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Amel Attour

Associate Professor with French Accreditation to direct Research and for Full Professor. Sophia-Antipolis, Université Côte d’Azur, France

Amel Attour is Associate Professor in Innovation and Strategic Management at Université Cote d’Azur and researcher at GREDEG (research institute in Economics, Management and Law research Group (GREDEG)). Originally PHD in Economics, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2008, she obtained the French accreditation to direct research in Management, University of Grenoble-Alpes, 2018. Indeed, she started working as a research engineer at Orange Labs Sophia Antipolis where she has prepared her PhD dissertation that was about digital policy innovation diffusion in French local governments. Then, she was Associate Professor in Economics and Management at University of Lorraine and researcher at the Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications -Nancy where she has lead researches on digital innovation in local governments’ systems and on nascent ecosystems in smart cities. She was Head of “Economics Organisations Business” Department of Mines Nancy which is one of the French generalist engineering Grandes Ecoles. She cameback since 2013 at Université Cote d’Azur where she is head of Technology degree graduate (DUT in French) in Information & Communication, option Communication of organisations, IUT Nice Cote d’Azur. She teaches: strategic management, business model innovation, business and innovation ecosystems.

Her research fields are: business model, digital innovation and knowledge management within innovation ecosystems. She leads research projects on innovation within mobility ecosystems with a focus on nascent and renewal strategies. She supervises and co-supervises three PhD thesis on business model innovation within mobility ecosystems. A focus is made on entrepreneurship in her research. The interest is about how innovation ecosystem leverage entrepreneurship activities.

Her research is published in high journal such as small business economics, energy policy, the French Journal of Information system management, knowledge management and practice.  and she contributes to society through several reserach projects that involve local governments, smes, and international companies.

She is also co responsible for a research program of the GREDEG insitute, that is ESIA.   

Sharmista Bagchi-Sen

Professor. GU Visiting Professor (School of Business, Economics and Law), VPP 2009-2013. Professor of Economic Geography, University of Buffalo, USA.

Mark Bagley

Visiting Research Follow at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Bagley is a visiting research fellow in field of innovation and entrepreneurship. He received his PhD in Economics at Jönköping University, defending his thesis titled, “The Life, Birth and Death of Firms in Industrial Clusters”.

His research interests are

  • evolutionary economics
  • complex systems
  • the role of knowledge networks in the local and national economy

His research is published the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Industry and Innovation and the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

Recently his work has focused on niches and their role on endogenous economic growth.

Catherine Beaudry

Professor, Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel Polytechnique Montréal, Canada.

Dr. Beaudry is Professor in Economics of Innovation at the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering. She holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Economics and Management of Innovation (“Innovation Chair”) at Polytechnique Montréal and leads the Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINT0). She holds a master’s degree and PhD in economics from the University of Oxford.

Her research interests are:

  • The impact of science, technology and innovation;
  • The development and testing of innovation indicators;
  • Ecosystems of innovation.

Her research is published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Industry and Innovation, or Scientometrics. She contributes to society through serving on the Governing Council Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Deputy Minister Steering Committee of Policy Horizons Canada, the External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness of the Treasury Board Secretariat.

Karin Berg

PhD student, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Karin Berg is a doctoral student in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Asset. Her research project is part of Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”.

Berg obtained her MSc Degree in Innovation and Industrial Management from the University of Gothenburg in 2013. Her Master's thesis examined ideation in the Norwegian context and received the Malmsten Award 2013 for best master thesis at Innovation and Industrial Management together with co-author Ingvild Nyløkken.

Berg’s research focus on academic engagement with industry, more precisely how industrial PhD students can influence firms’ capabilities for innovation.

Her research interests are

  • Academic engagement with industry
  • Innovation management
  • Knowledge management

Marouane Bousfiha

Postdoctoral Scholar, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Dr. Marouane Bousfiha is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research project is part of Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”.

Marouane obtained his PhD Degree from Chalmers in Technology Management and Economics in 2020. His doctoral thesis investigated the practice and identity of academic entrepreneurs. During his PhD studies, Marouane has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. His research is published in the Academy of Management Review.

His research interests are

  • Entrepreneurship theory
  • Design
  • Identity
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Johan Brink

Lecturer at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Brink took his PhD in 2007 at Chalmers University of technology in Technology Management. Prior to this Brink have a MSc Degree in Biotechnology Engineering as well as Studies at the Business School at Gothenburg University in both Business Administration as well as Finance and Economics. Dr Brink have also professional experience as Management consultant.

