solvell2On March 20, 2013, Professor Örjan Sölvell, one of the world’s most renowned experts in the field of CLUSTER THEORY AND CLUSTER POLICY, addressed the IUM-faculty and MBA students in Professor Dr. Ingo Böbel’s class “Microeconomics of Competitiveness” (MoC). The subject of his seminar was: “From competitive advantage of firms to competitiveness of nations – 40 years of research by Michael Porter”. An extensive Q&A-session followed Professor Sölvell’s seminar which was one of the highlights in this year’s MoC-course. We certainly hope to set up a long-lasting relationship with Professor Sölvell.

Dr Örjan Sölvell is Professor of International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics, SSE, Prorector of SSE, and Associate Dean of the SSE PhD programs. Since 2005 he is the Director of the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness. Dr Sölvell has been active at SSE for more than 25 years, and was Director for the Institute of International Business, IIB, between 1994 and 2002, and the first Dean of the SSE MBA program.

Dr Sölvell’s academic background includes studies at the Stockholm School of Economics (BSc 1979; PhD 1987), George Washington University (IB 1981) and the Harvard Business School (VIS 1982). Since the mid-1980s Dr Sölvell has worked closely with Professor Michael E Porter, studying international competitiveness and clusters in various nations and regions, and he is a Senior Institute Associate at Professor Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. In 2001-2002 Dr Sölvell created a new course together with Professor Porter, “Microeconomics of Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters and Economic Development” (MOC), taught at HBS and numerous universities around the world.

Dr Sölvell has published in the areas of strategy, competition, competitiveness and clusters. In 1991 he introduced the concept of clusters and the diamond model to Sweden through his book co-authored with Michael E Porter and Ivo Zander, Advantage Sweden. He published together with Christian Ketels and Göran Lindqvist, the widely acclaimed Cluster Initiative Greenbook in 2003. He is also a co-author with Christian Ketels for the State of the Region Report presented annually at the Baltic Development Forum. Dr Sölvell’s latest book, Clusters—Balancing Evolutionary and Constructive Forces, was published in 2009.
Dr Sölvell is involved in policy work in Sweden. He also serves on the advisory board of TCI, The Competitiveness Institute.