“We learnt so much about the business culture there. A Chinese company is very hierarchical, a total contrast to Sweden’s flat organisations,” says Claudia. “The general manager there had the last word, and everything had to be approved by her before it was done. Employees are also very respectful towards each other; they use each other’s surnames and are far more formal. I learnt a lot about the correct way to communicate with business colleagues in China, in order to get what you need from them.”
For these students, the opportunity given to them by the Ramo Academy has been invaluable and they strongly encourage other students to consider entering this year’s competition.
“Doing an internship at a smaller company in China, such as Ramo Group, means you get to really interact with people there and learn about their culture,” explains Claudia. “They really took care of us. The CEO took us sightseeing, introduced us to her family. You might not get that treatment from a bigger multinational.”
For Emanuel, learning about China will give business students hoping for an international career a competitive advantage: “There will be more and more trade with Chinese companies, they are gaining market share in all kinds of industries, all over the world. It’s vital to know about their business trends and learn about their culture. We hear a lot about China from a western perspective, but we need to learn about how the Chinese themselves perceive things. This internship is a chance to get more open-minded.”
Registration for the Ramo Academy Case Competition 2019 25th November is open, so make sure to send your CV and motivational letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before November 4th!
The winning team will be revealed at a prize-giving ceremony in January 2020, at Jönköping University.
For more information, visit the Ramo Academy website or contact Tilda Lindén on +46 70 625 4509