His research interests are:

  • Entrepreneurship; especially science-based and organizational aspects
  • The impact of science, technology and innovation, especially in the biosciences

Dr. Brink is engaged as coordinator for the master program in Innovation and industrial management, sits at the board of Venture Cup Väst, an Entrepreneurship support NGO, as well as editorial board at European Journal of Innovation Management.

Oskar Broberg

Associate Professor, Unit for Econmic History,  Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Dr. Broberg completed his thesis in 2006, on the incorporation of Swedish businesses during the industrial breakthrough. His research interests are business history, mainly with a focus on financial history – including international publications on financial modernisation, stock exchanges and financial derivatives. He has also been active in environmental economic history, with research and teaching dealing with the development of the organic food stuff industry.

Dr. Broberg is also engaged in teaching and responsible for the bachelor program hosted by the department of Economy and Society (including economic history, human geography and innovation & entrepreneurship). During the past few years Dr Broberg have engaged in the production of different kind of pods, to be used in teaching but also to distribute academic knowledge to a wider audience.

Anders Broström

Associate Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Economics and Management. University of Gothenburg, Department of Economy and Society

Dr Anders Broström is Associate Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

His research interests are focused on the economics and management of knowledge. In particular,

  • (Higher) education
  • Scientific research
  • Innovation

Articles documenting his research in these areas have been published in e.g. Research Policy, the Journal of Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Industrial and Corporate Change and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Anders currently serves as Associate Editor for Industry & Innovation.

Current lines of inquire are to investigate the incentive structures of science and academic careers as well as universities as organisations and their responsiveness to the external environment. Furthermore, Anders engages in research concerning entrepreneurship and labour market dynamics, in particular concerning the individual returns to entrepreneurship, venture legitimation, and sustainability.

Linus Brunnström

Researcher, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg..

Dr. Brunnström holds a PhD in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. He successfully defended his PhD Thesis “Commercialization Done Differently: How Swedish university incubators facilitate the formation of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurial Firms” in the beginning of 2021. His thesis focused on how university incubators help facilitate the formation of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurial (KIE) firms in the institutional regime of inventor ownership. His current research is part of Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”.

His research interests are

  • The role of universities in society
  • Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurial Firms: origins, survival and growth
  • Marine industries: connections to sustainable development and universities
  • Knowledge-Intensive Ecosystems

He is also associated with the Center for Sea and Society, where he works on facilitating the connection between researchers, university infrastructure and local marine KIE firms. This also involves engaging with different stakeholders like politicians, civil servants, innovation organizations and other innovation-related actors.

Guido Buenstorf

Professor of Economics, University of Kassel. Researcher in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets, University of Gothenburg. Visiting Professor at School of Business, Economics and Law: VPP 2016-2019 and 2019-2021.

Guido Buenstorf is Professor of Economics at the University of Kassel. He leads the Economic Policy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Institute of Economics and is director and executive board member of the International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER).

Buenstorf holds a PhD in economics from Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Before joining the University of Kassel, he was research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Economics. From 2016 to 2021, Buenstorf was Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University, where he is a steering committee member of the Center on Knowledge-Intensive Innovation Ecosystems (U-GOT KIES).

His main research interests are

  • the economics of science and innovation
  • entrepreneurship research
  • Regional economics

His work has been published in leading outlets including the Economic Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, the Journal of Urban Economics and the Journal of Economic Geography.

Mark Elam

Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg.

Mark completed his PhD at the Department of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University where he also recently held a Visiting Professorship. Prior to this, he was also a Visiting Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is interested in research and education at the interface of Innovation Studies and Science and Technology Studies (STS). He is member of the governing board of the European Inter-University Association of Society, Science and Technology, which co-ordinates a Master’s degree combining education in both fields with 13 participating universities. He is also one of the organizers of the joint GU/Chalmers STS Seminar.

His research interests are:

  • Environmental technologies and innovation
  • Addictive technologies
  • Public involvement and participation in science and technology

Hani Elzoumor

PhD student, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. 

Hani Elzoumor is a PhD student in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. He is undertaking his doctoral education as part of Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”. 

