BiographyStarted with a master degree in Electrical Engineering from Lund University (Sweden) and a doctoral degree in Industrial Economics and Management from the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology. Worked in industry in various positions from a sales representative (IBM East Europe, Sweden) through marketing management for Olivetti and Logica (UK) (Sweden) and management consultancy.
Returned to the academic world after ten years in industry and I am now a professor in Industrial Development at Uppsala University and a Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. My publication list counts about 70 books, articles, and proceedings.
Throughout my research I have been interested in models and methods and their impact on how problems and solutions are identified and formulated. My most recent book on the topic – Monitoring Business Performance, Models, Methods and Tools – published in 2014 by Routledge has raised interest in the issue.
Privately I live in Stockholm with my wife and we have three children. Whenever there is a possibility for reading and writing I spend my time in my country house on the most Southerly island in the Stockholm archipelago, surrounded by sea and horizon.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My main focus has been industrial and economic development in developing countries as researcher and teacher at universities in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Armenia and Vietnam. My PhD work on computerisation at an Egyptian industry created an interest about models and their relevance and applicability in different organisational and cultural contexts. Recently I have worked with regional development and how universities, municipalities and local small and medium business can collaborate towards local economic development.
Literature and Philosophy; The maritime industry; Writing.