A First Step
Sammanfattning: The augmentation of cross-border acquisitions was the characteristic of the fifth wave ofacquisitions in Europe. With a more globalized world many researchers claim that the crossborderacquisitions will continue to increase. Further, it may occur cultural clashes in anacquisition; nevertheless a successful integration can lead to advantages. Studies have beendone in how to integrate a French company with for instance an American one, little is writtenabout integrating a Swedish and a French company and the national cultural effects thatcomes with it.The purpose with the thesis is to contribute with an increased knowledge of culturaldifferences between Sweden and France with focus on uncertainty avoidance. It will help theexamined company to increase the awareness of the possible differences that may occur. Itwill also be a guideline for other Swedish companies when acquiring a French one. The studyhas been made through a qualitative case study, where the data is collected and accomplishedwith interviews.The results found in the thesis indicate that in the French company there is a stronger desire ofclarity and control compared to the Swedish group. The French are also perceived to wait fortheir manager to state his point of view and not express their opinions in the same extent asthe Swedish company group. Essential for succeeding with the integration is to observe theexisting cultural differences.
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