David in Sweden


1. Tell us how you came to write a thesis within Volvo Group. What was the subject?
After various summer jobs within the Volvo Group, I got in contact with the Global Manufacturing department at Volvo Trucks. During the first meeting it was decided that I would study how continuous improvements were organized and used in the Nissan Diesel Production System at Nissan Diesel in Japan. These results were to be compared to how continuous improvements were used in the Volvo Industrial System used in the Volvo Trucks factory in Curitiba, Brazil.

2. In which country/organization did you write your thesis? 
The main part of my master thesis was conducted at the Volvo Trucks headquarters in Göteborg in Sweden, but in order to retrieve the results for my study I spent 2 weeks at Nissan Diesel in Japan and 1 week at Volvo do Brasil in Brazil.

3. Tell us something about your experience -- what did you like about it?  Anything you didn't like?
It was very interesting to see many different parts of Volvo Group and what it means to work for the Volvo Group around the world.

4. How would you describe the culture of Volvo Group? (i.e. what do you think is distinctive about how we do things in Volvo Group ?)
On of the advantages of being a big company is the multicultural work environment. At the same time the Volvo Way and the Swedish roots can be traced to the different areas around the world. On small example of this is the "Friday coffee" practiced every Friday at the Volvo Trucks office in Japan.

5. Based on your own experience, why do you think someone should consider working for a Volvo Group company?
If you are interested in a big company with colleagues and job opportunities over the entire world Volvo Group is definitely something to consider. On a normal day I can talk to colleagues in Japan in the morning, have lunch with my manager from Brazil and have a Netmeeting with people from the factory in US in the afternoon.

David, Volvo Trucks, Sweden