Previous fellows

Kristiina Herold  (Finland)
Sep 2016 - Aug 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher
Aalto University

Kristiina’s research focuses on social interactions in organizations. In her primary line of research, she examines how organizational secrecy impacts individuals, particularly focusing on the interplay of the brain’s "liking" and "wanting" systems. Kristiina is interested in understanding how individuals react to secrecy, and investigates the effect’s boundary conditions through trust, power and emotions. Kristiina collaborates with Professor Baba Shiv at the Graduate School of Business.

Another project Kristiina is working on concerns secrecy and strategy. By examining the effects of transparency and opacity, the research aims to identify unused opportunities and underline possible bottlenecks in organizational performance. Kristiina collaborates on this project with Professor Henri Schildt from Aalto University and Professor Karl Wennberg from Linköping University.

Current Position: Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Jens Jungblut  (Norway)
Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kassel

Jens research focuses on governance of and policy-making in higher education. His primary research project addresses the governance of university medical schools. Using a neo-institutional perspective, Jens examines university medical schools as boundary organizations that are positioned at the intersection of several organizational fields (the market, the state, the academic profession, the medical profession) as well as organizations that are linked both to the higher education as well as the healthcare sector. His project studies how they structure their governance, how they are embedded in the different organizational fields, and which mechanisms are used to handle conflicts as well as how central institutional actors perceive their role within the organization. Jens collaborates with Professor Francisco Ramirez at the Graduate School of Education.

Another project Jens is involved in examines the quality of governance in higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa. This project is a collaboration with Prof. Peter Maassen from the University of Oslo. The project focuses on changes in the governance of Sub-Saharan African higher education and aims to establish links between changes in the governance and the productivity of higher education institutions in the region.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Public Policy and Public Administration, Department of Political Sciences, University of Oslo

Sergiy Protsiv  (Sweden)
Sep 2015 - Aug 2017

PhD in Business Administration
Stockholm School of Economics

Sergiy Protsiv was a SCANCOR postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Education. He explored the spatial dynamics of economic activity and the interplay between geography and networks in collaboration with Professor Woody Powell. 

The key topics for Sergiy’s analysis are the factors affecting the attractiveness of places for firms and people, how is this attractiveness related to productivity and innovation, and the related implications for policy. The analysis relies on economy-spanning databases of firm- and establishment-level information combined with precise geographical location and provides methodological contributions for analysis of such spatial microdata.

Current Position: Researcher, Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research

Jonna Louvrier  (Finland)
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

PhD in Management and Organization
Hanken School of Economics

Jonna Louvrier works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She conducts research on the ontological assumptions underpinning corporate gender equality and diversity work. More broadly her research interests revolve around diversity management, gender and ethnicity in work, critical management studies and poststructuralism.

At the Clayman Institute Jonna is conducting a comparative research on equality professionals, gender equality work and cultural change in the capital region of Helsinki and the Silicon Valley. In this work she analyses how corporate employed equality professionals, such as diversity managers, understand their role, as well as explores how organizational change and gender equality gain meaning in different contexts.

Jonna worked with Professor Shelley Correll at Stanford.

Current Position: Affiliated Researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Mathias Wullum Nielsen  (Denmark)
Sep 2015 - Sep 2017

PhD Fellow
Aarhus University

Mathias Wullum Nielsen is a postdoctoral fellow in Gendered Innovations at the Department of History. His research focuses on how gender-related changes in science demographics and shifts in knowledge production are connected. More specifically, he is interested in teasing out the potential links between women’s increasing participation in academic medicine and historical developments in the topics addressed and knowledge produced in biomedical science.

 Mathias collaborates with Professor Londa Schiebinger. In addition to his own project, he is involved in the ongoing efforts of the Gendered Innovations project in developing practical methods of sex and gender analysis stimulating gender responsible research in a wide range of science and technology fields.

Current Position: Assistant Professor - Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA), Aarhus University

Johan Christensen  (Norway)
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015

PhD in Political and Social Sciences
European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2013

In his research, Johan looks at the role of professions within bureaucratic organizations. He is particularly interested in the economics profession and how its increasing power over policy has been mediated by national and international bureaucracies.

At Stanford, Johan will be working on a project that investigates the position of professions and expertise within the OECD and the European Commission. Johan takes a comparative-historical approach to these issues, relying mostly on qualitative data. 

He worked in the Department of Sociology together with Prof. Mark Granovetter.

Johan was awarded the The Linz-Rokkan Prize in Political Sociology in April 2014.  The Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute has instituted this Prize in honour of two great postwar political sociologists, the late Stein Rokkan and Juan Linz, Emeritus professor at Yale University. The Prize is awarded annually for the best EUI thesis in a field of political sociology engaging with a theme in the broadly defined fields of work of Juan Linz and Stein Rokkan. The Prize has been sponsored by Professor Richard Rose, holder of a Honoris Causa Degree from the European University Institute, and a founding father of postwar political science in Europe. The first prize was conferred in 2011.

