Bengt-Åke Lundvall

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Bengt-Åke Lundvall (born 1941) is an emeritus professor in economics at the Department Business and Management at Aalborg University.


Lundvall 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. Since 1995 he is Professor at the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University,[1] where he founded the IKE Group 1977.

Lundvall was involved 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) 1984. He was invited to become special invited professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2004-06 and to become visiting professor at Sciences Po in Paris 2007-2010.


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. The Learning Economy and the Economics of Hope, Anthem Press, London, 2016.
  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke. Innovation Growth and Social Cohesion, Edward Elgar, London, 2002.
  • Archibugi, Daniele, and Lundvall, Bengt-Åke, eds, The Globalizing Learning Economy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.
  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke, ed. National systems of innovation: Toward a theory of innovation and interactive learning. Pinter Publishers, London, 1992.
  • Lundvall, Bengt-Åke. Product innovation and user-producer interaction. Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 1985.

Selected papers.[6]


  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. ^ For a full list, see Google Scholar profile

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