Great Circle

Just as our plane followed the Great Circle from Los Angeles to Stockholm, our journey in to the business and cultural paradigms of Scandinavia followed. Prior to our trip, our only exposure to these has been through a few pre-trip classes by our professors, a handful of insightful articles, and a few trips to IKEA. […]

Too Big to Bail

Mark and I ended our trip with visits that peaked the interest of all of the financial emphasis MBA candidates in the program – trips to two of Scandinavia’s largest banks. From discussions on the step-by-step growth of Nordea bank to discussions on the size of Scandinavian banks relative to central governments at the National […]

Sustainable Shipping and Recycling – That’s the Stena Way

The last day in Sweden led to a surprise visit for Mark and I when we visited Stena Line, the private shipping company that has built itself up for the past 50 years to become a major player in the Northern European shipping and green tech markets in multiple sectors, including commercial transport, consumer ferries, […]

Wanna Go For a Ride?

One of the major highlights of Andrew and I’s trip would undoubtedly be our trip to Volvo Cars. Known for its reputation for focusing on safety, the last Swedish car manufacturer has been through survival trials of its own. After being bought by Ford in the 1990s and being unsuccessful, Volvo Cars is now owned […]

A Common Thread

On our second day of visiting companies, Mark and I came across a very interesting company called Eveo that deals with assisting home care to the elderly and disabled. Catering mostly to Sweden’s large immigrant population of approximately one million, (many of whom do not speak the native language), the company is entirely funded by […]

The Scandinavian Way

First off, on behalf of Team Gothenberg (Andrew and myself) my apologies for the delayed post as we spent the majority of our free-time enjoying the food, people, and culture Stockholm has to offer. 16 hours after departing LAX, our travels have taken us to the heart of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. Monday we visited […]

Viva La Scandinavia!!

Ladies and gentleman…here we come!! This is Mark Arjona and I representing Team Gothenburg!!! We are both very excited for this opportunity to travel to Scandinavia along with fellow classmates thanks to Chapman University’s MBA Program. This will definitely be a once in a lifetime experience as we get to meet with several companies learning […]