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Erik Sandberg


Logistics has in recent years become a competitive weapon for many companies. My research is focused on how to better understand the strategic role of logistics.


I am professor in logistics. My research concerns mainly the supply chain management, strategy and organisation of logistics operations.

Logistics from a strategic perspective

My research concerns the strategic role of logistics in the strategy of the firm. Logistics can contribute to cost reductions and improved delivery service, but also to improved profitability and growth for the company as a whole. In that case logistics becomes part of top management’s daily agenda.


I teach and supervise master’s students and doctoral students in a wide range of logistics courses provided at the university. To teach future generations of logisticians is indeed a great source of inspiration!

Brief facts


  • M.Sc. Industrial Economics, Linköping, 2003
  • Licentiate, Linköping, 2005
  • PhD., 2007
  • Docent 2012
  • Professor 2022

Academic assignments

  • Affiliated Associate Professor Textile Management, Swedish School of Textile, University College of Borås, 2016-
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 2015 -

  • Member of the Editorial Reviewer Board, Journal of Inter-Organizational Relationships, 2022-

  • Member of the PhD Education advisory board, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, 2018-

  • Leader of the career programme for assistant professors at Department of Management and Engineering

Academic awards

  • 2019 by Swedish magazine Fokus ranked No 78 most cited Swedish researchers in category ”social sciences”

  • Post Doctoral scholarship Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council,2011-2013

  • Best paper award Bildsten, L., A. Björnfot, and E. Sandberg "Value-driven v Market-driven Purchase of Kitchen Cabinets", 18th annual IGLC conference, Haifa, 14-16 July, 2010

  • Citation of Excellence, Emerald,  Kindström, Kowalkowski och Sandberg (2013), Enabling service innovation: A dynamic capabilities approach”, Journal of Business Research

Collaboration with society

  • Retail Awards, member jury committee, 2018-

  • Moderator “Challenge Groups”, KTH Executive School, 2015-2018

  • Action research project with H&M, 2019-

  • External consultant and teacher, 2006-



Supervision of PhD students

Co-workers at the division Logistics and Quality Management