Elzoumor obtained his MSc Degree in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship from the University of Gothenburg in 2019. His Master's thesis investigated sustainability transition challenges of the mobility sector in Västra Götaland region. His Master's thesis involved collaboration with the Challenge Lab of Chalmers University of Technology, and the joint thesis was recognized by Gothenburg University’s Sustainability Thesis Award (GUSTA), 

Elzoumor is investigating collaboration dynamics of Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial (KIE) firms within the transportation sector of western Sweden. His research interests are:

  • Knowledge-Intensive Innovation Ecosystems, 
  • Sustainability Transitions, 
  • Collaboration and Innovation Strategies of SMEs

Madeleine Englund

PhD student, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. 

Madeleine Englund is a PhD student in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. She is undertaking her doctoral education as part of Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”. 

Englund obtained her MSc Degree in Innovation and Industrial Management from the University of Gothenburg in 2015. Her Master's thesis investigated Chinese entrepreneurs’ perceived challenges from a gender perspective. Together with co-author Sofia Berg the thesis was granted the Sten A Olsson foundation scholarship, which facilitated research on site in Hangzhou, China.

Englund is investigating knowledge-intensive innovative entrepreneurship in equestrian sports technology.

Her research interests are

  • Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship
  • Sports innovation, specifically horse-tech
  • Innovation ecosystems 

Susanna Fellman

Professor, Business History, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Dr. Susanna Fellman is Professor of Business History (the Torsten Söderberg and Ragnar Söderberg Chair in Business History) at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her current research interest are competition policy in historical perspective, business interest and policy formulation and history of management.

She took her PhD in 2001 at University of Helsinki, Finland where she worked as researcher and acting professor until 2011, when she moved to Gothenburg.

Her research interests are:

  • History of competition policy and market regulation
  • The professionalization and modernization of management
  • Nordic model of capitalism

Her research is published leading journals in her field, such as Business History Review, Business History and Organization Studies. Her research contribute to the understanding of market transformation, institutional change in modern capitalism.

Leticia Foerster

PhD student, Université Côte d’Azur CNRS, GREDEG CNRS.

Foerster is a PhD student and researcher in the field of Strategic Management.

Her research interests are

  • Business models
  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Innovative solutions and services provided by cities
Leticia Foerster
Leticia Foerster

Ethan Gifford

Associate Senior Lecturer, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Dr. Gifford holds a Ph.D. in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. He is currently employed as an associate senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, where he also completed his Ph.D.

Ethan’s research interests are

  • Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship
  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Sustainable development
  • Firm growth and internationalization
  • Entrepreneurship and higher education

Ethan’s research is published in peer reviewed journals such as Industry and Innovation, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, and Studies in Higher Education. His societally focused contributions includes teaching within the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, and working with university incubators and tech transfer offices in commercialization of research activities.

Ethan is also a member of the review board for Sustainability, has received the Adlerbert and Broman scholarship for his research projects, and is a process leader at U-GOT KIES with responsibility for digitalization and seminars/workshops.

Erik Gustafsson

Postdoctoral researcher, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg

Dr. Erik Gustafsson is a postdoctoral researcher in innovation and entrepreneurship. He received his PhD in 2019 at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, after successfully defending his dissertation “Fashioning a Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneur?” In 2020, Erik received a scholarship from the foundation Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse, covering three years of full-time research as a postdoctoral scholar.

His research interests are

  • Entrepreneurship in cultural and creative industries
  • Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship
  • The role of artistic knowledge for sustainable transition in creative industries

Daniel Hemberg

PhD student, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Hemberg is a PhD student in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. His research project is part of Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”.

Hemberg obtained his MSc Degree in Business Administration in June 2014. His Master's thesis investigated small business financing alternatives and how a firm within software development industry were reasoning around them.

Hemberg is investigating Absorptive capacity and organizational routines in a university-industry collaboration: The implementation of academic research and development of innovation. His research interests are:

  • Organizational routines
  • Knowledge
  • Academic engagement

Martin Henning

Professor of Economic Geography. Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Martin is also affiliated with CRA Center of Regional Analysis at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, and with the Work and Employment Research Centre (WE).

Martin has a PhD in Economic geography from Lund University (2009), and he works at University of Gothenburg University since 2014.

His research especially focuses on

  • Labour mobility
  • The long-term evolution of regional economies
    all with a bit of a quantitative touch.

Martin’s work is published in a range of well-known journals, and he particularly takes an interest in research communication to external stakeholders.

