Uppsala Lectures in Business

Uppsala Lectures in Business is a series of lectures that has been arranged annually by the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University since 1984. At these lectures the invited speakers give three lectures on a topic of their choice.

The first speaker was Professor Edith Penrose, at the time professor at INSEAD in France, well-known for her classical book The Theory of the Growth of the Firm. She has been followed by a row of distinguished scholars and a number of the lectures have been published in the series Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Studia Oeconomiae Negotiorum.


The speaker of 2019 is Saras D. Sarasvathy, Paul Hammaker Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIM, Bangalore.


Wednesday 13 November kl. 13.00–15.00, Lecture Hall 1, Ekonomikum
Lecture 1: Twenty Year Journey of Effectuation Research: Toward Building The Entreprenurial Method

Thursday 14 November kl. 15.00–17.00, Lecture Hall 2, Ekonomikum
Lecture 2: Effectuation: Lessons from Expert Entrepreneurs

Friday 15 November kl. 9–12, K312, WORKSHOP: Data Driven Theory Building: Current and Future Research Projects (FULLY BOOKED!)


Saras D. Sarasvathy is Paul Hammaker Professor at University of Virginia’s Darden School and also holds the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIM, Bangalore. A leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship, Sarasvathy serves as advisor to entrepreneurship education and doctoral programs in Europe, Africa and Asia. Her book Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise was nominated for the 2009 Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management. And her Gold-medal winning co-authored textbook Effectual Entrepreneurship is used by over 4000 educators around the world.

Previous Lectures

  • 2018 Haridimos Tsoukas, University of Cyprus, Cyprus; and Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK.
  • 2017 Nicole Coviello, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
  • 2016 Andrew Van de Ven, Carlson School, University of Minnesota, USA
  • 2015 Robert S. Kaplan, Harvard Business School, USA
  • 2014 John Roberts, University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  • 2013 Gerald Davis, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA
  • 2012 Shaker A. Zahra, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA
  • 2011 Christine Musselin, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CSO) Paris, France
  • 2010 John R. Kimberly, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2009 William H. Starbuck, The Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, USA
  • 2008 Sidney Winter, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2007 Marie-Laure Djelic, ESSEC Business School, Paris, France
  • 2006 Peter Miller, The London School of Economics, UK
  • 2005 Eleanor Westney, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2004 Arie Y. Lewin, Duke University, USA
  • 2003 Christian Grönroos, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002 H.Thomas Johnson, Portland State University, USA
  • 2001 Gianni Lorenzoni, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2000 Stephen R. Barley, Stanford University, USA
  • 1999 Eric von Hippel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 1998 Robert Scapens, University of Manchester, UK
  • 1997 Walter W. Powell, University of Arizona, USA
  • 1996 Neil Fligstein, University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • 1995 Peter Smith Ring, Loyola College, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1994 Erhard Friedberg, Centre de sociologie des organisations, Paris, France
  • 1993 Michael Bromwich, London School of Economics, UK
  • 1992 Horst Albach, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany
  • 1991 Harold Demsetz, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
  • 1990 Robert Cooper, University of Lancaster, UK
  • 1989 Henry Mintzberg, McGill University, Canada; and Rosemary Stewart, Oxford University, UK
  • 1988 James G. March, Stanford University, USA
  • 1987 Ikujiro Nonaka, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • 1986 Peter Buckley, University of Bradford, UK
  • 1985 Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina, USA
  • 1984 Edith Penrose, INSEAD, France