I have a long standing interest in problems and issues cutting across levels, types of actors, and disciplinary boundaries. This includes questions on accountability and legitimacy, knowledge and regulation, risk-management, and transformations in the conceptions of the public-private divide
I'm currently engaged in two streams of empirical research. One broadly concerns the role of business in society and specifically focusses on analyses of private actors as designated agents of the state in securitization. The other concerns (in)equality in elite organizations.
For-Profit Professionals as Agents of the State
In Securitization in Practice - Lawyers in Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism in the UK, Sweden and France, headed by professor Ulrika Mörth, and funded by the Swedish Research Council (http://www.vr.se/), we study how the process of securitization with recourse to private actors is manifested in practice among lawyers in the UK, Sweden and France. This project analyses to what degree and how ‘for-profit professionals’ manage to align control and ‘policing’ on behalf of the public principal with existing business practices, the interests of clients, and professional norms and ethics. It further relates to questions on professional identity and resistance. The project builds on previous research in the recently concludeed project"Accountable actorhood - for what and to whom? Private actors as agents of the state in risk-based anti-money laundering", which was funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.
(In)Equality in Elite Organizations
One focus in this stream, where I work with associate professor Ebba Sjögren (Stockholm School of Business), is on the gendering effects of formalisation in processes of academic assessment and promotion.
Through a grant from the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation and the Tore Browaldh Foundation (P18-0135), I am currently also building a new research programme in close collaboration with assistant professor Pernilla Bolander (SSE), and associate professor Ebba Sjögren (Stockholm School of Business). We set out to analyse how the 'supply chain' for knowledge and the organizing of the core business are implicated in the perpetuation of gender inequality in elite business organizations, and to what extent this may change.
Some publications can be found below. Please also refer to the links on the right, and to the "Publications" document!
Robert P. Gephart Jr., C. Chet Miller and Karin Svedberg Helgesson (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management, Routledge: New York, in press.
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg and Ulrika Mörth, (2018) ‘Client Privilege, Compliance and the Rule of Law: Swedish Lawyers and Money Laundering Prevention’, Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 69, No. 2, pp. 227-248. (Article file to download available on the right)
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg and Ulrika Mörth (2016) ‘Involuntary Public Policy-Making by For-Profit Professionals: European Lawyers on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing’, Journal of Common Market Studies
, Vol. 54, No. 5, pp. 1216-1232. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.12356/abstract
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg, and Ulrika Mörth (Eds) (2013) The Political Role of Corporate Citizens. An Interdisciplinary Approach. Palgrave Studies in Citizenship Transitions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137026811
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg and Ulrika Mörth (Eds) (2012), Securitization, Accountability and Risk Management: Transforming the Public Security Domain. PRIO New Security Studies. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415680141
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg (2011) ‘Public-Private Partners Against Crime: Governance, Surveillance and the Limits of Corporate Accountability’, Surveillance & Society, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 471-484. https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/4183
Bergström, Maria, Karin Svedberg Helgesson and Ulrika Mörth (2011) ‘A New Role for For-Profit Actors? The Case of Anti-Money Laundering and Risk Management’, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 1043-1064.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02167.x/full
Irene Popoli defended her thesis “Made Crudely for Success: Investigating the Application of a New Governance Model as a Response to Institutional Multiplicity”on May 23, 2018. (Co-supervisor)
Johanna Rein, Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University (Co-supervisor) http://www.fek.uu.se/institutionen/person.asp?personId=2104
Course Director, Decision Theory: Understanding and Making Decisions (742).
Course Director, Working Together: Gender & Organization (762).
Thesis Advisor, MBM