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This year's theses are of a high quality and highlight very relevant business challenges. The thesis work includes studies of existing research, as well as self-conducted research and analyses that add to the current body of knowledge. There are many interesting findings and insights in the theses
åkan Ericson, CEO, GU Executive Education.
The Executive MBA programme has been a fantastic journey which I am extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to complete. It is a privilege, as an adult, with many years building a professional career, to once again sit in the classroom and have the space to reflect, analyse and learn new things. Since the programme covers such a wide area, I sometimes found myself studying areas that I was already familiar with, but more often I was navigating new areas where I was stretched to broaden my perspective and my skills. I have grown as a professional during the programme, and I can now contribute with an even greater point of view in the development of Liseberg's business. This is my third academic degree, and it has been undoubtedly the most rewarding and enjoyable one for me. This is mainly thanks to my 19 co-participants and the sense of community that we have built up along the way. I will have this network of fantastic people with me for the rest of my life
Julia Vasilis, Director of Communications at Liseberg AB.
I still remember the question brought up by Håkan, CEO of GU Executive Education, in our information meeting 2 years ago, ‘Are you one of those people who take the chance and make it happen, or are you one of those people who say I will do it next year and never do it?’ I am very glad to say that I am the type of person who make things happen and this Executive MBA programme has been one of the most phenomenal experiences I have had. I can definitively say that the programme has helped me gain access to various tools to become a better people and business leader. Obviously, it was incredibly challenging to study and work at the same time, but also incredibly rewarding as well! The open and collaborative environment of the class is what makes this journey fun and an experience of a lifetime”
Katrina Bendikas Chang, Global Key Account Manager, 3M Automotive Division.
It was a different final semester and graduation with this group, since we had to deliver the programme remotely due to the pandemic. The participants' opportunity to interact with each other was of course impacted but, overall, the transition to online teaching worked well
Håkan Ericson, CEO, GU School of Executive Education.
The Executive MBA was a perfect match for me. As I ran my own company during the programme, I was able to instantly implement new knowledge from every module and see the effects throughout the program. It was, to say the least, very tough for 21 months, but the knowledge, network and experience I gained is incredibly valuable. If I had the chance, I would take the same journey again every day of the week, without hesitation!
Johan Hallenby, graduated from the Executive MBA program in June 2019.
“I am extremely grateful and proud that the Knut Family & Ragnvi Jacobson Foundation gave me this opportunity. I come from a technical/artistic background and have previously lacked a business-oriented education. It has really helped to complement my skills, and has given me friends for life, knowledge, more perspectives, insights and drive which already have begun to show tangible results
Michael Bengtsson, participating in the ongoing Executive MBA program and will graduate in June 2020. 
Although passion, determination and high ambitions are strong driving forces behind any successful entrepreneur, there must also be knowledge and experience on how to run a business. This is where an Executive MBA program provides such a valuable foundation for entrepreneurs. It helps entrepreneurs to manage a company in the long term, analyse the success and mistakes of others and also explore new business opportunities with the help of top-class teachers from all over the world. In addition, together with fellow students who are super smart, knowledgeable and ambitious people. You get a whole network of friends for life who will support and be able to give you advice, even after the program is over. I am incredibly proud and grateful for the scholarship from the foundation, which has given me the opportunity to join the Executive MBA program. It’s a unique education program that has definitely made me a more skilful and knowledgeable business manager
Anna Fritzson, is participating in the ongoing Executive MBA program 2019-2021 and will graduate in June 2021.
We are very pleased with the webinar. It feels good to be able to share some of the academic knowledge that we feel is in demand in relation to the changes and challenges that the Corona Pandemic is bringing about for so many. The response was very positive, both in terms of the number of participants and appreciative comments afterwards. It is not impossible that we arrange something similar again
Håkan Ericson, CEO of GU Executive Education, who also led the webinar.
