Future Purchasers in the Public Sector

The programme aims to develop your business acumen, whether you are a central purchaser, part of the management team at an institution or a purchase coordinator.

Program director:

Mette Sjöberg Anthonsen

Study time:

6 days


Swedish & English


25 590 SEK (excl VAT), lunches included


The programme aims to develop your business acumen, whether you are a central purchaser, part of the management team at an institution or a purchase coordinator. By developing a business-like overall view, buyers can make better daily purchasing decisions. Within educational institutions, resources can thereby be made available for research and education within existing cost budget frameworks.

Overall, the programme includes six full days, delivered over four months. The teaching is a well-balanced mix of lectures, with skilled practitioners and researchers from GU and other universities, as well as case descriptions and reflections, individually and in groups. Each day on the programme, the group gathers between 08.30 and 16.30 at the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg. The programme has been designed by the University of Gothenburg’s central purchasing staff, led by Eva Nordlund, in collaboration with GU Executive Education.



Faculty: Mette Sjöberg Anthonsen

Mette facilitates different aspects of learning coupled to personal and professional development, for individuals as well as for groups.

She has a BA from the Danish School of Journalism, an MA in International Studies from the University of Reading in the UK, and a PhD in political science from the University of Gothenburg.

After a time as Programme Manager of the Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg, she made a career change to work with self-leadership, learning and coaching full-time. She has previous experience as an academic programme director of executive education programmes for Investment AB Latour and SKF, a role she fulfills with attention to participants’ needs and high level of professional delivery.

Alongside her engagement at the university, Mette runs her own consulting company, specializing in coaching of individual executives. She works with public and corporate customers and has a global client base.

Target group:
Purchasers in the public sector.



  • Management control and business acumen for purchasers – Johan Åkesson, GU (1 full day, in Swedish)
  • The law of public procurement in Sweden – Andrea Sundstrand, SU (1 full day, in Swedish)
  • Digitization in the public sector – Prof. Johan Magnusson, GU (1 full day, in Swedish)
  • Public Procurement: Framework & Best Practices – Prof. Fredo Schotanus, Utrecht University (1,5 days, in English)
  • Sustainability within the procurement function – Eddi Omrcen/Marianne Dalbro/Björn Magnusson, GU (2 half days, in Swedish)
  • Personal leadership/communication/my change plan – Frank Stenman (1 half day, in Swedish)

*Subject to changes in programme content


Date and place 2024:
August – December (exact dates will be announced in Q4 2023) – at the School of Business, Economics and Law


NB: Most of the programme is delivered in Swedish

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General conditions for applying to open-enrolment programmes

Once we receive your application, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. The confirmation will contain all practical information. We will send you an invoice for the programme fee 14 days before it starts. Should there be too few applications, we reserve the right to cancel the programme. In such case, you will be notified by e-mail.


In case you wish to cancel your application a written cancellation needs to be sent via e-mail. This can be done without cost up to 28 days before programme start. Cancellation within 14-27 days before programme start will be charged with 50% of the programme fee. Cancelling less than 14 days means the entire fee will be charged. In case of cancellation, you are welcome to find a replacement to take your seat.