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Meet Briana

Hello! My name is Briana Sara, and I’m currently an MBA student at Chapman University. I also work in higher education and particularly in the health care field. I enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures. Unfortunately, I have not been able to travel to Europe before, and this will be my first time. I’m excited to learn more about Sweden, and its culture. 

Meet Sarah

I am also in the MBA program with Briana at Chapman University, where I also work and am building my career in higher education. I am very excited to travel again! It has been nearly 10 years since I’ve traveled to Europe, but I have never been to Sweden and am getting more excited by the day to expand my knowledge of Swedish culture and overall business in Scandinavia.

Our Learning Objective

Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the cross-cultural issues between the USA and Scandinavia from a global perspective. We hope to gain a better understanding of Swedish business work culture through our future visits to companies in Sweden. We are particularly interested in the Swedish organizational structure and how education plays into that, given that we both come from a higher education background. 

Furthermore, in our studies preparing for our travels, we gained more of an interest in hoping to better understand cross-cultural challenges in managing businesses across different Nordic countries. One thing we noticed in researching hotels in Oslo, Norway, is that a lot of reviews were in Spanish, much to our surprise. Another topic that interests us is workplace culture and etiquette, and how it differs from the USA. Based on our research, Sweden places a stronger emphasis on work-life balance than the USA. People in Scandinavian countries tend to be happier overall when surveyed due to their high GDP per capita. Additionally, Sweden offers 16 months of paid family leave that can be split between a couple. According to Conde Nast Traveler, Sweden is the best country for women. 

Conde Nast Traveler Link:

Education is considered highly important in both the USA and Sweden. However, Sweden, they do not have private universities as compared to the USA. Also, education is primarily state-funded, and therefore, accessible and the majority of tuition is waived, unlike in the USA. Something we found interesting in Sweden is that students tend to take a gap year before attending university, versus the USA where that is more unconventional. Also, one of the class videos on why Swedes are world-leading innovators mentions Sweden’s history plays a big role in education with Sweden requiring compulsory schooling in 1842, a vital component in the country’s journey in developing from a poor agricultural nation to an innovation leader. 

Sweden Higher Education Link:,are%20educated%20free%20of%20charge

Why Swedes are World-Leading Innovators Video Link: 

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