Lena Zander specializes in cross cultural research on leadership and teams, and teaching in multinational organizational settings. She has published in books and journals like JIBS, JWB, ABM, JMI, OD, and IBR. Her work has received multiple best-dissertation, -paper and -reviewer awards at AIB, ANZAM, and AOM. Lena is Senior Editor of Journal of World Business and Associate Editor of Africa Journal of Management. She was awarded with Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Sabbatical grant for 2016-2017.
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Lena Zander (Ph.D.) is Professor at the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has earlier held positions as Honorary Research Associate and Professorial Fellow at VUW, Assistant and Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and she has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Lena specializes in cross-cultural research within the field of international management. She is currently working on three projects: global leadership and global virtual teams; core values and leveraging culture in multinational organizational settings; and teaching in the multicultural classroom. Lena’s research and work has repeatedly attracted funding from: The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), Swedish Council for Work Life Research (Rådet för Arbetslivsforskning), Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse, Tore Browaldhs Stiftelse, and the Swedish Work Environment Fund (Arbetsmiljöfonden).
Lena has published her research in books and journals like the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of World Business (JWB), Journal of Management Inquiry, Asia Business Management, International Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, European Journal of International Management, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Teaching in International Business, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management (IJCCM), International Studies in Management and Organization (ISMO), and Advances in International Management. Lena has been commissioned by Edward Elgar Publishing to act as editor for the ‘Research Handbook on Global Leadership: Making a Difference’.
Lena has won several dissertation, best paper, and best reviewer awards. Her dissertation was awarded with the Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award (Academy of Management (AOM)), the Richard N. Farmer 1998 Dissertation Competition Award (Academy of International Business (AIB)), and the Best 1998 Dissertation in Business Administration in Sweden Award. She has also been awarded several Best Paper and Best Reviewer Awards at AOM, AIB, and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). Additionally, Lena’s work has for the last five years been either finalist for Best Paper Awards in the highly competitive International Management Division of AOM, and/or finalist for the All-Academy Emerald Best International Symposium Award at the annual AOM conferences. In 2013 Lena together with her colleagues contributed to the symposium that was awarded with the All-Academy Emerald Best International Symposium Award at the AOM, and she was also finalist for the same award with another research team. Additionally, in 2013 Lena was one of the four recognized especially for receiving best reviewer awards several consecutive years from the International Management Division at AOM. In 2014, Lena together with her research team was finalist for the 'HRM-Researcher of the Year in Sweden' award ('Årets HR-forskare') for their project 'Leading Global Teams'.
Lena’s interest in culture’s impact on international management has led her to organize a series of international cross-disciplinary conferences and edit or co-edit multiple books and special issues such as ‘Identifying Culture’ for IJCCM, and ‘Language and Communication in International Management for ISMO. She is currently co-editing a Management International Review (MIR) special issue on ‘Leveraging Values in Global Organizations’. She is also the initiator, and main organizer of the annual meetings and workshops of an international research and teaching network on ‘Leveraging Culture in Teams’.
Lena has served in numerous organizational capacities such as Track Chair (AIB 2003), Track Co-chair (European Academy of Management (EURAM) 2002 & 2010), Doctoral Consortium Chair (AIB 2007), and Early Career Consortium Co-Chair (International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) 2012). She has also been invited as a panelist at Doctoral Consortia (AIB 2004, AOM 2009, and AIB UK/Ireland 2010) and at the International Management Junior Faculty Consortium (AOM 2011). Lena has served as Chair of the Best Doctoral Proposal selection committee (AIB 2007), as an elected Executive Board Member (Member-at-Large) of Women in AIB (WAIB) 2007-2011. Additionally, she has acted as a guest editor at the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) paper development workshops at the AIB meetings 2008 and 2010. Currently, Lena is on the organizing committee of the EIBA 2014 conference to be held at Uppsala University.
