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Faculty / Professional Development Study Tour - Sweden, June 13-25

  • 1.  Faculty / Professional Development Study Tour - Sweden, June 13-25

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    Faculty & Professional Development in International Business (FDIB/PDIB)

    Scandinavia: Innovation and Sustainability


    June 13-25, 2022

    Sweden (Stockholm & Luleå)



    This FDIB/PDIB to Sweden (Stockholm & Luleå) will showcase the advancements and uniqueness of Nordic innovation and technology entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the importance of sustainability in creating business solutions.


    The Nordic business culture of collaboration and openness, as well as its focus on flat organizational structures, has led to a high concentration of innovative entrepreneurs and born-global companies, some of which are now leaders in their respective industries worldwide. The Scandinavian region is the birthplace of prominent innovative companies such as Ericsson, Skype, Spotify, Maersk, and Novo Nordisk, among others. Additionally, Stockholm is second only to Silicon Valley for the number of Unicorns – billion-dollar tech companies – per capita (2015), and the density of start-ups in Sweden is four times higher than in the US (OECD, 2016).


    The Nordics are also global leaders in developing sustainable solutions to today's world challenges. They are proactively addressing global issues such as the need for clean energy, sustainable urban development, and access to finance and healthcare. Nordic politicians and CEOs have embraced the ideas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Accord, and have committed to industry practices that foster innovation while being responsible and inclusive.


    Who Should Attend

    Faculty members who want to:

    • Conduct research and/or offer courses related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability in general.
    • Conduct research and/or offer courses related to the business, economic, and innovation environment of the two Scandinavian countries.
    • Examine the role of institutions for creating a thriving culture of start-up innovation.


    Practitioners who want to:

    • Acquaint themselves with the Nordic way of doing business.
    • Learn about best practices in Nordic Innovation that can help companies enhance their competitiveness – such as recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities to internationalize early, and identify which practices are easily transferrable to the US context.
    • Network with local entrepreneurs, industry experts, and policy makers.


    Program Costs:

    Registration fee: $4,500- 5,500 - includes single-occupancy accommodation, business site visits, cultural activities, some meals, in-country transportation.


    The fee above does NOT include:

    • Airfare to/from Sweden (Stockholm)
    • Transportation to/from airports (except in-country transportation to/from airports to visit Luleå)
    • Visas and passport fees (Note: US citizens do not need entry visas to travel to Sweden. Participants of other nationalities should consult with the appropriate consulate to determine if a visa is required for entry.)
    • Meals not covered in the program
    • Currency exchange fees
    • Tours/visits not included in the program
    • Any expenses associated with a quarantine resulting from positive COVID test. All participants need to carry travel insurance that may help cover such expenses. Please await further information about this!
    • Other incidentals


    For more information & to apply:
    Please visit https://business.gwu.edu/research/ciber/faculty-development-ib



    Please contact GW-CIBER at ciber@gwu.edu

    Washington DC