My background is in higher education, mostly in leading business school. Since January 2016 I am Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Hult International Business School (including Ashridge). We’re a global business school headquartered in London and Boston, but with campuses also in San Francisco, Dubai and Shanghai. I enjoy being in this dynamic environment, and pushing the boundaries of our industry.
2012-2015 I served as CEO, Dean and Professor of Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Sweden. With my great leadership team, I initiated and led JIBS’ transition from losses, debt and leadership turbulence to institutional stability, no debt and suplus as well as the first “double” EQUIS & AACSB international quality accreditation in Sweden (see December 2015 article JIBS Sets a Record for Sweden). With great pride, I let go of my professorship (on leave) at JIBS end 2018.
2019-2011 I served as President of Copenhagen Business School (CBS), one of the largest business schools (universities) in Europe. After a year of intensive preparations following the previous president’s 22 years tenure, I championed a new strategy (“Business-in-Society”) that brought the diverse CBS together, catalysed more outward looking, and helped secure a 3rd five-years EQUIS re-accreditation. The board wholeheartedly and unanimously endorsed it. Other successful initiatives included merging CBS’ executive education with the regional competitor SIMI, collaborating on entrepreneurship education with two major universities, and initiating an alliance with Sauder Business School in Canada. In addition, we intentionally increased the visibility of CBS in the public debate, e.g., Danish media published some 35 op eds and opinion articles written by me. During my two year tenure, we also cut costs by 8% and increased revenues with 12%. However, after a new board composition and protests by Danish faculty members about the changes, the chairman and I resigned and moved on.
Previously, I have served as Dean of the MBA programmes at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) where I helped reform the school’s fragmented MBA strategy. Prior to this, I established (with the owner of LEGO Company) and led for almost seven years Imagination Lab Foundation in Switzerland. During this time, I co-invented the LEGO Serious Play® consulting tool used by consultants world wide.
I have served on company boards of private and listed companies in several countries, I serve on various steering committees such as the annual Global Peter Drucker Forum conference and EFMD’s EOCCS Certification Board for online courses. My publications on strategy, change and innovation, broadly defined, includes scholarly books and articles as well as more popular and shorter articles. A Swedish citizen, I am an elected member of the Danish Academy of Technical Science (ATV).
Following a PhD in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), I started my career as a postdoctoral researcher in multinational management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Europe, I joined Norwegian Business School (BI) in Oslo and later, became a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne.