Tomas Backström is a Full Professor of Innovation Science at Mälardalen University, Sweden since 2008. Starting with a master in Engineering Physics 1982, a PhD in Engineering 1996, and an associate professorship in industrial work science 2002, his work has grown more and more multi-disciplinary and he has published articles and book chapters in a wide spectrum of venues such as: The Learning Organization, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Economics and Business Letters, Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, and Emergence: Complexity & Organization. Hi has written 42 scientific articles and has 255 citations. With experience from thirty-five years of research in work life at the Royal Institute of Technology, the National Institute of Working Life and Mälardalen University, he currently researches and teaches about innovation management and creativity in groups and organizations, with a special focus on communication and leadership.
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Peter E. Johansson is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation Science since 2012, and since 2015 he is the subject representative for Innovation Science at the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University. Peter received his PhD in Education in 2011 at Stockholm University; specialized in the fields of workplace learning, learning organizations and organization pedagogics.
Peter are involved in several cross-disciplinary research projects, and his current research interests are positioned in the intersection between operations management and innovation management research. His research deals with the origins of, and conditions for, learning and development of innovation competencies; on an individual and organisational level as well as the relation between those. Peter is chairing together with colleagues the research group Workplace Innovation and Quality Management (WIQM) at Mälardalen university.
Jacob Buur is professor of User-Centred Design at the Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, and research director of the SDU Design Research Environment. With more than 50 employees, SDU Design brings together researchers from Human Sciences, Social Sciences, and Engineering to embrace design from a set of complementary perspectives and methods. Prior to Jacob Buur’s appointment at the university in 2000 he was manager of the user-centred design group at Danfoss A/S for 10 years. Here he designed user interfaces for products like joysticks for excavators, electronic controllers for heating and refrigeration, frequency converters. Jacob Buur takes a keen interest in methods for studying and involving users in design, and in particular he has developed video techniques for bridging user studies and innovation.