About me – Ulf Andersson

Ulf Andersson is Professor of Business Studies. His research focuses on strategy and management of the MNE, subsidiary development, knowledge governance and transfer, and network theory. Ulf is also Adjunct Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, and Senior Editor of Journal of World Business. He teaches in the International Business Management and International Marketing programs.

Professor Ulf Andersson joined MDH in 2014 and is Research Director of Industrial Economics and Organization at the School of Business, Society and Engineering. His main area of expertise is strategy and management of multinational enterprises – specifically headquarters – subsidiary relationships, subsidiary embeddedness and development, corporate entrepreneurship, knowledge management and the changing role of headquarters.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and also a member of and has served in different capacities of the Strategic Management Society and the European International Business Academy.

Professor Andersson has a PhD and a BSc from Uppsala University, has been a Professor of Strategy and International Management at Copenhagen Business School (2008–2013), is an adjunct Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, holds visiting positions at Leeds University Business School and KU Leuven University, and he is since 2017 Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business.

Professor Andersson has published more than 60 journal articles, books, and book sections on the above areas and topics and his work is published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Long Range Planning and other leading journals.

His work has twice won the Palgrave Macmillan best competitive paper award at AIB-UK & Ireland annual conference, won the International Business Review 2014 Best Paper Award for the article (Perri, A. &, Andersson, U.) ‘Knowledge outflows from foreign subsidiaries and the tension between knowledge creation and knowledge protection: Evidence from the semiconductor industry’, 2015, and has been published in the best paper proceedings of AIB Milan 2008. He regularly speaks at conferences in Europe and North America.

Primary Research Area

  • Subsidiary embeddedness and development
  • Knowledge governance and transfer
  • Network theory
  • Strategy and management of the MNE

Selected Publications

Andersson, U., Dasi, À., Mudambi, R & Pedersen, T. (2016) ’Technology, Innovation and Knowledge: The importance of ideas and international connectivity’, Journal of World Business, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 153-162.

Andersson, U., Cuervo-Cazura, A. & Nielsen, B. (2014) ‘Explaining Interaction Effects Within and Across Levels of Analysis’ Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 45, No. 9, pp. 1063-1071.

Perri, A., Andersson, U., Nell, P.C. & Santangelo, G. (2013) ‘Balancing the Trade-off between Learning Prospects and Spillover Risks: MNC Subsidiaries Vertical Linkage Patterns in Developed Countries’ Journal of World Business, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 503-514.

Ambos, T., Andersson, U. & Birkinshaw, J. (2010) ‘What are the consequences of initiative taking in multinational subsidiaries?’, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 41, No. 6, pp. 1099-1118.

Andersson, U., Forsgren, M. and Holm, U. (2007) ‘Balancing Subsidiary Influence in the Federative MNC – a Business Network Perspective’, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 802-818.

Andersson, U., Forsgren, M. and Holm, U. (2002) ‘The Strategic Impact of External Networks - Subsidiary Performance and Competence Development in the Multinational Corporation’, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 23, No. 11, pp. 979-996

Andersson, U., Forsgren, M. and Holm, U. (2001) ‘Subsidiary Embeddedness and Competence Development in MNCs - A Multilevel Analysis’, Organization Studies, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 1013 – 1034.

Teaching & Responsibilities

  • Research Director of Industrial Economics and Organization
  • Lecturing in the MMNC and IM courses and supervises students at the PhD, master and bachelors levels