Nils Brunsson

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Nils Gustav Magnus Brunsson
Born 1946 (age 67–68)
Residence Järfälla
Alma mater Gothenburg University
  • M.Sc. 1969
  • Ekon Dr 1976
  • Docent 1979
Employer Uppsala University
Title Professor
Spouse(s) Karin Holmblad Brunsson[citation needed]
Children four
Parents Jan & Margaretha Brunsson[citation needed]

Nils Gustav Magnus Brunsson, (born 1946) is a Swedish academic in business administration and organizational research. He is a professor. Since 2010 has held the Chair in Management at Uppsala university[1][2][3] His research includes studies of decision-making, administrative reforms, standardization and organization outside organizations. He is now working with the organization of markets.


Brunsson's educational background is in theoretical philosophy at Gothenburg University and economics and management at its School of Business, Economics and Law. He took a Bachelor's degree (Ekonomexamen) at Gothenburg School of Economics in 1969 and a Ph.D. at Gothenburg University in 1976. In 1979 he was appointed docent at Gothenburg University. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1990.He was appointed honorary member of European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) in 2009.

Brunsson started his academic career as research assistant at the Gothenburg School of Economics in 1969. He became Assistant Professor at the Gothenburg University in 1976, Assistant Professor at the Uppsala University in 1979, and Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in 1980. From 1982 he chaired the Department of Public management, Stockholm School of Economics, where from 1986 to 2010 he held the City of Stockholm Chair in Public Management. He was a co-founder of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (Scancor) and a board member from 1988 t0 1997.In 1992 he participated in founding the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (Score) where he was chairman from the start to 2008.[4] Since 1997 he has been Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). In 2007 Brunsson held the Niklas Luhmann Gastprofessur at Bielefeld University. He was the chairman of the Swedish Academy of Management 2010- 2011.


Brunsson has published more than 20 books and numerous articles on organizations. A selection of books:


  1. ^ "EGOS - European Group for Organizational Studies - Keynote Speakers". Gothenburg: European Group For Organizational Studies. July 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  2. ^ Brunsson, Nils (2010-09-01). "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  3. ^ Brunsson, Nils (2012-09-01). "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  4. ^ Linders, Ann (September 20, 2012). "Nils Brunsson - Stockholm centre for organizational research". Retrieved 2013-11-29.