Since 2017, the ABLE programme (Advanced Business Leadership) has been developing leaders in the Volvo Group’s second-highest tier of management, known as Leading leaders.
The programme is delivered in collaboration with the School of Business, Economics and Law’s Finnish partner Aalto University Executive Education. Participants are nominated from all over the world, from all of the companies in the Group and are encouraged to apply an outside-in perspective with a view to strengthening their customer focus, reassessing their organisation’s value creation and strategic thinking, and successfully driving and communicating change. The programme runs for 11 full days, spread over five months. So far, around 80 leaders have completed the programme.
“Our aim is to develop all the leaders within the Volvo Group, no matter which country they work in. For the ABLE programme, we wanted a supplier with roots in Swedish culture, since the Volvo Group has its headquarters in Sweden, but with a global presence so the participants get to meet lecturers from different cultural backgrounds. And by choosing GU School of Executive Education and Aalto University Excutive Education, that is exactly what we got,” says Marion Trumel, Learning Programme Manager at Volvo Group University.