Professor Alf Jorgen Sandberg
Alf Jorgen Sandberg
Professor in Management and Organisation
  • PhD, Business Administration (Gothenburg School of Economics, Sweden)
  • BA, Business Administration (Gothenburg School of Economics, Sweden)
+61 7 334 68065
Room 318, Colin Clark Building, St. Lucia Campus

    Research interests

    Managing competence and learning in organizations
    Ever since I started my academic career I have been developing a research program entitled ‘Managing competence and learning in organizations’. A core area in this research program is what constitutes individual competence and its development in organizations. I have investigated what defines individual competence and its development in several different professional fields, including leadership, medical doctors, corporate lawyers, and engineers. Another closely related area in my research program is what defines collective competence and its development in organizations. Based on the findings from the above core areas within the research program I have conducted in-depth research in a third core area that focuses on how competence and its development can be managed and organized more efficiently in organizations. Finally, research methodology has been another central area within my research program. The prime driver behind this area has been to develop new and innovative ways to identify and describe what constitutes competence and its development in organizations. I am also in the process of expanding the research program by preparing an interdisciplinary study with the overarching aim of investigating what constitutes knowing in professional practice, with a particular focus on enhancing the relationship between preparation for, and performance of, professional practice.


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    • Academy of Management
    • European Group for Organization Studies


    1988-1993 PhD Fellowship, Faculty of Social Sciences at Gothenburg University
    1986-1987 PhD Fellowship, Volvo Research Foundation

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    'Knowing in professional practice: Enhancing the relationship between professional education and practice' (with Dr Gloria A. Dall'Alba, Professor Mats Alvesson and Professor Silvia Gherardi). ARC Discovery 2011-2013 $309,000
    Swedish Council for Work life 1995 $96,000
    Volvo Research Foundation 1995 $120,000
    Faculty of Social Sciences, Gothenburg University 1989 $4,000
    Volvo Research Foundation 1988 $75,000