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Svedberg Helgesson, Karin

My research concerns problems and issues cutting across levels, types of actors, and disciplinary boundaries. This includes questions on accountability and legitimacy, knowledge and regulation, compliance and resistance, and risk-management across the public-private divide.

In addition to being an associate professor at DMO, I serve as an appointed Economic Expert (SFS 2016:188) in the Patent- and Market Court, and in the Patent- and Market Court of Appeal.

(In)Equality in Elite Organizations 

A current research interest, with associate professor Ebba Sjögren, is the gendering effects of formalisation in processes of academic assessment and promotion. Relatedly, and in further collaboration with assistant professor Pernilla Bolander, we analyse how the 'supply chain' for knowledge and the organizing of the core business may be implicated in the perpetuation of gender inequality in elite business organizations (supported by a grant from the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation & the Tore Browaldh Foundation).

For-Profit Professionals as Agents of the State

The projects Accountable actorhood - for what and to whom? Private actors as agents of the state (headed by me, and funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation) and Securitization in Practice (headed by professor Ulrika Mörth,  and funded by the Swedish Research Council), studied the role of private actors in anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing.  We analysed to what degree and how "for-profit professionals" aligned "policing" on behalf of the public principal with existing business practices, the interests of clients, and professional norms and ethics. The projects further probed questions on professional identity and resistance.

Select Publications (See also the "Publications" document below.)

with Ulrika Mörth (2019) 'Instruments of Securitization and Resisting Subjects: For-Profit Professionals in the Security-Finance Nexus', Security Dialogue, 50, 3:257-274. https://doi.org/10.1177/0967010619835655

with Ebba Sjögren (2019) 'No Finish Line: How Formalization of Academic Assessment can Undermine Clarity and Increase Secrecy', Gender, Work & Organization, 26, 4:558-581. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12355

with Robert P. Gephart Jr. and C. Chet Miller (Eds) (2019) The Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management, Routledge: New York. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Risk-Crisis-and-Emergency-Management/Jr-Miller-Helgesson/p/book/9781138208865

with U. Mörth (2018) ‘Client Privilege, Compliance and the Rule of Law: Swedish Lawyers and Money Laundering Prevention’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 69, 2:227-248. (Pdf available on the right)

with U. Mörth (2016) ‘Involuntary Public Policy-Making by For-Profit Professionals: European Lawyers on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 54, 5:1216-1232. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.12356/abstract

with U. Mörth (Eds) (2013) The Political Role of Corporate Citizens. An Interdisciplinary Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137026811

with U. Mörth (Eds) (2012), Securitization, Accountability and Risk Management: Transforming the Public Security Domain. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415680141

(2011) ‘Public-Private Partners Against Crime: Governance, Surveillance and the Limits of Corporate Accountability’, Surveillance & Society, 8, 4: 471-484. https://doi.org/10.24908/ss.v8i4.4183

with Maria Bergström and U. Mörth (2011) ‘A New Role for For-Profit Actors? The Case of Anti-Money Laundering and Risk Management’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 49, 5: 1043-1064. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02167.x/full


(742) Decision Theory: Understanding and Making Decisions

(762) Working Together: Gender and Organization

(BE101) Management 1

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