Current position: Assistant Professor, Leiden University, Den Haag

Lærke Højgaard Christiansen  (Denmark)
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

PhD in Organization and Management Studies
Copenhagen Business School, 2013

Lærke Højgaard Christiansen conducts research on the role of organizations in institutionalization processes. Her work focuses on how organizations change their behavior as they engage with social issues through organizational policy making. Lærke is interested in organizations' attempts to mold their environment through individual efforts as well as through corporate collectivism, such as industry self-regulation, various social issue engagements and CSR initiatives.

While at Stanford, Lærke will be working on a project that illuminates the role and effects of corporate collectivism in relation to the mobilization and diffusion of policy related ideas and practices. The project focuses on the alcohol industry’s engagement with the issue of alcohol-related harm through a comparative case study of non-profit organizations and trusts founded by the alcohol industry to address this particular issue.

Lærke works in the Graduate School of Business together with Prof. Sarah Soule.

Current position: Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Lisa Gärber  (Denmark)
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

Copenhagen Business School

Lisa Gärber, Copenhagen Business School, was appointed to the position as Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Management Science and Engineering during 2013-2015. Lisa was involved in research on knowledge-sharing behavior in multinational corporations together with Prof. Riitta Katila.

Birthe Soppe  (Norway)
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

University of Oslo

Birthe is interested in research at the intersection of entrepreneurship, social movements and institutional theory. Specifically, her research focuses on the emergence of novel organizational forms, practices, and markets, and how they take shape over time. Her research context mainly includes sustainability-oriented economic activities and social innovations.

During her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, Birthe is engaged in research that explores the dynamics that occur when various kinds of people and organizations of distinct social domains participate in constructing new economic activities. She is particularly interested in the role that a wide range of architects play in pathways from emergence to settlement of nascent organizations and markets, and examines related issues such as collaboration and contestation, as well as efforts to gain legitimacy.

Birthe works with Prof. Woody Powell in the Graduate School of Education.

Current position: Associate Professor, University of Oslo

Robin Gustafsson  (Finland)
Sep 2012 - Aug 2013

Doctor of Science in Technology Strategy and Venturing
Aalto University, 2010

Robin's research focuses on strategic management, collective action strategies, and institutional entrepreneurship in field wide technological shifts and the emergence of new industries. He is specifically interested in institutional sociological mechanisms of persistence and fluidity in emergence of new industries and technological fields. He is studying these mechanisms with a set of researchers in Finland, US, UK and Switzerland. The focus in these research projects are on legitimacy in mobilizing and shaping collective action, momentum and anticipation in industry and business ecosystem emergence, triggers and enablers of institutional entrepreneurship, and logics and tensions of competition and collaboration in large scale open collaborative research and innovation settings.

At Stanford, Robin works with Prof. Kathleen Eisenhardt at the Department of Management Science and Engineering on institutional entrepreneurial strategies and properties of technological shifts that shape field wide collective actions and industry emergence. He is also engaged in a research project during his postdoctoral stage at Stanford studying in real-time, using a field-level ethnography approach, the unfolding and emergence of electric vehicle business ecosystems in two local economic-regional ecosystem settings, Finland and California. Robin’s research has been published in Research Policy and Organization Studies.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University

Christine D. Isakson  (Denmark)
Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and Management
Copenhagen Business School, 2013

Christine’s research investigates the social mechanisms that influence labor mobility. With a particular focus on entrepreneurship, she looks at social influence and networks within organizations and examines how they affect entrepreneurial outcomes. Within this stream her research also aims to better understand the organizational contexts and demographic conditions that foster knowledge flow.

She is also investigating how demographic changes within organizations influence knowledge transfer and individual attachments within organizations and how those attachments reveal themselves in economic outcomes (i.e., career choice, location choice and turnover).

Her work is primarily quantitative, using large-scale panel data. Though she also employs a mixed methods approach gathering qualitative information as appropriate for the phenomenon under investigation.

At Stanford, Christine worked in the Graduate School of Business together with Prof. Jesper Sorensen. 

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of International Business and Logistics at California State University, Maritime Academy.

Love Börjeson  (Sweden)
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

PhD in Industrial Economics and Organization
Stockholm University

Love Börjeson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE), where he is involved in research on computational social science. He is also a Wallander Scholar affiliated with Stockholm Business School (Stockholm University).

His research is broadly oriented towards textual and linguistic aspects of management studies. In particular, he studies the content, style and emergence of thought-styles in management studies and how different thought-styles can be shown to correspond to nationally inflected streams of thought.