Ida Hermansson

PhD student at University of Borås, The Swedish School of Textiles; Guest researchers at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2017-2020).

Hermansson is a PhD student in Business Administration and Textile Management. She obtained her MSc Degree in the Master's in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship, University of Gothenburg, in 2014. Her Master's thesis investigated "How do Entrepreneurs Utilize and Develop their Network?'.

Her research project as a doctoral student addresses innovations within sports, especially in the equestrian industry.

Her research interests are

  • Sports innovation, specifically horse-tech
  • Entrepreneurial network and resources
  • Initiation of academic engagement in equestrian sports

She has also published articles, co-authored together with McKelvey and Zaring, in Innovation: Organization and Management (2021) and European Planning Studies (2018).

Magnus Holmén

Professor of Innovation Sciences, Halmstad University. Visiting scholar at  the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Magnus Holmén is a Professor in Innovation Sciences with a focus on Industrial Management, at Halmstad University. During his doctoral studies, he studied the emergence of technological innovation systems within regions. As a research associate at the Australian National University, he analyzed the emergence and growth of sectoral and national innovation systems.

His research interests are

  • The nature and process of business model innovation
  • Emergence and co-evolution of ecosystems and business models
  • Relationship between technological change and competition
  • The nature of innovation and competition in specific domains, such as health innovation and energy.

He contributes to society through teaching on the master level, developing new programs and courses for practitioners and master programs, interacting with firms and public organizations in research projects.

He is the research director for the Center of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning research (CIEL) at the school of Business, Innovation and Sustainability, Halmstad University. He was a visiting scholar at the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) at Stanford University in 2019.

Emma Lappi

Post Doc, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE) at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University (Will change 1st of September onwards).

Emma Lappi holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is currently a postdoc at Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE) at Jönköping International Business School. She is also a member of the Swedish Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) team at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.

Her research interests are broadly defined as:

  • Impact of entrepreneurship to micro-level outcomes such as wages, health and, productivity.
  • Labor mobility, including exit from entrepreneurship
  • Relationship between institutions, incumbents, and entrepreneurship.

Her research is published in journals such as Empirica, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, and Small Business Economics.

Astrid Heidemann Lassen

Associate Professor of Operations and Innovation Management, Aalborg University. Researcher in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets, University of Gothenburg. GU Visiting Professor: Handels VPP 2014-2018 and ES 2018-2020. Honorary Visiting Professor 2018 -

Dr. Astrid Heidemann Lassen is Associate Professor in Operations and Innovation Management at Aalborg University, Denmark, Department of Materials and Production. Astrid is Head of Section in Production and Vice Head of Department. Since 2015 she has been Honorary Visiting Professor at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Her research interests are in particular on

  • Organizational capabilities for innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Knowledge intensive entrepreneurial ventures

Her research has been published extensively in international journals, conferences and books, and she is an experienced speaker on such topics in industrial settings.

Nathalie Lazaric

Professor of Economics, CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), Université Côte d’Azur Sophia Antipolis., Visiting Professor (VPP) , School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg 2019-2021.

Professor Lazaric is a French economist recognized among the Top 10-15% authors in France and the EU, and Top 4 % women economists worldwide (Repec).

Her research interests are

  • organizational routines and dynamics of change
  • Ecological innovations
  • Business models in energy and mobility
  • Pro environmental behaviours.

Her research is published  in a large range of top academic journals,  like Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, Ecological Economics, Small Business Economics, Energy Policy, Journal of Institutional economics, Industry and Innovation, Regional Studies, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Climate Policy and she contributes to society through many field- experiments in transport and mobility with SMEs and large Companies and through  key notes and interviews in local and international media. She has published more than 50 articles in a large range of top academic journals, like Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, Journal of Institutional economics, Industry and Innovation, Regional Studies, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Climate Policy.

She is currently President of the EAEPE (European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy), chair of many International scientific committees such as International Schumpeter Society and EGOS (European Group Organizational Studies), advisory Editor of Journal of Evolutionary Economics, editor of the Editor of the REPE-Review of Evolutionary Political Economy of and Senior Editor of Organization Science. She has been involved in several national and European projects on energy consumption and sustainable issues. In France she supervised TICELEC- IT for sustainable behaviors in electric consumption.

Daniel Ljungberg

Associate professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Unit for innovation and entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Daniel Ljungberg is Associate professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Economics from Chalmers University of Technology. He is employed at University of Gothenburg since 2011.

