On the 20th of May, Anna Ohlin and Sofie Weidenlov visited Ericsson in Beijing. The CITO representatives were greeted by Mr. Håkan Cervell, vice president of marketing and communications in region North East Asia, in their large office evidently inspired by Swedish design. Ericsson in Beijing has about 3500 employees of which about 70 are Swedish.
Mr. Håkan Cervell was very keen to communicate that the common idea of the Ericsson business is often incorrect. Ericsson´s vision is to be involved in the networked society but also to engage in the development of it, both today and in the future, where everything that benefits from being connected is connected. He continues by stating that this goes far beyond mobile phones as they focus on everything that would be feasible to connect like for example cars, refrigerators, hospital equipment and much more.
Ericsson is interested in recruiting talented Chalmers student and graduates with mobility, a broad perspective and understanding of the surrounding world. They offer internships, master’s theses and trainee programs on a global base but Mandarin skills and an understanding of the Chinese culture is a requirement in order to be employed by the Beijing office.