Mats Magnusson

Mats Magnusson

Professor

Phone: +46 8 790 81 40
E-mail: matsmag@kth.se
Visiting address: Brinellvägen 83

Research

My research activities span a wide range of topics in the field of innovation engineering and management. Some areas of particular interest are:

  • Networked and collaborative ideation and innovation
  • Continuous innovation, combining creativity and efficiency
  • Early-phase innovation and product development, including customer and user involvement, and innovation portfolio management
  • Strategy and organizing for renewal of established firms, with a special emphasis on knowledge- and resource-based theories of the firm

These topics are studied in close collaboration with partners from industry, utilizing a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as case studies, surveys, and social network analysis.

Research projects:

PIEp
MCID
Innovation Capability at Ericsson, SCA, and Scania
Innovation Portfolio Management

Teaching

R&D Strategy and Organization
Product Innovation
Product Innovation, seminar course
Innovative Product- and Business Development
Thesis projects in Product Innovation Engineering

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Responsibilities

2010–present Professor in Product Innovation Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2008–2009 Visiting Professor at Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Denmark.
2008 Visiting Professor at Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy.
2006–2009 Associate Professor (Docent) at the Division of Innovation Engineering and Management, Chalmers University of Technology.
2005–present Chairman of the Continuous Innovation Network (CINet).
2005–present Director of the Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT).
2004–2005 Visiting Professor at Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy.
2002–2006 Senior Lecturer at the Division of Innovation Engineering and Management, Chalmers University of Technology.
2001–2009 Academic Program Director and Vice President of the student exchange program UNITECH International.
2000–2004 Head of Department, Department of Innovation Engineering and Management, Chalmers University of Technology.
1995–2000 PhD student at the School of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology.

Education

2006 Docent in Technology Management.
2000 Ph.D. (Tekn. Dr.) in Innovation Engineering and Management; Chalmers University of Technology. Thesis title: “Innovation and Efficiency – a Knowledge-Based Approach to Organizing Industrial Firms”.
1994 M.Sc. (Civ. ing.) in Industrial Engineering and Management; Chalmers University of Technology.
1994 B.A. (Fil.kand.) in Japanese; Gothenburg University. A total of ~375 university credits (equivalent to more than six years of full-time studies) in Japanese, German, Italian, Linguistics, Philosophy and East-Asian Studies.

Other assignments

Director of the research institute IMIT, a network organization performing research in the areas of innovation- and technology management (www.imit.se). An important part of IMIT’s activities is to inform decision makers about new insights from recently performed research. This is done through conferences, seminars, collaborative research projects, and by publishing IMIT’s magazine “Management of Innovation and Technology”, reaching approximately 20.000 people in Swedish industry.

Research director of the national Product Innovation Engineering program (PIEp) www.piep.se

Chairman of the Continuous Innovation Network – CINet (www.continuous-innovation.net), an international research network that undertakes joint research projects, organizes an annual conference, and runs seminars and workshops for PhD students in the field of innovation.

Elected Member of the European Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, EITIM (www.eitim.org).

Member of the extended faculty of Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, involved in teaching innovation management in PhD and executive programs.

Member of the International Advisory Board of MIP, the business school at Politecnico di Milano.

Publications   

All publications by Mats Magnusson in DiVA

Journal articles

Björkdahl, J. and Magnusson, M. (2012). Managerial challenges when integrating ICTS in established products, forthcoming in International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital.

Colombo, M. C., Laursen, K., Magnusson, M. and Rossi-Lamastra, C. (2012). Small business and networked innovation: organizational and managerial challenges, forthcoming in Journal of Small Business Management.

Björk, J., Di Vincenzo, F., Magnusson, M. and Mascia, D. (2011). The Impact of Social Capital on Innovation, forthcoming in Industry & Innovation, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 631–647.

Colombo, M. C., Laursen, K., Magnusson, M. and Rossi-Lamastra, C. (2011). Organizing Intra- and Inter-firm Networks: What is the Impact on Innovation Performance?, Industry & Innovation, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 531–538.

Pasche, M. and Magnusson, M. (2011). Continuous innovation and improvement of product platforms, forthcoming in International Journal of Technology Management, Volume 56, Nos. 2-3, pp. 256-271.

Björk, J., Boccardelli, P. and Magnusson, M.  (2010). Ideation capabilities for continuous innovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 385-396.

