Professor Thomas Andersson

Thomas Andersson was previously Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Three divisions of that Directorate fell under his responsibility * the Industry Division, the Division for Economic and Statistical Analysis and the Division for Transport. He also coordinated the technology part of the OECD Jobs Study, the OECD Growth Study and a programme with the World Bank on building knowledge-based economies. Prior to the OECD, Thomas Andersson was Assistant Under-Secretary and Head of the Structural Policy Secretariat in the Swedish Ministry of Industry and Commerce. During these years, he represented Sweden in the European Commission's Meetings for Director Generals for Industry Committee. Previously he headed the international research programme of the Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research in Stockholm (IUI). Among recent assignments, Thomas Andersson was main rapporteur of the OECD conference on SME and Entrepreneurship Financing, in Brasilia in March 2006, and appointed member of the ad hoc High Level Expert Group of the European Commission on the Prioritisation Procedure for New Research Infrastructure in the 7th Framework Programme. He has been Senior Advisor to the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) and main secretary of the Ministers* of Finance project on the Nordic countries and the New Economy, under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has served on the International Advisory Board of Umeå School of Business and Economics and on the International Advisory Board of World Knowledge Forum, Korea. Thomas Andersson is also President of the board for the International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED) and Chairman of the International Steering Group of the Global Trust Center (GTC). He serves on the board of Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum as well as of the International Advisory Committee of the Competitiveness Institute. He was convenor of the working group on "Empowering Local Communities in use of ICT" for the ASEM ministerial conference on "Applications of ICT, Human Resource Development and Capacity Building" in Hanoi, November 2006. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Thomas Andersson has been Associate Professor since 1993, appointed at the Stockholm School of Economics. He has published widely on international economics and industrial organisation and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University, Bank of Japan, Hitotsubashi University, and University of Sao Paulo.

MODULE - Policy for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment in the Era of Globalisation


The course is designed to provide an understanding of the linkage between, on the one hand, globalization and technical progress and, on the other hand, the needs of decision makers in ministries, public authorities, private associations and firms, to contribute constructively to the creation of a local environment that is favorable to knowledge creation and use. Students are acquainted with analysis which factor and incentives impact crucially on the performances of different key actors, how these relate to each other, and which recommendations for improvement are sensible under various conditions. The course is designed set to provide a set of concrete tools which can be put to use in specific future situations and positions. In this respect, the course is designed to equip students with appropriate skills and ways of reasoning, so as to think and act in a competent, professional and entrepreneurial way as future decision makers. One important aspect of the endeavor – yet often neglected by economy, entrepreneurship and policy programs - lies in creating, recognizing and exploiting opportunities in dynamic interplay among stakeholders.

Short description

The course combines reading, lectures, exercise of interaction, and individual and team field work, to integrate theoretical insights with data gathering and real world observations, and to provide lessons and experiences which will stimulate further learning as well as lay a basis for practical work.The course will elaborate on conditions impacting on changes and development of business, innovation, production, technology, organization and societal assets from a ”Global production and development perspective”. Globalization, innovation and entrepreneurship represent complex and interwoven sets of processes which operate unevenly in space and time. Both old and new economic and societal activities are involved, resulting in a re-sorting global jigsaw puzzle of ongoing, rising, and declining technologies and activities. Throughout the program, student participation and initiatives are important elements in order to enhance learning. Additionally, since learning at this academic level occurs in the intersections between different types of knowledge and people, student-teacher as well as student-student interaction are emphasized in the teaching format. The course provides insights into the following: The driving forces of globalization, how it relates to actors and incentive structures affecting individual relevant players. Insights into the determinants of performances by important players such as TNCs, SMEs, public organizations, regional and national economies. Interplay between ICT, new technology, R&D, innovation, investment in human capital, organizational change, venture capital and entrepreneurship. How conditions in a particular location influence behavior and outcomes, distinction between financial and socio-economic outcomes of various sorts, vested interests vs. opportunities for newcomers, the importance of knowledge and information and how it is diffused. Relevant policy concepts, innovation system, clusters, industrial districts, triple helix, rationale for policy interference including systemic failure. Policy and action instruments that can be put to use by various actors, notably structural and micro-measures, generalist versus specific approaches, horizontal coordination across relevant policy domains (industry, science, education, social, fiscal, environment…) combined with bottom-up engaged stakeholder participation. The importance of institutional conditions, what makes certain strategies and instruments more effective than others in a particular environment. Geographical and institutional applications.

Core Topics

The driving forces of globalization, its various components and actors engaged. The linkage between globalization and domestic structures, conditions and economic activities, determinants of financial and socio-economic performances. Innovation, entrepreneurship, investment, and how they relate in the globalizing economy. The evolving policy agenda: rationale, instruments, implementation. Closer examination of the agents and how they relate, stakeholder engagement – towards a comprehensive approach. Contact with policy experience and how it interacts with policy and business life, offering opportunity to integrate theory and practice.