On Tuesday May 3rd, the CLS received 25 MBA executives from Sweden, enrolled in the 2022 Executive MBA at the Stockholm Business School from Stockholm University.
The visit is part of CLS annual collaboration with Stockholm University and Nova School of Business and Economics. The first visit took place in 2018 and has been part of one of CLS most appreciated gatherings ever since. After a successful visit October 2021, we were all eager to welcome the new MBA executives to Lisbon!
CLS arranged various activities for the group during the week and we are happy to share some insights below.
Tuesday started with a fruitful breakfast meeting at NOVA SBE with the presence of the Maria Linderyd, Counsellor of the Swedish Embassy in Portugal giving the executive visitors a background of history, politics and trade between Portugal and Sweden.
Thereafter the group had the pleasure to listen to a presentation from Professor Nadim Habib, about the Portuguese perspective on International and Global business strategy, leadership and management. “Are long working hours really the key to business efficiency?”
Ending the long and fruitful day, the CLS arranged a Networking Event at Altis Grand Lisboa, with key speaker Ricardo Zózimo, Assistant Professor of Management at NOVA SBE, sharing his background within sustainability and how to create a positive impact on society in the management of profitable businesses.
Ricardo gave a personal touch to his talk on Lisbon from a sustainability perspective, its mobility, managing waste and sea which was dynamic and highly inspiring.
On Wednesday we had the opportunity to facilitate a company visit to Volvo Cars Portugal where new Managing Director Susanne Hägglund talked about the future scope for Volvo cars. The MBA students also had the chance to test drive Volvo's latest launched cars.
On Thursday, the CLS and the MBA group had the pleasure to listen to Country Communication Manager Claudia Domingues from IKEA Portugal regarding how they locally operate in the areas of business, sustainability and equality, diversity & inclusion. The presentation gave an unique isnight on IKEA´s strategy for creating a better life at home for the Portuguese people and how IKEA has become a love brand in Portugal.
The MBA Executives did not rest and had a number of other lectures, company visits and insightful moments throughout their visit. A true week of human connection, hands-on agenda and possibliity to share learnings and best practices between the Swedish and Portuguese business communities.
CLS extends our warmest thanks to everyone who made this week a success and is already looking forward to next year's visit!