Annika Engström

Assistant Professor Work Organisation
Doctor of Philosophy

Research6, she is working as a lecturer at JTH, where she teaches courses in communication, leadership and organizational development. Annika has also over the years at JTH held various positions as coordinator and program manager. Today she is part of the management team of the department. By June 2014, Annika ended up her research education at Helix and the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning at Linköping University, in Education with the thesis "Learning Interaction for effectiveness - A study of work groups in a medium-sized industry”.


Annika Engström's research interests include interaction in importance for task management and learning in groups and organizations. Her interests focus on leading and organizing the interpersonal communication and meetings to master as well as develop various tasks and assignments. Previous research, "InPot", has focused on leaders' utilization of innovation power in the day-to-day management of lean-inspired industrial companies. Today, Annika is managing the research project "Innovate", where she, together with four other researchers and six manufacturing companies, investigates organizational ambidexterity. This means managing the balance between effective management of what is already planned, while at the same time also managing the organization to be innovative and development-oriented. She also participates in a research project "The Whispering Game" which focus communication and management of information customization settings. The research is carried out in close collaboration with companies and organisations in both the private and public sector, where the exchange of knowledge between researchers and practitioners is central.


Annika was born in 1964 in Kiruna. She graduated as a counsellor in 1989 and came to Jönköping in 1990 where she took her Master's degree in Education. Annika has, alongside counselling, devoted herself to teaching and coaching in communication skills, counselling and coaching at the University of Umeå and at Jönköping University as well as a consultant in her own company. Since 200


Sollander, K., Engström, A. (2021). Unplanned managerial work: an ambidextrous learning potential Studies in Continuing Education.
Engström, A., Käkelä, N. (2019). Early steps in learning about organizational learning in customization settings: A communication perspective Learning Organization, 26(1), 27-43.
Bjursell, C., Engström, A. (2019). A Lewinian approach to managing barriers to university–industry collaboration Higher Education Policy, 32(1), 129-148.
Engström, A. (2016). Arbetsmöten: Arenor för samspel och lärande Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige, 21(3-4), 283-305.


Engström, A., Lundin, M. (2018). Personalvetenskapliga perspektiv på kommunikation. Stockholm: Liber

Book chapter

Bjursell, C., Engström, A. (2020). Horizontal structures – A fundamental but forgotten perspective for superintendents in school governance?. In: L. Moos, E. Nihlfors, & J. M. Paulsen (Ed.), Re-centering the critical potential of Nordic school leadership research: Fundamental, but often forgotten perspectives (pp. 107 -125). Cham: Springer
Engström, A. (2019). Effective interaction in organisations. In: H. Ahl, I. Bergmo Prvulovic & K. Kilhammar (Ed.), Human resource management: A Nordic perspective (pp. 30 -41). London, UK: Routledge
Engström, A. (2017). Effektivt samspel i organisationer. In: Helene Ahl, Ingela Bergmo Prvulovic & Karin Kilhammar (Ed.), HR: Att ta tillvara mänskliga resurser (pp. 45 -58). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB

Conference paper

Bäckstrand, J., Engström, A. (2019). Engagement and co-creation of knowledge – the important role of workshops for data collection and analysis. 6th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-19 March, 2019.
Bjursell, C., Engström, A. (2019). Horizontal structures – A fundamental and forgotten perspective in school governance?. International Symposium at the Danish School of Education (DPU) in Copenhagen 10-11 October 2019: Fundamental but often forgotten perspectives on/in school and leadership..
Engström, A., Barry, D., Sollander, K., Edh Mirzaei, N., Johansson, A. (2019). Embracing the unplanned: Organizational ambidexterity within manufacturing SMEs. 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) 2019, August 9-13, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Engström, A., Käkelä, N. (2018). Learning to make a difference in customization settings. Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities OLKC 2018, 26th - 28th April, 2018, Liverpool, UK.
Sollander, K., Engström, A., Wikner, J. (2018). A framework for task-based ambidexterity in manufacturing SMEs. Cham: Springer, IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2018, Seoul, Korea, August 26-30, 2018.
Engström, A., Wikner, J. (2017). Identifying scenarios for ambidextrous learning in a decoupling thinking context. IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2017, Hamburg, September 3-7, 2017..
Engström, A., Johansson, A. (2017). Working meetings and inspiration for learning. 11th Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities conference (OLKC), Valladolid, April 26 - 28, 2017..
Engström, A. (2017). Effectiveness in meetings. Groups dealing with ambidexterity dilemma. Paper presented at the INGroup, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Twelfth Annual Conference in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Bäckstrand, J., Engström, A. (2017). Overcoming Contradictions through Cross-functional Integration in an ETO-context. 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, August 4-8, 2017..
Elvnäs, S., Engström, A., Carter, N. (2017). Leading production and innovation. Turku: University of Turku, WORK2017, Work and Labour in the Digital Future, 16-18 August 2017 Turku, Finland.
Käkelä, N., Bäckstrand, J., Engström, A. (2017). Viskleken. 17th Research and Application Conference on Logistics and Operations Management [PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens], Chalmers, Göteborg, 25-26 October 2017.
Bjursell, C., Engström, A. (2016). Barriers to managing knowledge and learning in university: Industry cooperation. 16th European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference, Paris, 1-4 June, 2016.
Johansson, A., Engström, A., McKelvie, A. (2016). An In-depth Investigation of Employee-driven Innovation. 36th Babson College Entrepreneurship Conference.
Johansson, A., Engström, A. (2016). Effectual learning in SME’s – activities promoting transformation in place of frustration. Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference (ACERE) 2016, 2–5 February 2016, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Bäckstrand, J., Engström, A. (2016). The lead time tree as a boundary object for developmental learning and improved conditions for purchasers. 5th World Conference on Production and Operation Management, P&OM, Havana, September 6-10, 2016..
Engström, A. (2011). Teams effectiveness in small medium sized manufacturing company. OLKC 2011 Doctoral Consortium.

Doctoral thesis

Engström, A. (2014). Lärande samspel för effektivitet: En studie av arbetsgrupper i ett mindre industriföretag (Doctoral thesis, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press).

Other publications

Bjursell, C., Engström, A. (2020). Reflektioner om distansmöten [Text och video].
Mgruppen Svenska Managementgruppen AB, .. (2020). HR-organisationens kommunikation & mötesexperter: Intervju med Annika Engström. Stockholm: Mgruppen Svenska Managementgruppen AB
Engström, A., Bjursell, C. (2020). Lärande under pandemin [Video].


Käkelä, N., Engström, A., Lennartsson, M., Bäckstrand, J. (2020). Viskleken: Samlade lärdomar från ett kollaborativt forskningsprojekt. Jönköping: Tekniska högskolan i Jönköping
Engström, A. (2007). Påverkansprocesser i vuxnas lärande: kritiska händelser i en reflektionsgrupp. Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation/Encell