Daniel’s research interests are

  • Academic engagement and university-industry collaboration
  • University strategy and management
  • Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship

His research is published in well-known journals such as R&D Management, Technovation, Industry and Innovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, and Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Daniel leads and coordinates U-GOT KIES’s involvement in NORSI (the Nordic Research School in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and he represents the center to the NORSI General assembly.

Oscar Llopis Corcoles

Assistant Professor in Business Management, Department of Business Management Faculty of Economics, University of Valencia, and Broman Scholar at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Llopis Corcoles holds a PhD in Business Management from the University of Valencia and INGENIO (CSIC – UPV). His academic career started in 2010 when he joined INGENIO (CSIC - UPV) as a predoctoral researcher. Oscar has also visited highly reputed centers such as the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and the Università di Pisa (Italy). After obtaining his PhD (2013), he joined the Groupe de recherche in Économie théorique et appliquée (GREThA), at the University of Bordeaux (France) as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2016 he moved to the Rennes School of Business (France) as Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Innovation area. In 2018 he joined the Department of Business Management at the University of Valencia (Spain).

His research interests are

  • Academic engagement
  • University – industry collaboration
  • Knowledge and innovation networks
  • Economics of science
  • Scientific novelty

His research has been published in renowned journals such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Science and Public Policy or Research Evaluation. He also teaches courses related to strategic management, innovation and entrepreurship at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Oscar is also the track chair of the Strategic Interest Group (SIG) on Behavioral Strategy, at the European Academy of Management (EURAM). He has been also involved in several national and international research projects to evaluate the impact of public science funding or to assess the relevance of knowledge networks in biomedicine, among others.

Hanna Martin

Associate Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography, Department for Business Administration School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Hanna is an associate senior lecturer in Economic Geography at the School of Business, Economics and Law, at the University of Gothenburg Hanna holds a PhD in social and economic geography from Lund University (2016).

Her research interests cover

  • Regional economic development
  • Socio-technical transitions
  • Innovation systems and innovation system transformation

Hanna publishes in well-known international journals in the fields of regional development and economic geography. She is actively engaged in research communication to external stakeholders as well as within various research networks.

Roman Martin

Associate Professor in Economic Geography, Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Roman Martin is an Associate Professor in Economic Geography. He holds a PhD degree in social and economic geography from Lund University and has been a senior lecturer at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, since year 2016. He is involved in teaching courses in economic geography, international business and European studies. His research is placed at the intersection of economic geography and innovation studies, with particular focus on innovation-based regional development, regional innovation systems and policy, clusters and cluster policy, as well as innovation and knowledge networks.

His research interests are:

  • Economic Geography of Innovation
  • Regional Development
  • Innovation Systems and Policy
  • Global Innovation Networks

Roman’s research is published in well-known journals such as Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning C, European Urban and Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, and Industry and Innovation. 

Roman is currently director of the Centre for Regional Analysis (CRA) at the University of Gothenburg. Further, he is a member of the steering committee of the Centre for European Research (CERGU), a member of the advisory board for Agenda 2030 i Väst, and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Ambassador to Sweden. Together with Johan Jakobsson, he is coordinating the Masters’ Program in International Business and Trade (IBT).

Maureen McKelvey

Professor of Industrial Management, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

McKelvey's research focuses on the development and use of knowledge at the interplay between innovation management and entrepreneurship with science and engineering.

She has published extensively in highly ranked journals and has had high level positions in expert groups and written reports, for Swedish organizations as well as for the OECD and the European Union. She has also served on DIME, DRUID, Imperial College Business School Innovation, Manchester Institute of Innovation, GEM in Grenoble, among others in her career. In 2017 she was awarded a large grant as part of the Swedish Research Council’s Distinguished Professors Programme.

Further, McKelvey has been part of developing several masters programmes in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, in which she also taught several courses. What drives her in her work and research is a curiosity for the ever changing nature of technology, society and economy.

Rick Middel

Senior Lecturer, Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Rick Middel works as a senior lecturer at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg and more specifically at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

He is involved as a teacher in, among other, several courses around innovation management, personal and professional development, methods for practical entrepreneurship and social innovation and entrepreneurship. The courses are characterized by a high degree of public and private actor involvement and engagement where students have the possibility to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding on real life problems and issue.