Lena has recently been involved in the 'Global Leadership Summit' organized by Northeastern University in Boston. In 2012 she was an invited participant, in 2013 and 2014 Lena was on the organizing committee. Lena was also invited as a panelist on the topic 'When, Where and How Do We Develop Responsible Global Leaders’ in 2013. An interview with Lena about the summit is posted on the internet YouTube channel, see link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLZcghE-NPk In 2014 Lena was on the panel discussing 'Developing global leaders in the middle', which is available in full on YouTube see link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nT0u1J00Yk
Lena is Senior Editor of Journal of World Business, and Associate Editor of the newly launched Africa Journal of Management. She has served on the JIBS editorial review board for 14 consecutive years, and is currently a member of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Cross-cultural Management: An International Journal, and IJCCM review boards. She regularly reviews for Academy of Management Learning and Education, as well as for other journals, and for annual conferences.
Lena has been the external examiner of Ph D dissertations in Denmark, Spain and the UK, and acted as a member of Ph D dissertation evaluation committees in Sweden. She has also evaluated Master Honors Programs in New Zealand, research applications in Austria and Sweden, and served as an external reviewer on tenure promotion application in Australia, Sweden, and the USA.
At Uppsala University Lena teaches courses at the master level on the 'International Firm in the Global Economy', 'Cross Cultural Management', and 'Investigating International Business' (a methods course). She has also supervised master and bachelor student theses and acted as a member of the thesis examination committee. Lena is elected as a teacher representative to the executive board of the Department of Business Studies for the term 2014-2016.
Lena teaches and consults on cross-cultural management and is regularly invited as speaker, facilitator and discussant at conferences and workshops for scholars as well as practitioners. In addition to her Swedish work experience, she also draws on her international work experience from Botswana, France, New Zealand, and the United States, and from spending her formative years in the Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, and Sweden. Her interest in student learning and pedagogy has led her to develop innovative course designs and to publish articles and text book chapters on the topic
Lena is also interested in communicating about her research with practitioners outside the classroom. She contributes to the Uppsala University blog at Uppsala’s main newspaper’s website, ‘Upsala Nya Tidning’, and to the Department of Business Studies’ business magazine ‘Mercury’ on a regular basis. Her Professorial Inauguration speech is among the select few uploaded by Uppsala University and made accessible for viewing on the internet ‘YouTube’ channel, link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwZdY0zVOGA
Honors and Awards
2014 - Finalist, 'HRM-researcher/group of the year', Sweden (Årets HR-forskare/forskargrupp), 'Leading global teams'
2013 - Winner, the all-academy 'Emerald Best International Symposium Award'. Presenting ‘Positive Global Team Leadership: Leveraging culture across distance’, in the symposium titled ’The Upside of Cultural Distance: A Positive Organizational Scholarship Perspective’, AOM, Orlando
2013 - Finalist, the all-academy 'Emerald Best International Symposium Award' Presenting 'Culture-Free, Color-Blind and Gender-Neutral? A Study of Incoming Leaders’ Status Characteristics and Effective Global Team Leadership’, in the symposium titled ’Exploring the Dynamics of Multicultural and Global Teams’, AOM, Orlando
2013 - Multiple Year Outstanding Reviewer Recognition - International Management Division, Academy of Management annual conference, 2013 in Orlando, USA
2013 - Best Reviewer Award - International Management Division, Academy of Management annual conference, 2013 in Orlando, USA
2012 - Best Reviewer Award - International Management Division, Academy of Management annual conference, 2012 in Boston, USA
2012 - Finalist for the IM Division Skolkovo Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management annual conference, 2012 in Boston, USA, for the paper ‘Country clusters from taxonomy towards theory: Implications for international management’, co-authored with Christina Butler, Kingston University
