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Per Frankelius

Associate Professor, Docent

Society faces major challenges. Several of these have their solution in agriculture. My research goal is to understand and stimulate innovative processes primarily in agriculture. One key, definitely, is marketing.


My research triangle: innovation, marketing and external analysis

The recurrent theme in my research is innovative processes. Sometimes they lead to innovations. I define the term innovation simply as ”original concepts that gain a foothold into society”. Therefore, I would argue, marketing and external factor analysis are natural parts of innovation.

In my doctoral dissertation, an attempt was made to develop a theory of external world factors, and their interaction with innovation processes, based on a study of the emergence of the DNA technology.

Since then I have studied i.e. inventions and business development in ”greentech” companies. One goal has been to develop visual models of companies’ development over time. I have wanted to understand the interaction between innovative processes and outside world factors. I am particularly interested in "X Factors", that is to say external factors that are not central to the mainstream economic models.

Early it emerged a vision of developing a "nature-economic theory". As a consequence, in 1996, I realized that Carl Linnaeus's most famous book was not translated from Latin. My studies, partly down in the basement of Linnean Society in London, resulted in a translation of ”Systema Naturae” (in collaboration with Bertil Aldén). The analysis showed that Linnaeus was an innovation economist as much as the "king of flowers".

My current research is focused on a try to understand and stimulate innovations in agriculture.



Lisa Blix Germundsson, Per Frankelius, Charlotte Norrman (2021) The role of innovation intermediary organisations in forming value creating meetings: the agri-food firm perspective International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Vol. 24, p. 993-1004 Continue to DOI


Per Frankelius (2020) A proposal to rethink agriculture in the climate calculations Agronomy Journal, Vol. 112, p. 3216-3221 Continue to DOI
Hugo Guyader, Mikael Ottosson, Per Frankelius, Lars Witell (2020) Identifying the resource integration processes of green service Journal of Service Management, Vol. 31, p. 839-859 Continue to DOI


Per Frankelius (2019) Innovationer i den gröna näringen: en möjlighet för landsbygden Entreprenörskap för en levande landsbygd, p. 65-180
Per Frankelius (2019) Back to the root causes of war: food shortages The Lancet, Vol. 393, p. 981-982 Continue to DOI

The Innovation environment Agtech Sweden

Per Frankelius och Karolina Muhrman in a field.

New knowledge hub for the digitalisation of agriculture at LiU

The Swedish Board of Agriculture has appointed Linköping University to host a new national knowledge hub for digitalisation in agriculture. The project spans over 3 years and has a budget of SEK 20 million.

Tractor with seed drill.

New technology to secure future harvests

Wars, natural disasters and climate change bring huge challenges for the agriculture industry, which must at the same time provide food for a growing population. Future high-technology solutions  can increase food production in a sustainable manner.

Karola Reuterström (Stora Lövhulta gård), Per Frankelius (Linköpings universitet) and Mattias Larsson (Abbotnäs säteri).

Climate-smart farming robot solves problems

An invention by researcher Per Frankelius and farmers in the region of Sörmland could be an important step in the electrification of agriculture. It also solves other problems such as hard-packed soil, emissions and poorer harvests.