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 everyday practice in extreme contexts. He has done research on mountaineering expeditions to Mount Everest and K2, hospital emergency departments, zombies, and the police. A current ethnographic project involves embodied sensemaking in indoor climbing. He leads the research program Extreme Environments – Everyday Decisions ( and is co-responsible 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

David Buchanan is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Cranfield University School of Management, and Visiting Professor at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.  He works as a freelance speaker and author, specializing in change management, organization politics, and crisis leadership.  He is author/coauthor of over two dozen books, including Organizational Behaviour (with Andrzej Huczynski; tenth edition 2019), Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research (with Alan Bryman, 2018), and Managing Organizational Change: A Multiple Perspectives Approach (with Ian Palmer and Richard Dunford, fourth edition 2020).  He has also written numerous book chapters and articles on organizational behaviour, change, politics, and research methods.  Current research interests include the problems of post-crisis change management, and the prospects for transformational change in healthcare.

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.

Frank Dignum, Ph.D.

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.

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.

Ulrica Nylén, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Management at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Sweden. She has conducted research on business ethics and multi-professional teamwork, shared leadership and collaboration in the human services sector. Currently, Nylén is involved in a research project on non-corporate international assignments in extreme contexts with Swedish police officers as main case. She teaches in the field of Management, Organizational behavior, and Research methodology.

Malin H. Näsholm, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Management at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Sweden. Her research interest lies mainly in individuals’ experiences of alternative careers and forms of organizing, in particular boundary-crossing, network-based and coopetitive work contexts. Currently she is working on a research project on non-corporate international assignments in extreme contexts with Swedish police officers as main case.

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.

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 (

Sarah Sharp

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