Past Scholars

Rolv Petter Amdam

Rolv Petter Amdam

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Professor, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, BI Norwegian Business School.

Amdam has written and edited numerous books and articles on business education, internationalization, Americanization, and on transfer of knowledge, including "Executive Education and the Managerial Revolution: The Birth of Executive Education at Harvard Business School", Business History Review (2016), “Creating the New Executive: Post-war Executive Education and Socialization into the Managerial Elite”, Management & Organizational History (2020), “Americanization in Comparative Perspective: The Managerial Revolution in France and Norway, 1940-1990”, Business History (with Marie-Laure Djelic, 2007), "Global Transfer of Management Practice across Nations and MNC Subcultures", Academy of Management Executives (co-author, 2005), and “Keeping up with the Neighbors: The Role of Cluster Identity in Internationalization”, Journal of World Business (co-author, 2020).

At SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center he worked on the project “Global expansion of executive education”. This project aims to study how the concept of short executive programs as a tool to develop top executives expanded globally from the US from the end of World War II to the 1980s. This process is being studied based on a definition of top-executive development as an organizational field that is unique but related to the field of business education.

Ivar Bleiklie

Ivar Bleiklie

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2017 and spring 2018). Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway.

Ivar Bleiklie is Professor of Political Science emeritus at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway. His research focuses on comparative studies on reform policies and organizational change in higher education in Europe, as well as on biomedical policy and on public services. He is the co-editor of Managing Universities – Policy and Organizational Change in Eight European Countries, London: Palgrave McMillan (2017); University Governance: Western European Comparative Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer 2009; Transforming Higher Education. A Comparative Study (2nd edition). Dordrecht: Springer (2006); Comparative Biomedical Policy: Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies. London: Routledge (2006). Currently he is working on three projects about Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science in 33 European countries (funded by EU, COST-action/Horizon 2020), Merger Processes in Higher Education (funded by the Norwegian Research Council) and, Policy and organizational implications of the turn towards labor market relevance for linkages between higher and vocational education in skill formation.

Elin Lerum Boasson

Elin Lerum Boasson

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2018-spring 2019). Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway.
Elin Lerum Boasson is an associate professor and deputy head of the Political Science Department at the University of Oslo, and a senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research. She has published extensively on national and EU climate and energy policies; exploring the role of policy entrepreneurship, business influence and political steering. She applies sociological institutional theories as well as historical institutionalism and public policy theories. Boasson teaches political science master courses on climate policy, public policy theory and EU studies. Methodologically, Boasson is specialized in comparative, qualitative case studies and process tracing. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the Freie University, Berlin. Boasson is part of the leadership group of the COST Action Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects. Boasson is a lead author in the upcoming Sixth Assessment report cycle of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, working group III Mitigation. During her stay at SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center in the academic year 2018-2019, Boasson primarily worked on publications relating to two the comparative climate policy project: 'Revising the National Renewables Policy Mix: The role of state aid and other key EU policies (REMIX)’. In addition to several articles, this work has resulted in the open access book Comparative Renewables Policy – Political, Organizational and European Fields.
Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes

Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2020). Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Management and Organization, Hanken School of Economics.
Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa, Finland. She defended her thesis titled Legitimacy in the Pluriverse – towards and expanded view on corporate-community relations in the global forestry sector in the subject Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken in Helsinki in 2016. She has published articles on her doctoral research in journals such as Geoforum, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, and Critical Perspectives on International Business. Her current research project titled ‘Organising from the grassroots -territorial movements and their role in building sustainable futures’ examines how sustainable change can occur not only through global governance of international agreements, but through grassroots activism organized by local movements building alternatives from below. A key research topic to be addressed is what implications do these grassroots processes have for theory on governance and organizations. The research context is located in indigenous communities and transition movement initiatives in the Nordics and South America. Theoretically the research draws on insights from the fields of political ontology, decolonial thinking, indigenous knowledges, combining storytelling with other qualitative methodologies.
Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist

Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Professor, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist is a Professor of Management Studies. Her research focus how multinational corporations, and other formal organizations, contribute to the creation of international social, economic, and political norms in the field of digitalization, and the field of gender equality. In her most recent research she examines how corporate management norms influence public sector organizations.
Katharina Fellnhofer