Further he is the faculty representative in the council for Sustainable Development at the School of Business, Economics and Law.

His research interest concerns the challenges of innovating around the business model and the development and implementation of sustainable business models.

Bastian Rake

Lecturer / Assistant Professor, School of Business, Maynooth University, Ireland

Dr. Bastian Rake is Lecturer / Assistant Professor at Maynooth University School of Business.  Before joining Maynooth he worked as Assistant Professor at the Chair of Organisation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (Prof. Dr. Carolin Häussler) at the University of Passau. He obtained his PhD from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena where he was a member of the DFG Graduate College ”The Economics of Innovative Change” jointly hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Economics and Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Dr Rake’s research interests are

  • Knowledge generation and innovation in knowledge-intense industries
  • Alliances, collaboration, and innovation networks
  • Internationalization of science and R&D

His research appeared in renowned journals such as Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, Innovation: Organization & Management, as well as the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Dr. Rake is a Member of the Board of Management of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society.

Elena Raviola

Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Professor of Design Management. Design Unit, HDK-Valand, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg.

Professor Raviola is expert on digitalization and new forms of organizing in cultural and creative industries. She has extensively studied the transformation of the field of news production and conducted ethnographic studies in Italy, France and Sweden. Her research interests are

  • Cultural entrepreneurship
  • Digitalization, including artificial intelligence
  • Professional work.

Her research is published in Organization Studies, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Cultural Economy, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Journal of Media Business Studies. She contributes to society through understanding what are the wider societal implications of digitalization and the entrepreneurial dynamics around it.

She also directs the Business and Design Lab, a research center between the School of Business, Economics and Law and the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, and co-leads with professor Gregor Noll the research program on AI, the Social Contract and Democracy, financed by WASP-HS. She has been visiting researchers at Stanford University, Harvard University, Bocconi University and Sciences Po.

Rögnvaldur Saemundsson

Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Iceland. Researcher, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. Lecturer, Department of Innovation Management, School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability, Halmstad University.

Rögnvaldur Saemundsson is a professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Iceland and holds part time positions in Innovation Management at Gothenburg University and Halmstad University. He received a Tekn. Dr. degree from Chalmers University of Technology and has previously worked as a R&D manager in the medical device industry.

Saemundsson's main research interests are:

  • Medical Innovation
  • Innovation Governance
  • Technology Management

His work has been published in outlets such as Technovation, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Long Range Planning, Small Business Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Science & Public Policy, and Industry & Innovation.

Maria Spante

Senior lecturer, Associate professor, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Informatics, University West, Sweden.

Dr. Maria Spante is associate professor in field information systems. Dr Spante took her PhD at Chalmers University of Technology in 2009 studying social interaction in virtual reality.

Her main interests are

  • Digital competence and competence development in general
  • Formative interventions as research methods particularly working with Activity theory and Change Laboratory
  • Co-design processes in organizations and interprofessional collaboration

Her research is published in diverse places and she contributes to society by formative intervention empower professionals in organizations to tackle social injustices and improve organizational practices through work integrated learning.

She is also responsible for the development of Online Change Laboratory international group in the Activity Theory node at University West, and active in the node development.

Furthermore, she is elected head of the quality development board at the department of Economy and IT at University West.

Viktor Ström

Ph.D. student, Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Viktor Ström is a doctoral student in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Asset. His research is done within Professor McKelvey’s Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professors’ Research Program on “Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Transforming society through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship”. 

Ström has a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Design with a specialization in Intellectual Capital Management, from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. While completing his master thesis titled “Big Pharma Divestitures: Activities, Trends & Strategies”, Ström was an intern at AstraZeneca’s pharmaceutical technology & development (PT&D) unit. 

Ström quantitatively analyzes academic engagement with industry in the engineering sciences. More specifically, he has analyzed the scientific outcomes of knowledge-based interactions between university professors and firms, in electrical engineering. He has also investigated characteristics of who academic researchers within electrical engineering co-author scientific papers with (i.e., who are their industry co-authors?). 

