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Viktor Åkesson

Viktor is studying Service Management with the specialisation Supply Chain (formerly known as Logistics). When writing his master's thesis this spring he travelled to the United States to gather material. Here is his travel account.

Logistics - an early passion

I literally grew up with transport logistics, with a dad whose passion was transferred to me. Therefore, the choice of studying logistics and supply chains became quite easy. I pursued my bachelor degree in another university here in Sweden. The strive towards learning more has always been there and naturally I chose to pursue a master's degree. The reputation from Lund University and the fact that I was born and raised in the lovely city of Helsingborg brought my attention to the master's program Service Management - Supply Chain (formerly known as Logistics). 

The master's thesis topic

My master's thesis topic is regarding a comparison between the U.S. and Europe when it comes to road-freight transport planning. Through discussions with my supervisor Dr. Henrik Sternberg, he introduced unexplored land where I should have a look. I have several years of experience working part-time with road-freight transport planning, which automatically spotlighted personal interest. The only issue was that a company visit in the U.S. would be expensive and thereby funding was needed. After submitting applications to different institutions I was able to evoke Volvo Advanced Technology and Research's interest.

The trip to Nebraska

The next step was to engineer applications to U.S. truckload firms and through invaluable contacts I was granted the approval by Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Nebraska. I spent three full days at the company conducting interviews and shadowing. The company could not have treated me better and I developed a lot of new contacts for my future career. 

What to think about with the master's thesis

Writing a master's thesis is inspiring, but also very challenging. I would suggest future students to early on start thinking about what areas spotlights the most personal interest and to develop a topic that you have some kind of
relationship to. 

 

 

 

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"The reputation from Lund University and the fact that I was born and raised in the lovely city of Helsingborg brought my attention to the master's program Service Management - Supply Chain (formerly known as Logistics)."

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