Susanna Fellman


Economic History
Visiting address
Viktoriagatan 13
41125 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 625
40530 Göteborg

About Susanna Fellman

Susanna Fellman is Professor of Business History at the School of Business Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. She holds the Torsten Söderberg and Ragnar Söderberg Chair in Business History. Read more here.

She received her PhD in economic and social history at the University of Helsinki in 2001 where she also worked until 2011 when she moved to Gothenburg. Her research interests are the professionalisation and modernisation of management, competition policy and cartels in a historical perspective and business interests and welfare state development. She has also carried out research on family business, corporate networks and labour market issues. She also has an interest in methodological questions, in particular the role of the corporate archive in business history.

On-going projects

  • Understanding international cartels in the 20th century: tracing size and scope
  • De-industrialisation and re-industrialisation: reinventing the Swedish textile and clothing industry 1970-2005. (Proejkeledare: Lena Andersson-Skog, Umeå Universitet)


  • Member of the Board of the Swedish Research Council 2022-2024
  • Associate editor of Business History

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Research areas

  • Business history
  • History of management and business elites
  • Cartels and competition policy in a historical perspective
  • Business interests and welfare state development
  • Methodological questions in business history

Teaching areas

  • Business History, in particular managers and management in historical perspective, competition policy in historical and comparative perspective
  • Business History, Economic history

Selected publications

M. Shanahan & S. Fellman (eds), A History of Business Cartels International Politics, National Policies and Anti-Competitive Behaviour. Routledge International Studies in Business History, Routledge, New York& London 2022.

Fellman, Susanna, Shanahan, Martin, 'Sectoral Influence on Competition Legislation: Evidence from the Cartel Registers,1920–2000'. Business History Review, 92:4, s. 633-660, 2018

Popp, Andrew, Fellman, Susanna. 'Writing business history: Creating narratives'. Business History, 59:8, 2017

Fellman, Susanna, Martin, Shanahan (eds.) Regulating Competition - Cartel registers in the twentieth-century world. Explorations in Economic History. Routledge, 2016.

Fellman, Susanna, 'Prosopographic studies of business leaders for understanding industrial and corporate change.' Business History, 56:1, s. 5-21, 2014