Love Börjeson works together with prof. of Education, Daniel McFarland.

Markus Paukku  (Finland)
Feb 2014 - Jan 2016

Aalto University School of Business

Markus Paukku, Aalto University School of Business has been appointed to a position as Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate School of Education from January 2014 to December 2015. Markus will be involved in research on education technology and the digital transformation in situ, as a field-emergence problem, together with Assoc. Prof. Mitchell Stevens.

Arno Kourula  (Finland)
Sep 2010 - Aug 2012

Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration
Helsinki School of Economics, 2009

Arno Kourula is an assistant professor (tenured) at University of Amsterdam Business School and a docent at Aalto University School of Business. For a period of a year in 2014 and 2015, Arno has also been a fellow at Copenhagen Business School. His primary research interests are corporate responsibility and cross-sector interaction. More specifically, his research projects have focused on corporate management of stakeholder relations with nongovernmental organizations, practices and business innovation in low-income markets, inter-organizational roles in evolving environmental networks, and the political role of corporations. His research has appeared in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Corporate Governance, Energy Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, and Research Policy.

During his postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, Arno worked with Prof. Ray Levitt at the Global Projects Center at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Maja Lotz  (Denmark)
Sep 2010 - Aug 2012

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
Copenhagen Business School, 2009

Maja Lotz is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. Her research seeks to understand how people learn and co-create across divergent practices and areas of expertise in organizations. Rooted within the field of organizational sociology, she investigates the day-to-day interactions and micro-dynamics that facilitate knowledge collaboration, learning and co-creation in collaborative organizational settings. Based on ethnographic methods, she is currently studying how work practices, organizational architectures and modes of governance enable recursive learning and co-creative innovation in multinational firms.  She is also involved in a study of the practices of interdisciplinary research labs at Stanford. Both projects provide insights into how organizations at the everyday level facilitate micro-dynamics of learning and distributed innovative activities across diverse disciplines and contexts. Maja’s recent publications include “Taking Teams Seriously in the Co-creation of Firms and Economic Agency”, (with Peer Hull Kristensen) published in Organization Studies and a co-edited book “Employee Driven Innovation - A New Approach” published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

She received a PhD in organizational sociology from Copenhagen Business School and has held a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University (School of Education) working together with Professor Woody Powell. 

Sara Värlander
Sep 2010 - Aug 2012

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
Stockholm University, 2007

Sara Värlander is a PhD from Stockholm University School of Business, Sweden. She defended her dissertation 'Framing and overflowing: How the infusion of Information Technology alters proximal service production' in June 2007.

Her research interests revolve around embodiment, materiality and organization. Sara has published several papers exploring the emergent outcomes of technology, and how spatial design and materiality in organizations affect flexibility, organizational discourse, and service production (see e.g. Värlander, S. (2012). Individual flexibility in the workplace: A spatial perspective. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 8(1), pp. 33-61 and Thanem, T., Värlander, S. and Cummings, S. Open space=Open minds. The ambiguities of procreative office design. Journal of Work Organization and Emotion, 4(1), pp. 78-98). Furthermore, the role of embodiment in organizations and how it affects various organizational phenomena is a topic that she has been focusing on (for example in the paper Essen, A. and Winterstorm Värlander, S. (2012), The mutual constitution of sensuous and discursive understanding in scientific practice: An autoethnographic lens on academic writing. Management Learning, pp. 1-29).

Sara is working with Prof. Pam Hinds in the Department of Management Science and Engineering on a project studying global work and how culture is intertwined with the enactment of work practices in globally distributed teams. This long-term ethnographic study is aimed at shedding light on the micro-practices involved in the transfer and appropriation of organizational practices across cultural sites.

She was recently granted a four-year scholarship from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research to continue this research project. 

Current position: Associate Professor, Stockholm Business School

Arild Waeraas
Sep 2010 - Aug 2012

Doctor of Political Science
University of Tromsoe, 2004

Arild Waeraas is currently a professor of organization theory and leadership in the School of Economics and Business at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He served as adjunct researcher at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway between 2012 and 2014 on a project concerning the branding of municipalities in Norway and Denmark. His research interests center on reputation management in public and private sector organizations, organizational identity, organizational fields and translation, and corporate social responsibility. Research that he conducted while serving as a post-doctoral fellow at Scancor has been published in British Journal of Management, International Public Management Journal, International Studies of Management & Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, Public Management Review, and Scandinavian Journal of Management. During his stay at Stanford, Arild worked with professor Francisco Ramirez in the School of Education. He also worked, and continues to work, with PhD student Shawn Pope from Stanford's Sociology Department. 

