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Research Projects

Absolut Art
Exploring the corporate benefits of integrating art, this project follows how Absolut Art has evolved from the 1980’s to the 2010’s. 
Keywords: Art Collections, Art & Business, Art as Branding
Researchers involved: Erik Wikberg & Emma Stenström

Aesthetics of Activity-Based Working
Activity-based working has become a popular concept in recent years. Here we focus on the rhetoric and aesthetics of it. 
Keywords: Office Design, Organizational Aesthetics, Architecture, Leadership, Rhetoric
Researchers involved: Lena Lid Falkman & Emma Stenström 

Architects at Work
Out of a study of nine international architectural offices, we propose a model for how to organize and manage creativity. 
Keywords: Architecture, Innovation, Institutional logics
Researchers involved: Emma Stenström, Lars Strannegård & Erik Wikberg

Being Close Far Away: Leadership in Times of Social Distancing
The aim of this ongoing project is to explore how leaders work connection in times of social distancing using photovoice method.
Keywords: Leadership, Connection, Social Distancing, Photovoice, Photography
Researchers involved: Lasse Lychnell

Cultivating Compassion
A study of a compassion-based intervention in two different organizations, one private, for-profit, and one public agency. 

Keywords: Compassion, Stress, Compassion Culture
Researchers involved: Emma Stenström & Christina Andersson (KI) 

Fikaproject – Methods for Depolarization
An action research project, with the aim to invent new methods to overcome social polarization. Part of U.Lab. 
Keywords: Arts-based Methods, Action Research, Depolarization
Researchers involved: Emma Stenström 

New Market Logic of Platform Capitalism Plattformskapitalismens nya marknadslogik
The project analyzes digital subscription services and their impact on the Swedish book market.
Keywords: Institutional logics, digitalization, sociology, markets.
Researcher involved: Erik Wikberg

Points of Contact
This photographic project explores the nature of connection through improvisational dance.
Keywords: Connection, Authenticity, Presence, Dance, Photography
Researchers involved: Lasse Lychnell

The Sphere
An action-based research project aiming to develop a platform for self-organization in the performing arts. 
Keywords: Circus, Action Research, New Business Models, Self-organization 
Researchers involved: Erik Bordeleau & Emma Stenström

Women, Knowledge & Capitalism
Exploring the interplay between gender, education, and capitalism, and the forming of managerial elites, through a socio-cultural lens. 
Keywords: Phenomenology, Gender Capital, Management Education
Researchers involved: Susanna Molander & Emma Stenström


Circus & Management
An artistic research project, where we explored circus as an art form and a method in management and business education. 
Keywords: Circus, Management, Entrepreneurship, Education
Researchers involved: Emma Stenström (ABC), Tilde Björfors & Camilla Damkjaer (Uniarts). 
Finished and reported at http://www.circusresearch.com/ and in Stenström, E (2016) “From Profit to Passion: What Business Students Learned from Circus Artists”https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/978-1-78635-064-020161010/full/html"

Creativity & Capital: On Successful Architectural and Design Firms
Financial support has been gratefully received from Vinnova.
Keywords: Architecture, Innovation, Internationalization, Ideology
Researchers involved: Sofia Levin, Emma Stenström, Lars Strannegård and Erik Wikberg

Managers, Media and Communication Consultants
Financial support has been gratefully received from Wallander och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse.
Keywords: Media, Communication, Consulting
Researchers involved: Lars Strannegård and Lovisa Näslund

Economy of Senses
Financial support has been gratefully received from Wallander och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse.
Keywords: Aesthetics, Arts Organizations, Cultural Production
Researchers involved: Lars Strannegård and Erik Wikberg

Scentmaking: Exploring value creation in the perfume field
A research project that explored the underlying reasons for the vast structural changes in the perfume field in the 21st century - manifested in the rise of so-called niche perfumery - and the value creation processes in the same field. 
Key words: cultural industries, creative industries, senses, perfume, fragrance, perfume industry, cultural and economic translations, luxury industry. 
Participating researchers: Jenny Lantz
A popularized publication: Lantz, J. (2020), Norstedts, Stockholm.