Prof Johan Roos


Dr. Johan Roos has a strong background in international academic leadership, scholarship and entrepreneurship. He has worked in seven business schools and a non-profit organisation, in six countries.

In January 2016 he joined Hult International Business School in a new role, Chief Strategy Officer. Four months later, he took over as Chief Academic Officer responsible for all academic activities across this unique global business school with its own campuses in London, including Ashridge, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai and Dubai.

Prior to joining Hult four years 2012-2015 he was CEO, Dean and Professor of Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. His tenure as Dean culminated in the first “double” EQUIS & AACSB international quality accreditation ever in Sweden (see December 2015 article JIBS Sets a Record for Sweden).

Following a PhD in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), Prof Roos started his career as a postdoctoral researcher in multinational management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Europe, he became a faculty member of the Norwegian Business School (BI) in Oslo and later, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne. His research mainly focused on how to measure intellectual capital in companies (sample article).

Later on, Prof Roos setup and led the Imagination Lab Foundation in Switzerland, which developed strategy practices based on theories of imagination and play. During this time, he co-invented the LEGO Serious Play® consulting tool, which was acquired by the LEGO Company. He returned to the SSE as Dean of the MBA programmes, where helped reform of the school’s fragmented MBA strategy. Following this, he served as President of Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark, where he for two intensive years initiated and led the development of its Business-in-Society strategy that was instrumental in securing a 3rd five-years EQUIS re-accreditation.

A Swedish citizen, Prof Roos is an elected member of the Danish Academy of Technical Science (ATV) and serves on the steering committees of Global Peter Drucker Forum as well as EFMD’EPAS Accreditation Committee and EOCCS Certification Board. He has corporate board experience from private and listed companies in several countries. Dr. Roos is currently serving on the board of  iKnow-Who, which for more than 15 years have helped companies generate breakthrough innovations through a unique multilateral industry-academia cooperation model; On The Agenda, the provider of the Mosaic™ serious game for inclusion leadership, and Imagination Lab Foundation.

He has written extensively on strategy, change and innovation, broadly defined, including scholarly books and articles as well as more popular commentaries.

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