Sune Carlson

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Sune Carlson (1909 – 22 September 1999) was a Swedish economist.[1][2] He was considered a pioneer in establishing international business as a research area.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Carlson obtained his MA in economics at the Stockholm School of Economics in 1932 and his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1936.

In 1951, he published "Executive Behavior", a classic study of CEO behavior.[3] In 1958, Carlson founded the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University.[2] From 1972-1979, he was a member of the committee that selects the laureates for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, the Economics Prize Committee, and served as an associate member from 1980.[4]

He was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences from 1965 and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1972.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Carlson, Sune. Study on the pure theory of production. (1939).
  • Carlson, Sune. Executive behaviour: A study of the work load and the working methods of managing directors. Arno Press, 1951.
  • Carlson, Sune. Executive behaviour. (1991).

Articles, a selection

  • Carlson, Sune. "International transmission of information and the business firm." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 412.1 (1974): 55-63.


  1. ^ Tengblad, Stefan (2000). "Executive Behaviour revisited-Perspectives on a classic work within management research" (PDF). Göteborg University. Retrieved 2008-01-09.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Sune Carlson död" (PDF). Alumni-Merkuren (in Swedish). Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University: 3. Spring 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-09. Institutionens grundare (1958) professor Sune Carlson avled den 22 september 1999 i en ålder av 90 år. Hans minne hedrades bland annat genom minnesrunor i de stora dagstidningarna. Som institutionens professorer Lars Engwall och Jan Johanson skrev blev han ”banbrytande genom att etablera internationellt företagande som ett forskningsområde”. Han har mycket påtagligt satt sin prägel på institutionen.
  3. ^ Tengblad, Stefan (March 2003). "Classic, but not seminal: revisiting the pioneering study of managerial work". Scandinavian Journal of Management. 19 (1): 85–101. doi:10.1016/S0956-5221(01)00036-7. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  4. ^ Lindbeck, Assar (March 1985). "The Prize in Economic Science in Memory of Alfred Nobel". Journal of Economic Literature. 23 (1): 37–56. JSTOR 2725543.

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