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Trend: Go Nordic

By 28. Juni 2009 No Comments

Most of the European movements have started in the Scandinavian countries and they set the targets for Corporate Governance, Equality, Education, Work-Life-Balance and of course for a turn-around in economics. Now the oldies like Shell und BP recruit nordic talents from the techie-field (read later).

Scandinavia is well known for its IT-Innovators like Linus Torvalds who changed the laws in internet for ever with Linux open source. There is Nokia in Finland and Ericsson in Sweden for Technology and Ikea for inventing the new management philosophy of good design for all. And for me there is Celemi, one of the smartest design companies for learning and change programs, who have worked with most of the top-shots in Sweden worldwide.

But not only in small companies and technology, there have been very new steps in politics: The politics in Norway work hard on their change with the „Woman on Board“ program initiated 2002. The Norwegian quota law (to have 40 % women on board) was introduced by the conservative Minister for Trade and Industry Mr. Ansgar Gabrielsen. The number of women board directors was 6,8 % these days and due to the law changed to 39,5 % this year – as this is the deadline – or you are out of business. This had a dramatic impact on recruiting and Norwegian companies started diving for pearls in the Scandinavian sea: The search for female executives has led to cross-border recruitment drives – especially in neighbouring Nordic states – as well as company-led initiatives to cherry-pick and promote the best existing female talent.

Jump over the sea: Europe is picking up. (Not) Surprisingly Shell and BP, the very big energy companies, need to look into the future. They need a CEO who is not afraid for a turn-around and has a clear focus and visions. Interestingly – these companies went Scandinavian. Jorma Ollila from Nokia Finland was asked to move to the Board of Shell to Den Hague in the Netherlands and this week BP finally announced that Carl-Henric Svanberg will join the BP board as chairman designate and as a nonexecutive director on Sept. 1. Forbes gave it a nice headline: „BP Goes for Technie Svanberg„. The new man was chief executive of Swedish telecommunications network supplier LM Ericsson. Both are not from oil – but from telecommunication and technology. They follow the trend, as Lars Josefsson, CEO of Vattenfall in Stockholm, who is also a Techie – coming from Ericsson and was advisor to the Swedish Government in the 90ies. This mix of cultural background, innovation driven sector and Scandinavian routs might lead to a new strategy towards sustainability, technology and new concepts for energy and management. Wonder when the first Scandinavian female Board member is exported. See EWMD blog:Most of the European movements have started in the Scandinavian countries and they set the targets for Corporate Governance, Equality, Education, Work-Life-Balance and of course for a turn-around in economics. Now the oldies like Shell und BP recruit nordic talents from the techie-field (read later).

Scandinavia is well known for its IT-Innovators like Linus Torvalds who changed the laws in internet for ever with Linux open source. There is Nokia in Finland and Ericsson in Sweden for Technology and Ikea for inventing the new management philosophy of good design for all. And for me there is Celemi, one of the smartest design companies for learning and change programs, who have worked with most of the top-shots in Sweden worldwide.

But not only in small companies and technology, there have been very new steps in politics: The politics in Norway work hard on their change with the „Woman on Board“ program initiated 2002. The Norwegian quota law (to have 40 % women on board) was introduced by the conservative Minister for Trade and Industry Mr. Ansgar Gabrielsen. The number of women board directors was 6,8 % these days and due to the law changed to 39,5 % this year – as this is the deadline – or you are out of business. This had a dramatic impact on recruiting and Norwegian companies started diving for pearls in the Scandinavian sea: The search for female executives has led to cross-border recruitment drives – especially in neighbouring Nordic states – as well as company-led initiatives to cherry-pick and promote the best existing female talent.

Jump over the sea: Europe is picking up. (Not) Surprisingly Shell and BP, the very big energy companies, need to look into the future. They need a CEO who is not afraid for a turn-around and has a clear focus and visions. Interestingly – these companies went Scandinavian. Jorma Ollila from Nokia Finland was asked to move to the Board of Shell to Den Hague in the Netherlands and this week BP finally announced that Carl-Henric Svanberg will join the BP board as chairman designate and as a nonexecutive director on Sept. 1. Forbes gave it a nice headline: „BP Goes for Technie Svanberg„. The new man was chief executive of Swedish telecommunications network supplier LM Ericsson. Both are not from oil – but from telecommunication and technology. They follow the trend, as Lars Josefsson, CEO of Vattenfall in Stockholm, who is also a Techie – coming from Ericsson and was advisor to the Swedish Government in the 90ies. This mix of cultural background, innovation driven sector and Scandinavian routs might lead to a new strategy towards sustainability, technology and new concepts for energy and management. Wonder when the first Scandinavian female Board member is exported. See EWMD blog:

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