Faculty Profile

Jonas Søderlund

Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Jonas Söderlund is professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the BI Norwegian Business School. He is educated at IMIE, Linköping University, and Harvard Business School. Söderlund has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management and Cranfield School of Management. He has been a Visiting Professor at l'Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and at LUISS, Rome. 

Dr Söderlund has published 10 books and more than 50 articles in journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning, Long Range Planning,  International Business Review, Advances in Strategic Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Personnel Review, R&D Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, and International Journal of Project Management.

Dr Söderlund is on the editorial board of Organization Studies and the International Journal of Project Management. He is one of the editors of Project Management Journal. In addition, Professor Söderlund is a member of the academic advisory group of the Project Management Institute - one of the world's largest professional associations with more than 500,000 members.  He is a member of the funding committee of Forte - the major Swedish research council in the area of organization and work and was for eight years one of the research leaders for KITE - one of the largest research programs in the area of management and innovation in Sweden. 

Dr Söderlund is the founder of two companies, one operating in the IT industry and one in strategy consulting. He has worked with leading international firms to develop project competence and management skills in project-based operations. 

He lives in Stockholm with his wife and children. 

Research areas
Dr Söderlund's main areas of research include: strategy, capabilities, projects, knowledge integration and new organizational forms. His research primarily centers on improving the understanding of projects as organizational forms, knowledge integration in projects, time and timing in projects, the dynamics of project-based firms, and the dynamics of mega-projects. 

Dr Söderlund's research explicitly centers on addressing three levels of analysis: the individual level (such as liminality practices, liminality competence, coping strategies, competence of individual project workers), the project level (such as the dynamics and conditions of mega-projects, institutional logics in large projects, theory of projects, projects as organizational forms, knowledge integraiton and temporality in projects), and the firm level (such as the capabilities of project-based firms, the dynamics and evolution of project-based firms, strategy in project-based firms). 

Teaching areas
Dr Söderlund is primarily teaching the Master of Management program in Project Management and Executive Short Programs in the Strategic Management of Projects. He is also course director of the doctoral course on Innovation in Projects and Networks. 

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2000 IMIE, Linköping University, Sweden Ph.D.
2000 IMIE, Linköping University, Sweden Ph.D.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2007 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Professor
2003 - 2007 Linköping University Associate Professor (Docent)
2003 - 2004 CRG, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris Visiting Professor
2000 - 2003 Linköping University Assistant Professor
2000 - 2001 Cranfield School of Management Visiting Scholar
1995 - 2000 Linköping University Doctoral candidate
1998 - 1998 Harvard Business School Visiting Doctoral Candidate
1998 - 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Scholar