My research seeks to create an understanding of the fundamental assumptions underlying the way to theorize about a specific field of business economics. In my dissertation, I explore the fundamental assumptions and philosophical foundations for how leaders and managers are constructed in two central theories in the research field of corporate governance: stewardship theory and agency theory. Given this approach, two seemingly opposing ideals emerge, appearing to be absolute dichotomies, that in turn, have shaped the scholarly discussion in corporate governance. This positions the researcher to choose either one theory and its ideals or the other, but never both at the same time.
With the awareness that leaders and managers are anything but consistent to one ideal or the other, I instead attempt to point out one possibility to theorize beyond the scholarly discussion's either/or form and instead illustrate that both/and is possible. To do this, I argue that theorizing about leaders and managers can also rest on an existentialist standpoint. In a field that has traditionally placed a great deal of emphasis on control, I seek to create an understanding that leaders and managers fundamentally strive for freedom, and that this strive is a way to develop an organization. Freedom as a business phenomenon can be understood – and explored in various ways, including managers' and leaders' everyday endeavors of creating the future as meaningful. This is done by imagining, creating, and engaging oneself and others in long-term corporate strategies, innovative projects, and plans for everything that is not yet - but still can be.
I am currently engaged in a research project funded by The Kamprad Family Foundation: Inkuis. In this project we explore the potentialities of entrepreneurship in the field of music and culture.
My research groups
Art, Culture and Entrepreneurship At a time when art and culture increasingly are subjected to market conditions, entrepreneurship has become a force to be reckoned with in society, not only as a…
Centre for Management Accounting Research (CMAR) We want to inspire, initiate and implement research related to the managerial effects on individuals and organisations. Our focus is directed towards…
My ongoing research projects
Conference paper (Refereed)
- Alpenberg, J., Johannisson, B., Strandberg, P. (2014). Social entrepreneuring - structures and processes : a practice-theory approach. Paper presented at the 28th RENT conference: Entrepreneurial endeavours: a profusion of research, policy and practitioner practices, Luxembourg, November 19-21, 2014.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Johannisson, B., Alpenberg, J., Strandberg, P. (2016). Exploring processes and structures in social entrepreneuring : a practice-theory approach. Entrepreneurship, Universities & Resources : Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing. 6-29.
Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
- Vasko, P. (2022). Moving beyond stewards versus agents : Exploring business managers as existential beings in the interior-design and furniture industry in Småland, Sweden. Doctoral Thesis. Växjö, Linnaeus University Press. 267.