The management of knowledge intensive, multinational department

Professor Per-Olof Brehmer is Head of the Department of Management and Engineering. With 450 employees and a budget of 50 million euro, it is the largest department of Linköping University (LiU). Furthermore Per-Olof is involved in several of LiU development projects in the areas of finance, HR, research funding and commercialisation of research findings.

As Head of Department a main focus is to work with renewal of the department and provide support to our employees and students. This involves guidance and professional development of the employees, recruitments, and support of the work with research and innovation. Much of this work is carried out jointly across the university and together with the vice Chancellor office.

Integrated approach to management
It is important for our department to focus equally on education and research. A strong pedagogical focus support the research in the need of being clear and precise in writing of articles and cooperation with industry and society. The focus on research means that the employees are able to integrate the latest developments in their courses. Cooperation with society and industry is important in most of our research projects but also in a wide range of courses. This is knowledge that I bring into the meetings of LiU Holding board. 

For me is it important that the department perspectives is integrated into as many development projects as possible at the university. The support systems such as finance, accounting, HR is essential for the education and research to run smoothly. I have an active role as project board member in many of the present development projects. This gives me an opportunity to serve but also influence the outcome.

Research and education

My research focuses on the management of knowledge intensive multinational companies. One strand of this work has examined the ways in which knowledge intensive multinationals identify innovative practices in their international operations and subsequently diffuse these across the firm. Other strands have investigated the influence of purchasing strategies in the automotive industry, aircraft industry as well as the telecommunication industry and the management of innovations, supply chains, resources and related strategies during periods of changing landscape. 

In the education area, I am responsible for a course in knowledge management and scientific methods and was previously responsible for a course in strategic management of technology and markets. I am on regular basis participating in different PhD-courses. 

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Progression of the Roles and Functions

2007 - Head of the Department of Management and Engineering

2006 - 2007 Head of the former Department of Management and Economics

2001 - 2006 Director of the PhD education in Management and Industrial Engineering

2004 - 2008 Research Director of the IMIE research programme

Academic merits

2013 - Professor
2011 - Associate Professor
2008 - Reader
1999 - PhD
1994 - Master of Science

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