Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Research Policy

Strategic Management

Strategic management concerns the mechanisms and factors that drive and explain differences in firm and organizational conformance and performance. It includes topics related to industries, markets, factor markets and firm-internal management processes and capabilities.

Our research base is broad in scope and includes dependent variables such as conformance and performance, competitive advantage, rents, business development and growth, as well as independent variables such as resources, value chains, control, structure, decision processes, culture and competence.

Research on technology, standardisation, pricing, contracting, public and corporate governance are among the topics in our research group. The corporate world is often said to be in constant flux, and our education and research programs reflect this variety. We study traditional as well as contemporary phenomena in the corporate world, and we do it with the help of established as well as emergent theories.

Currently, the focus is on topics related to globalization, innovation, costing and pricing capabilities and value appropriation, product and market development, knowledge-intensive organizations, and technology management, particularly so information and communication technology.

The strategy group’s focus has gradually shifted from traditional strategy theory to applied and phenomena-driven research. Thanks to the orientation towards contemporary phenomena and current challenges to decision-makers and strategists, innovation has become a core topic on the strategy group’s agenda.

The issue of collaboration is an increasingly growing concept that attract the interest of researchers. More and more today business development and innovation occur in collaboration between organizations and sectors. Thus, we focus on collaborative efforts aiming towards innovation and development of service delivery. This include collaboration that occurs in networks and across sectors.

We teach and study contemporary challenges and opportunities both in corporate and public organizations, in order to equip our strategy students with a full range of theories within economics and the strategic and administrative sciences. Our programmes typically include a focus on both the restructuring of traditional and capital-intensive industries and businesses, as well as the development of new business models in high tech environments. All in order to ready our students for the challenges of the modern world.

Contact: Matts Kärreman


Internationally renowned research within the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation is conducted by our researchers, in cooperation with several partners. We study how businesses form and operate as they are seen collectively by politicians and decision-makers as main contributors to the development of the economy and wealth creation in society.

Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship conducts internationally renowned research within the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. The research programmes have strong international and multi-disciplinary approaches. Part of the research is conducted in cooperation with CIRCLE.

Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy, CIRCLE, is an interdisciplinary research centre spanning several faculties at Lund University. CIRCLE has since its creation in July 2004 established itself as the leading national centre for research on R&D, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic dynamics.

Examples of research in entrepreneurship

We study how new venture teams progress from inception through the entrepreneurship process to established firms with lasting value to the economy and society. We want to add practical knowledge of how entrepreneurs in teams behave to develop new entrepreneurial activities. Such insights are also valuable for policy makes. Ultimately, we hope our research will assist in supporting the growth of profitable and independent Swedish ventures in Sweden.

Contact: Anna Brattström, Programme Director

We are interested in why and how ventures are created and expanded by entrepreneurs – and sometimes terminated. With our research projects we aim to contribute with knowledge that benefit the international scholarly community as well as actors outside the academic community, i.e. entrepreneurs, established companies, policy makers and actors/organizations supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Contact: Caroline Wigren-Kristoferson, Programme Director

From a few single entrepreneurship courses offered in the US in the 1980s, the supply has grown during the past decades and entrepreneurship is today a subject offered more or less at all major universities worldwide.

We build on our previous studies about enterprise education and entrepreneurial learning. Our research aims to contribute with scholarly knowledge that benefit both the international scholarly community as well as for developing our own entrepreneurship education at Lund University.

Contact: Diamanto Politis, Programme Director

Highlighting aspects of immigrant entrepreneurship in Sweden and thus building upon our knowledge base and understanding, is of utmost importance. The more we understand the more we can do to build upon and support the actions of these individuals, who are not only contributing to themselves and their own communities but to the economy as a whole.

We start with what we know about immigrant entrepreneurship in Sweden and attempt to contextualise previous international findings into the Swedish milieu. We think that the research opportunities in this area are plentiful, diverse and will prove to be valuable contributions to the field.

Contact: Craig Mitchell, Programme Director

History matters in entrepreneurship research. Why? Among other things, we have a lot of knowledge about entrepreneurship, but early contributions tend to be forgotten quickly or condenses into “obligatory” citations in contemporary studies. However, a thorough understanding of past contributions can help researchers to create a necessary knowledge accumulation within the field. History teaches us that what is best for one place and time will not always work in other contexts, and policies and practices need to change over time.

Contact: Hans Landström, Programme Director

Research Policy

Research policy is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the study of the management and governance of research and innovation. Research policy is located at the intersection between Science and Technology Studies (STS) and policy studies.

Research in research policy focuses on, among other issues:

  • analysis of funding instruments and their impacts on knowledge production
  • prioritization and evaluation of research
  • organization of research and innovation
  • research infrastructure
  • university–industry collaboration.

Contact: Matts Kärreman

Examples of research in research policy

An ongoing project in the research group is KNOWSCIENCE. This project focuses on understanding the interplay between policy instruments intended to govern higher education and research (HER) and the informal rules and processes that have developed for ensuring the quality of the knowledge they produce. We refer to this as the interplay between structural and epistemic governance. An understanding of this relationship is necessary for building sustainable knowledge producing institutions and securing society’s long-term knowledge provision.

The main research question guiding the project is: How do policy and the science systems co-produce the conditions for sustainable knowledge provision?

The research effort is organized around three questions:

  1. How are higher education and research (HER) policy steering mechanisms enabled, disabled and transformed throughout the HER sector via the academic social system?
  2. What are the most significant unintended consequences of HER policy on the HER system? 
  3. What types of policy frameworks would be required to meet these challenges?

Contact: Professor Merle Jacob

Read more about KNOWSCIENCE


Thomas Kalling
Phone: +46 46 222 46 38
Room: Alfa2:4035

Thomas Kalling


Matts Kärreman
Assistant head of department, senior lecturer, assistant head of department, assistant head of department
Phone: +46 46 222 01 91

Matts Kärreman

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Research Policy

Last published: 2021-06-22