Faculty Profile

Ulf Andersson

Adjunct Professor - Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


I am Professor of Business Administration at Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering and Professor II at BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Strategy and Logistics. I have my doctorate from Uppsala University where I also was a Professor of International Business until 2008.

Before joining BI I was a Professor of Strategy and International Management at Copenhagen Business School. I am Area Editor of Journal of International Business Studies and I have been appointed visiting professor at Bocconi 2011, WU Wien 2007 – 2009, Johannes Keppler University 2011.

My research focuses on subsidiary development, knowledge governance and transfer, network theory, strategy and management of the MNE. Particularly I have utilized the Subsidiary External Embeddedness concept to understand subsidiary and MNE development and performance. Papers on these subjects and areas have been published by me and co-authors in e.g. Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, International Business Review, Management International Review.


Lunnan, Randi; Tomassen, Sverre, Andersson, Ulf & Benito, Gabriel R G (2019)

Dealing with headquarters in the multinational corporation: A subsidiary perspective on organizing costs

Journal of Organization Design, 8 Doi: 10.1186/s41469-019-0052-y - Full text in research archive

Gillmore, Edward; Andersson, Ulf & Memar, Noushan (2018)

How subsidiaries influence innovation in the MNE value chain

Transnational Corporations Journal, 25(1), s. 73- 100.

Najafi Tavani, Zhaleh; Robson, Mathew, Zefahrian, Ghasem, Andersson, Ulf & Yo, C (2018)

Building Subsidiary Local Responsiveness: (When) Does the Directionality of Intrafirm Knowledge Transfers Matter?

Journal of World Business, 53(4), s. 475- 492. Doi: 10.1016/j.jwb.2018.01.004

Ryan, Paul; Gibblin, Majella, Andersson, Ulf & Clancy, Johanna (2018)

Subsidiary knowledge creation in co-evolving contexts

International Business Review, 27(5), s. 915- 932. Doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2018.02.003

O'Brien, Donal; Sharkey Scott, Pamela, Andersson, Ulf, Ambos, Tina C & Fu, Na (2018)

The microfoundations of subsidiary initiatives: How subsidiary manager activities unlock entrepreneurship

Global Strategy Journal Doi: 10.1002/gsj.1200

Andersson, Ulf; Athreye, Suma & Batsakis, Georgios (2016)

Complementarity and Substitution in the Knowledge Networks of R&D Subsidiaries

Ambos, Tina C; Ambos, Bjørn & Birkinshaw, Julian (red.). Perspectives on Headquarters – Subsidiary Relationships in the Contemporary MNC

Andersson, Ulf; Dasi, Ángels, Mudambi, Ram & Pedersen, Torben (2016)

Technology, innovation and knowledge: The importance of ideas and international connectivity

Journal of World Business, 51(1), s. 153- 162. Doi: 10.1016/j.jwb.2015.08.017

Cuervo-Cazurra, Alvaro; Andersson, Ulf, Brannen, Mary, Nielsen, Bo & Reuber, Rebecca (2016)

Can I trust your findings? Ruling out alternative explanations in international business research

Journal of International Business Studies, 47(8), s. 881- 897. Doi: 10.1057/s41267-016-0005-4

Najafi-TAvani, Z; Zaefarian, G., Henneberg, S.C., Naude, P., Giroud, A. & Andersson, Ulf (2015)

Subsidiary Knowledge Development in Knowledge Intensive Business Services: A Configuration Approach

Journal of International Marketing, 23(4), s. 22- 43. Doi: 10.1509/jim.14.0150

Andersson, Ulf; Ekman, Peter & Erixon, Cecilia (2015)

Internal MNC structures’ bearing on externally embedded subsidiaries’ organizational performance

Larimo, Jorma; Nummela, Niina & Mainela, Tuija (red.). Handbook on international alliance and network research

Andersson, Ulf; Gaur, Ajai, Mudambi, Ram & Persson, Magnus (2015)

Unpacking Inter-unit Knowledge Transfer in Multinational Enterprises

Global Strategy Journal, 5(3), s. 241- 255. Doi: 10.1002/gsj.1100

Andersson, Ulf; Buckley, Peter J. & Dellestrand, Henrik (2015)

In the right place at the right time!: The influence of knowledge governance tools on knowledge transfer and utilization in MNEs

Global Strategy Journal, 5(1), s. 27- 47. Doi: 10.1002/gsj.1088

Perri, Alessandra & Andersson, Ulf (2014)

Knowledge outflows from foreign subsidiaries and the tension between knowledge creation and knowledge protection: Evidence from the semiconductor industry

International Business Review, 23(1), s. 63- 75. Doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.08.007

Lunnan, Randi; Tomassen, Sverre, Andersson, Ulf & Benito, Gabriel R G (2018)

The down side of social integration: A discussion of precarious HQ-subsidiary relations and knowledge transfer

[Academic lecture]. Academy of International Business Annual Meeting.

Tomassen, Sverre; Lunnan, Randi, Andersson, Ulf & Benito, Gabriel R G (2017)

The Dark Side of Social Integration: Knowledge Transfer, Bargaining, and Social Integration Mechanisms

[Academic lecture]. SMS Special Conference Banff.

Lunnan, Randi; Tomassen, Sverre, Benito, Gabriel R G & Andersson, Ulf (2017)

The Darker Side of Social Integration: A Discussion of Bargaining Costs and Knowledge Transfer

[Academic lecture]. EIBA Annual Conference.

Lunnan, Randi; Tomassen, Sverre, Andersson, Ulf & Benito, Gabriel R G (2016)

A Subsidiary Perspective on Organizing Costs in Multinational Corporations: The Roles of Distance, Coordination and Relationship

[Academic lecture]. Academy of International Business Annual Conference.

Lunnan, Randi; Tomassen, Sverre, Andersson, Ulf & Benito, Gabriel R G (2016)

Governance and the Roles of Distance, Coordination, and Relationship Atmosphere in the MNC: A View from the Periphery

[Academic lecture]. European International Business Academy Annual Conference.

Andersson, Ulf; Tomassen, Sverre & Benito, Gabriel R G (2015)

Management Costs Incurred by Headquarters Choice of Foreign Operation Method

[Academic lecture]. European International Business Academy Annual Conference.

Andersson, Ulf; Benito, Gabriel R G & Lunnan, Randi (2014)

Costs and Performance Implications from HQs Intervention in Subsidiaries’ Affairs

[Academic lecture]. Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1997 Uppsala University Ph.D Dr. Oecon.
1988 Uppsala University Bachelor
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2013 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Adjunct professor
2011 - Present Johannes Kepler University Visiting Professor
2009 - Present Copenhagen Business School Professor
2008 - 2009 Copenhagen Business School Visiting Professor
2007 - 2009 Wirtschaft Universität Wien Visiting Professor
2004 - 2009 Uppsala University Professor
2001 - 2004 Uppsala University Associate Professor
2001 - 2003 Uppsala University Head of Department
2000 - 2001 Uppsala University Assistant Professor
1988 - 2000 Uppsala University Lecturer