As Dean of SSE’s MBA Programs, Roos will be directly responsible for SSE’s one-year MBA program, which is given full-time. He will also bear academic responsibility for the part-time Executive MBA Programs in St. Petersburg and in Stockholm, under the framework for IFL at SSE.

“I am very pleased that SSE has succeeded in hiring Johan Roos in the face of tough international competition,” said Lars Bergman, president of the Stockholm School of Economics. “He is a distinguished scholar and teacher and has extensive international experience, especially in MBA education. Johan is thus an ideal successor to Örjan Sölvell, who has done a first-class job in the first three years of the MBA program but would now like to take on a major international research program.”

“The MBA is one of the oldest and most important forms of further education in business so it’s important that SSE has a competitive offering,” says Johan Roos. “I will continue to develop the successful part-time program already established by SSE and build on the foundation and continuous renewal of the full-time program provided by Örjan and his team. I see these two areas as essentially having more in common than is visible on the surface. It will be exciting to explore this.”

Professor Örjan Sölvell has received a major grant from the EU Commisson and will conduct research on industrial change, clusters and economic policy once his appointment as dean has ended. The research will be carried out at SSE’s Center for Strategy and Competitiveness, a research institute.

About the MBA program
The SSE MBA is Sweden’s first and only MBA program given full-time. The one-year program, which was started with strong support from Swedish businesses and foundations in 2004, accepts between 35 and 40 students each year, and roughly 75% of these are international. What makes the program unique is its integration of theoretical courses with case studies and projects in real time in a number of companies – a concept developed by the Stockholm School of Economics known as MBA LiveSM. Each student is also provided with a mentor who is a leading figure in Swedish business and follows the student during the course of the program. Other important parts of the program are leadership training, communication for leadership and personal development.

About the Executive MBA at SSE
The Executive MBA is designed for people who have a university degree and at least five years of advanced work experience who aim for leading positions in business and administration. Completion of a program results in an Executive MBA degree from the Stockholm School of Economics. The programs are part-time and run over a period of two years. They combine theory and practice so that there is a strong link to the business environments and previous experience of the participants in the programs. The Stockholm School of Economics Executive MBA has been ranked as the best in the Nordic countries by the Financial Times’ annual ranking of the world’s leading Executive MBAs since 2000. The Executive MBA program is offered in Sweden, Russia and, in conjunction with the Latvian state, in the Baltic countries.

Johan Roos
Tel: +46 8-736 90 00

Lars Bergman, president, professor Stockholm School of Economics
Tel: +46 8-736 90 12