PDIB Scandinavia—Sustainability and CSR

Stockhom, Sweden & Copenhagen, Denmark

Information for 2015 coming soon!

The University of Minnesota CIBER and Robert Strand of the Copenhagen Business School and the Nordic Centre for Sustainability hosted the third annual Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program in June 2014, showcasing sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in Scandinavia. Travel destinations included Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Program Description

Program Description

Why Scandinavia?

  • Scandinavian countries have demonstrated the strongest and most balanced macro economic, environmental, and societal performances in the world.
  • Scandinavian corporations are disproportionately well represented in the major sustainability and CSR performance indicators.
  • Scandinavian scholars have made significant contributions to the concepts of sustainability, CSR, and stakeholder theories. The Copenhagen Business School is ranked as one of the Top 10 research universities in the world for Sustainability and CSR by the Aspen Institute Beyond Grey Pinstripes.
  • The "Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage" offers a model for shifting mind-sets toward the cooperative strategic posture necessary for creating shared value.

What will I gain from the program?

  • Access to world-leading Scandinavian corporations and practitioners to discuss progressive sustainability and CSR strategies.
  • Exposure to contemporary research on sustainability in a Scandinavian context.
  • Awareness of sustainability and CSR practices in Scandinavia through visits with companies, governments, NGOs, and academics.
  • Insight into Scandinavian culture through city tours and cultural excursions.


  • Professionals interested in or engaged in sustainability and CSR efforts who wish to draw best practices from a leading region.
  • Higher education faculty from U.S. institutions—especially if you seek to internationalize your curricula and deepen your exposure to current sustainability and CSR practices.
  • Government and non-governmental organization (NGO) professionals who wish to collaborate with industry and academia to address pressing environmental and social issues.

Travel Locations and Dates

Travel Locations and Dates

  • Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2015 dates TBD

Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

June 8- Arrival at group hotel in Stockholm.

June 9 - Orientation, Stockholm city tour, welcome dinner.

June 10-11 - Full days of business site visits.

June 12 - Business site visit in morning; free afternoon.

June 13 - Train to Copenhagen.

June 14 - Free day

June 15-17 - Full days of business site visits; potential academic sessions at the Copenhagen Business School.

June 18 - Business site visit in the morning; afternoon program debrief, closing dinner.

June 19 - Program ends.

Program Fee

Program Fee

  • Program fee is $4,200 USD per participant.
  • Fee includes hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation, breakfast, select lunches and dinners, site visits, city tours of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and CISI International Travel Health and Security Insurance. Participants are responsible for international airfare, most lunches and dinners, incidentals, and any passport and visa fees.
  • Single room requests will be accommodated based on availability, and charged directly to the participant.
  • We are not able to accommodate travel companions or spouses.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Application, Deadlines and Fellowships

Application, Deadlines and Fellowships


Application for the 2015 program will be available soon.
You will be notified of your status as soon as possible after the application is received, and will have two weeks after notification of acceptance to confirm participation and submit a $500 deposit.
Space is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

CIBER fellowships

CIBER is offering a limited number of fellowships of $1,000-2,000 to support faculty from U.S. education institutions. You can apply for a fellowship within the application form.

Before you apply

Prepare a 200-250 word statement describing your interest in PDIB Scandinavia and how it might contribute to your teaching, research, or work within your organization.
Have an abbreviated CV or Resume (PDF, DOC, DOCX) ready to upload to the online application form.


Contact CIBER at or 612-626-4423.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and Refund Policy

How to cancel

Cancellation from 2015 PDIB Scandinavia must be done in writing by email or mail. Official notification needs to provide the reasons for cancellation from the program and notification must be provided by the participant, not a designated Power of Attorney. Cancellation is effective from the date the official notification is received by the University of Minnesota CIBER.
Questions and cancellation notification should be sent to: Abby Pinto,
Participants may not defer placement to a future PDIB program.

Refund of program fee

The $500 program fee deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation policy and dates for the 2015 program will be updated soon.

Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
If the U.S. Department of State issues a travel warning advising U.S. citizens not to travel to a particular country or, if in a country, to leave, CIBER will suspend the program if it has not already started.

The University of Minnesota CIBER reserves the right to cancel this program for insufficient enrollment or safety reasons. If our office cancels the program, deposits and program fees will be refunded in full.
The information contained in this Cancellation Policy supersedes any verbal or other written information that anyone may receive regarding this policy. This policy only pertains to the PDIB Scandinavia program.

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Gothenburg Cityscape

Train Travel

Taking over the Volvo Museum

Lunch Outdoors

Copenhagen Boat Cruise



Robert StrandRobert Strand
Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability
Director, Nordic Centre for Sustainability
Copenhagen Business School
phone: +45 3815 3222

Instructor, Carlson School of Management

"The Chief Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Its Presence in Top Management Teams"
Journal of Business Ethics

"Corporate Responsibility in Scandinavian Supply Chains"
Journal of Business Ethics

"Toward Sustainable Sustainability Learning" (PDF)
Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability 

Børsen Series on CSR—Culture & CSR Danish and English versions (PDF)

"A Plea to Business Schools: Tear Down Your Walls" (PDF)

"There simply is no better place on the planet to learn about effective sustainability and CSR than Scandinavia. I first came to Scandinavia in 2005 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and was amazed at the progressive practices I saw. In the time since then I have worked to bring U.S. practitioners, academics, and students to Scandinavia to explore these topics first hand. If you are looking to explore the concepts related to "Creating Shared Value" (Porter & Kramer, 2011), "Stakeholder Engagement" (Freeman et al., 2010), and the formation of innovative partnerships that cross the traditional lines of industry, government, and NGO to tackle social and environmental challenges- Scandinavia is the place to do it." -Robert Strand

Visa Information

Visa Information

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Sweden or Denmark and staying less than 90 days.
Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passport and visa (if applicable).
For questions about whether you need a visa to enter Sweden or Denmark, please visit the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Denmark.

Thank you CIBER co-sponsors of PDIB Scandinavia 2014

Thank you CIBER co-sponsors of PDIB Scandinavia 2014

Florida International UniversityUniversity of Florida

Indiana UniversityUniversity of Memphis CIBER