Johann Packendorff

Johann Packendorff
KTH Royal Institute of Technology | KTH · Department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK)

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Introduction
Professor of Industrial Economics and Management with focus on Organization Studies, Leadership and Project Management. Working to improve leadership and culture in project-based and knowledge-intensive organizations.
Additional affiliations
April 2020 - June 2022
Ersta Sköndal University College
Position
  • External member of Faculty Board
March 2016 - present
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Full)
December 2014 - December 2017
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Programme Director for the KTH PhD Program in Industrial Engineering and Management. Member of the Doctoral Education board at the KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Education
January 1992 - June 1998
Umeå University
Field of study
  • Business administration
January 1992 - June 1994
Umeå University
Field of study
  • Business administration
September 1987 - January 1992
Umeå University
Field of study
  • Business administration

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Publications (79)
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In this paper, we examine how the discourses related to project- based work and management are drawn upon in the organis- ing of contemporary work, and the implications they have for project workers. We are interested in how project workers and projectified organisations become vulnerable to decline, decay and exhaustion and why they continue to pa...
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In this article, our interest is in what subjectivities are fostered among schoolchildren through the recent introduction of entrepreneurship initiatives in primary and secondary school. The educational terrain is but one example where entrepreneurship has been discursively transformed during recent decades from the notion of starting businesses in...
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In this article, we discuss how ‘managerialist’ and ‘leaderist’ discourses (O’Reilly and Reed Public Administration 88:960–978, 2010; Organization Studies 32:1079–1101, 2011) are drawn upon in the context of the deregulation of Swedish higher education. As of 2011, there has been new legislation that frames Swedish universities as ‘autonomous’ and...
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In this article we develop a theoretical perspective of how professional identities in multi-professional organisational settings are co-constructed in daily interactions. The research reported here is located in a healthcare context where overlapping knowledge bases, unclear divisions of responsibilities, and an increased managerialist emphasis on...
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The projectified self is suggested in this article as a way to advance emancipatory project studies toward improved understandings of how individuals in contemporary neoliberal societies are urged to become self-controlling, self-improving, self-commercializing, life-compartmentalizing, and deadline driven. We propose (1) a developed theoretical fo...
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I denna artikel diskuterar vi vad en kultur av distribuerat ledar skap innebär för en organisation som ställs inför en oväntad och komplex situation. Vi baserar texten på våra er-farenheter från forskarmedverkan i ett större kommunalt skolsystem i Mellansverige, som under en längre tid arbetat med distribuerat ledarskap som utvecklingsstrategi. Spe...
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Prestationsbaserade styrsystem med mätning och uppföljning finns i alla större organisationer. Tanken med dem är i regel att man genom att sätta konkreta mål och sedan följa upp dem genom mätning kan skapa konkreta beslutsunderlag för ledningen, fokusera medarbetarnas ansträngningar på det som är viktigt, samt förse organisationens intressenter med...
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Sexual harassment in organizatons (SH) remains a widespread and serious problem. Taken together, SH has negative consequences for organizations such as absenteeism, higher levels of turnover and reduced labor productivity. SH appears to be more common in organizational contexts that are characterized by male-dominance. It is argued that it is in th...
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Detta kapitel handlar om organiseringsprocesser och förändringsledning för skolutveckling ur ett relationellt perspektiv. Centralt i en sådan strategi är organisationers förmåga att utveckla tillitsfulla relationer i hela styrkedjan. Utvecklingskraft skapas således både horisontellt och vertikalt i relationerna mellan medarbetare och ledning. Utman...
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I denna text [kap 7 i antologin Ledning och (sned-)styrning i högskolan, red. Mats Alvesson & Stefan Sveningsson] diskuterar vi tendensen mot en ökad instrumentalism i ledning och utövning av akademisk verksamhet i det svenska högskolesystemet. Med instrumentalism avses en inställning till akademiskt arbete som bygger på individualism, konkurrens,...
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A guide to effective and value-adding meetings, from a project management perspective.
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This is a short compilation of advice to students who are about to embark on larger team-based projects as part of their university coursework. About planning, but primarily about handling team dynamics in a professional manner.
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Introduction Leadership is an interpersonal, person-oriented, social influence (Endres & Weibler, 2016), which guides in direction, course, action, and opinion (Bennis & Nanus, 1985). To that end, it is different from management, which is task oriented in the sense of bringing about or accomplishing something, being responsible for, or conducting s...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of leadership culture and analyse how leadership cultures are produced in higher education reforms, in a hybridised discursive context of traditional academic values and emerging managerialism and leaderism. Design/methodology/approach – Building on a perspective on leadership as a cultu...
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In this paper, we study how aspects of leadership work increasingly become part of notions of professionalism for physicians and nurses in the ongoing changes of Swedish health care. We suggest (1) that leadership work is indeed a central and increasingly significant aspect of professionalism for both physicians and nurses, (2) that current develop...
