Lars  Engwall Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Lars Engwall

Uppsala University

Lars Engwall is professor emeritus of management at Uppsala University, Sweden. His research has been directed towards institutional change as well as the production and diffusion of management knowledge. Among his recent publications can be mentioned Defining Management (2016 with Matthias Kipping and Behlül Üsdiken, Routledge) and Corporate Governance in Action (ed. 2018, Routledge). He has received honorary degrees from Åbo Akademi University and Stockholm School of Economics.


DEGREES: Officer’s Commission (1966), Master of Political Science (1966), Doctor of Philosophy (1970) and Docent Habilitation (1973), Stockholm University, Sweden; Doctor Honoris Causa (2002), Åbo University, Finland; Doctor Honoris Causa (2011), Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS: Visiting Scholar, the Graduate School of Business Administration, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, CA (1970-1971); Associate Professor (1972-1981), Professor (1981-2009) and Senior Professor (2009-2013) of Business Administration, Uppsala University; Professor of Management, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels (1977-1978); Directeur de Recherche, Centre de Recherche en Gestion, École Polytechnique, Paris (Spring Semester 1995).

ELECTED MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1984, Second Vice President 1997-2000); the Royal Swedish Society of Sciences (1985, President 2010-2011, Vice President 2011-2012); the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (1989); the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (1991); the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (1998); the Royal Society for the Publication of Manuscripts concerning Scandinavian History (1998); the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Uppsala (1999); the Letterstedt Society (2001), Academia Europea (2006) and Idun Society (2011).

MEMBERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC BODIES: Member of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences, the European Science Foundation (1983-1992) and its Core Group (1985-1992); the Commission for Educational Exchange between Sweden and the United States of America (1989-1991); Planning Committee (1991-1992), Steering Committee and Executive Committee (1993-1997) of the ESF Research Programme “European Management and Organisations in Transition”; Main Co-ordinator of the TSER Programme CEMP, the Creation of European Management Practice (1997-2001); Board Member of the European Institute of Advanced Management (EIASM), Brussels (2000-2009).

ASSIGNMENTS AT UPPSALA UNIVERSITY: The Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1984-1999), Chairman of the Committee for the Awarding of Docentships (1987-1996) and Member of the Executive Committee (1992-1996); Chairman of the Uppsala University Quality Management Group (1993-1998); Deputy Member (1994-1997) and Member of the Uppsala University Board (1997-2003).

ASSIGNMENTS OUTSIDE UPPSALA UNIVERSITY: Chairman of the Mission for Evaluating Swedish Economics launched by the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (1989-1992); Member of several Government Expert Commissions among them the Special International Mission for the Swedish Government Research Advisory Board (1989), the Working Group on the Government’s Role in Research Policy (1993-1994), and the Government Commission on the Banking Crisis (1993-1994); Member of several research funding bodies among them the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (1983-1989) and the Board of the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (1992-1998). Member of the Nobel Assembly (2000-2005), Board of Åke Wiberg Foundation (2000-  ; Chairman 2008-  ), Chamberlain at the Royal Swedish Court (2001-2009), Secretary of H.M. King Gustaf VI Adolf’s Foundation for Swedish Cultural Activities (2003-  ), Additional Member of the Committee for the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2003-2011), Scientific Secretary of the Foundations of Jan Wallander, Tom Hedelius and Tore Browaldh (2003-  ), Deputy Member of the Foundation for the Anders Wall Chair in Entrepreneurship (2003-  ) and Lord-in-Waiting at the Royal Swedish Court (2009-  ).

PUBLICTATIONS: More than 300 items, among them Models of Industrial Structure (Lexington Books, 1973); Newspapers as Organizations (Saxon House, 1978); Från vag vision till komplex organisation (Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Studia Oeconomiae Negotiorum, 1985); Mercury Meets Minerva (Pergamon, 1992 and EFI, 2009), Management Education in Historical Perspective (Manchester University Press, 1998, ed. with Vera Zamagni), Regulation and Organizations (Routledge, 1999, ed. with Glenn Morgan), Management Consulting (Oxford University Press, 2002, ed. with Matthias Kipping), The Expansion of Management Knowledge (Stanford Business Books, 2002 with ed. Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson), The University in the Market (Portland Press, 2008, ed. with Denis Weaire), Reconfiguring Knowledge Production (Oxford University Press, 2010 ed. with Richard Whitley and Jochen Gläser), Scholars in Action: Past-Present-Future (2012, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis), Trust in Universities (Portland Press, 2013 ed. with Peter Scott), Bibliometrics: Use and Abuse in the Review of Research Performance, (Portland Press, 2014, ed. with Wim Blockmans and Denis Weaire), From Books to MOOCs? (Portland Press, 2016, ed. with Erik De Corte and Ulrich Teichler), Defining Management (Routledge, 2016, with Matthias Kipping and Behlül Üsdiken), Universitet under uppsikt (Dialogos, 2016) and Corporate Governance in Action (Routledge, 2018, ed.)

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Management studies, organization, governance


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International Studies of Management & Organization

Preface: The Transfer of Management Knowledge to Peripheral Countries

Published: Mar 29, 2018 by International Studies of Management & Organization
Authors: Matthias Kipping, Lars Engwall & Behlül Üsdiken

This is an introduction to a Special Issue on the transfer of management knowledge to peripheral countries.

Scandinavian Economic History Review

Newspaper competition: A case for theories of Oligopoly

Published: Mar 29, 2018 by Scandinavian Economic History Review
Authors: Lars Engwall

This paper discusses with empirical evidence from Sweden the competition between newspapers in local markets.

Management & Organizational History

Historical perspectives on organizational stability and change: Introduction to the Special Issue

Published: Mar 29, 2018 by Management & Organizational History
Authors: Behlül Üsdiken, Lars Engwall & Matthias Kipping

We begin by providing a brief review of the way history has been treated in existing work on organizational change, noting that a historical approach has either been non-existent or at best employed in a ‘supplementarist’ way. We then proceed to summarize the empirical and theoretical foundations and the core arguments of the articles. In the final section, we conclude by pointing to the main themes that emerge from these articles and the contributions that they make to the literature.

Business History

Special issue introduction: Historical research on institutional change

Published: Mar 29, 2018 by Business History
Authors: Stephanie Decker, Behlül Üsdiken, Lars Engwall & Michael Rowlinson

This is an introduction to a Special Issue for which we have invited submissions that address how historical research can contribute to our understanding of institutional change while demonstrating ‘dual integrity’ in terms of being significant pieces of historical research that provide us with new insights into historiography and at the same time addressing important theoretical concerns.

International Journal of Strategic Communication

Management Consulting: Dynamics, Debates, and Directions

Published: Mar 29, 2018 by International Journal of Strategic Communication
Authors: Lars Engwall & Matthias Kipping

The purpose of this article is to: (i) provide a brief overview of the emergence and dynamics of the management consulting industry, (ii) summarize the findings from the extant literature, and (iii) identify relevant issues for related research in strategic communication.



Published: Aug 18, 2006 by Innovation
Authors: Lars Engwall and Matthias Kipping

Management practice is rapidly becoming standardized through the imitation of large actors and the interaction of institutions for management education, management media and management consulting. This process is reinforced by the fact that these three types of institutions are increasingly becoming more homogeneous at the same time as the borders between the different fields of management have become blurred.