Current scholars - Weatherhead

List of current scholars

Ivar Bleiklie

University of Bergen (Norway)
ivar.bleiklie@uib.no

Gunnar Fermann

Norwegian university of Science and Technology (Norway)
gunnar.fermann@svt.ntnu.no

Antoinette Hetzler

Sociology (Sweden)
antoinette.hetzler@soc.lu.se

Samuli Patala

Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
samuli.patala@lut.fi

Guro Refsum Sanden

Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
grs.ibc@cbs.dk

Yamin Xie

Hanken School of Economics (Finland)
xie.yamin@hotmail.com

Ivar Bleiklie

Institution University of Bergen (Norway)
Department Administration and Organization Theory
Title Professor
Arrived 12.13.2016
Departs 06.13.2017
E-mail ivar.bleiklie@uib.no

Ivar Bleiklie is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway. His research focuses on comparative studies on reform policies and organizational change in higher education in Europe, as well as on biomedical policy and on public services. He is the co-editor of Managing Universities – Policy and Organizational Change in Eight European Countries, London: PalgraveMcMillan (forthcoming 2017); University Governance: Western European Comparative Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer 2009; Transforming Higher Education. A Comparative Study (2nd edition). Dordrecht: Springer (2006); Comparative Biomedical Policy: Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies. London: Routledge (2006). Currently he is working on two projects about Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science in 33 European countries, COST-action/Horizon 2020 and Higher education Government and Society – relations between higher education institutions, governments, labor market actors and businesses.

Gunnar Fermann

Institution Norwegian university of Science and Technology (Norway)
Department Dep. of Sociology and Political Science
Title Associate Professor
Arrived 08.16.2016
Departs 08.15.2017
E-mail gunnar.fermann@svt.ntnu.no

Gunnar Fermann is an Associate Professor in Political Science in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He was a Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013) at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (2001-2002), and served at the scholarship committee of EON (2005-2014). Fermann has been affiliated with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (1985-1990), the Institute for Defence Studies (1991), Fridtjof Nansen Institute (1992-1994), and the Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo (2000) researching international conflict-management, international politics of climate change and energy, and foreign policy-making.

Fermann’s is currently working on three research projects: (i) The formulation of a research program for the under-studied phenomenon of national reservations (“caveats”) on the use of force in military coalition operations (book); (ii) an inquiry into how transnational perspectives may fertilize and be better integrated into the eclectic, multi-level and process-tracing approach of Foreign Policy Analysis (paper); and (iii) a final project in which he attempts to map how and make sense of why governments argue and justify military participation in coalition-forces in the manner they do (article).

Antoinette Hetzler

Institution Sociology (Sweden)
Department Sociology
Title Professor
Arrived 01.26.2017
Departs 05.15.2017
E-mail antoinette.hetzler@soc.lu.se

I am senior full professor in sociology at Lund University, Sweden. My area of interest is social policy and the welfare state. Although my empirical work involves the everyday life of micro processes and macro structural change within public institutions, my theoretical work involves the linkage between sociology of law, organization theory and social psychology.  In my earlier research I have examined the development of the welfare state, formation of social policy, and the concept of citizenship and the public identity. My current research project is “Threats and Violence at School – Are Teachers without Rights?” financed by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. Deterioration in the work environment of public institutions puts pressure on national governments to guarantee both the rights of employees and the quality of social services. This is becoming an international concern as education, health care and social services financed through national public funds attracts an international market of suppliers. Writing and analyzing results of my research on rights of teachers and changes in schools as a work place allows me to frame my research not only in a national context but also in an international perspective.

Samuli Patala

Institution Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
Department School of Business and Management
Title M.Sc.
Arrived 01.01.2017
Departs 07.31.2017
E-mail samuli.patala@lut.fi

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. My research interests are focused around environmentally sustainable business and cross-sector collaboration. I am especially interested in the empirical contexts of circular economy and renewable energy, and theoretically my research is positioned in the interface of institutional and network studies. In my previous research I have studied the organization and governance of cross-sectoral networks for sustainable business, as well as legitimation work related to the ongoing energy transition. I am currently working on two research projects around the organization of circular economy practices. The first one explores the translation and diffusion of a specific circular economy practice, industrial symbiosis, across national and regional scales. The second project is focused on the polycentric governance of circular economy systems which involve interlinked and overlapping networks and governance mechanisms. The objective is to conduct an in-depth study of 2-3 polycentric systems in different countries.

Guro Refsum Sanden

Institution Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
Department Dept of International Business Communication
Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Arrived 01.01.2017
Departs 12.31.2017
E-mail grs.ibc@cbs.dk

Guro Refsum Sanden is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of International Business Communication at Copenhagen Business School. Her research focuses on the role of corporate language strategies in multinational corporations and the relationship between national language policies and corporate law. Before entering academia, she held various industry positions, including management trainee in the Danish insurance company Tryg.

Yamin Xie

Institution Hanken School of Economics (Finland)
Department Finance
Title Dr.
Arrived 01.01.2017
Departs 08.15.2017
E-mail xie.yamin@hotmail.com

I am an affiliated postdoctoral researcher with Wallenberg Center for Financial Research (WCEFIR) at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. My research interests include financial management, corporate finance, corporate governance and international finance. My research focuses on the link and interaction between organizational governance and financial performance, financial policy, agency problem, cultural integration, managerial incentives, intellectual capital, labor market and executive career paths to the top. For example, I examine how human capital activities like founder post-merger positioning and CEO selection affect corporate governance and firm performance. My research goals include: (1) identify organizational governance problem through comprehensive analyses from both financial and management perspectives; (2) deal with organizational governance problem in detailed contexts (e.g., countries, regions, stages, transitions, events, policies, business cycles, etc). My current research projects include: (1) “International merger waves and corporate innovation”. Corporate innovation varies with countries due to differences in innovation tradition, creative environment, national culture, dominant religion, economic policy, political uncertainty, legislation and regulation. I investigate whether cross-border mergers can mutually improve innovation opportunities, innovative capacity, and financial performance for both targets and acquirers. (2) “Corporate internationalization and management labor market.” I examine how international experience affects CEO selection and multinational corporate governance.