I am delighted with the outcome of teaching the Gothenburg Executive MBA Marketing module online. The technology worked smoothly without any glitches, and our sessions were very interactive, resulting in a rich discussion of pricing and other marketing issues, which connected theory with practical applications across many industries, B2B and B2C spaces
Lidija Polutnik, professor of Babson College in Boston
Switching to the online teaching platform was seamless. It actually felt more like having a conversation than being in a lecture; with this format, the marketing module provided useful insights, specifically into strategic pricing
Anders Hestner, General Manager, Oxygen Therapy at Mölnlycke Health Care
We were able to continue providing our education despite travel bans and without exposing our participants and faculty to the risk of virus infection. All our teaching is being done online
Håkan Ericson, CEO, GU School of Executive Education
The participants developed their knowledge of digitalisation management in two main ways. Firstly, by gaining a deeper understanding of what digitalisation means to society generally and to the public sector specifically. After that, the programme looked at tangible models and tools how leaders can ensure purposeful digitalisation in their respective organisations
Johan Magnusson
The programme focuses on gaining an in-depth understanding of the key financial ratios currently used in businesses and public organisations. Using this understanding, participants can assess the general financial condition of any organisation and understand the impact of various decisions on key financial ratios. The programme also provides knowledge about various financial management models that are needed to actively contribute to the development of a business towards better profitability
Johan Åkesson
The programmes are designed for executives who need quality-assured, high-level skills development within a specific area. Some executives cannot find the time to consider longer executive programmes. Our open-enrolment programmes provide in-depth insights into the latest research in the relevant field, as well as practical approaches applied though new tools
Håkan Ericson, Managing Director, GU School of Executive Education.
t feels fantastic to have been awarded this scholarship, especially since our company is still in a start-up phase. All entrepreneurs should have the opportunity to participate in a programme like this. There are so many companies that fail during start-up because they can’t fully identify and understand the external factors that influence the company. Through this programme, I’ll acquire the relevant knowledge that is required besides running the business itself
Anna Fritzson, CEO Zuragon Sweden AB.
Anna Fritzson has been awarded this entrepreneur scholarship for her focused and innovative approach to develop products and services related to autonomous vehicles. Her impressive entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional motivation make her a thoroughly deserved recipient of this award. Her company, Zuragon, is showing growth and is profitable, and Anna has understood future needs by investing in the autonomous vehicle sector
Marianne Brismar, Chairman of the Board of the Knut & Ragnvi Jacobsson Family Foundation.
The program develops a broad spectrum of the knowledge, perspectives and tools needed in senior management positions in companies coping with an ever-increasing need for change. Throughout the programme, our participants practice their ability to reflect on new leadership skills and get to apply them in their own home organizations
Håkan Ericson, CEO at GU School of Executive Education.
My aim with the program is to gain a better understanding about the increasingly complicated global economy and challenges, and to explore feasible solutions for the given business climate
Yi-Ju Wang, Export Sales Executive at Ting Fong Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd
I hope to sharpen my knowledge of strategy and international business, as well as make new contacts that I can use in my daily work at VBG Truck Equipment.
Fredrik Gustavsson, Production Engineering Manager at VBG Group
The programs are designed for leaders who need quality-assured, high-level skills development within a specific area, but who find it difficult to find time for their own development. The programmes provide in-depth insights into the latest research in the field in question, as well as practical approaches applied through new tools
Håkan Ericson, Managing Director, Gothenburg University (GU) School of Executive Education
With the shorter OEPs, a larger group of executives will be able to reconnect with academia to update and deepen their skills in rapidly changing areas
Håkan Ericson, Managing Director, Gothenburg University (GU) School of Executive Education.
The theses are of a high standard and highlight challenges that are shared in many places across the private and public sectors. The participants review existing research and complement it with their own studies. This generates new knowledge that is of great benefit to anyone interested in organizational development.
Håkan Ericson, CEO, GU School of Executive Education
During the Executive MBA program, I have gained many new insights that are very useful in my daily work with sustainability issues and business development. The connection to research provides a depth of knowledge and a way of working that I will continue to apply when I want to discover the latest findings in a particular area. Last but not least, I am incredibly happy about my new network and the contacts I have made thanks to the program. I would warmly recommend an Executive MBA to anyone who wants to take a further step in their professional and personal development!
Jessika Lind Petrén, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Stena Metal.
The last two years of education have stretched, enlightened and shaped me into a more rounded and self-reflective professional. The diverse selection of industry guest speakers, visiting global Professors, and study tours to India and China, have challenged my take of leadership and management, and has provide me with inspiration on future macro trends. The structure and pace of the program was also well designed, allowing time for reflection, application of learnings into daily work activities, and balance with professional and personal commitments. If you want to discover more about yourself, and enhance your professional and personal capabilities, then the Gothenburg Executive MBA is a great next step
Scott Henshaw, Senior Product Manager & Business Development Acoustics, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions.
