Fredrik Tell

Professor at Department of Business Studies

+4618-471 3127
Visiting address:
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, entrance C

Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 UPPSALA

Professor at Department of Economic History, Uppsala Centre for Business History

Visiting address:
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10
75120 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala

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My research and teaching centres around the implications of innovation and knowledge integration for firm strategies, competitiveness and organization. Much of my research has focused on the evolution of the Electrical Engineering industry, but I am also involved in research projects in the Aerospace, Automotive and Telecommunication industries. Currently I serve as a co-editor of the scientific journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

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Since 1 September, 2015, I am Professor and Chair of Business Studies at Uppsala University. Previously I was Professor in Business Administration at Linköping University, where I also completed my undergraduate and post-graduate education (Ph.D., 2000). At LInköping University I held the position as research director at the division of Business Administration (2011-2015). Together with Professor Christian Berggren, I was also co-director of the KITE Research Group, 2007-2015, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The KITE group researched knowledge integration and innovation in transational enterprise and upon completion in 2015, the program had generated more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books. I have also been a founding member of four other research groups: DRIM (Developing Research and Innovation in Multinationals: The case of Sweden and Brazil, with Professor Roberto Sbragia, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil); EPOK (Enterprising by Projects and Organizational Knowledge, with Professor Lars Lindkvist, Linköping University and Professor Jonas Söderlund, BI Norwegian Business School); MEKA (Managing External Knowledge Acquisition, with Associate Professor Nicolette Lakemond, Linköping University); Patent History Research Group (with Professor Mats Larsson, Uppsala University).

During my years as an academic researcher I have been very fortunate to be able to work as a visiting scholar/fellow at the following institutions (in chronological order): IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), Vienna, Austria, SCANCOR (Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research), Stanford University, USA; SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex, UK; Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK; Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


I am currently involved in four major research projects:

Extended title: “Model Based Systems Engineering as an enabler for
management of innovation” (Funded by VINNOVA), “Digitalization and
Innovation” (Funded by the Management and IT Research School)
Collaborators: Marie Bengtsson (Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University), Cecilia Enberg (Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University), Yunchen Sun (Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University)
Keywords: Knowledge search, engineering work, product development, knowledge integration, project management, management of innovation
Summary: Aims to show how Model Based Systems Engineering influences search processes and organization of engineering work in management of innovation.

Extended title: “The Swedish Patent Database, 1746-1975” (Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), "Nordic Innovation Networks in the Long Run: Technology transfer and collaboration through the lens of patent data, 1880-2018 (Funded by The Peter Wallenberg Foundation)
Collaborators: David Andersson (Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University), Matti La Mela (Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Helsinki), Professor Jari Eloranta (Department of Economic History, Helsinki University)
Keywords: Patent data, Markets for technology, Patent agencies, Intermediaries, Inventors, Institutional change
Summary: Aims to describe patenting behavior and the emergence of a market for technology through a new dataset covering all Swedish patents, 1746-1975.

Extended title: “Competition and Intellectual Property Rights” (Funded by Torsten Söderberg foundation) and “Strategic considerations regarding trademarks, patents and designs: Appeals in PBR, 1977-2016” (Funded by VINNOVA)
Collaborators: David Andersson (Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University), Marianne Dahlén (Department of Law, Uppsala University), Bengt Domeij (Department of Law, Uppsala University)
Keywords: Patent court appeals, copyright, industrial designs, infringements
Summary: Aims to analyze how uncertain intellectual property rights influence competiveness of firms through empirical analyses of court cases of appeals.

Extended title: “The dynamics of organizing megaprojects” (Funded by Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser)
Collaborators: Siavash Alimadadi (Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University), Andrew Davies (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex)
Keywords: Infrastructure projects, Process ontology, Project Management
Summary: Aims to study processes and tensions in the planning of megaprojects.


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