Stockholm is a city that people from all over the world flock to, attracted by its high quality of life, excellent employment prospects and enviable work life balance. It is the beating economic heart of a nation that has always been at the vanguard of pioneering social, economic and political policies as well as producing some of the most famous and influential brands in the world today. The likes of H&M, Ericsson and Spotify all originated in Sweden and all hired from the most recent batch of Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) graduates.
SSE has become a European business school of reference since throwing open its doors over 100 years ago. It is reckoned by the Financial Times to be the top business school in Scandinavia and it has certainly led the way in its region when it comes to business education, being the first Swedish university to be accredited by EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System) and the sole Scandinavian member of various other research and management education bodies. They can also point to a 94% employment rate amongst recent graduates, the vast majority of whom elected to live and work in Sweden after the completion of their studies.
The school’s flagship Executive MBA program ranks particularly strongly for work experience opportunities, corporate social responsibility and gender equality. Sustainability, which is so ingrained in Swedish society, is also integrated into this EMBA program that takes place in three continents and over the course of 18 months. Students will take on a wide-ranging set of modules that includes a choice between Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Financial Management depending on your personal preference and career goals. By the end of the program you will have gained an understanding of not only the fundamentals of a modern day business, but also in the way that this unique European nation operates.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the Stockholm School of Economics unique?
Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is an international business school based in Sweden. It is a private school, founded in 1909 by representatives from the business community. The school still has a very strong relationship with Swedish and international business. Among our Corporate Partners you find big multinational companies like Ericsson, H&M, ABB, Atlas Copco and Scania to mention a few. The school is the leading business school in the Nordic region and is known for its high quality research and educational programs.
Why study in Stockholm, Sweden?
Sweden has a strong base in traditional business but is also a hot spot when it comes to future business, fashion industry and new technology. Companies like Spotify, Skype, Mojang, Acne, Filippa K, Fjällräven and House of Dagmar can be mentioned. With its many global head quarters, its many world-class universities, its cultural institutions and creative industries, Stockholm has become an internationally recognized innovation center. It’s easy to do business in Sweden. We rank no 2 on Forbes’ list of The Best Countries for Business 2019 https://www.forbes.com/best-countries-for-business/list/, we’re globally competitive, have good gender equality and are very innovative, among other things.
What is the class profile?
We strive for diversity in the class room. Our participants have different academic and cultural backgrounds, and work in different industries and positions. Some are entrepreneurs, some work in middle sized organizations and others work in large multinationals. Most have extensive international experience. Average age is 39 with 13 years of work experience. Class size is approximately 50 participants which guarantees high interaction with our top-faculty and a personal and open learning environment. In our class of 2020 with 48 participants, 42 % come from outside Sweden and 13 countries are represented. What our participants have in common is that they are ambitious, eager to learn more, want to develop and move forward.
What is MBALive?
The idea behind the MBALive® pedagogy is to bring the real world into the program and the program into the real world. All participants carry out a series of smaller and larger live projects in their own organizations. It aims at developing an understanding of the complexity and dynamics of organizations. In this part of the program you integrate and apply theoretical management concepts and frameworks acquired during the MBA courses to live management issues in real companies. Projects included are:
- ChangeLive: a change project runs for an extended period of time in a real organization to pursue strategic change.
- LeadershipLive: represents and enhances your personal leadership development. Coaching and reflection are two central components
- SustainabilityLive: the aim is to expose participants to an understanding of responsibility and sustainability in business, as well as to reflect on how these issues impact business strategies and value creation. We have chosen to integrate sustainability across the curriculum
CSR and sustainability are important parts of the SSE MBA program, why is that?
We believe that CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is important for organizations to consider in order to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Therefore, already the first program week participants start a course called “Sustainability Management”. The aim is to expose participants to an understanding of the area of responsibility and sustainability in business, as well as to reflect on how these issues impact business strategies and value creation. Since this is the starting point of the SSE MBA program, these important issues are top of mind throughout the entire program.
Do you have any international course modules?
Yes, as an integrated part of the program, we do two to three international field trips. This means we bring the class room into new environments and contexts to enhance your learning. For us, a fundamental part of this education is the value of perspectives. Visiting different markets and applying theories and models in a variety of contexts is an essential part of learning. International field trips planned for the start in 2021 are Latvia, Silicon Valley and Asia.
Do you have any electives or more specialized modules in the program?
Yes, as part of the program all participants choose one out of two concentrations. Either Financial Management or Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The concentration weeks correspond to two out of ten program weeks.
What does the SSE alumni network look like?
Sweden is a small country but has more multinational companies per capita than any other country in the world. In these companies many of the senior leadership positions have been or are held by SSE Alumni. A network that you will be part of after your graduation from the SSE MBA Executive Format program. SSE also have active alumni hubs in New York, Hong Kong, London and Germany.