Speaking at the London School of Business, which is no more than a hefty Sol Campbell clearance across Regents Park from Eriksson's home, Professor Birkinshaw said: "Sweden is far less hierarchical than Britain.
"The country is far less obsessed with class structure and people higher up lining up against people lower down.
"It is a more feminine way of doing things, and what Sven does is quintessentially Swedish.
"He's very open to listening to his team.
"Ultimately he'll make the decision, but he wants to try and understand what people think about things.
"He wants to let them go out and do it themselves, rather than forcing his opinion on everything they do."
In management consultancy-speak this is what constitutes a "feminine" approach and it does signify a different way of operating, one that is not restricted to the England national side.
You just have to hear Tony Adams on the difference between Arsenal managers Arsene Wenger and George Graham to recognise that the game has changed.
Whereas Wenger and Adams have a relationship based on mutual respect as individuals, as well as professionals, Graham tried to instil a degree of fear in his charges.
Both brought success to North London and Eriksson will be hoping that his non-English brand of management will deliver long-overdue glory to the national side.
The feminine qualities he uses to manage may be unusual in the macho culture of England football, but they may not be as foreign as England fans think.
After all David Beckham has been happily pictured wearing a sarong, wears his wife's underwear and spends more time fussing over his hair than most women.
They may not be exactly the feminine qualities Professor Birkinshaw is referring to.
But if the rest of the team could produce even a fraction of the magic his right foot delivers on demand then England will have a real shot at lifting the World Cup.
And if that happens there will be plenty of solidly masculine England football fans hugging, kissing and maybe even shedding a tear.
Julian Birkinshaw is the co-author, with Stuart Crainer, of Leadership the Sven-Goran Eriksson Way.