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Drawing on the current research in general leadership, we propose that a process ontology is relevant and rewarding for project leadership studies. We argue that project leadership can be studied as the ongoing social production of direction through the construction of actors’ space of action, involving continuous construction and reconstruction of...
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In this article, we study emotional processes associated with the project management discourse. Employing a constructionist approach where emotions are experienced within an ordering discursive context, the study identifies four distinct emotional processes associated to the invocation of the project management discourse in daily work practices. Fr...
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In most developed economies there exist a clear gap between men and women in terms of prevalence of entrepreneurial activity. The gender gap can be traced back to the general perceptions of gender in society, where entrepreneurial venturing is culturally defined as a masculine activity. In this paper, we analyse how such gendered norms are brought...
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In this article, we argue that an increased focus on the processes of projectification would be beneficial to project research. By introducing a distinction between narrow and broad conceptualisations of projectification, we extend this research area from its current concern with the increased primacy of projects in contemporary organisational stru...
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Otaliga teorier har försökt beskriva det optimala ledarskapet. Men i regel lämnar de ändå en utgångspunkt orörd, nämligen föreställningen om att den goda ledaren är en enskild person med särskilda utförsgåvor. Denna heroiska grundsyn på chefskapet stämmer illa med verkligheten och leder tanken fel. Det är därför hög tid att överge hjältemyten och i...
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Den ofullständighet som präglar samordningen, relationerna och ledarskapet i många organisationers vardag är i själva verket utmärkta grogrunder för innovation. Gör upp med föreställningen om det uppburna ledarskapet och uppmuntra i stället medledarskap för alla och gemensamt ansvarstagande som vägen till en mer professionell och nyskapande organis...
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A gender gap in entrepreneurship and innovation can be discerned across Europe-often portrayed as a statistical pattern showing differences in prevalence of entrepreneurial and innovative activities between the categories of men and women.). The gender gap can be traced back to the general perceptions of gender in society, where entrepreneurial ven...
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Debattinlägg publicerat i Universitetsläraren, nr 10/11 (2011), sid 27-30.
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The aim of the research reported here is to contribute to the ongoing development of R&D project leadership studies by applying a distributed leadership perspective in the analysis of a product development project in a small biotechnology venture. A distributed leadership perspective implies that leadership is studied as a process of social interac...
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Extant leadership literatures tend to favour the positive and the normative over the negative and descriptive, and context-free individuals over situated organizational interaction. Dysfunctional leadership thus usually becomes a matter of evil individuals deviating from established norms, rather than on how leadership interaction processes unfold....
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In this article, we intend to contribute to the development of constructionist perspectives on entrepreneurship by outlining a view of entrepreneurial processes as temporally, spatially and socially distinct interactions – metaphorically, as projects. More specifically, this will be done by revisiting and developing our earlier research on the appl...
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In this paper, we suggest a perspective within leadership research that has an analytical focus on leadership as it is practiced in daily interaction, rather than on individual leaders. We draw upon recent developments in leadership research that emphasize leadership as processes, practices and interactions in formulating basic scientific assumptio...
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In all theories of management and organization, leadership has a given central place in enforcing principles, motivating employees and communicating future goals and visions to strive for. Leadership is assumed to make a special, significant and positive contribution to action processes in most organizations, and leadership studies as an academic f...
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Project work form is a conspicuous facet of modern work life that is becoming increasingly (and positively) reified through discursive processes of rationality, anti-bureaucratisation and professionalisation. While there is a growing body of empirical research subjecting the project form and individual experiences of project-based work to critical...
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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to develop a social constructionist approach to entrepreneurship and to discuss its consequences for entrepreneurship research. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a review of current methodological debates in the entrepreneurship field concerning the need and implications of explicit references to basic...
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While project management research in general has become a rapidly expanding field during past decades, scientific inquiry into project leadership has not been a major issue. The extant literature on project leadership also does not make much use of the current developments in leadership research in general – not even those appearing as suitable, su...
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While working by projects and re-constructing organisational and institutional norms on how projects should be, individuals also successively construct an image of themselves in relation to these norms. In this article, we will thus analyse how people in project-based operations simultaneously construct projects and individual identities.The analys...
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abstract In several industries, projects are now the normal form of work for individuals. The consequences of project work have not so far been subject to critical inquiry, however. This implies inquiry not only on how people handle project work at work, it also means inquiring into how they live their lives when working by projects. In this paper,...
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Entrepreneurship is usually seen as a solution to problems in community development – through new firms, new industries and community mobiliza-tion, stagnating regions and cities are expected to return to growth and pros-perity (Cornwall, 1998). While this solution is almost undisputed, the question of what entrepreneurship is and how it emerges of...
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För att en region skall kunna behålla och utveckla sin produktion i en hårdnande internationell konkurrenssituation krävs en ökad samverkan mellan olika aktörer i regionen såsom företag, myndigheter och högskolor. Målet bör vara att skapa s.k. industriella kluster, dvs. en geografisk samlokalisering av ett stort antal företag och kompetenscentra in...
