavian culture, values, and history to the innovation, progress, and practices of both newer and more established businesses. For this last post I would like to view the trip from another angle, looking at my experiences through the lens of a public accountant. Over the […]

Blown Away

Countries in Scandinavia gain wealth through their plentiful, yet narrow variety of raw materials. With an abundance of iron ore, oil, and beech trees, the nations have no difficulty in maintaining a strong economy through international trade. Unfortunately, natural resources can be depleted or lose value in an ever-changing market. In order to plan for […]

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Pagen has been baking bread through 5 generations, and over the past 135 years the small family bakery has become an international success. In 1961, the company designed an office space with an open floorplan, which is now very common in Swedish office design. In newer companies it is difficult to determine whether this layout […]

Change the way

R&D is very long and tortuous process. When I was working in the HR team, I had recruited about 10 R&D experts for my company. But situations that was not expected occurred and experts always lacked. The success of R&D project is very uncertain. Although R&D succeed, it is totally different problem if the product […]

A Small Town With Big Dreams to Grow the Future

I arrived at Luleå, Sweden on Sunday, May 28th. It was an hour cab to a small town called Piteå. Anyone who knows me, they know that I  rather be dinning at a Michelin rated restaurant or taking a cycling class than head to a place that is cold, smaller metropolitan, and the nightlife was […]

Not Talent, But Virtue

I didn’t know about “Spotify” before this travel course. But other peers of mine seemed to know the company and use its video streaming service. After some research, I was astounded at its rapid growth and a wide range of customers (over 100 million all over the world). Spotify’s business model is “Premium to premium” […]

Assets and Liabilities

When in the process of hiring new employees, companies tend to evaluate potential job candidates’ value to the firm based on their grades, standardized test scores, and academic involvement. While this method of comparison is straightforward and easy to apply, it is not necessarily the most effective way to ensure that the company is hiring […]

Top five special learning of business visiting in Sweden

Keolis Keolis is a Swedish public transportation manufacture company in Sweden. I was stunned by their innovative office facility. There is no fixed seat of any employee. Everyone can choose to sit in the public area to brain-storming with coworkers or sit in the quiet zone to focus on their work. I was impressed by […]

The world’s oldest central bank

Today(June 1, 2017), we visited the world’s oldest central bank, Riksbank, which was established in 1668. The motto of the Bank is Hinc robur et securitas, which is Latin for “Herefore strength and safety” Riksbank introduced and has maintained negative interest rates because the recession of Euro Zone lasted and ECB (European Central Bank)’s quantitative […]

The Stress on the Press

In 1766, Sweden’s Freedom of Press Act became the world’s first law supporting the freedom of speech. With the abolishment of censorship and a lack of restriction came the rise of the publication of newspapers with new, important content. How, then, following the same analytical trend of previous posts, did this historical accomplishment promote innovation […]