The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg has an important task to contribute to lifelong learning. The GU School of Executive Education (GUSEE) plays a key role in this respect. With the shorter open-enrolment programmes now being launched, a larger group of executives will be able to reconnect with academia to update and deepen their skills in rapidly changing areas
Per Cramér, Dean for the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg
We are happy and proud to now be able to offer a wider range of cutting-edge expertise within a well-established framework based on academic rigor. The new open programmes are available to everyone who needs to learn more within one or several key areas. They complement our other executive programs consisting of our Executive MBA, which prepares participants for the next major step in their careers, and the Custom Programmes, which aim to elevate entire leadership teams of 15-20 people from the same organisation
Håkan Ericson, Managing Director for the GU School of Executive Education at the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg
After training to be a 3D artist, I started Mindbender in 2006 with some classmates. Similarly to when I was studying, my passion compelled me to strive for higher artistic and technical excellence. After a somewhat turbulent period, the company is now entering a new phase. To have the opportunity to be part of the Executive MBA programme is fantastic for Mindbender and for my own personal development. It feels like a dream come true. I am truly grateful to be awarded the scholarship from the Knut and Ragnvi Jacobsson Family Foundation. I’m really looking forward to making new connections and getting deeper knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and business management
Michael Bengtsson, CEO for Mindbender Inc AB
One of the goals of our foundation is to award our entrepreneurial scholarship to one or more persons who demonstrate a desire to break new ground. We believe that Michael Bengtsson is a very good example of a person who dares to go his own way and who is passionate about developing his company in new dimensions. We wish him all the best and hope that the scholarship for the Executive MBA programme will lead to important progress and enhance his personal development
Marianne Brismar, Chairman of the Board for the Knut and Ragnvi Jacobsson Family Foundation
I’m very happy about my participation in the Executive MBA program. Not only about the high quality education by professors from universities around the world, but also about the development achieved together with the class during this time. Learning in the group was especially evident during our time together in China and India. All in all, I now feel like a better leader, with new knowledge and insights from a diverse set of management areas, including deeper knowledge of myself.
Daniel Neang, CEO Emsy Engineering
My brain has grown, by being challenged to learn new things, combined with regular reflection sessions in a supportive group! I believe I am a better manager now than when I joined the programme. It has as truly been both demanding and fun. To work and to study in parallel is so beneficial; it has allowed me to bring problems and challenges from the theatre to the programme and get new perspectives on possible solutions. The best part, however, has been the other participants of the programme and the way we have collectively coached, encouraged, inspired and learned from each other
Susanna Dahlberg, CEO Regionteater Väst
When I founded Viscus in 2009, I decided that I would do all I could to be the best version of myself as an entrepreneur and as a business leader. When I finished my Masters Degree in Management of growth enterprises in 2013, I decided to apply for the Executive MBA programme within five years to take my leadership and managerial skills to the next level. Since then, I’ve worked very hard and learned a lot. I have now reached that goal and look forward to continuing my personal development of the company’s vision as an entrepreneur and managing director
Johan Hallenby, MD, Viscus
One of the foundation’s goals is to award the Knut and Ragnvi Family Foundation’s entrepreneurial scholarship on an on-going basis to one or more persons for their desire to break new grounds. We believe that Johan Hallenby is a very good example of a person who dares go his own way and has the drive to create new concepts and business solutions in his industry. We wish him all the best and hope that the scholarship will play an important part in his development and in enhancing his skills
Marianne Brismar, Chairman of the Board of the Knut and Ragnvi Family Foundation
In order to manage my area of the public sector, which is Health Care, in the best and most responsible way possible I need firm ground under my feet. I expect to acquire valuable insights as well as the formal competence that I need. The mix of experienced fellow students from various backgrounds and very competent teachers is like a greenhouse where learning can thrive! I simply don't want to be an ‘amateur boss’ anymore
Anna Pohjanen, Medical Doctor Head of Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Region Norrbotten
My expectation at the end of this EMBA would be to acquire the tools and frameworks to shape my practical experiences, while building the ability to consistently create value for both my customers and employer. I am really looking forward to learning and networking with the professionals who are taking this EMBA with me, as I believe the true academic value will originate from the human experience across diverse industries found in this cohort
Richard Gonsalves, International Sales Manager, Eleiko Group
There is a great diversity among this year's participants - both in terms of their experiences, organisations and cultural backgrounds. I see a very exciting and rewarding journey ahead of us! As always, I feel very privileged to be able to follow the personal development of the group and the participants during this 21-month programme. This development is facilitated by giving the participants opportunities to reflect on their organisations and their own roles, based on the theoretical framework and perspectives that our renowned lecturers offer. This symbiosis, combining our own experiences and the latest research, is a powerful engine for learning
