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Stefan Einarsson

My two main research areas are (1) Strategy and governance in membership based organizations such as associations, federations and cooperatives; and (2) The significance of foundations within wider society which involves the size, structure and development of the foundation sector both within Sweden and internationally, and also issues of strategy, philanthropy, grantmaking and internal governance of foundations.

My teaching experience ranges from undergraduate courses in management, leadership, and organization theory to more specialized teaching in civil society governance and management on master level. I also teach Change Management at the Executive MBA.

I regularly function as reviewer for journals such as Voluntas, Voluntary Sector Review and Journal of Civil Society and am on the editorial board of Voluntas.

For more information on my research and also full text versions of some of my publications see my page on Academia.edu.


Between knowledge and ideology. 
The project focus on think tanks, defined here as organizations with the explicit dual mission of (academic) research and (political) advocacy and whose activity thus includes the two distinct and seemingly incompatible institutional logics of knowledge production and ideology production. The aim of the study is to examine the ways in which the relationship between two logics of knowledge production and ideology production is constructed, negotiated and organized within think tanks, with focus on the intra-organizational actors (individuals) who produce and reproduce these organizationally situated logics, and on the intra-organizational arenas where this is done.

Swedish Foundation Sector - size and structure is aiming at updating our previous mapping of the Swedish foundation sector (link to previous report https://www.academia.edu/1063488/Foundations_in_Sweden_their_scope_roles_and_visions) and also comparing it with data from the Norwegian foundation sector.

Strategy and governance of producer co-operatives. The focus of the project is strategic governance within the Swedish agricultural co-operatives where the empirical focus is on two of the largest Swedish producer cooperatives. The focal point is the different roles or dimensions of the members and the member organizations and how these roles or dimensions affect strategic governance.


Åberg, P, Einarsson, S.  & Reuter, M. (2019) “Think tanks: New organizational Actors in a Changing Swedish Civil Society” Voluntas DOI.org/10.1007/s11266-019-00174-9.

Einarsson, S. & Wijkström, F. (2019) “Governance implications from a re-hybridizing agricultural co-operative” in Alexius, S. & Furusten, S. Managing Hybrid Organizations. Governance, Professionalism and Regulation. London: Palgrave Macmillian

Wijkström, F. & Einarsson, S (2018) “Swedish Foundations in Comparison: A Carefully Negotiated Space of Existence” American Behavioral Scientist 62(13), pp. 1889-1918.

Schuyt, T. et al. (2018). Driving Progress for Research and Innovation in Europe: The potential of R&I foundations. Brussels: European Commission, DG R&I. 

Einarsson, S. & Kallifatides, M. (2017) Parternas bolag. Ett diskussionsunderlag. Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research.

Einarsson, S. (2016) Medlemmar, ideologi och strategi. En studie av IOGT-NTO 1970-2009 Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research.

Einarsson, S. & Wijkström, F. (2015). “Sweden Country Report EUFORI Study” in B. Gouwenberg et al. (Eds.), EUFORI Study: European Foundations for Research and Innovation. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Einarsson, S. (2012) Ideology Being Governed: Strategy Formation in Civil Society Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics.

Einarsson, S. (2011) "The Revitalization of a Popular Movement. Case Study Research from Sweden" Voluntas Vol 22, No 4, pp 658-681.

Einarsson, S. (2011) "Culture transformed from organizational goal to organizational tool - longitudinal case study of a civil society organization" in Nordic Civil Society at a Cross-Roads. in Transforming the Popular Movement Tradition, Wijkström, F. & Zimmer, A., Nomos

Einarsson, S., McGinnis, J. & Schneider, H. (2011) "Exploring the talk action gap: A qualitative investigation of foundation practises across three regime types" Terzo Workshop Sulle Fondazioni, Centro di Richerce Sulla Cooperazione e sul Nonprofit (CRC) dell'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, March 28th 2011

Einarsson, S. (2010). “How does discourse and governance interact within a popular movement? Case study research from Sweden” in A Panacea for all Seasons? Civil Society and Governance in Europe. M. Freise, M. Pyykkönen and E. Vaidelyte, Nomos.

Einarsson, S (2009) "Sweden: exploratory overview of research foundations" in Understanding European Research Foundations findings from the FOREMAP project. Brussels: European Foundation Centre

Wijkström, F. & Einarsson, S. (2004) Foundations in Sweden. Their Scope, Roles and Visions Stockholm: EFI

Wijkström, F., Einarsson, S. & Larsson, O. (2004) Staten och det civila samhället. Idétraditioner och tankemodeller i den statliga bidragsgivningen till ideella organisationer Stockholm: Socialstyrelsen