Dr. Susanne DurstManaging Consultant

areas of expertise
  • Large and foreign trade clerk
  • Assistant to the management insurance company
  • Consultant in consulting company
  • Commercial manager of construction company
  • Controling Alternative Funds
  • Teaching and research activities in various positions at German and international universities
  • Managing Consultants
  • Teaching: International Marketing and International Management
  • Research: knowledge management, corporate transfers of SMEs and corporate governance in SMEs
  • Corporate / business development, focus on knowledge management

Dr. Susanne Durst is an internationally recognized expert in the field of knowledge management in SMEs. He grew up in an entrepreneurial environment, followed his education as a wholesaler and foreigner, a diploma with a focus on medium-sized economics (Germany), a master’s degree with a focus on finance (Sweden) and an economics doctorate (France). In the private sector, she has worked in various positions in large companies and medium-sized companies. She spent longer research stays in Finland, Great Britain and Italy.

The economy in Sweden:

In terms of the gross domestic product, the economy in Sweden is the number 7 of the European Union with 558 billion US dollars (2013). The gross domestic product per capita (US $ 57.909) is even the third-highest in the EU. In 2013, economic growth was 1.53%. The Swedish economy is strongly export-oriented and is characterized by a number of large global companies such as ABB, AstraZeneca, Electrolux, Ericsson, IKEA and Volvo. Internationally efficient sectors are the wood and paper industry, the processing industry, information technology, biotechnology and regenerative energies. Sweden’s most important trading partners are Germany, the Nordic countries and the USA.

The structural strengths of the Swedish economy are high participation (women), the education level of the population, a high level of investment in human capital as well as research and development. Their weaknesses are a relatively high degree of covert unemployment as a result of a high number of long-term care-takers and early-retirees, as well as youth unemployment, and a rather high price level due to the market power of less large firms (construction, food). Private households have a high debt ratio.

As a strongly export-oriented country, Sweden also felt the effects of the economic and financial crisis. The driving force behind the renewed growth is first and foremost the robust domestic consumption as well as increased public investment. Although Sweden is among the few countries that meet the Eurozone criteria, there is no majority in the population for the introduction of the euro (source: Federal Foreign Office).


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University of Skövde Högskolevägen Box 408 Skövde SE-541 28 Schweden


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