Sofia Börjesson

Professor at Department of Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Sofia Börjesson is Full Professor in Technology Management with focus on ‘innovation management’ and is Head of Division for Div of Innovation and R&D Management.Her academic research field evolves around questions of how organizations change and develop with focus on the management of innovation work, specifically on innovation capabilities in large mature firms. The research is mostly conducted as collaborative research. She has lately been working mainly with the automotive and forest-based industries, previously in the telecom, pharmaceutical and digital media business. Current research projects deal with capabilities for innovation in large firms – what are they and how may they be developed? Sofia Börjesson has extensive experience from research supervision and research leadership in projects with academic and industrial researchers being both senior researchers and PhD candidates. Currently she has a collaboartion with the Berlin-based firm etventure, focusing on business development and transformation in digital businesses. She teaches in the Department’s PhD School and in several courses in the MEI programme. She is IMIT fellow (Institute for Management and Innovation of Technology) and member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Source: chalmers.se

Projects

2012–2013

The role of innovation functions for innovative product development in large firms.

Sofia Börjesson Department of Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management
Maria Elmquist Department of Technology Management and Economics
Anne Elerud-Tryde Department of Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management
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Publications

2014

The challenges of innovation capability building: Learning from longitudinal studies of innovation efforts at Renault and Volvo Cars

Sofia Börjesson, Maria Elmquist, Sophie Hooge et al
Journal of engineering and technology management. Vol. 31, p. 120-140
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Assessing firm capabilities for innovation.

Joakim Björkdahl, Sofia Börjesson,
International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies. Vol. 1 (1/2), p. 171-184
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Investigating intentional distortions in software cost estimation - An exploratory study

Ana Magazinius, Sofia Börjesson, Robert Feldt et al
Journal of Systems and Software. Vol. 85 (8), p. 1770-1781
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Att utveckla innovationsförmåga i stora industriella företag – erfarenheter från Volvo Personvagnar

Sofia Börjesson, Maria Elmquist,
In Richtnér, A. and Frishammar J. (Eds.), Innovationsledning och kreativitet i svenska företag, Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology, p. 19-29
Chapter in monograph, book
2012

Innovation capabilities in very small firms - A study of 131 high-tech firms and their relation to performance

Sofia Börjesson, Hans Löfsten,
International journal of Business Innovation and Research. Vol. 6 (2), p. 149-176
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Aiming at innovation: a case study of innovation capabilities in the Swedish defence industry

Sofia Börjesson, Maria Elmquist,
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research. Vol. 6 (2), p. 188-201
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Collaborative research for sustainable learning: The case of developing innovation capabilities at Volvo Cars

Sofia Börjesson,
Action Learning: Research and Practice. Vol. 8 (3), p. 187-209
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Developing Innovation Capabilities: A Longitudinal Study of a Project at Volvo Cars

Sofia Börjesson, Maria Elmquist,
Creativity and Innovation Management. Vol. 20 (3), p. 171-184
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

CBIs studie om innovationsledning

Henrik Berglund, Joakim Björkdahl, Sofia Börjesson et al
Report
2011

Challenges for increasing component commonality in platforms

Jan Wickenberg, Robert Stamlin, Magnus Persson et al
Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Management of Technology, EuroMOT2011, September 18-20, 2011, Tampere, Finland, p. 463-472
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2011

Project management in the culture industry: Balancing structure and creativity

Alexander Styhre, Sofia Börjesson,
International Journal of Project Organisation and Management. Vol. 3 (1), p. 22-35
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Organizational climate and capabilities for innovation: a study of nine forest-based Nordic manufacturing firms

Joakim Björkdahl, Sofia Börjesson,
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH . Vol. 26 (5), p. 488-500
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Project Management in the Culture Industry

Sofia Börjesson, Alexander Styhre,
International Journal of Project Organization and Management. Vol. 3 (1), p. 22-35
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2009

Managing the Efficiency-Flexibility Tension in Innovation: Strategic and Organizational Aspects

Mats Magnusson, P. Boccardelli, Sofia Börjesson et al
Creativity and Innovation Management. Vol. 18 (1), p. 2-7
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2008

Aiming at innovation in the Swedish defense industry – the difficulties of responding to disruptive market change in a technology driven context

Sofia Börjesson, Maria Elmquist,
Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference, Köpenhamn, Denmark, April 28-30, 2008.
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2007

Working with concepts in the fuzzy front end: exploring the context for innovation for different types of concepts at Volvo Cars,

Maria Elmquist, Sofia Börjesson, Sten Setterberg et al
R&D Management . Vol. 37 (1), p. 17-28
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2007

Overcoming innovation obstacles in large firms: A case study of a path-reaking initiative in an automotive firm’

Sofia Börjesson,
CINet Conference, Gothenburg 7-11 September, 2007
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2006

Innovative scanning experiences from an idea generation project at Volvo Cars

Sofia Börjesson, Fredrik Dahlsten, Mats Williander et al
Technovation. Vol. 26 (7), p. 775-783
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2006

Innovation and creativity in bureaucratic organizations: Evidence from the pharmaceutical and the automotive industry

Alexander Styhre, Sofia Börjesson,
presented at the OLKC Conference, Warwick Univeristy, UK, March 20-22, 2006.
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2006

Managed by the Other: Cultural anxieties in two Anglo-Americanized Swedish firms

Alexander Styhre, Sofia Börjesson, Jan Wickenberg et al
International Journal of Human Resource Management. Vol. 17 (7), p. 1293-1306
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2006

Vehicles for attention creation - The case of a concept car at Volvo Cars

Sofia Börjesson, Maria Backman,
European Journal of Innovation Management, p. 149-160
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

A gendered carnival? Project work at Volvo cars

Alexander Styhre, Maria Backman, Sofia Börjesson et al
Women in Management Review. Vol. 20 (2), p. 96-106
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

The gendered machine: Concept car development at Volvo Car Corporation

Alexander Styhre, Maria Backman, Sofia Börjesson et al
Gender, Work and Organization. Vol. 12 (6), p. 551-571
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

Working with concepts in the fuzzy front end: exploring the context for innovation for different types of concepts at Volvo Cars

Maria Backman, Sofia Börjesson, Sten Setterberg et al
R&D Management
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2004

Pleasing everyone?

Per Svensson, Sofia Börjesson, Susanne Ollila et al
Critical Perspectives on Projects
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2003

Jam Sessions for collaborative management research

Sofia Börjesson, Tobias Fredberg,
Collaborative research in organisations, foundations for learning, change and theoretical development, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Chapter in monograph, book
1990

Prerequisites for alternative working hours in an FMS

Sofia Börjesson,
Licentiate thesis