Björk, J., and Magnusson, M. (2009). Where do good innovation ideas come from?: Exploring the influence of network connectivity on innovation idea quality, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 26, pp. 662-670.

Sandström, C., Magnusson, M., and Jörnmark, J. (2009), Exploring Factors Influencing Incumbents’ Response to Disruptive Innovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 8-15.

Magnusson, M., Boccardelli, P., and Börjesson, S. (2009). Managing the Efficiency-Flexibility Tension in Innovation: Strategic and Organizational Aspects, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 2-7.

Dahlander, L., and Magnusson, M. G. (2008). How do firms make use of Open Source communities?, Long Range Planning, Vol. 41, pp. 629-649.

Magnusson, M. G., and Vinciguerra, E. (2008). Key factors in small group improvement work: an empirical study at SKF, International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 44, No. ¾, pp. 324-337.

Magnusson, M. and Martini, A. (2008). Dual organizational capabilities: from theory to practice - the next challenge for continuous innovation, International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 42, No. 1/2, pp. 1-19.

Holmén, M., McKelvey, M., and Magnusson, M. (2007), What are innovative opportunities?, Industry and Innovation, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 27-45.

Boccardelli, P., and Magnusson, M. G. (2006). Dynamic Capabilities in Early-Phase Entrepreneurship, Knowledge and Process Management, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 162-174.

Chapman, R. and Magnusson, M. G. (2006). Continuous Innovation, Performance and Knowledge Management: An Introduction, Knowledge and Process Management, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 129-131.

Christensen, C., Magnusson, M. G., and Zetherström, M. B. (2006) Implementation and Use of Collaborative Product Development – Observations from Swedish Manufacturing Firms, International Journal of Management and Decision Making, pp. 574-585.

Sjölander, S., Magnusson, M., Johansson, M., and Andrén, L. (2005) Evolution, adaptation and entrepreneurial learning in the emerging Nordic Wireless Internet industry, in the ICFAI Journal of Entrepreneurship Development.

Dahlander, L., and Magnusson, M. G. (2005) Relationships between Open Source Software Companies and Communities: Observations from Nordic Firms, Research Policy, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 481-493.

Mascia, D., Magnusson, M. G., and Cicchetti, A. (2005) Network Prominence and Innovation: An Empirical Analysis of Corporate-Backed Biotech Spin-Offs, Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 7-22.

Magnusson, M. G. (2004). Managing the Knowledge Landscape of an MNC – Knowledge Networking at Ericsson, Knowledge and Process Management, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 261-272.

Sanz-Velasco, S. A., and Magnusson, M. G. (2004). Opportunity Development in Knowledge-Intensive Ventures – a case study, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 277-292.

Andrén, L., Magnusson, M., and Sjölander, S. (2003), Opportunistic adaptation in start-up companies, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 3, No. 5-6, pp. 546-562.

Gieskes, J. F. B., Hyland, P. W., and Magnusson, M. G. (2002). Organizational Learning Barriers in Distributed Product Development: Observations from a Multi-National Company, Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 14, No. 8, pp. 310-319.

Boer, H., Caffyn, S., Corso, M., Coughlan, P., Gieskes, J., Magnusson, M., Pavesi, S., and Ronchi, S. (2001). Knowledge and Continuous Innovation – the CIMA Supporting Methodology, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 490-504.

Books and book chapters

Magnusson, M., McKelvey, M. and Versiglioni, M. (2009). The Forgotten Individuals: Attitudes and skills in Academic Commercialization in Sweden, in McKelvey, M., and Holmén, M. (Eds.), European Universities Learning to Compete: From Social Institutions to Knowledge Business, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK.

McKelvey , M., Magnusson, M. Wallin. M, and Ljungberg, D., (2008), Var ligger problemet ? Synen på sambandet mellan forskning och kommersialisering i Sverige (in Swedish), in Forska lagom – vara världsbäst?, Benner, M., and Sörlin, S. (Eds.) SNS-förlaget.

Holmén, M., Magnusson, M., and McKelvey, M. (2006) Innovative Opportunities and Dependencies: Illustrations from Mobile Communications, in McKelvey, M., and Holmén, M. (Eds.), Flexibility and Stability in Economic Transformation, Oxford University Press, pp. 48-72.

Dahlander, L. and Magnusson, M. (2006) Business models and community relationships of open source software firms, in Bitzer, J. and Schröder, P. J. H. (Eds.), The Economics of Open Source Software Development, pp. 111-130.

