Sven Erik Sjöstrand

Professor Emeritus at Stockholm School of Economics


Stockholm School of Economics

Born 1945, Professor Emeritus at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE); between 1978 and 1994 he held a Chair financed by the Swedish Confederation of Employees, and between 1994-2013 he held the Matts Carlgren Chair in Management. Sjöstrand has recruited and examined about 50 PhDs at SSE, acted as opponent at about 25 dissertations, and been on the committee for about 50 professors at universities in the Nordic countries. About 25 of his PhDs have been promoted to Associate Professors or (chaired) Professors.

Sjöstrand was a member of the board for SSE’s Economic Research Institute (EFI; Director 1977-2011; Chair 1995-2001) that organized around 250 researchers, and he is currently on the board of the Stockholm School of Economics Research Institute (SIR) and Head of its Center for Governance and Management Studies. His research focus is on large listed Nordic corporations, but he also study other kinds of organizations such as unlisted family companies, state-owned corporations, cooperatives, commercial founda- tions, and federations, as well as organizations from the non-profit sector. In those efforts he currently addresses topics related to how the settings for corporate governance and management has changed the last 50 years. These studies often take a global perspective and compare the Nordic institutional structures and processes with the more influential ones around the world. His research is based on governance and management theory, but it also includes financial, institutional and socio-economic perspectives.

Sjöstrand have held leading positions in several international research associations such as the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and the European Association for Evolutionary and Political Economy. He has also been deeply engaged in many of the more important Swedish research foundations and member of the board at several large Swedish companies/organizations. He has for more than thirty years acted as adviser to owners, boards and CEOs of various kinds of large Nordic corporations and organizations.

Sjöstrand has held positions at boards of large listed Swedish companies, as well as in private non-listed, and large state owned ones. Since 1975 his has been an adviser to many Nordic company owners, boards and CEOs, including, for example, Electrolux, LKAB, MoDo, Iggesund, ABB Fläkt, Holmen, Samhall, ICA, KF, ESAB, The Rettig Group (Finland), Åbro, Swedish Match, Århus University (Denmark), and Länsförsäkringar.

Sjöstrand have published books in Chinese, English, Finnish, German and Swedish (altogether more than 40 titles). His publications in English include, for example, Organizational Myths (Harper & Row, 1979), Institutional Change: Theory and Empirical Findings (M E Sharpe, 1993), On Economic Institutions — Theory and Applications (Edward Elgar, 1995), The Two Faces of Management. The Janus Factor (Thomson, 1997), Invisible Management (Thomson, 2001), Æsthetic Leadership. Managing Fields of Flow (Palgrave, 2007), Corporate Governance in Modern Financial Capitalism. Old Mutual’s Hostile Takeover of Skandia (Edward Elgar, 2010), Nordic Corporate Governance. An Extensive In-depth Study of Corporate Governance and Board Practices in 36 Large Companies (SIR 2016) and Rethinking Corporate Governance. The Forming of Operative and Financial Strategies in Global Corporations (Edward Elgar 2016)


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