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The King of Sweden honored with new professorship in youth leadership

In celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf's 50 years on the throne, the Stockholm School of Economics is establishing a new professorship in youth leadership. The funding for this new professorship comes from a joint initiative by the Swedish business community.

Foto: Peter Knutson/The Royal Court of Sweden/SSE, Juliana Wolf Garcindo

The total amount, raised in honor of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Golden Jubilee, comes close to 90 million SEK, of which 60 million SEK will go towards the professorship at the Stockholm School of Economics, and the remaining amount to H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Foundation for Young Leadership. It is the King’s own wish that this gift be used to promote youth leadership.

Those financing the professorship in youth leadership include Carl Bennet AB, the Erling-Persson Foundation, the Schörling Family Foundation, PO Söderberg, the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, Stena AB, the Torsten Söderberg Foundation, and the Wallenberg Foundations.

"I am very grateful and pleased that King Carl XVI Gustaf recognizes the importance of youth leadership, and that so many benefactors share his perspective and have been so exceptionally generous," says Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics.

Our present time is characterized by shifting ideals and expectations among the youth. Many express a desire to work in value-driven organizations, to engage in meaningful work, and to make a difference. Unlike previous generations, today's youths are less inclined to aspire to managerial positions – but they do want to have an impact.

This ongoing development has led to an increasing demand for new research as well as new approaches to education. It is especially important to deepen our understanding of individual behaviors within organizational contexts. We need to comprehend what influences these behaviors and what consequences they entail – not only for the individuals themselves, but also for organizations and society at large.

For a generation that greatly values engagement and ethics, it is particularly crucial to examine how the organizations of the future can foster sustainable engagement and how this manifests. How can ethical conduct be ensured, and how can we build inclusive organizations that harness the competence and potential of their employees? How can collaborative processes be established with a new generation of employees and leaders that effectively address our complex societal challenges?

King Carl XVI Gustaf has a deep and longstanding commitment to youth leadership. The aim of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Foundation for Young Leadership – the other beneficiary of the fundraising efforts – is to highlight the strength and power of young leaders. The foundation rests on the belief that courage, compassion, and initiative are crucial to building a cohesive and sustainable society.

For more information, please contact:

Lars Strannegård
Professor and President of the Stockholm School of Economics
Email: lars.strannegard@hhs.se
Phone: 08-736 90 00

About the Stockholm School of Economics

The Stockholm School of Economics is rated as a top business school in the Nordic and Baltic countries and enjoys a strong international reputation. World-class research forms the foundation of our educational offering, which includes bachelor, master, PhD, MBA, and Executive Education programs. Our programs are developed in close cooperation with the business and research communities, providing graduates substantial potential to attain leading positions in companies and other organizations. 

The School is accredited by EQUIS, certifying that all of its principal activities – teaching as well as research – maintain the highest international standards. The Stockholm School of Economics is also the only Swedish member institution of CEMS and PIM, which are collaborations between top business schools worldwide, contributing to the level of quality for which our school is known. 

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