Start-up organisations, including Tictail and ScioVR, demonstrated the innovative and growing technology sector in Sweden. A visit to the offices of Solvatten showed how science, technology, innovation and social enterprise are coming together to use solar energy to purify water for people in developing countries.
Dr David Hall, MBA Director, commented that ‘the learning experience gained from this study visit was outstanding, based on the quality of the company presentations and the discussions that followed. The PBS Executive MBA students utilised their management knowledge to contribute to stimulating discussions with their hosts. It was a very successful visit in every respect.’
Two visits to Stockholm Business School, hosted by Dr Ian Richardson, Director of Executive Education, provided a fascinating insight into the Swedish economy and culture that shapes business and management in this country. Portsmouth Business School Executive MBA students mixed with their Swedish counterparts and alumni at an event where Charlotte Kalin, CEO, Chamber Trade Sweden, gave a presentation on doing business in complex markets in developing countries.
Stuart Palmer observed that ‘the Stockholm residential provided invaluable insights into doing business in Sweden and offered access to senior staff in a variety of industries that provoked useful discussion between the host organisations and the group. One of the most useful parts of the trip was seeing how business theory has been applied in practice. It was also really useful to meet with our Stockholm University Executive MBA peers to be able to discuss the business environments in which they operate.’