Globalization has profound effects on national economies even as distinct national ‘models’ of capitalism remain. International and Comparative Business accessibly tracks the historical and socio-political contexts of the world's major countries on a chapter-by-chapter basis to the present day. The book provides a comprehensive, critical, yet concise introduction to each of the economies’ key features, including macro overviews as well as organizational and workplace-level analysis. Each chapter features learning objectives, in-depth interpretation and critique of key literature, and annotated further reading to allow readers to rigorously navigate their way through the wealth of material available for each country. This text is essential reading for students and researchers in the areas of international business and cross-cultural management, comparative political economy, and history.

Nordic Economies: The Employee Dignity Agenda

Nordic Economies: The Employee Dignity Agenda

Nordic economies: The employee dignity agenda

Chapter Objectives

  • To explore the fundamental features of the socio-economic models of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland – the Nordic societies – and to show why they are widely regarded as both economically competitive and ethically sound
  • To show why and how these economies (especially Sweden, the largest) developed such egalitarian models from the 1930s onwards after deades of severe industrial relations conflict
  • To describe the main macro-level features of Nordic business systems, namely their very well-developed forms of social welfare, large public sectors and high taxes, powerful unions and employers associations, and very flat income distribution
  • To describe Nordic capitalism at workplace level, drawing attention to the attempts to foster enhanced levels of employee dignity at ...
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