Letter from the Dean


Dear Friends,

Ever since the inception of our school more than twenty years ago we have been entertaining an aspiration of something truly relevant for the individual and society outside of the immediate realms of the classroom wherein best business practices are discussed. Today those ideas are nicely grasped by how we phrase our raison d’être (our mission), our overall aspirations (our vision) and what we believe is important at some depth (our values).

We believe in the potential of the individual and what is meaningful to a human and society at large as seen through the sound working-out of institutions, such as the power of mutually enriching cultures and diverse opinions. At times we need to challenge the ‘established’ state of things since here are opportunities that aren't immediately apparent. We believe this striving of an eloquent (business) professional must further on be anchored in the ‘taking of others into account’ (much like Max Weber taught us a century ago) as seen in the gradually evolving mutual trust pillared by a sense of respect to one another. Much of this is encapsulated in the role of transparency which on the one hand ignites our aiming for excellence and on the other hand emphasizes how this aiming goes aptly together with being humble, much in line with the roots of the Scandinavian school of management. And this depth characterizes the whole of the Stockholm School of Economics ever since it was founded back in 1909.

That is to say, we nurture a strong belief in the essence of academic skills and the safeguarding hereof within executive programs. But we are convinced that the true value of the take-aways from joining our school lies elsewhere, in the DNA of ours that you only experience in our class rooms and our alumni communities.

Another way to phrase this is to see the importance of being educated since this will be truly instrumental for your own sustainable judicious business success (and yes, with my own business background I know exactly what I’m talking about). This means the overall ability to transgress one’s own borders of reference and practice by means of the reflective mind fuelled by what others have come forward with in relevant areas.

Furthermore, there are plenty of reasons to argue that the above kind of reasoning is more relevant today than ever before, in a global society where superficiality, fake news, alternative truths and similar bring alive what Turgenev once coined as (dead-end) nihilism. Instead the rendering alive of what humanities represent in terms of truly creative critical thinking seems called for.

In our 21st -century history we have managed to accumulate a particular kind of experience of how the Western faculty is able at its very best to properly shoulder the challenges faced by a business executive in the vibrant Russian market. And we do so from a Swedish angle, allowing us a deep understanding of the Russian culture and market climate that others are not in the possession of.

You spent time on getting to know our Executive MBA programs on the web-site of the Stockholm School of Economics Russia. It is my sincere hope and conviction that this information will assist you in making meaningful choice, and perhaps you will choose the Executive MBA program in SSE Russia; the decision is likely to change your career and your life as a whole. Thank you for considering the Stockholm School of Economics Russia, I look forward to welcoming you as another successful member of our community.

Dobro pozhalovat,

Dr Anders Liljenberg
Dean, SSE Russia
Associate professor, the Stockholm School of Economics