Christensen, C., Magnusson, M. G., and Zetherström, M. B., (2005) Implementation and Use of Collaborative Product Development – Observations from Swedish Manufacturing Firms, in IT-enabled manufacturing, Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India, Hyderabad, India.

Lindmark, S., Magnusson, M. and Renga, F., (2005) Factors influencing the development and diffusion of new mobile services – the case of telematics in Western Sweden, in Andriessen, E. and Vartiainen, M. (eds.), Mobile Virtual Work, a new paradigm?, Springer, pp. 319-341.

Boccardelli, P., Grandi, A., Magnusson, M., and Oriani, R. (2004), The Value of Managerial Learning in R&D, in Bettis, R. (Ed.), Reinventing Strategic Management: Old Truths and New Insights, SMS Book Series, Blackwell.

Magnusson, M. G. (2000). Innovation and Efficiency – a Knowledge-Based Approach to Organizing Industrial Firms (Ph.D. thesis), Department of Innovation Engineering and Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.

Refereed conference papers

Pasche, M. and Magnusson, M. (2011), A contingency-based approach to the use of product platforms and modules in NPD, paper presented at the 5th European Conference on Management of Technology: “Platforms and innovation: In search of efficiency and effectiveness”, 18-20 September, 2011, Tampere, Finland.

Di Vincenzo, F, Hemphälä, J., Magnusson, M. and Mascia, D. (2011), Exploring the role of structural holes in learning – an empirical study of Swedish pharmacies, presented at the 6th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics, June 15-17, Tampere, Finland.

Björk, J., Karlsson, M. and Magnusson, M. (2011), Turning ideas into innovation – the need for collaborative demand-driven innovation, Proceedings of the 18th International Product Development Conference, June 5-7, Delft, Netherlands.

Björk, J., Di Vincenzo, F., Magnusson, M. and Mascia, D. (2010). Ideation Potential of Internal Networks: Does Social Capital Matter?, presented at the WOA2010 Collaborative networks, knowledge and innovation: organizational and strategic issue, XI Workshop dei Docenti e dei Ricercatori di Organizzazione Aziendale, Incertezza, creatività e razionalità organizzative, Bologna, 16-18 giugno 2010.

Hafström, l., Magnusson, M. and  Max, A. (2010). An Exploration of Swedish Companies’ Offshoring of R&D Activities to China, in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, June 2-5, Singapore.

Björk, J., Di Vincenzo, F., Magnusson, M. and Mascia, D. (2010). The Impact of Social Capital on Ideation - untapping the knowledge creation potential of internal networks, presented at the DIME conference “Organizing for Networked Innovation”, April 15-16, Milan.

Sandström, C. and Magnusson, M. (2010). Value, Actors and Networks – a revised perspective on Disruptive Innovation, presented at the DIME conference “Organizing for Networked Innovation”, April 15-16, Milan.

Bourelos, E., Magnusson, M. and McKelvey, M. (2010). Moving beyond the paradox. Searching for the key factors in research commercialization, paper presented at the DIME workshop “Universities on a third mission: external engagement and entrepreneurship by academic researchers”, February 11-12, Bologna.

Boccardelli, P., Lechner, C., Magnusson, M. and Oriani, R. (2009). Distinctiveness and flexibility of resources: a study of the motion picture industry, paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, August 6-8, 2009, Chicago, USA.

Leone, M.I., Reichstein, T. Boccardelli, P. and Magnusson, M., (2009). Fuel on the Invention Funnel: Technology Licensing-in, antecedents and invention performance, paper presented at the 14th DRUID Summer Conference 2009, June 16-18, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Björk, J. and Magnusson, M. (2008) Where do good innovation ideas come from?: Exploring the influence of network connectivity on innovation idea quality,  In proceedings of the 15th International Product Development Management Conference, June 29-July 1, 2008, Hamburg, Germany.

Holmén, M., Magnusson, M., and McKelvey, M. (2005) Innovative Opportunities: What do we learn from opportunities in mobile communications?, paper presented at the DRUID Tenth Anniversary Summer Conference 2005, June 27 - 29, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Boccardelli, P., and Magnusson, M. G. (2004). Dynamic Capabilities in Early-Phase Entrepreneurship – Observations from Mobile Internet Start-Ups, in Proceedings from the 5th CINet conference, Sydney, Australia, September 22-25.

