The four people in the new management team photographed in a corridor at the School
Oskar Broberg (Vice Dean), Ola Bergström (Vice Dean), Lena Gipperth (Deputy Dean) och Måns Söderbom (Dean)
Photo: Isac Lundmark

The new Management Team of the School of Business, Economics and Law

Måns Söderbom, Professor of Economics, has been appointed as the new Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. He and the rest of the new management team will assume their roles on 1 July, 2024.

“I am incredibly honored by the trust I have received. The School of Business, Economics, and Law has made significant progress over the past 15 years, so you could say I’m stepping into a well-prepared environment. However, I hope to contribute to the continued development of the faculty,” says Måns Söderbom.

“Our research and education must be relevant to the world. Students need to understand broader contexts, which requires a deep and broad knowledge base. Sustainability has long been a strategic focus for the School, and our research in business, economics and law can contribute to addressing major global challenges. Internationalisation and collaboration with industry and society are also areas where we will continue to develop our work,” says Måns Söderbom.

Broad Leadership Team to Shape the School’s Future

Leading the School is a collaborative effort, managed by a management team of four individuals with distinct responsibilities. They also work closely with department heads and directors of the School’s departments and units.

The management team for the mandate period from 1 July, 2024, to 30 June, 2030, consists of the following members:

Måns Söderbom (Dean) is a Professor of Economics specialising in development economics. He has previously served as the Head of the Department of Economics from 2015 to 2021. He also has eight years of experience at the University of Oxford. Måns Söderbom will oversee the School’s strategic development, including long-term competence supply, infrastructure, facilities, and finances. His ultimate responsibility is to ensure the quality and relevance of the School’s activities continue to strengthen over time.

Lena Gipperth (Deputy Dean) is a Professor of Environmental Law with a focus on marine and water governance. She was the Director for the Center for Sea and Society, a transdisciplinary centre for marine research and education at the University of Gothenburg from 2015 to 2022. In the management team, Lena will further develop the School’s sustainability profile and collaborate with public actors. She will also work on the continuous improvement of the faculty’s work environment.

Ola Bergström (Vice Dean) is a Professor of Business Administration. Ola’s research centres around organisational change and labour markets during economic crises. While he has been part of the current management team since 2020, he will now shift his focus from education to research and research education. Ola will also address issues related to collaboration with the private sector.

Oskar Broberg (Vice Dean) is an Associate Professor in Economic History. Oskar’s research explores the intersection of business history and societal development. Currently, he is studying the history of payment systems, from private banknotes to cryptocurrencies. Oskar previously served as the director of studies of the Graduate School and will now oversee educational matters in the management team.

Per Cramér, who has been the Dean of the School for nearly 14 years, will complete his term on 30 June 30, 2024.

This is how the management team of the School is appointed

The Dean and Deputy Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law are appointed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg following consultation and an advisory election within the School. Subsequently, the Dean of the School has the opportunity to appoint one or more Vice Deans. The mandate period for all positions is six years.

About the School of Business, Economics, and Law
The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg is one of the university’s eight faculties. The School educates students in business, economics and law, preparing them to tackle sustainability challenges of the future. The School also conducts high-quality research that contributes to finding solutions for complex global issues. It holds the three most prestigious international accreditations for business schools: EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA, making it one of over 100 “Triple Crown-accredited” business schools worldwide. Approximately 7,500 individuals study at the School each year, equivalent to around 4,000 full-time study places. In 2023, the School celebrated its 100th anniversary