The values and culture of Inter IKEA Group reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of Ingvar Kamprad. Our values have their roots in the Småland region of Sweden, where Ingvar Kamprad was born and grew up. It is a stony and rather rugged landscape where the inhabitants were often forced to get by on small means and make use of the scarce resources at their disposal. Smålanders have a reputation for being thrifty and innovative, with a straightforward, no-nonsense approach – to problem-solving in general, and to business challenges in particular. This “Småland legacy” is built into the IKEA culture and values, all over the world.
In the practical business world of today, this means that IKEA values encourage a constant desire for renewal and a willingness to make changes – always with a cost-conscious mindset, in all areas of operations. The values also imply a willingness to try solutions outside of normal conventions. This means daring to be different, while maintaining practical connections with day-to-day activities. Humbleness in approaching tasks, and simplicity in the way of doing things are also cornerstones of the IKEA culture.
The IKEA spirit is based on a belief that no method is more effective than a good example. In the IKEA business, each co-worker is important, each has a responsibility, and that only by working together (tillsammans in Swedish) can we really make a difference.
The IKEA values have proven to be viable in an international context. They are one of the most important factors behind all of our achievements across manyIKEA organisations. By keeping them alive and well-rooted, we will continue to turn future challenges into opportunities.
Most things still remain to be done.