Hyland, P. W. H., Boccardelli, P., and Magnusson, M. G. (2003). Managerial competencies and organizational capabilities in striving for continuous innovation, paper presented at the 17th ANZAM conference, Freemantle, Australia, December 2-5.

Christensen, C., Magnusson, M. G., and Zetherström, M. B. (2003). Implementation and Use of Collaborative Product Development – Observations from Swedish Manufacturing Firms, in Proceedings from the 10th EurOMA-POMS conference, June 15-18, Como, Italy.

Coughlan, P., Harbison, A., Corso, M., Pavesi, S., Ronchi, S., Caffyn, S. Magnusson, M., Sundgren, N., Boer, H., Gieskes, J. Chapman, R. and Hyland, P. (2000). Developing Continuous Innovation as an Organization-wide Process, in Proceedings of the 7th EurOMA conference, Ghent, Netherlands, 5-6 July, 2000.

Magnusson, M. G. (1999). Boundary Management and the Dynamic Knowledge-Based Firm, in Proceedings of the CISTEMA conference, Mobilizing Knowledge in Technology Management: Competence Construction in the Strategizing and Organizing of Technical Change, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 24-27, 1999.

Magnusson, M. G. (1999). Organizing for Technology Creation and Exploitation – the Technology Executive System at Toshiba, in Proceedings of the 6th International Product Development Management Conference, Cambridge, U.K., July 5-6, 1999.

Boer, H., Caffyn, S., Chapman, R., Corso, M., Coughlan, P., Gieskes, J., Hyland, P., Magnusson, M., Pavesi, S., Ronchi, S., and Sundgren N. (1999). Continuous Product Innovation and Knowledge Management: the CIMA Supporting Methodology, in Proceedings of the 6th International Product Development Management Conference, Cambridge, U.K., July 5-6, 1999.

Magnusson, M. G. (1998). Exploring Interdependencies between Architectural Knowledge Creation and activities in the Value System, in Proceedings of the 5th International Product Development Management Conference, Cambridge, U.K., May 25-26, 1998.

Magnusson, M. G. (1996). Supplier Involvement in Product Development - The Framing of Suppliers’ Product Development Tasks, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Product Development Conference, Fontainebleau, France, April 15-16, 1996.

Non-refereed conference papers

Bergendahl, M. and Magnusson, M. (2011). Combining collaboration and competition in firm-internal ideation management, presented at the 12th CINet conference, September 9-13, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark.

Berglund, H., Magnusson, M. and Sandström, C. (2011). Towards a symmetric theory of disruptive innovation, presented at the 12th CINet conference, September 9-13, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark.

Lund, K. and Magnusson, M. (2011). Slack – a driver of innovation in R&D?, presented at the 12th CINet conference, September 9-13, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark.

Wadell, C., Ölundh Sandström, G., Björk, J. and Magnusson, M. (2011) Exploring the Role of Incorporated Users in an Innovating R&D Unit, presented at the 12th CINet conference, September 9-13, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark.

Wadell, C., Björk, J. and Magnusson, M. (2011). How ideation stars acquire and disseminate customer and user knowledge in innovation, presented at the 1st Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference, September 7-8, 2011, Cambridge.

Hemphälä, J. and Magnusson, M. (2010). Networks for innovation – but what networks and what innovation?, presented at the 11th CINet conference, September 2-5, 2010, Zürich, Switzerland.

Mongelli, L. and Magnusson, M. (2010). Continue or break with the past? – On the role of competence leveraging in periods of technological substitution, presented at the 11th CINet conference, September 2-5, 2010, Zürich, Switzerland.

Björk, J., Boccardelli, P. and Magnusson, M.  (2009). Ideation capabilities for continuous innovation, presented at the 10th CINet conference, September 5-8, 2009, Brisbane, Australia.

Pasche, M. and Magnusson, M.  (2009). Continuous innovation and improvement of product platforms, presented at the 10th CINet conference, September 5-8, 2009, Brisbane, Australia.

Björk, J., and Magnusson, M. (2008). Ideation performance in projects and informal groups, paper presented at the 1st ISPIM symposium, December 14-17, Singapore.

Boccardelli, P., Lechner, C., and Magnusson, M. (2008). Distinctiveness and flexibility of resources: a study of the motion picture industry, paper presented at the Strategic Management Society conference, October 12-15, 2008, Cologne, Germany.

