Bengt-Åke Lundvall

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Bengt-Åke Lundvall (born in 1941) is a Danish organizational theorist and Emeritus Professor at the Department of Business Studies at Aalborg University, and Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.


Lundvall admits that his high school experience during the 1960s was almost a failure.[citation needed] He was a college student of Law in 1964. Eventually he obtained his MA in economics at the University of Gothenburg in 1967.[1]

Lundvall started his academic career at the University of Gothenburg as Assistant professor in 1969. In 1973 he moved to the Aalborg University, where he was appointed associate professor. From 1992 to 1995 he was Deputy Director at DSTI/OECD. From 1995 to 2009 he was Professor at the Department of Business Studies at Aalborg University,[1] and founded the IKE Group. Since 2009 he is Emeritus professor. Since 2007 he is also Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.

Lundvall wrote a textbook on Marx in 1970. Something highly important was his involvement in the organization of Aalborg University during 1973-1977. A turning point in his career was his visit at the SPRU (UK) and Stanford (US) in the early 1980s. He was also a visiting professor at the Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2004-06.


Lundvall's research is organized around a broad set of issues related to the innovation system (in fact this concept was created by him in 1985[2]) and the learning economy. During 1992-95 he was Deputy Director at DSTI, OECD. He was involved in the preparation and follow up of the Lisbon Strategy 2000 and onwards. Lundvall has co-ordinated the IKE-group in Aalborg since 1977 and the Danish network DRUID 1996-2001. Since 2002 he coordinates the worldwide research network Globelics.

In close collaboration with Christopher Freeman, Bengt-Åke Lundvall developed the idea of innovation as an interactive process, in the first half of the eighties and the concept of National System of Innovation in the second half (Lundvall, 1985[3] and Lundvall, 1988). In the beginning of the nineties he developed the idea of "the learning economy" in collaboration with Björn Johnson (Lundvall and Johnson, 1994).[4]

According to the research carried by Fagerberg & Verspagen (2007) on innovation studies,[5] Lundvall is number 4 in "The most important sources of scholarly inspiration" (only after Schumpeter, Nelson, and Lundvall's mentor Freeman)

Selected publications[edit]

  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke. Product innovation and user-producer interaction. Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 1985.
  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke, ed. National systems of innovation: Toward a theory of innovation and interactive learning. Vol. 2. Anthem Press, 2010.

Articles, a selection[6]

  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke, and Susana Borrás. "The globalising learning economy: Implications for innovation policy." Report from DG XII, Commission of the European Union (1997): 34-39.
  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke, et al. "National systems of production, innovation and competence building," Research policy 31.2 (2002): 213-231.
  • Lundvall, Bengt‐Åke. "National innovation systems—analytical concept and development tool." Industry and innovation 14.1 (2007): 95-119.
  • Jensen, Morten Berg, et al. "Forms of knowledge and modes of innovation." Research policy 36.5 (2007): 680-693.


  1. ^ a b Bengt-Åke Lundvall AAU personal profile. Accessed 01.02.2015.
  2. ^ Innovation System Research Where it came from and where it might go. By Bengt-Åke Lundvall 2007
  3. ^ Lundvall, B.-Å. (1985). Product Innovation and User–Producer Interaction. Aalborg University Press.
  4. ^ Lundvall, B.-Å.; Björn Johnson (1994). "The learning economy". Journal of Industry Studies 1 (2): 23–42.
  5. ^ Innovation studies an emerging discipline (or what)? A study of the global network of innovation scholars. Jan Fagerberg & Bart Verspagen 2006
  6. ^ Google Scholar profile

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