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Thomas Jordan


Department of Sociology and Work
+46 31-786 55 07
Visiting address
Skanstorget 18
41122 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Thomas Jordan


Thomas Jordan holds a PhD in Economic Geography, is Associate Professor in Human Geography and since 2011 Senior Lecturer in work science. I finished my PhD in 1992 at the Gothenburg University with a dissertation on international specialization in the manufacturing industry, with a case study of the Swedish pump industry. In the period 1985-2000 I taught mainly economic geography and international relations. I participated in the establishment of the courses in conflict resolution at Gothenburg University from 1993 onwards. Since 2000, I have completely changed direction and my research has centered on workplace conflicts, robust collaboration cultures in organizations, meaning-making in social issues, change agency and deliberative methods for complex issues. I have been project leader for 13 externally funded research projects during the period 1993-2012. Since 2005, I am working half-time outside the university as trainer, coach and consultant expert, alongside teaching and research at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the Gothenburg University. I have led over 300 one-, two- and three-day workshops for various types of clients, mainly on management of workplace conflicts, robust collaboration cultures and adult development in the workplace. I have an English language website with some English language publications and other texts, but it has not been updated recently:


In recent years, research has taken up 20-25% of my working time. A three-year research project funded by the Knowledge Foundation was formally terminated in 2012, "From concerned citizens to effective societal entrepreneurs," focused on studying skills and methodology for skillful management of complex issues. My doctoral student Pia Andersson is working on these issues as part of her dissertation. Ongoing research projects

During 2013-2014, I work with a small research project titled "Methodology for destructive workplace conflict: tacit knowledge and theories of change," funded by AFA. As part of the project, 12 experienced organizational consultants will be interviewed about their theories of change and ways of intervening in conflicts in workgroups where the parties are unaccustomed to reflect on interpersonal processes.

Teaching and supervision

My present university teaching is primarily in the fields of conflict, conflict management and conflict prevention, but I also teach theory of science and and method. I supervise student theses related to the theme of conflict in the workplace.