The Team

The Triple E.D is an international inter-disciplinary group of researchers with different interests and expertise. The common denominator is an interest for less traditional environments and organizational issues therein. The research group consists of:

Markus Hällgren, is a professor of management and organization at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University. His main research interest lies within the everyday practice in extreme contexts. He has done research on mountaineering expeditions to Mount Everest and K2, hospital emergency departments, zombies, and the police. He leads the research program Extreme Environments – Everyday Decisions ( and is coresponsible of the“Organizing Extreme Contexts” network. His work has been published in outlets such as Academy of Management Annals, European Management Journal, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and International Journal of Project Management. More information here

Thomas Biedenbach is an Assistant Professor of Management at Umeå School of Business and Economics at Umeå University in Sweden. He holds a PhD degree from Umeå University and joins the Triple E.D. team as postdoctoral researcher. He has conducted research on capabilities facilitating innovation in the pharmaceutical R&D process, universities’ innovation support system, and effects of platform development on business models. His previous research experiences have emphasized the management of collaborative innovation in complex, uncertain and dynamic environments, which is an extreme(ly fast-moving) business environment. In addition to teaching various management courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, he has experience in teaching research methodology for business students. Find out more about Thomas here.

Mattias Jacobsson, PhD, Associate Professor in Management at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Sweden. Teaches in the fields of project management, organizational behavior, and leadership. His research has mainly focused on the everyday practice of temporary organizations. Find out more about Mattias at

Robert Kihlberg, is a PhD student in management at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University. His academic background includes areas such as social psychology, international crisis and conflict management and organization & leadership. The past ten years Kihlberg has worked as a strategist and coordinator to establish a cooperative arrangement between Sweden’s six northern County Administrative Boards in the field of emergency preparedness. The mission has provided practical and theoretical experiences of strategy, project management and project coordination. Kihlberg will be doing research on various aspects of the police reorganization as part of the TripleED research team.

Elmar Kutsch is a Lecturer in Project and Programme management at Cranfield University, researching aspects of resilience under the influence of uncertainty. His first real exposure to the rather paradox world of uncertainty began in 1998, when he held a variety of commercial and senior management positions within the Information Technology (IT) industry. Working for one of the biggest IT service providers in Germany he was responsible for the successful delivery of a number of large projects, including major roll- out and outsourcing strategies. Clients included the Commerzbank, the Deutsche Börse (German Stock Exchange) and the Polizei Rheinland Pfalz (State Police Rheinland Pfalz). Find out more about Elmar here.

Marcus Lindahl is Head of division and professor at the Division of Industrial Engineering and Management, Uppsala University  and guest professor at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University. Lindahl’s research effort concerns organizational improvisation and dynamics of management such as honor, professional culture and praxis. Read more about Marcus here.

Ola Lindberg is a senior lecturer at the Department of Education, Umeå University. He is head of the research group on adult education and workplace learning called “Leadership, Organisation and Working Life” (LOA). He has also worked for nine years as an educational consultant for the medical programme and the Department of Law. His research interest is mostly concerned with the transition and link between education and work.

Oscar Rantatalo completed his PhD in 2013 and currently works as a senior lecturer at the Centre for Police Education at Umeå University, Sweden. Dr Rantatalo’s research interests include areas such as identity work, organizational sensemaking, high-reliability organizing and policing.

Alf Rehn is Chair of Management and Organization at Åbo Akademi University and guest professor at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University. His research has focused on creativity, innovation, and the ideological analysis of organization studies. He has published a wide range of books and articles in international journals. Find out more about Alf at

Linda Rouleau is Professor of Management at HEC Montreal. Her research interests focuses on micro-strategy and strategizing in pluralistic contexts. She is also researching on sensemaking and organizing practices of managers and leaders. In the last few years, she has published in peer reviewed journals such as Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, etc. She is a co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Strategy-as-Practice. She is co-coordinating the Study Group of Strategy as Practice at HEC (

Martin Svensson, assistant professor in industrial economy and management at BTH and visiting lecturer/postdoc at USBE. At the core, his research interests concern decision making in uncertain and ambiguous contexts. He has done studies regarding the underpinnings of decision making in the emergency call center domain and of teams conducting crisis management. He has also probed the circumstances of entrepreneurial decisions and been involved in projects on how to assemble innovative teams in ambidextrous organizations.

Virginia Rosales, Industrial Engineer, MSc in Strategic Project Management. Rosales has been involved in applied research in the fields of operations management, organizational behavior, human resource management, change management and project management. She has recently been elected for a doctoral student position within the Triple E.D. Research Team.


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