Thomas Lennerfors

Professor at Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management

+4618-471 7260
Mobile phone:
+46 70 1679553
Visiting address:
Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 169
751 04 Uppsala

Short presentation

Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management. My research and teaching focuses on the one hand on industrial strategy and innovation, and on the other hand on ethics and sustainability, particularly in connection to technology and entrepreneurship.

Within the areas of industrial strategy and innovation, and ethics and sustainability, I am engaged in the following areas of study:

Industrial strategy and innovation within the context of industrial dynamics: This research area aims at understanding the relationship between industrial and institutional dynamics and corporate strategies from a modern historical perspective, especially within the shipping industry. The research area theoretically draws on strategy/management/organization theory, historical approaches from economic and maritime history, and philosophy. Methodologically, the research area draws on financial/market/resource analysis, in-depth interviews with key people, and archival studies.

Management, innovation and entrepreneurship: This research concerns alternative conceptualizations of management, entrepreneurship and innovation, emphasising processual aspects of bricolage and serendipity. Also, this area tries to bridge Western and Eastern management knowledge, including concepts such as anshin and satoruka into management thought.

Ethics and sustainability of technology and business: This research concerns the study of ethical issues related to technology and business, for example the study of inequalities in the distribution of environmental consequences of ICT, and a problematization of Sustainable ICT. The research area includes theories from non-Western contexts, for example Japanese and Buddhist ethics.

Corruption: I am engaged in studying corruption and anti-corruption. The research is aims to problematize the war on corruption, and suggest alternative theory-building within this area. Empirical studies are done in for example construction, healthcare, etc.

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Thomas Lennerfors