09 October 2023

In the summer of 2023, Anton Källström presented his master's thesis at the Volvo Cars headquarters in Gothenburg. Immediately thereafter, he began his journey in business development in the global steel industry at SSAB.

A portrait of Anton Källström, alumni. Anton Källström. Photo: Emil Grehn.

"Today, I work as a business developer at SSAB. I combine strategic planning and market insights on a global scale to make business decisions that contribute to the company's vision of a stronger and more sustainable world," says Anton Källström.

From an early age, Anton Källström realised that the combination of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship is important for human development. After high school, Anton decided that he wanted to pursue a career in the industry, and the best way to achieve that goal was to start the industrial engineering and management program at Linköping University.

"When I began my studies at the university, I had the privilege of interacting with a diverse community of humble, intelligent, and ambitious individuals. At LiU, I experienced a collaborative environment that promotes knowledge exchange, creativity, and personal development," says Anton Källström.

Anton recalls that when he was choosing a university, the industrial engineering and management program at Linköping University stood out because it encompassed technology, economics, and management. Additionally, he had heard good things about the university.

Anton explains that the program during his studies was more than a typical engineering education. He mentions that the program provided students with the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice.

"We worked on real business cases, collaborating with large companies from various industries, which provided us with the right foundation to shape a meaningful future."

Anton's interest in business development, advanced technology, and the Swedish automotive industry led him and his co-author to conduct their thesis work at Volvo Cars' headquarters in Gothenburg.

"The result of our thesis work gave us a deeper technical and business insight into product development projects and how different teams collaborate in large agile organisations. After that, we decided to publish our work openly so that others around the world could benefit from our findings and contribute to society's development."

I want to encourage you to be a helping hand when others need it, and always remember that creativity is contagious - spread it further!
Anton Källström

Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference   

A portrait of Anton Källström, alumni.

During his studies, Anton developed an interest in both management and leadership. Therefore, he chose to invest his free time in volunteer work, such as being the chairman of the AIESEC organisation in Sweden, which is the world's largest youth organization. Similarly, his entrepreneurial spirit was awakened, and he started his own business.

"It started with producing technical reports for Swedish technology magazines, and then I expanded my work to include marketing support for the tourism industry. After that, I further expanded my business with various corporate consulting services," explains Anton Källström.

Anton Källström encourages students to be curious and proactive.

"If you have an idea, don't be afraid to discuss it with others. If you need help, ask for it, and if you want to meet someone, send them an email. As an engineering student, you possess invaluable problem-solving skills and technical expertise, so make sure to leverage your abilities effectively."

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