Stockholm School of Economics

Program Strengths

The strong corporate connections and high academic rigor of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) – coupled with a very experienced, diverse student group, high faculty/student ratio, and personal touch – provide the foundation for a great learning experience. Founded in 1909 by leading members of the Swedish business community, the Stockholm School of Economics is still a private business school with a prominent position in society and a strong exclusive alumni network. 

A general management program with two concentrations, the SSE MBA Executive Format provides a solid understanding of business fundamentals and managerial issues, as well as an indispensable network. The program prepares students to build, develop, and lead organizations.

Curriculum Highlights

The program’s MBALive® pedagogy brings the real world into the program and the program into the real world. All students implement a series of smaller and larger live projects in organizations of their choice with the aim of developing an understanding of the complexity and dynamics of organizations, reflecting on real-time issues, and recommending actions. The largest live project, ChangeLive, runs for an extended period. Students work in pairs to pursue strategic change that should constitute a real improvement of measurable value in an organization.

SSE believes in the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for organizations to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. As a result, the first program week, students start a course, Creating Shared Value, to increase student understanding of responsibility and sustainability in business, as well as to reflect on the ways these issues impact business strategies and value creation. Starting with this course helps keep these important issues top of mind throughout the entire program.

Leadership Development

A continuously ongoing core component of the program, LeadershipLivelets students develop their personal leadership style through coaching sessions and training in skills, such as idea generation, negotiation, and presentation. Students work together with many different types of people and projects, and the opportunities for open and candid feedback are vast, contributing to growth and development as a leader.

For international students, the SSE MBA provides a good introduction to Swedish management.