Strategy, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship – SITE

SITE is the recently created centre for LUSEM's research and co-creation on the renewal of society, in its broadest sense.

SITE comprises of early stage entrepreneurial processes, and also industrial and corporate change, as well as macro events, including societal and governmental efforts, and investment in innovation, research and development. Forces of disruption, such as technology shifts, regulatory changes, policy, societal challenges and more, are topics of concern and focus in our research.

SITE researchers currently work within the areas of Entrepreneurship (the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of SITE), Strategic Management, Research Policy, Organisation, and Informatics. However, as SITE is centred upon societal challenges rather than subject areas, SITE is a multidisciplinary group. The group addresses issues connected with the renewal of society in collaboration with pioneering external stakeholders, ranging from corporations, government and public agencies, NGOs, to industry and trade organisations, and innovative people.

It is central to SITE to be focused on a holistic view of renewal and not fragmented, for instance, in relation to where on the organisation life-cycle we focus our research. The phenomenon has prominence over the theoretical perspective and can, of course, be valid irrespective of the technological, industrial and societal context, in the case of renewal of theoretical foundations.

Our mission

  • Strengthen, develop and coordinate cocreation with firms, industries and public agencies. The objective is to significantly increase collaboration with these stakeholders, in order to gain a better understanding of changes.
  • Strive to expand the network of academic partnerships worldwide for the purpose of multidiscipline but also in order to be closer to places where important things happen first. This means we are a truly global research group with empirical outposts in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.
  • Secure durable resources via cocreation and grant applications, in Scandinavia and abroad.
  • Seach out to instances of society and take the socalled third mission of cocreation with society, seriously.

At SITE, the idea is to work closely with our external stakeholders. We want to be where the action is and be a factor and a part of change. This means we have projects centred upon a range of projects connected to large and small firms, start-up ventures, mature as well as new industries, public and private organisations, and instances related to technology investment and usage in artefacts and applications, and more.

Our research is funded by a range of NRCs and organisations including Vetenskapsrådet, Riksbankens Jubilemsfond, Vinnova, firms, public agencies, NGOs, and private donations.

Examples of ongoing research projects

We engage in indepth studies with so-called “entrepreneurial teams” who operate intra- or inter-organisationally with innovation and product/service development. Partners are found among both large and small firms and one research area is precisely the collaboration between large and small firms.

Contact: Anna Brattström

A recent focus area concerns the question of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in relation to pressing social matters and needs. Our faculty members are active in the community and make a strong impact on society as they become practically involved with entrepreneurship activities in areas under social and economic stress, where, perhaps, financial ingenuity is key along with strong networks.

Contact: Ester Barinaga

One related area of research focuses specifically on the entrepreneurial activities of immigrants and refugees, and the particular factors and issues that might occur in this context, such as funding and networking. These are parts of society for which entrepreneurship and selfemployment are the only viable option to generate an income.

Contact: Craig Mitchell

Early Venture Challenges for Ownership and Capital

Thanks to a large donation, we have recently been able to start recruiting an entire research group, with one Professor, one visiting Professor, two Post Docs and two PhD students, to focus exclusively on early venture financing challenges, and the special demands put on ownership in the first steps of corporate lifecycles.

Contact: Andrea Moro

A series of projects on potentially radical innovations in electrification, electronics and other tech developments connected to automotive. We collaborate with some of the largest global players in automotive, software development, and utility providers.

Contact: Thomas Kalling

The transformation to CO2neutral cities requires a range of measures including legislation, policy, investment, and also innovation of technology, business models and also ways in which we collaborate. Here, we collaborate with utility providers, network providers and standardisation bodies.

Contact: Matts Kärreman

This includes studies of the work among architects to change their business models to cater for a more sustainable architecture, in the form of energy consumption, materials, construction logistics, standards adherence and more. This project is carried out together with some of the major architecture firms in Sweden.

Contact: Markus Wegelius

As part of a long lasting project on the consequences of standardisation, we study the role of standards in innovation – a role that is quite positive, typically for both consumers and investors.

Contact: Magnus Johansson

In this project we study the negative impact, the socalled stigma might have on innovation. Particular focus is on menstruation products (MHP), pads and tampons, a product group which has typically been neglected historically, when it comes to innovation and safety standardisation. This project involves a range of stakeholders in the MHP sector, as well as consumer bodies, government agencies, and standardisation organisations.

Contact: Louise Klintner

The Future of Supply-Chains in the Food Sector

The food industry is perhaps one of the most important when it comes to shifting towards a more sustainable society. In this project, we study the impact of sustainability, digitalisation and food technology on the global value chains and business models of food production. Our partners include global players in the food value chain.

Contact: Christian Koch

We have several projects on strategic management and corporate renewal, focusing on decisionmaking processes, as well as implementation endeavours.

Contact: Thomas Kalling

Over the years, we have had several projects aimed at estimating the future global consumption of networks, together with large Swedish telecom actors. Over time, this has gradually moved over to become a focus on the Internet of things (IoT).

Contact: Thomas Kalling

Since 2006, we have studied the transition from analogue to digital in the commercial security industry. Our partners include three large, global players in different positions of the analogue and digital value chains. We have undertaken research on interfirm alliances, organisational change, technology management, and knowledge management, and among other things, we have studied the impact of camera surveillance on society.

Contact: Markus Lahtinen

The launch of two new largescale research facilities for materials science, in Lund, brings a number of issues to the forefront, including several aspects of the sciencesociety relationship and the development of efficient innovation systems. Studies of these processes are interdisciplinary, but have a centre of gravity in Business, Economics and Law.

Contact: Olof Hallonsten

The research focus is at the intersection of university-industry interaction and the strategic use of intellectual property rights. We have a special interest in how policies, programmes, and relationships between academia and industry can be designed to accelerate the productive role of universities in the entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Contact: Devrim Göktepe-Hultén

Corporate Governance: Big Change in the Board Room?

The Board of Directors are ultimately responsible for the governance of the corporation. This project investigates how the board, at Sweden’s largest corporations, works has evolved and changed, over the past 25 years. What major trends and developments can be observed and what does that mean for future corporate governance?

Contact: Martin Blom

Sustainability-Driven Innovation in Urban Development Projects and Municipal Service Provision

The focus is on innovation and cross-sector collaboration in local public-private networks. This also includes projects studying the degree of digitalisation in municipalities and the use of digital solutions in services and organisational processes. Other noteworthy projects involve the study of innovation in public transport solutions.

Contact: Anna Thomasson


Thomas Kalling
Phone: +46 46 222 46 38
Room: Alfa2:4035

Thomas Kalling
Last published: 2019-02-11