With a background in philosophy and economics from Germany, Markus Walz wanted to study a research oriented master’s programme that took into account the societal impact of business phenomena, and the School of Business offered him the stimulating education he was searching for. After encouragement by his professors, Markus has decided to continue his research as a doctoral candidate:
- I look forward to the opportunity to analyze one issue in depth over a longer period of time and I am convinced that the School of Business offers the environment for me to lay the ground for an academic career.
Why did you choose to study at the School of Business?
- First and foremost because of the unique programme they offered. Given my background, I was interested in studying business without neglecting the societal dimension. The program in Management, Marketing and Society (today: Consumer and Business Marketing) seemed therefore a natural choice. It was important to me to study a research orientated programme with a high level of theoretical abstraction, and the School of Business offers such an education.
What are your thoughts on the programme and Stockholm?
- The critical approach that most professors at the school encourage, is stimulating, fits my own interest and, I think, will be a valuable asset for a future career, both in academia or in the business world. I find that the structure here is less hierarchical and the atmosphere more cooperative than what I have experienced in Germany, and this helped me to feel welcome and at home in Sweden.
In your perspective, what is the best aspect of studies at the School of Business?
- I think the best aspect of the studies is that I have had the chance to meet inspiring people from all around the world, and from diverse academic backgrounds. This has been intellectually stimulating, and the programme structure allowed forming a spirit of togetherness and support between the master students. I will miss my class mates and our conversations on and off campus after these two intense years, and I am glad to have found some good friends here!
You have recently been accepted to the Phd programme at the School of Business - why did you apply and what are your expectations?
- When I came here my objective was to get a master’s degree and join the business world. The support and encouragement from some of my professors, however, convinced me that I have what it takes to be a successful doctoral student. I will be involved in Prof. Holmqvist’s project on ‘Managing Healthy Organizations’ and I look forward to the opportunity to analyze one issue in depth over a longer period of time. I am also looking forward to engaging with students and colleagues and I am convinced that the School of Business offers the environment for me to lay the ground for an academic career.