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Although entrepreneurship is generally defined withreference to single individuals engaged in the creation of enterprise startups,researchers should take a project-based view of entrepreneurship.Thisapproach requires researchers to recognize that entrepreneurship may be studiedin terms of people performing entrepreneurial acts (including, but not l...
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In the many comparisons made between project work and “ordinary” work, project work is usually depicted as an opposite, an opposite positively described as challenging, knowledge-intensive and controversial. Viewed from the perspective of the project worker, projects are often stimulating, but also sources of stress, loneliness, disrupted family li...
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From the perspective of the individual, projectisation of society has implied important consequences for work and life. In increasing number of people spend their working days in different kinds of project organisations, and even more people are involved in projects as a part of their otherwise routine-based employments. Besides being organised int...
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While the development of mainstream entrepreneurship research has been quite successful in academic terms, the field has adopted some taken-for-granted assumptions and views hampering its further development, e.g. the polarisation between individual voluntarism and institutional determinism, the focus on single individuals, the focus on enterprise...
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As a form of work, the project is becoming increasingly common. One might say that work life has been“projectified”, but we still miss empirical studies on how project workers live their lives (as compared to the abundance of experiences in industrial HRM). This paper aims at analysing the project as a work form from a gender perspective, where pro...
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In this article we will argue for studying identity creation through narrations in purpose of getting better understanding for the importance of the reflexivity in identity creation processes. Individual identities can not be reduced to formal or institutionalized identities stable over time; life should rather be seen as an ongoing process of iden...
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Since the end of the 1980’s, Swedish county council managers has been preoccupied with planning and implementing organisational change in order to alleviate the financial problems and to create more efficient production systems. Many of these efforts to change have implied changing the systems for management accounting and control, changes that hav...
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During the last decade there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of “embeddedness” as an important dimension in analysing projects. While traditional project management theory presupposes that projects are clearly defined and separable from the context in which they are implemented, the notion of embeddedness implies that contextual...
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A common theme in comtemporary literature on work life in organizations is that change is inevitable ; both the content and the context of jobs are constantly moving, and individuals has to jump from task to task, from job to job, from organization to organization. Investigating this from an individual perspective, we use career theory to analyze t...
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The theoretical field of project management (PM) can be described as a set of models and techniques for the planning and control of complex undertakings. The three main shortcomings of PM research and theory are identified as: (1) PM is seen as a general theory and a theoretical field in its own right, (2) research on PM is not sufficiently empiric...
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Field research is in fact social interaction between researchers and informants. A longitudinal study of an organization is here analysed as a number of temporary social systems. The temporary system metaphor is a proposal to view obtrusion as "learning" instead of "distortion". The temporary learning systems analysed are evaluations of ten sub-uni...
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As a practical and theoretical field, Project Management is usually described as a set of models and techniques for the planning and control of complex undertakings such as construction, R&D, telecommunications etc. The abundance of mathematical tools derived from Operations Research is, despite efforts like PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowle...

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The KTH Entrepreneurship Lab is a new research laboratory of the Industrial Economics and Management Department (INDEK) at The Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). Its research does not restrict to fixed academic disciplines, but draws management, technology, science, medicine, art, music, and design. It is designed for collaboration and inspiration by promoting an interdisciplinary research culture that brings together diverse areas of interest and inquiry. Unimpeded by traditional and strict disciplines, Lab scholars strive to create technologies and experiences that enable people to create value by understanding and transforming their lives, communities, and environments. A group of faculty members and senior researchers will lead the Lab’s research and academic program, working with graduate students, research staff, visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, and staff members.
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In this 6-year program we explore homosocial cultures in male-dominated organizations in order to contribute to our understanding of the dynamics of sexual harrassment (SH) and to develop measures and methods for transforming homosocial cultures into spaces where men in different positions can act as change agents in order to promote gender equality and workplaces free from violence and discrimination. This answers to calls for deepened understanding of processes by which SH is normalized and tolerated in organizational contexts and for improved prevention measures and methods. The aim of the program is therefore two-fold: 1. The first aim is to further explore homosocial cultures in empirical studies in a number of different contexts to contribute to developing our understanding of the dynamics of SH. 2. The second aim is to develop knowledge on measures and methods that transform homosocial cultures into spaces where men in different positions can act as change agents through an action-research oriented project. Project team: Charlotte Holgersson (PI), Monica Lindgren, Johann Packendorff, Lotta Snickare, Annika Vänje, Anna Wahl. Funded by: FORTE (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare)
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This collaborative R&D program aims to strengthen the improvement capacity of the school system in Örebro municipality. The program is an organisation-wide process, focussing on the competence and ability of managers and principals to lead and involve all staff in improvement work, based in an ethos of distributed leadership. Project team: Marianne Ekman Rising, Henrik Hamilton, Johann Packendorff, Henrik W Svensson