We were, during the last exercise, faced with a dilemma. The scenario was as following. You had an idea of selling some special kind of orange juice and asked your friend to help you. During the first hour on the first day of the venture were both of you operate the organisation the profit it 1000 SEK. You are, after the first hour, called away because of some external factor (e.g. sick child, SO, dog, cat). What will happen with the profits from the rest of the day, and do you trust your friend not to hide profit?
At first I didn’t understand the dilemma. If you are friends you trust each other, if you venture into a business together you should trust each other and if you trust each other you can have an open discussion about it and find common ground that makes every pleased.
The questions continued to echo through my mind during these last few days and I remembered when I was working in the Netherlands during the summer. There we had a similar fictional dilemma, were one of our “employees” failed to show up to an important mandatory meeting. The natural response from many of my co-workers was to immediately follow the rules and remove the person from the organisation. I was shocked by this response since my initial thought was: Is this person okay, has anything happened?
I decided to research the subject and in a study from 2011 about trust from ESS and ISSP (http://bit.ly/1nV8x0R) the Nordic countries are world champions in trust. In the study, approximately 84% of Swedes express high levels of trust in each other. In comparison, the OECD average is only 59% and the United States of America trails with 49%.
When I read this study many questions popped up in my head:
- How does this affect entrepreneurship in Sweden?
- How does entrepreneurs from Sweden interact with non-Nordic entrepreneurs?
- Is this an asset or a liability?
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