His research interests are 

  • Knowledge Networks 
  • University-Industry Collaboration 
  • Academic engagement with industry in engineering 

Stefan Szücs

Associate Professor in Political Science and Senior LecturerDepartment of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Dr. Stefan Szücs is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at University of Gothenburg. Between 1998 and 2011, he headed local governance and innovation policy research at the Swedish Center for Public Sector Research (CEFOS). He obtained his PhD in Political Science by a thesis on local elites in Europe (1998), published within the framework of the international research program Democracy and Local Governance (DLG), directed by Prof. Dr. Henry Teune, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

His research interests are

  • Governance
  • Public Policy
  • Politics of Innovation and Reform

His research is published in prominent journals such as European Planning Studies, Governance, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Journal of Integrated Care, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, as well as the Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 

Dr. Szücs is a member of the Standing Group on Local Government and Politics at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), and is currently active in Forte’s (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare) research program Quality, Organization and Processes of Welfare Governance (includes COVID-19 related research).

Alexander Styhre

Professor, Chair of Management and Organization, Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Alexander Styhre, Ph.D. (Lund University, 1998) is chair of Management and Organization, Dept. of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. Previously Styhre worked at Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Technology Management and Economics, 1999-2010, from 2006 as full professor in project management, and in 2008-2010, as the chair of operations management.

Styhre’s research interests cover wide areas, including innovation management, corporate governance, and urban development and construction industry studies. Studies have been conducted in the pharmaceutical industry, automotive industry, construction industry, video game industry, in the health care sector, and elsewhere.

Styhre has published widely in the field of organization studies, and Styhre’s work has appeared in a variety of organization studies journals. Styhre is the former Editor-In-Chief of Scandinavian Journal of Management, and currently serves on the editorial board of Organization Studies and Academy of Management Review. Since 2017, Styhre is a member of the board of Scandinavian Academy of Management.

Elena M Tur

Assistant professor, Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS), Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

Elena M Tur main research include mathematical models of innovation, simulation models of diffusion, complex networks and patentometrics. The main subjects/topics covered by Elena’s research: Simulation models in complex networks: of knowledge creation through collaboration, of knowledge diffusion through word-of-mouth with social reinforcement, of motivations for prosocial behavior (altruism/reciprocity), etc.Patent citations as indicators of technological relevance of inventions, and in particular the problems they present when used for this purpose A number of Elena’s key findings: The more you hear something from different people, the more likely you are to believe it. Patent citations do not always work to identify technological relevance. Sometimes it may appear as if collaboration helps to create knowledge, but it is actually reverse causality: the high performers attract collaborators.

Elena M Tur obtained her PhD in Innovation Studies from Utrecht University, in 2016. She also holds degrees in Mathematics and Statistics as well as an MSc in Industrial Economics. She is a member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and a member of the International Schumpeter Society. Elena was also a Broman Scholar at the School of Business, Economics and Law of the University of Gothenburg, where she examines the causes and consequences of delayed recognition for breakthrough inventions, such as important patents that do not receive attention in the early stages of their lifetime. Elena has also received several awards: Best Student of Statistics, Best Student of Industrial Economics and the EU-SPRI Forum PhD Circulation Award.

Her research interests are

  • Diffusion of knowledge
  • Patent citations
  • Delayed recognition of breakthrough inventions
  • Good and questionable research practices

Elena collaborates with firms and stakeholders in research and teaching. She established a collaboration with patent attorneys for patentability and patent landscape student projects, and she involved the knowledge transfer office of her university in some of her patent courses.

Björn Remneland Wikhamn

Associate Professor of Management and Organization, Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Section Management and Organization.

Dr. Wikhamn’s main research interest, as well as teaching activities, involve the broad fields of:

  • Innovation management
  • Strategy
  • HRM
  • Organizational theory

In recent research projects he has studied open innovation in e.g., life sciences, video game development and automotive industry, and in particular studied how large incumbent firms collaborate with small entrepreneurial scaleups. He has previously worked as management consultant for several years, and was visiting scholar at Stanford in 2014. He is the academic examiner and academic responsible for the master program Matix - Management for Growth at the School of Business in Gothenburg (www.matix.se).

He has publications in e.g., R&D Management, Int. J. of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, Int. Journal of Innovation Management, and Scandinavian Journal of Management. He has also published several books and reports.

Olof Zaring

Associate Professor (Docent) in in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets. Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Zaring is Associate Professor in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Assets.  at the Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Economy and Society. Dr. Zaring publishes in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, and also has extensive teaching experience at the graduate and post-graduate level. He is the Director of the PhD Training Program at the Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and chairman of U-GOT KIES steering commitee. His research interests are:

  • Innovation governance
  • Entrepreneurial education
  • Academic engagement for innovation