Fredrik Tell


My research and teaching centres around the implications of innovation and knowledge integration for firm strategies, competitiveness and organization. Much of my research has focused on the evolution of the Electrical Engineering industry, but I am also involved in research projects in the Aerospace, Automotive and Telecommunication industries. Currently I serve as a co-editor of the scientific journal Industrial and Corporate Change.


Since 1 September, 2015, I am Professor and Chair of Business Studies at Uppsala University. Previously I was Professor in Business Administration at Linköping University, where I also completed my undergraduate and post-graduate education (Ph.D., 2000). At LInköping University I held the position as research director at the division of Business Administration (2011-2015). Together with Professor Christian Berggren, I was also co-director of the KITE Research Group, 2007-2015, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The KITE group researched knowledge integration and innovation in transational enterprise and upon completion in 2015, the program had generated more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books. I have also been a founding member of four other research groups: DRIM (Developing Research and Innovation in Multinationals: The case of Sweden and Brazil, with Professor Roberto Sbragia, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil); EPOK (Enterprising by Projects and Organizational Knowledge, with Professor Lars Lindkvist, Linköping University and Professor Jonas Söderlund, BI Norwegian Business School); MEKA (Managing External Knowledge Acquisition, with Associate Professor Nicolette Lakemond, Linköping University); Patent History Research Group (with Professor Mats Larsson, Uppsala University).

During my years as an academic researcher I have been very fortunate to be able to work as a visiting scholar/fellow at the following institutions (in chronological order): IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), Vienna, Austria, SCANCOR (Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research), Stanford University, USA; SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex, UK; Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK; Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

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