A timeline of achievements
1948: SAF, the Swedish Employers’ Association realized the need for a school of business.
The idea is to ensure that the corporations that were prominent in Sweden would be able to secure their leadership position even as they expanded globally.
1963: The Swedish Association of Business Administration and Economics, establishes a management training institute. It is named SCIV, the Swedish Association of Business Administration and Economics Institute for Advanced Studies. Per-Jonas Eliaeson, a lecturer and researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics, is appointed President and Director of Studies at the new institute.
1968: SSE Executive Education, or IFL – Swedish Institute for Management (Institutet för Företagsledning), as it was then known, is grounded. Commissioned by SAF and the Swedish government, the grounding principle is to create a centre of learning dedicated to the pursuit of excellence within leadership. IFL is conceived as a non-profit consortium comprising the Stockholm School of Economics Association, The Swedish Association of Business Administration and Economics, the Association of Graduate Engineers and the Federation of Industry.
1969: IFL opens its doors to the business community, providing programs tailored to business, management and leadership development and internationalization. The centre is widely acclaimed and rising demand results in participating corporations developing consortium programs that cater to their specific needs.
1982: IFL Kämpasten, IFL’s own conference and training center is inaugurated with the objective of providing a unique environment that would facilitate learning and intellectual pursuit.
1988: An increased demand from the public sector for management training and leadership development. On the foundation of leading research at Stockholm School of Economics a management program tailored for leaders within the health care sector is launched.
1980 – 1990: IFL expands and flourishes around the world. New programs are introduced that focus on international issues. IFL launch programs in Vietnam, Brazil, China and even a program for female leaders in Africa.
2005: IFL acquires IFU, the insurance academy offering programs catering to professionals in the industry.
2013: IFL is associated solely with and fully owned by the Stockholm School of Economics.
2015: IFL changes its name to Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education. The learning hub offers premier executive education based on four cornerstones: innovation, entrepreneurship, finance and sustainability. SSE Executive Education focuses on equipping leaders with customized learning and strategic tools for achieving result-driven transformation.