DenmarkThe Vikings may be gone but the exploration continues.  The College of Business is offering a Faculty-led study abroad program to Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) from May 17 to May 30, 2015 during the May Intersession.  Students will investigate how design, entrepreneurship, and social democracy combine with Scandinavian culture to influence business in this part of the world.   Featured cities we will visit include: Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsingør, Denmark; Malmö, Sweden; Lund, Sweden; Gothenburg, Sweden; Älmhult, Sweden; Oslo, Norway.  Some major businesses we will visit during the program are Microsoft, IKEA, Volvo, and Norwegian Air Shuttle.  Cultural visits include Kronberg Castle (Denmark), Tivoli Gardens (Denmark), Lisenburg Amusement Park (Sweden), Holmenkollbakken Ski Park and Winter Olympic Site (Norway), and Royal Palace (Norway).  Additionally the program focuses on visiting smaller Scandinavian companies in areas focusing on IT, Marketing, Finance, Healthcare, and Entrepreneurship.  We will also partner and interact with students from the following Scandinavian Universities: Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Chalmers University (Gothenburg, Sweden), and University of Oslo. Overarching themes are the study of Scandinavian culture, governance, design, and how these shape attitudes towards entrepreneurship and innovation in these societies.  Scandinavian countries consistently achieve high marks in quality of life, innovation (particularly in IT), entrepreneurship, governance (and lack of corruption), education, and standards of living.  Many of these advantages are shaped by fundamentally different views on how to design a market-driven/capitalist society than would be experienced in the United States.  These countries are also renown for unique perspectives on design (egalitarian, utilitarian, ergonomic, human-oriented, elegant, simple, efficient).  We will investigate – via education, industry, and cultural engagement – how design, entrepreneurship, social democracy, and Scandinavian culture influence business in this part of the world.  Are you ready for 3 countries, 14 days, and 1000 kilometers in a race around Scandinavia?  Please contact Dr. Babb (jbabb@wtamu.edu – 806.651.2440) for more information.