Dr. Roger Schweizer, Programme Director Executive MBA 2017-2019, School of Business, Economics and Law
Once again, the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg is fortunate to attract an extraordinary Executive MBA cohort. It consists of leaders who are all united by their drive for professional development and personal transformation. Through our 21-month programme, we promise to provide the means to fulfil those very ambitions
Håkan Ericson, MSc, MBA, GU Managing Director, School of Executive Education
The management programme was most rewarding. Since many of our subsidiaries have grown rapidly, it is extra important to meet across company borders, learn from each other and develop a shared view of leadership and management. The participants represented a large span of positions in our different companies, which led to many interesting discussions and insights. We will plan for running this programme again
Erika Hellman
It was a great programme, not least the first part, which focused on leadership. I gained valuable knowledge that I have been able to implement directly in my own organisation. There was also time to reflect on and contemplate my own personal development, which I really appreciated. The marketing module gave me interesting insights and conveyed a more modern approach to marketing. All lecturers stimulated our curiosity and opened up for productive discussions, discussions that we really got involved in and had a hard time ending
Gustav Graan
In general, I really liked the programme. I am personally interested in group dynamics and communication and gained a great updated view of things I have studied in the past. Several of the lecturers, Rick Middel for example, were extraordinarily inspiring and very interesting to listen to. It’s a big advantage that the programme is custom designed for the company. We have established a new, shared perspective, despite our different backgrounds and business conditions. Our respective industries can sometimes be very traditional and conservative, so it’s valuable to get a different perspective of reality and to discuss with colleagues
Sara Strand
We ran in this programme two years ago with very positive participant feedback, and we got the same response this time. Our diverse group operations consists of 700 staff members in four different companies, geographically dispersed across the middle and southern parts of Sweden. One important objective of the programme has been to enable the participants, who are both present and future managers from our different business units, to interact and network. As for the outcome, they have developed a sense of understanding that reaches across company boundaries, as well as insights into the workings of the entire business group. Another important objective has been to stimulate increased business between the group companies
Peter Dahlsten
The AMBA re-accreditation confirms that our efforts to offer executive education of outstanding quality have been effective
Per Cramér
The accreditation helps to put Gothenburg and Sweden on the global map of education and makes us more competitive internationally
Per Cramér
We are very proud of the 5-year unconditional re-accreditation. It strengthens our reputation and spurs further development. The AMBA peer review team gave us valuable feedback that we will duly consider in our continuous development of the Executive MBA programme
Håkan Ericson
We are pleased and proud to be putting Sweden on the educational map and strengthening our collaborations with other international business schools
Per Cramér, Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg
Sweden’s and Gothenburg’s reputations as interesting places to live and study in are strengthened by the School of Business, Economics and Law gaining this distinction. In both the short and the long term, it will help us attract highly qualified manpower to Volvo in the Gothenburg region
Kerstin Renard, Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources, Volvo Group
The fact that the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg has strengthened its position as a global university is important to Swedish industry. The ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation will attract the world’s ‘top brass’ to Gothenburg, making it even more relevant in research and as a base for recruitment
Alrik Danielson, president and CEO of SKF
The most rewarding thing for me has been to meet driven and enthusiastic people from different businesses in an academic environment. You naturally share ideas and from the start you get the tools you need to face challenges, both in your daily work as a leader, and in the management of your company. Through the Executive MBA programme I have not only acquired a broad professional network but also friends for life
Annelie Andréasson, Head of Supply Chain & Vice President, Arvid Nilsson AB
What I like with the Executive MBA programme is the wide range of themes with a “CEO perspective” which is really useful and developing for me. The group discussions and exchange of experiences are of course unique for every occasion, and brought that extra spice to it. And the thesis work… It was challenging but I really learned a lot
Anne-Cathrine Thore Olsson, VLM Senior Director, Cluster 90, Volvo Car Corporation
The greatest benefit for me personally is a broader understanding of the different areas in an organisation such as strategy, HR, finance, business culture and change management. This insight has resulted in more opportunities for me to make an impact in my home organisation in which I work
Karl Simonsson, Production Manager Ellevio.
We are pleased to congratulate the participants of yet another Executive MBA-class on finishing their studies. They are now clearly even more capable in their roles as leaders, with a considerable potential to take the next steps within their organisations. In addition to broad general management skills, they have also acquired excellence in Asian business practices. We also welcome the graduates into our Executive MBA alumni network with hundreds of members
Håkan Ericson, Managing Director, GU School of Executive Education
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