Friday, June 13, 2014

Old Dutch Companies

Hanze University in Groningen, Netherlands offers a three-week summer program on "Doing Business in Europe" in which Hope College participated for the first time this year.  Since it was our first year, I accompanied our participating students to evaluate how the program should fit into our Management curriculum.  The students attend lectures on intercultural management, marketing in the EU, and legal/economic issues of the EU.  Also part of the program are business visits and cultural/social activities.  This year we visited four companies - all over 100 years old!  It was so interesting to hear executives describe their firm and their company culture in terms that echo the factors from my research on old companies in Japan and the U.S.  The "survival" factors/behaviors of old companies do appear to be cross-cultural.
Grolsch will celebrate 400 years in 2015.

Hooghoudt (distiller) is over 125 years old, and still family owned.


Meyer Werft (large cruise ship manufacturer) is over 200 years old and still owned and managed by the founding family... 

And Philips will celebrate 125 years in 2016

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