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The Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Center for Innovative and Sustainable Business Development

The Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Center for Innovative and Sustainable Business Development focuses on how institutions and organizations can direct the development of scientific knowledge to tackle global, complex, and sometimes unexpected societal challenges.

Society’s future and development is dependent on knowledge produced by science. Scientific progress is central to technological progress, and to the development of welfare-enhancing innovations.

Our research activities are focused primarily towards the areas of innovation and technology management, economics of science, entrepreneurship, and strategy. We use a variety of empirical approaches and data sources in our work: micro-econometrics, surveys, bibliometric data (including text analysis), experiments (lab & field), network analysis, registry data.

Since SSE’s inception in 1909, the Wallenberg family has been among the School’s most prominent supporters. In fact, a gift from Knut Agathon (K.A.) Wallenberg, donating SEK 100,000 on his 50th birthday in 1903 was the first of many contributions towards establishing SSE.

To honor this longstanding relationship, and in celebration of Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg’s 60th birthdays in 2016, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation made a contribution to establish a Chair for a Professor of Business Administration at the School. The chair was named the Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Chair in Innovation and Sustainable Business Development.

The center is one of SSE’s high-profile research hubs, contributing to the positioning of SSE as a leading player in the research field of sustainable innovation and growth internationally and in a variety of different settings.