My theoretical and empirical studies have been devoted to the field of strategic management and leadership from a variety of perspectives.
a) Strategic Managment in an Industrial Context
The primary task of this research venture has been to build a bridge between the micro and macro perspectives of Strategic Management. In sum, a socio-cognitive perspective has been used to uncover the complex reciprocity between these micro and macro aspects of strategy formation.
b) Strategic Management from a Competence-Based Perspective
In this research effort I have placed an emphasis on how the development of competences, within and across organizations, influences corporate action patterns as strategies. In other words, the focus is on the mechanisms that can explain how collective learning and patterns of action (strategies) unfold over time. The synthesizing of theories is once again used as an effort to clarify concepts that further the development of the strategy research wtihin this area.
c) The Leadership of Stategic Change
This research area has been built on the belief that the managerial aspects of strategy theory lack a consistent theory covering the communicative dimension. For instance, in the book Övertygandets ledarskap – om retorik vid strategiska förändringar (together with Tomas Müllern), a rhetorical framework is introduced in order to study the leadership of strategic change.
d) Strategic Team Work
The purpose of this study is to explore the top-managerial team work on areas that these teams regard as strategic. By placing the focus on the areas that top-managers themselves define as strategic, the study will also reveal more about the nature of strategic areas.
e) Strategic Leadership – from intentions to actions
The purpose of this research project is to study how managers at various levels try to implement intentions defined by top managers into organizational actions. The interplay between interpretations and actions will here be highlighted. A number of questions will be addressed since the research puropse needs to be studied from several aspects.