April 7, 2014 - News about the firm

Study of Mannheimer Swartling basis for book on sustainable success

The key to sustainable success rests in the ability of an enterprise to develop its employees, according to Anna Jonsson, researcher and associate professor at the School of Economics at the University of Gothenburg. She has studied Mannheimer Swartling’s corporate culture in order to identify why, and how, some companies are more successful than others. The results of her research are laid out in a new book, True partnership as true learning – knowledge sharing within Mannheimer Swartling.

Jonsson’s research indicates that companies and organizations that understand that their success is strongly linked to employee development are the most successful in the long term.

“Many are motivated by the opportunity to evolve and learn, for example, from more experienced colleagues,” says Jonsson. “To contribute to a company’s learning process is also an important motivating factor. Therefore, it is important to create a culture where employees naturally share their knowledge.”

In a close-up and in-depth study of Mannheimer Swartling, Jonsson analyzed the firm’s learning culture, which is built on a tradition of knowledge sharing and apprenticeship. Education and learning are normal daily tasks for all employees and not considered sidelines. Like other successful companies, the firm has realized that the organization’s structure and culture must support each other.

“I think you can learn a lot from the understanding of how a clear structure and a strong learning culture can free up time for professional development and thus sustainable success for the organization,” says Jonsson.

True partnership as true learning – knowledge sharing within Mannheimer Swartling has been published by Iustus and funded by the Tom Hedelius and Jan Wallander Foundation.

For more information about the book, please contact Anna Jonsson, Associate Professor with a special interest in organization studies at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She can be contacted via email: anna.jonsson@handels.gu.se.