2012 - Finalist for the IM Division's Best Paper in OB/HRM/OT award at the Academy of Management annual conference, 2012 in Boston, USA, for the paper ‘Country clusters from taxonomy towards theory: Implications for international management’, written together with Christina Butler, Kingston University
2011 - Finalist Emerald Best International Symposium Award 2011, Academy of Management (AOM), San Antonio, USA, for the elected as a Showcase Symposium, ‘Scientific Mindfulness’
2010 - Best Reviewer Award, International Management Division, Academy of Management (AOM), Montreál, Canada
2010 - Nominated for the Emerald Best International Symposium Award 2010 for the elected as a Showcase Symposium, ‘Leading multicultural teams for success: A prism of perspectives’, Academy of Management (AOM), Montréal, Canada (roles as organizer, chair and presenter)
2009 - Finalist International Management Division Best Paper in OB/HRM/OT, Academy of Management (AOM), for ‘Don’t Just Say what You Mean – Contextualise It: A leadership study across 17 countries’ together with Audra Mockaitis, Anne-Wil Harzing and 21 country collaborators, Chicago, USA
2009 - Finalist Emerald Best International Symposium Award 2009, Academy of Management (AOM), for the symposium ‘Windows on the World: Cultural Perspectives of Leadership Past-Present-Future’, Chicago, USA (role as presenter)
2009 - Nominated by the International Management Division for the Carolyn Dexter Paper Award, Academy of Management (AOM), for ‘Don’t Just Say what You Mean – Contextualise It: A leadership study across 17 countries’, co-authored with Audra Mockaitis, Anne-Wil Harzing and 21 country collaborators, Chicago, USA
2008 - Winner of the ANZAM Best Paper Award at Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) for ‘Getting Closer to the Action: Examining leaders’ behavioural intent with GLOBE’s leadership dimensions across 22 countries’, co-authored with Audra Mockaitis, Anne-Wil Harzing and 21 country collaborators, Auckland, New Zealand
2008 - Winner of the International Management Stream Best Paper Award at Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), for ‘Getting Closer to the Action: Examining leaders’ behavioural intent with GLOBE’s leadership dimensions across 22 countries’, co-authored with Audra Mockaitis, Anne-Wil Harzing and 21 country collaborators, Auckland, New Zealand
2006 - Winner of the Best Paper Award at the 4th Workshop on International Strategy and Cross-Cultural Management (organized by EIASM), for ‘The Primacy of Primary Socialization: A study of leadership preferences, tenure, and nationality in the MNC’, co-authored with Ciara Sutton, Toulouse, France
2005 - Nominated for the JIBS Emerging Frontier Award 2005 with the paper ‘Geocentric Aspirations, Ethnocentric Backlash and Regiocentric Realities: Modelling the relationship between national culture and MNC management’, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2005 - Best Reviewers Award 2005, International Management Division, Academy of Management (AOM), Hawaii, USA
1998 - Winner of the Best Dissertation in Business Administration in Sweden Award (Civilekonomernas Riksförbunds Ekonomipris 1998 för bästa doktorsavhandling i företagsekonomi framlagd under 1997), Stockholm, Sweden
1998 - Winner of the Richard N. Farmer 1998 Dissertation Competition Award, Academy of International Business (AIB), Vienna, Austria
1998 - Winner of the Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award, International Management Division, Academy of Management (AOM), Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA
1986 - Winner of the Oscar Sillen’s Award for the Best Final M Sc Thesis: ‘Can Small-Scale Industry Entrepreneurs be Developed in Less Developed Countries?’, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
1985 - Winner of the Award for ‘A business-oriented achievement of benefit for the students of Stockholm School of Economics’ (Initiated and organised the first Stockholm School of Economics Business Forum, ‘Handelsdagen’), Stockholm, Sweden
1979 - Winner of the Award for ‘Successful studies - Student of the Year’, A-levels (Studentexamen), St Jacobi School, Vällingby, Sweden
1974 - Winner of the School Poetry Competition (Kvarnskolan, Jakobsberg, Sweden) with ‘Framtiden vet’ (The Future Knows)
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