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Meet CASL faculty

Ingalill Holm​berg, Professor and Dir​ector of CASL

My research inter​est is located at the interface bet​ween leadership, organizing and managerial work and includes the interp​lay betwe​en conceptions of leadership and leadership and management as an everyday practice. By critically examining leadership ideals and the enactment of leadership in organizational settings, I aim to contribute to a more comprehensive view of leadership.     ​



Ingela Sölvell, PhD, Researcher
Commercialization of innovative ideas is an essential challenge both to new and established firms. I investigate this challenge from an entrepreneurial and leadership perspective. Two principal questions are guiding my research. In what different ways are organizational structures developed to support the commercialization? What are the essential leadership undertakings for successful commercialization of innovation?​     ​

Laurence Romani, PhD, Researcher

A central theme in my research is the management of cultural differences in organizations. What is the range of cultural differences (gender, national culture, organizational cultures, etc.) and how can we relate to these differences in the most respectful ways? I see differences as an opportunity for learning and creativity and I investigate how this innovative potential can be mobilized with leadership.​     ​


Charlotte Holgersson, PhD., Visiting Researcher

My research is located in the intersection between organization and management studies and gender studies. I am interested in the empirical and theoretical exploration of gender ordering in organizations, in particular issues of management, change and sexuality. One of my empirical concerns has been the perpetuation of men’s dominance on top positions in organizations​.​​    ​


Pernilla Petrelius Karlberg, PhD, Editor of Leadership Update

My interest is in the leadership challenges of creating value in a mediatized world. I investigate the interaction between organizations, media and public images of organizations and leaders. My focus is on top management and boards of directors in large organizations. I am also editor of the column Leadership update​, where I write and edit comments on leadership topics.

Kim Klyver is Professor in Entrepreneurship in University of Southern Denmark.

Kim’s main research interest is (nascent) entrepreneurship with special focus on social capital (social networks), human capital, gender, and institutional theory/culture. Currently, he is PI on the Danish Panel Studies on Entrepreneurial Dynamics (DaPSED) that follow a representative sample of nascent entrepreneurs (N=800) during their startup process over 4 four years. He is also working topics related to entrepreneurship in developing countries and refugee entrepreneurship.


Anna Kinberg Batra Leader in Residence

Anna joined the Center for Advanced Studies in Leadership in 2018. Together with the Center´s researchers, she will explore leader demands and leadership challenges in turbulent times. She will also share her extensive knowledge and experiences from various roles and positions with SSE´s students, alumni and partners.

Anna was the Leader of the Moderate Party from 2015 to 2017, and the first woman to hold the position. Her experiences of high level political leadership also include leader positions in the Parliament such as being the Group Leader, the first Moderate Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and Chairperson of the Committee of European Union Affairs. In addition, she is a co-founder of two recruitment companies, she has run a company of her own and served as Director of Communication at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Anna holds a degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.


Sara Värlander, PhD Visiting Researcher

In my research project at CASL, I argue that it is largely unclear whether or not our conventional knowledge about the most effective structures and processes for establishing and maintaining entrepreneurial social networks can be applied directly to non-Western cultures. Thus, the aim is to attend to the dearth of research that address cultural differences in the meanings, structures and practices of entrepreneurial networks and tap into what the cultural relational patterns are that cause these differences.