Mats Engwall

Mats Engwall

Telephone: +46 8 790 61 16
Visiting address: Lindstedtsvägen 30, Room: 345

Short Bio

Mats Engwall holds, since 2008, the KTH Chair in Industrial Management, the oldest Chair in Sweden in the field (inaugurated 1940). His research revolves around contemporary neo-industrial management, e.g. project based management, service operations and service innovation, management of industrial R&D and product development of goods and services, organizing of distributed production systems, and the structuration of contemporary engineering work activities.

Mats Engwall is published in e.g. Harvard Business Review, Research Policy, Organisation Studies, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and International Journal of Project Management. His doctoral thesis Jakten på det effektiva projektet (in Swedish; Nerenius & Santerus, 2 ed. 1999) is an international bestseller and has been used as textbook in undergraduate and graduate courses in project organizing at a number of universities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. 

Mats Engwall holds a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering (KTH 1987) and a PhD in Industrial Economics and Management (KTH 1995). Previous positions include: visiting scholar at Stanford University, research leader at the Fenix Program (1998-2002); associate professor/docent (2002) and acting professor in Business Administration at Stockholm School of Economics (2003-2005); guest professor at Umeå Business School, and head of the Work Life Development Department at Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) (2005-2008).

Current positions at KTH

  • KTH Faculty Board
  • KTH Education Committee
  • Director of the Doctoral Program in Industrial Economics and Management
  • Coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme European Doctorate in Industrial Management (EDIM)

Current Research

Today, Mats Engwall executes research in collaboration with companies as Scania, Ernst  & Young, Technia, SEB, Achieve Global, Logica, Grontmij and IBM. Through the years he has received research grants from e.g. VINNOVA, LE Lundbergs foundation, Handelsbanken research foundations, the Swedish Transport Administration, Bombardier and Telenor.

Ongoing research projects:

Service Innovation and Operations Management

  • Competitive Service Work (KUTA), financed by VINNOVA
  • Business Strategies of Engineering Consultants, in collaboration with KTH Executive School
  • Operations Strategy in Health Care, in collaboration with Stockholm County Council
  • Disruptive Innovation in Large Technical Systems, financed by Scania, Swedish Energy Agency, etc.

Management of Industrial Research and Innovation

  • Drug R&D Management, in collaboration with AstraZeneca
  • Productivity in R&D, in collaboration with Scania
  • Creative on Demand, financed by VINNOVA

Project Based Management

  • Strategies and Structures of Project Based Organizations

Current Teaching

The Research Process: Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Industrial Economics and Management
Seminar Leader for Master Thesis in Industrial Management

Current positions outside KTH

  • Swedish Research Council, Committee of Education Science (UVK)
  • Innventia AB, member of the board
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), division VI: Management
  • Swedish Project Academy
  • Institute of Management of Technology (IMIT), research fellow
  • International Journal of Project Organization & Management, Editorial Board
  • Direccion y Organizacion, Editorial Advisory Board

Curriculum Vitae

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