Leone, M.I., Boccardelli, P., Magnusson, M., and Reichstein, T. (2008). License to learn: the role of technology license agreements in meeting innovation goals, paper presented at the 24th EGOS Colloquium, July 10-12, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Björk, J., and Magnusson, M.  (2008). Heterogeneity and performance in innovation idea networks, in proceedings of the 9th CINet conference, September 6-9, 2008, Valencia, Spain.

Sandström, C., Magnusson, M., and Jörnmark, J. (2007). Surviving disruptive innovation: does incumbent size and strategy matter?, in proceedings of the 8th CINet conference, September 8-11, 2007, Göteborg, Sweden.

Boccardelli, P., Leone, M.I., and Magnusson, M. (2007). The learning potential of strategic licensing, in proceedings of the 8th CINet conference, September 8-11, 2007, Göteborg, Sweden.

Magnusson, M., SadreGhazi, S., and Järrehult, B. (2006). Identifying Disruptive Innovations – Experiences from a Paper and Pulp Company, in proceedings of the 7th CINet conference, September 8-12, 2006, Lucca, Italy.

Boccardelli, P., Leone, M. I., and Magnusson, M. (2006), Resource flexibility and sustained competitiveness, in proceedings of the 7th CINet conference, September 8-12, 2006, Lucca, Italy.

Björkdahl, J., and Magnusson, M. G. (2005), Integrating Information and Communication Technologies in Established Products: A New Managerial Challenge?, in proceedings of the 6th CINet conference, September 6-9, 2005, Brighton, UK.

Magnusson, M. G., and Vinciguerra, E. (2005), Key Factors in Small Group Improvement Work - An Empirical Study at SKF, in proceedings of the 6th CINet conference, September 6-9, 2005, Brighton, UK.

Holmén, M., McKelvey, M., and Magnusson, M. (2004), Economic Transformation as resulting from Innovation Opportunities, paper presented at the 10th International J. A. Schumpeter Society Conference. ‘Innovation, Industrial Dynamics and Structural Transformation’ 2004 theme, Bocconi University and CESPRI, June 9-12, Milan, Italy.

Boccardelli, P., and Magnusson, M. G. (2003). Dynamic capabilities and entrepreneurship: the role of resource flexibility, paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Conference 23rd Annual International Conference, November 9-12, Baltimore, USA.

Magnusson, M. G., and Mascia, D. (2003). Knowledge Creation and Appropriation in Biotech R&D: the Role or Formal and Informal Organizational Structures, paper presented at the “Strategic Management Society Conference 23rd Annual International Conference,”,November 9-12, Baltimore, USA.

Boccardelli, P., Magnusson, M. G., and Mascia, D. (2002). Network effects of academic spin-offs and innovation performance – an explorative study of innovative forms of corporate venturing, paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Conference 22nd Annual International Conference”, Paris, France, September 22-25, 2002.

Magnusson, M. G. (2002). Managing the Knowledge Landscape of an MNC – Knowledge Networking at Ericsson, paper presented at the 4th CINet conference, Espoo, Finland, September 15-18, 2002.

Sjölander, S. and Magnusson, M. (2002). Entrepreneurial discovery, resource transformation and the growth of the firm, paper presented at The Babson-Kaufmann Entrepreneurship research conference, University of Colorado at Boulder, June 6–8, 2002.

Boccardelli, P., Grandi, A., Magnusson, M., and Oriani, R. (2001), The Value of Learning in Managing Innovation: Exploring the Relationship between R&D Learning Curve and Firms' Performance in the Telecom Industry, paper presented at the Strategic Management Society 21st Annual International Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, October 21-24, 2001.

Magnusson, M., and Davidsson, N. (2001). Creating and Managing Communities of Knowing, in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Learning, Naples, Italy, June 21-24, 2001.

Sjölander, S., Magnusson, M., Johansson, M., and Andrén, L. (2001). Evolution, adaptation and entrepreneurial learning in the emerging Nordic Wireless Internet industry, in Proceedings of the 1st International conference on Entrepreneurship and Learning, Naples, Italy, June 21-24.

Boccardelli, P. and Magnusson, M. G. (2000). Dynamic Mastering of Technological and Managerial Competencies – Some Preliminary Results from a Study in the Telecom Industry, paper presented at the Strategic Management Society 20th Annual International Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 15-18, 2000.

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