Katharina Fellnhofer

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Postdoctoral Researcher, Marie Curie Fellow, Erwin Schrödinger Fellow, ETH Zürich.
Katharina Fellnhofer is a Marie Curie Fellow hosted by ETH Zürich and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University with the project ROLLER-COASTER https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/882168. Prior to joining ETH Zürich, she was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Additionally, she is the owner of the Austrian SME Research and Innovation Management GmbH, which is engaged in interdisciplinary European research and innovation projects (e.g. HORIZON2020 projects such as www.onlines3.eu or www.seerri.eu or www.rri2scale.eu). Katharina has been advising the European Commission regarding innovative projects for SMEs since 2014. She holds a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She enjoys running in her free time.
Gunnar Fermann

Gunnar Fermann

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016-spring 2017). Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Gunnar Fermann is a Professor in Political Science in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He was a Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013) at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (2001-2002), and served at the scholarship committee of EON (2005-2014). Fermann has been affiliated with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (1985-1990), the Institute for Defence Studies (1991), Fridtjof Nansen Institute (1992-1994), and the Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo (2000) researching international conflict-management, international politics of climate change and energy, and foreign policy-making. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Fermann will be a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley.

Fermann is currently working on three research projects: (i) an inquiry into how transnational perspectives may fertilize and be better integrated into the eclectic, multi-level and process-tracing approach of Foreign Policy Analysis (paper); (ii) a project mapping and making sense of how and why governments argue and justify military participation in coalition-forces while addressing divergent target groups; and (iii) the study of international coordination problems in the politics of human-induced climate change.

Carsten Greve

Carsten Greve

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2019). Professor of Public Management and Governance, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School.
Carsten Greve is professor of public management and governance. His main research areas are public management reform and public-private partnerships. He is co-director of Center for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI).
Antoinette Hetzler

Antoinette Hetzler

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (2017). Professor, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden.
I am professor emerita in sociology at Lund University, Sweden. My area of research interest is social policy and the welfare state. Although my empirical work involves the everyday life of micro processes and macro structural change within public institutions, my theoretical work involves the linkage between sociology of law, organization theory and social psychology. In my earlier research I have examined the development of the welfare state, formation of social policy, the concept of citizenship and the public identity and regulation of the private sector. I have recently completed research on “Threats and Violence at School – Are Teachers Without Rights.” Deterioration in the work environment of public institutions has put pressure on national governments not only to guarantee the quality of social services but also the rights of employees. Written results of research from the project has concentrated on changes in women dominated professions within the public sector not only of teachers but also of social workers and the influx of a growing international market of private suppliers within the area of education, health care and social services financed through national public funds. My current research involves “Financial Sustainability and Illicit Financial Flows.” The research examines global financial markets and the success and/or failure of individual states as well as global entities and imposed regulation.
Markus Hoellerer

Markus A. Höllerer

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Professor in Organization and Management, UNSW Business School; Senior Research Fellow in Urban Management and Governance, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Markus Höllerer is Professor in Organization and Management at UNSW Sydney. He is also affiliated with the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance at WU Vienna. His scholarly work has been focused on the study of institutions, meaning, and novel forms of organization and governance. Research interests include, among others, issues of collaborative governance at the interface of the private sector, public administration, and civil society; the global dissemination and local adaptation of bundles of management ideas; the notion of resilience; and various forms of institutional pluralism and complexity. Recent studies engage with institutional arrangements as multimodal accomplishments and related methodology. Markus currently serves on the editorial board and as ad hoc reviewer for a number of leading academic journals, and is the Consulting Editor of Organization Theory. His work has been published in scholarly outlets such as Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Public Administration, Strategic Organization, and Urban Studies, as well as in several books and edited volumes. Markus has been an elected member of the Executive Board of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), serving as its Chair from 2017-2020.
Dennis Jancsary

Dennis Jancsary

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Assistant Professor, Institute for Organization Studies, WU Vienna.

