Diploma Ceremony for the recipients of Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship 2017


A total of 39 students from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology received the Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship 2017. A Diploma Ceremony was held for the students on 18 January at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg. Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, the chairman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation, welcomed everyone and personally handed out the diploma to all students.

Group picture of all the Stena Scolars
Here is the chairman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation, Madeleine Olsson Eriksson and Carl-Eric Hagentoft, executive member of the Foundation together with 23 out of 39 students awarded the scholarship. Photo: Magnus Gotander

A total of 11 students from the Master’s programme in Innovation and Industrial Management and the Master’s programme in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Economics and Law received the Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship. Ebba Bergbom Wallin and Maria Lundin who both received their Master of Science Degree in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship in June 2017 had the possibility to present their area of research during the Diploma Ceremony.

Maria Lundin and Ebba Bergbom Wallin.
Maria Lundin and Ebba Bergbom Wallin.
Photo: Magnus Gotander

Maria and Ebba went to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where they conducted interviews with business representatives in the automotive industry for four weeks. The study aimed at investigating how co-operation is used as a mechanism for the development of automotive services. This was investigated by a qualitative method, and with a comparative perspective between China and Sweden. The result shows that there is no clear structure in terms of service development, such as formal processes and decision-making. Co-operation on service development also increases across national and corporate boundaries, and is perceived as necessary for future success. The comparative perspective between China and Sweden reveals company-specific rather than country-specific differences in service development in the automotive industry.

The Sten A Olsson Foundation yearly assigns two millions SEK towards scholarships to master’s students during their thesis writing. During 2017 the Sten A Olsson foundation gave out 39 scholarships of 25 000 SEK each. The scholarship allows students to visit international universities and to create their own international network whilst working on a research based master thesis. The recipients of the scholarship should operate within the foundations prioritized research areas, Culture and Health as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Find out more about the Stena A Olsson Foundation here.