Final Thoughts and Farewell

For our last post we want to start by saying thank you to everyone we met on our trip for their wonderful hospitality and to simply take a few moments to share some of the things that left the biggest impression on us. First up will be Adi, followed by Nate and some final words from Eshwar.

Adi: There are a lot of takeaways for me from this trip, but I would be discussing one of the most important thing that I have learnt from this trip and would like to reflect it IMG_9673in my work place. Most of them suggested that this trip was not required for me as I was already an international student at Chapman and I have an international exposure. But I am very glad that I went against them and came for this trip. There were so many new things that I learnt here that would be really help me run the business in a lot of other ways. According to me, I feel in the US, the business revolves around work. We mainly concentrate on how to get things done. In Sweden, I felt that they concentrate more on the factors affecting work which in return indirectly boosts the work. For example, of all the companies that we visited, most of them emphasized on safety of the people, the work environment, which was so creative and increases the productivity of the employees. The motive of the Swedes is that they give importance to employees by respecting their time, giving them importance and make them feel special. This makes the employees feel special about the company and in return give back best efforts. This was one great thing that I have learnt. We normally focus on one thing and neglect the other important aspects. We got to think holistically towards business and small things makes big differences.


Nate: It is really hard for me to choose one last topic to write about, as well. But I don’t think we should leave out one of the more fun stops we had at Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile game franchise, so I’ll share one of the questions I asked during this visit. One of my two capstone projects at Chapman was about the video game industry and a section of our report focused on gender discrimination, a widespread problem that many women across the world face in this industry. I asked Heini Kaihu, the head of one of Rovio’s development teams and a woman with many years of experience in the gaming industry in Finland if this was a problem that women faced in Scandinavian gaming companies. Not surprisingly, she told me that in all her years she had never felt discriminated against as a woman. In fact, the CEO of Rovia is a woman, something that would be almost unheard of in the gaming industry in most cases. To me, this was proof that the Nordic countries truly have a greater degree of mutual respect and equality in their society. It’s not something they simply talk about or see as an ideal to pursue in the future. I think this is a lesson we should take to heart in America. For all our talk about striving for equality, we do a pretty poor job when we benchmark against countries like Finland. If we truly want to unlock the full potential of everyone in our companies and society as a whole, we need to make equality one of our core values and not just an ideal we talk about.

37031Esh:  I am very happy and glad that I got the opportunity to visit and experience vivid kind of Businesses and Schools in Scandinavia. I need to thank Debra Gonda, Dr. Niklas Myhr and Dr. Clas Wihlborg for their efforts to provide this program at Chapman University. I visited Scandinavia with very open mind to learn about the aspects of business. I just did not just learn about business but also about people’s perception, cultures affecting the business, different lifestyles and behavior in different countries. As an entrepreneur, I got to learn from startups and smaller companies like Conversionista, Wunderdog, Zooma, Bikeep, Sqore about the overcoming of challenges, the selection of team based on skills, the motivation for the company to grow step by step. I was very inspired me to be a social entrepreneur by Mattias’ (a social entrepreneur) story about doing good to society by running a business and startups. In a macro-scale, I learnt about the growth and motives for business in Scandinavia Like Volvo, SAAB, Sandvik, Kelios to go global. Their success to do business in different countries were to learn and adapt different cultures, constantly innovating their products and services. My overall learning about people, culture, innovation, working style, behavior, perceptions were the key to success for companies, schools and startups in Scandinavia. I would use my learning and experience to start a profitable venture at the same time by doing good to society.

That’s all from us. To learn more, book a flight and discover Scandinavia for yourself. We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did!