Dennis Jancsary is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), where he also received his PhD in 2011. Prior to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark. His research interests focus on institutionalist approaches in organization theory, particularly the diffusion and theorization of management knowledge, as well as the role of verbal, visual, and multimodal forms of rhetoric, narrative, and symbolism in the construction and institutionalization of meaning. Empirically, his work is centered on the interfaces between business, public administration, and civil society. He has published in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

His current research projects include the study of inequalities and social divisions as barriers to addressing grand challenges, especially in the context of city resilience, as well as the development of novel multimodal approaches to the generation and dissemination of academic knowledge.

Anne Kovalainen

Anne Kovalainen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2018). Professor of Business, University of Turku, Finland.

Anne Kovalainen is an economic sociologist. She works as Professor in entrepreneurship, with special interest in multidisciplinary analyses of society and economic life. She has worked as invited faculty fellow at Stanford University School of Sciences and Humanities, the University of Massachusetts, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Anne Kovalainen led an international research consortium SWiPE (www.smartworkresearch.fi), which analysed the contemporary forms of work in platform economy, rise of the entrepreneurial university, professionalism and entrepreneurship, and changes in work in the new platform economy. She is currently leading a research project ReGrow, which addresses the complexity of innovation work in the COVID-19 era. Her research has covered topics of gender and economy, welfare society, entrepreneurship, public sector, and qualitative research methods and innovations. Anne Kovalainen is an invited member of both the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and the Finnish Society of Sciences Letters. Among her latest publications are Poutanen, S. & Kovalainen, A. (2017) Gender and Innovation in the New Economy - Women, Identity, and Creative Work by Palgrave Macmillan, and two qualitative research method books by SAGE (2016, 2008). At SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center Anne mainly worked on a monograph with Senior Research Fellow Poutanen (Routledge 2019) and an edited volume with several authors (Routledge 2019).

Yury Kucheev

Yury Kucheev

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2019). Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Industrial Economics and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Yury Kucheev is a researcher in finance at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Yury’s research is funded by the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation. He investigates the performance measurements in financial industry, focusing on the impact of MiFID II legislation and functions that financial analysts play on the market as well as on the performance of active fund managers. His ongoing research projects include: “The impact of MiFID II legislation on Financial Markets: Who benefits from the ‘unbundling rule’?”, “Returns- and holdings-based methods of forecasting the performance of mutual fund managers: Can machine learning aid to select winners?” and “Rankings of financial analysts and mutual fund managers.”
Seija Kulkki

Seija Kulkki

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Professor (Emerita) of Management and Organization, Aalto University School of Business.

DSc (Econ) Seija Kulkki is a Professor (Emerita) of Management and Organization at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland. Her doctoral thesis (1996) argues for Knowledge Creation of Multinational Corporations: Knowledge creation through action. From 2000-2010, she was a director (and founder) of the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) at Aalto University School of Business. In 2006, during the Finnish EU Presidency, she acted on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland and European Commission, DG: Information Technology and Media for the launching of European Network of Living Labs. The network was launched as a first step towards European Innovation System were industrial, city-based or regional innovation ecosystems may become connected to form a European-wide large-scale RDI infrastructure for collaborative experimentation and piloting of firms, academia, cities, citizens and developer communities for new information society services, technologies and businesses.

Kulkki has recently published Cities for New Growth and Socio-economic Dynamism? The Case of Smart Cities and RDI Driven Participative Democracy and Governance in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Public Administration in Digital Age (2016). She has also addressed social issues related to digitalization and open innovation with D.Sc. (Tech) Petra Turkama: Challenges of Open Innovation, in the Open Innovation Yearbook 2016 of European Commission DG: Connect. Currently, Kulkki is working with an experienced team on a book on Philosophy and Methodology of Large-scale Experimentation in Social Sciences and Humanities. During her stay at SCANCOR/ Weatherhead, her research interest relates to the changing firm-society relationship in the global economy: (i) what are the emerging collaborative strategies, structures, processes and governance that shape today’s firm-society relationships, and (ii) what are the consequent collaborative mechanisms of value and wealth creation. Kulkki has been a visiting scholar at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), the Center for Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan), and SCANCOR, Stanford University (California, US).