Volvo Car Corporation - Two programmes to improve business management skills


The Challenge Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) needed to fulfill its vision of being a leading provider of premium cars and to have its leaders progress in both personal development and leadership skills that are aligned with corporate strategy. VCC wanted to identify its high potentials or new leaders in helping them develop as individuals.

The Engagement Two complementary custom programmes were developed together with VCC, that catered to several levels of the organisation.The Business Acumen for Leaders (BAL) programme is a two day session that runs in cycles through the year, involving a continuous flow of VCC executive managers. An extended Advanced Business Acumen (ABA) programme comprises a total of eleven days, delivered over a period of three months.

The Result These modules not only helped develop the business knowledge and skills of the participants, but encouraged them to take action and be more involved in organisation change processes. Focused on the current challenges of the business environment in the automotive industry and related to VCC in particular, these programmes provided the participants with a comprehensive toolbox grounded in theories and practice. The programmes helped them better understand their function fit in the overall business model and strategy of the company, helping them translate newly acquired knowledge into actionable strategy.

About the company Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) is an automobile manufacturer founded in Gothenburg in 1927. In 2010, the company was acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Hangzhou, China. Today, Volvo continues to operate as a separate company under Geely’s ownership, guaranteeing VCC’s continued independence. Volvo continues to be one of the world’s strongest brands, known in the automobile industry for its environmental work and social responsibility.