New Report on Swedish SME’s views on Trust and Transparency in China

New Report on Swedish SME’s views on Trust and Transparency in China

Questions of trust and transparency are becoming increasingly important for international companies with operations in China. The challenges of navigating in an environment with a multitude of values, cultures, traditions and political considerations are becoming increasingly complex.

Six Year Plan recently released a report which aims to investigate the regulatory and legislative challenges that Swedish small- and medium-enterprises with operations in China are facing. Qualitative interviews have been performed with key individuals from a wide-ranging selection of industries to understand how they experience matters such as corruption, discretionary enforcement of regulations, Chinese business culture and censorship.

The report can be found in its entirety here.

Anders Rehnberg joins Six Year Plan’s team in Stockholm

Six Year Plan are delighted to announce that Anders Rehnberg joins the team as Adviser.

With a Master’s degree in Political Sciences with a major in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in International relations, Anders advises clients on business development, government affairs and communications. He has a background within local politics as well as Swedish and International politics, and has among other things been Vice President of The International Federation of Liberal Youth. Anders has also lived in the Czech Republic and recently worked for The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise at their Brussels offices.

How does it feel to start working at Six Year Plan?
– It feels great. I have a very good impression of my colleagues and of the business.

What are you looking forward to the most?
– I look forward to working with interesting clients and to learn more about the markets where Six Year Plan are active. I am very interested in India and hope to get the chance to explore that interest further.

What do you expect of your time at Six Year Plan?
– I expect to work with many different projects, and hope that I can contribute with my political background and international experience.

Anders joined Six Year Plan on September 3rd.

Analysis of the work report from the 19th party congress of the Chinese communist party

Analysis of the work report from the 19th party congress of the Chinese communist party

The 19th party congress of the Chinese communist party was inaugurated in Beijing on October 18, and has been the focus of China related media reporting for the past few weeks. Six Year Plan has made an analysis of the congress work report, that we have summarized in this report. This has been done in cooperation with Patrik Andersson, a Swedish sinologist.

In the attached analysis, Six Year Plan has taken a somewhat different approach. Our analysis is based on the original Chinese language version of the work report delivered by general secretary Xi Jingping at the first day of the congress. The work report sets the direction of party work for the years to come, and in most respects, indicate a continuation of the direction set at the 18th party congress.  What stands out from the 19th party congress is an even tighter political control of all aspects of society, emphasizing party leadership over all work, and an even more ambitious agenda for strengthening nationalism and China’s position in the world. Economic and political reform are also covered in the report, but both areas receive comparatively less attention compared to previous work reports.


Some key take-aways are:

The essence of the report was the update of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,” to “Thought
on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” an ideology that stresses “party
leadership over all work”.

The report called for greater market access for foreign enterprises, and for opening up the service
sector to foreign investments.

It reaffirmed China’s intention to develop world-class manufacturing and technology industries, and
its commitment to innovation in the economy.

Tensions remain between ambitious market reforms and a continued strong support of state
ownership and leadership in the economy.

The report struck a nationalistic tone throughout, putting great emphasis on the “Great Rejuvenation
of the Chinese Nation”.

The report makes clear that the party’s control over society is going to further expand and tighten in
the following years.




To operate in this complex environment, a number of areas will become increasingly important:

  • China knowledge at headquarters. Close communication between the China organization
    and top management. The higher speed of development, comprehensive changes to legal
    framework and potentially stronger political involvement will most likely require more frequent
    updates of strategy and plans. The ability to take fast decisions will be crucial.
  • Actively engaging with authorities on standards and regulations. A planned approach to
    public affairs, covering both monitoring of policy and regulatory development, and engagement
    through available platforms
  • Enforcement of company culture and code of conduct. Companies active in China need to
    guide their staff on how to handle operational and ethical challenges

To download the report click here. For questions about the report and information on how you can improve your organisation’s China practice email our Managing director Pär Uhlin at par.uhlin@sixyearplan,se

(IN SWEDISH) Två nya kollegor till Stockholmskontoret

Två nya kollegor till Stockholmskontoret

Den här veckan har vi välkomnat två nya kollegor till Stockholmskontoret, Malin Myhrman och Aneesh Khokar!

Malin Myhrman har stor erfarenhet av att driva projekt och event inom kommunikation och Public Affairs både internt och för kund. Malin kommer närmast från Bryssel där hon bodde i nio år. Hon arbetade senast hos Edelman där hon tillsammans med ledningsgruppen ansvarade för att driva marknadsföring och affärsutveckling för Brysselkontoret. Innan dess arbetade hon för NGO:n One Laptop Per Child och för tankesmedjan Friends of Europe

Hur känns det att vara på Six Year Plan?

Jätteroligt! Six Year Plan har ett unikt erbjudande. Det känns glasklart att kombinera kommunikation och Public Affairs med affärsutveckling och verksamhetsfrågor och att dessutom kunna erbjuda rådgivning till svenska uppdragsgivare internationellt och i så spännande länder.

Vad ser du fram emot mest?

Tidigare har jag haft möjligheten att få arbeta med internationella uppdragsgivare och frågor. Nu ser jag framför allt fram emot att få hjälpa svenska företag och organisationer med deras ambitioner i Sverige och utomlands.

Vad förväntar du av din tid på Six Year Plan?

Nya utmaningar och att få använda min tidigare erfarenhet tillsammans med svenska och internationella medarbetare och kunder.


Aneesh är utbildad inom management och innovation på Chalmers och ägnade en del av tiden på London School of Economics och Copenhagen Business School för studier inom finans. Tidigare har Aneesh arbetat med marknadsstrategi, pricing och finansiering på ett startup inom avancerade material – Fureho AB. Under sin utbildning, har Aneesh haft internships inom corporate finance och consulting, och arbetat med entry strategy, skapandet av hållbara obligationer, finansiell modellering och market research.

Hur känns det att vara på Six Year Plan?

Oerhört spännande! Ända sen jag upptäckte boken Trust and Transparency har jag velat hit.

Vad förväntar du av din tid på Six Year Plan?

Att lära mig mycket från mina erfarna medarbetare, arbeta med givande och intressanta projekt, och bidra med skapandet av långsiktigt värde.

Vad ser du fram emot mest?

Jag ser fram emot att utmanas och att få fördjupa mig inom emerging markets.

Varmt välkomna Malin och Aneesh!

Six Year Plan strengthens the team with five new advisors

Six Year Plan strengthens the team with five new advisors

Our team of advisors is expanding this fall with five new colleagues. The new additions range from junior consultants to senior advisors with more than 40 years of experience.

We are very happy that Anna Thurdin and Martin Gumpert has joined our team of Associated Senior Advisors in Stockholm. Anna Thurdin specializes in management consulting and leadership development, and is a strong addition to our capabilities within internal change management. Martin Gumpert has a long background within management and communications covering both strategic development and creative work, which brings a new aspect to our expertise in this area.

We are equally pleased that Charlotta Lagerdahl has joined us as Associated Senior Advisor in Shanghai. Charlotta has over 10 years of local experience in China, and has a strong background within corporate communications and crisis management.

In addition, our Stockholm office is warmly welcoming Malin Myhrman and Aneesh Khokar, two full time advisors based in Stockholm. Malin Myhrman has a background within project management, public affairs and communications, and has spent the last eight years in Brussels. Aneesh Khokar has an engineering and financial background, with double degrees from Chalmers. Aneesh will work with local Swedish clients, but also support the Six Year Plan’s India offer.

We feel confident that the addition of these five advisors will further enable us to deliver even better service to our existing and future clients.

Contact: Pär Uhlin, Managing Director