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Building Teams and Organizational Learning in China: A case illustrating how Action research can be used in a cross-cultural context to support new ways of working between universities and industry

Sverker Alänge (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell kvalitetsutveckling) ; Sari Scheinberg
The 10th GLOBELICS International Conference, 9-11 November, 2012 in Hangzhou, China p. 4985-5007. (2012)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

In 2010, the Chinese Geely Holding Group bought Swedish Volvo Cars. During the build-up phase of a first new factory in Chengdu, Swedish and Chinese managers were employed to work in parallel and on equal terms. However, these cross-cultural teams did not appear to work as effectively and harmoniously as was expected. Due to Volvo’s history of working with the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Volvo decided to design a project together with Chalmers with 3 key-objectives: 1.To understand what was supporting and hindering their cross cultural teams. 2. To support the teams to learn from the results and to experiment with new ways of working and learning. 3. To develop a research team that included both Swedish and Chinese professors and students. As a result, a cross cultural team was created between Chalmers and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). An action research approach was designed, including feedback workshops to support leaders to become aware of and to experiment with new ways of working and learning together. Action research was found useful for the Swedish/Chinese company to improve its leadership groups and to enhance its relations with universities in a new cross cultural setting.

Nyckelord: action research, learning alliance, university-industry collaboration, Gestalt cycle of experience, China, Sweden, leadership teams

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell kvalitetsutveckling (2005-2016)


Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande)
Industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur