Named in 2015 as one of the world's most influential management gurus, Kjell A. Nordström is a Swedish economist, writer and highly sought-after public speaker. He is currently Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he earned a doctoral degree in International Business.
His research and consulting focus is on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalisation. Kjell A. Nordström has 25 years’ experience working with multinational companies and has served as an adviser and consultant to several large multinationals around the world. His research and consulting focus on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalisation.
In 2009, Thinkers 50, the global ranking of management gurus, listed Kjell and his partner Jonas Ridderstrale as one of the world's most influential thinkers.
Kjell A. Nordström has published six books and numerous articles on the internationalisation process of firms. His book Funky Business (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) sold more than 300,000 copies, has been translated into over 33 languages and was featured on CNN and CNBC, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers.
In 2003, the follow-up Karaoke Capitalism - Management for Mankind, also written together with Jonas Ridderstråle, was published and became another international success.
His 2021 book Corona Express, (co-authored with Per Schlingmann), describes how the pandemic became a time machine. We have been thrust into a radically digitalised future. But in other areas, such as poverty and international trade, we have stepped back in time. Our social habits have been transformed and even our language has changed.
In the international bestseller Urban Express, authors Kjell A. Nordström and Per Schlingmann identified expanding cities and women as the key agents of change in our time. But the pandemic has triggered an array of forces which will change the rules of the game for individuals, companies and society as a whole. Which of these changes will last and which will fade away as the pandemic recedes? And how can we make the most of the opportunities which arise?
With his unorthodox combination of academic rigour, forceful logic and funky freethinking Kjell A. Nordström is a highly appreciated speaker and has attracted huge media coverage throughout the world.
He has appeared on CNN's Global Office in an extended interview exploring the ideas behind his books and his work featured in Fortune Fast Company, Time Magazine and the Financial Times.