Linus Dahlander
Sep 2008 - Sep 2010

Doctor of Philosophy
Chalmers University of Technology, 2006

Linus Dahlander is an associate professor at ESMT European School of Management and Technology and the inaugural holder of the KPMG Chair in Innovation. He joined ESMT in January 2011 as an assistant professor.  He is also a visiting professor at the newly funded Institute for Analytical Sociology at Linköping University in Sweden. Linus currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal, where he handles manuscripts on innovation, networks and organization theory. 

Linus received his PhD in Technology Management and Economics from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, Linus was an assistant professor and an Advanced Institute of Management Research Fellow with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School in the UK. From 2008 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Scancor and Stanford University.

He teaches classes for MBAs, EMBAs, executives as well as PhD students on innovation, entrepreneurship, and networks. Linus also consults and advices startups, large multinationals as well as government organizations on issues around innovation and networks.

Linus' current research investigates how new ideas and innovations are developed in networks and communities. The ongoing projects use large-scale analysis of networks, which is integrated with a deeper appreciation for what content flows through networks. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Science, Research Policy, Social Forces, Strategic Management Journal among others.

Kim Klyver  (Denmark)
Jan 2009 - Dec 2009

Doctor in Business Administration
University of Southern Denmark

Kim Klyver is professor in Entrepreneurship in University of Southern Denmark. Before becoming a full professor, he has held postdoc positions at Swinburne University of Technology (Australia; 2006) and at Stanford University (US; 2009). In 2013, he was visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology at Stanford University and in 2014 visiting scholar at Queensland University of Technology (Australia).

Kim’s main research interests in entrepreneurship include social capital (social networks), human capital, gender, and institutional theory. His research has received several scientific rewards internationally. He has published 28 international peer reviewed journal papers and his research has appeared in journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, and Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. He serves on several editorial boards, including the board of Journal of Small Business Management and the board of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. He has been the principal investigator on several research projects funded by the Danish Research Council and is currently leading the Danish Panel Studies on Entrepreneurial Dynamics (DaPSED). He is the VP Country President of European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

During my postdoc year I worked with Professor Jesper Sørensen. I experienced without any doubt the most significant professional development in my career. I have improved my theoretical understanding, methodological insights and I several interesting new statistical techniques. But most importantly, participating in the Stanford community has increased my ambitions to publish in high-ranking journals.

Juha Mattsson  (Finland)
Jan 2009 - Dec 2009

Doctor of Technology
Helsinki University of Technology, 2008

CEO and Co-Founder of Symbioosi; Lecturer, Aalto University

Research: Industry evolution, organizational ecology, sales management, bibliometrics.
Focal industries: Biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, retailing, ICT. Besides actively contributing to academic research and education, I work as a consultant and advisor to several companies under the fields of strategy, strategic marketing, and sales management. I also teach frequently in different executive and management programs.

My time as a postdoc at Stanford included excellent coaching by Stanford scholars (both professors and PhD students) in how to formulate research questions, theoretical argumentation and research designs in such ways that are likely to yield papers publishable in top academic outlets. I discovered that the production of top-quality research outputs require rigorous planning, careful coordination, lots of hard work and iteration, and, above all, a long time.

Becoming acquainted with the Stanford culture and having discussions with people from various fields and with diverse backgrounds, I’ve also found novel ways to think of combining academic work with activities in, for example, the artistic and commercial space. 

Current position: CEO at Emmy Clothing Company, Helsinki (“Creating a well-functioning market for 2nd hand quality apparel”) – Postdoc at Aalto until 2010

Dijana Tiplic Lunde
Sep 2008 - Aug 2010

Doctor of Philosophy
BI, Norweigen Business School, 2008

In my research, I am intrigued by adaptive behavior of individual and organizational actors in learning from experience. In particular, I am interested in how actors' adaptive aspirations and the structure of connections among actors influence their learning outcomes. In particular, I am interested in how actors' adaptive aspirations and the structure of connections among actors influence their learning outcomes.  

Success is contagious, and its replication represents a fundamental challenge in everyday life of agents (individuals and organizations alike). My research focuses on how agents learn by imitating others who are successful, and what consequences for the system as a whole arise when individual agents pursue rational imitation strategies. I build on ideas of learning from a variety of disciplines such as behavioral decision making, social learning, and computer science to inform organization theory. My work contributes to three main sets of literatures: 1) organizational learning, 2) diffusion, and 2) social networks.

At Stanford, I worked with Professor Francisco Ramirez. We analyzed how the knowledge base of higher education discourse has been shifting towards more rationalized accounts. In addition, I am involved in the project on cross-national study of curricula and changes associated with globalization and multiculturalism. 

Current position: Assocociate Professor, Univ of Oslo