Posted on 06/06/2012
Between Monday 21st and Friday 25th May, nineteen full time MBA students participated in a study tour in partnership with Stockholm University Business School. This is the first time that the School of Management has offered a study tour to students on the MBA programme.
The week had two distinct strands: the academic side, including a lecture from marketing guru Evert Gummerson at the business school, and company visits, including Swedish Orphan Biovitrium, Swedbank and Scan AB. The companies provided an excellent mix of industries, from pharmaceuticals to banking to food manufacturing, with the presentations being delivered by staff working across the organisation.
Students were able to engage in serious discussion with directors and managers in each organisation, putting the academic theory and expertise they have been developing throughout the year into practice in real business situations. Their grounding in international business enabled them to offer critical perspectives on the Swedish business model; as one student writes, ‘the company visits gave me a lot of insights, especially the talk by Swedbank, which highlighted how Sweden has managed the Euro crisis, and how the Euro has influenced the crisis’.
As well as studying, the tour gave the students the ideal opportunity to further the connections that they have made whilst studying with each other. One student commented that ‘it was fantastic to get to know the people with whom we have been competing in class all year, to become more familiar with their cultures and personalities. I feel I have a real international group of friends now’. As well as dining out as a group, the tour included a two hour boat excursion around the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm, and plenty of free time to explore the city on foot.As one student put it: ‘excellent trip! [The School] must do this trip every year!’
Check out the photos from the study tour on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RHULManagement