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Spotlight on Kjell Nordstrom – Contender for Thinkers50 Poll 2011

16th September 2011

Amid the madness and hyperbole sorrounding the new economy, Dr KJELL  NORDSTRÖM is the enfant terrible of the new world of business. The 2009 Thinkers 50, the biennial ranking of management thinkers, ranked Nordström number 23 in the world and put him in the top five list for Europe. He has been nominated for the Thinkers50 2011.

Kjell’s dynamic style makes him a sought after keynote speaker throughout the world. He has served as an advisor/consultant to several large multinationals as well as running smaller interactive workshop sessions.

Swedish Academic

Kjell Nordstrom holds an Economic Licentiate degree and a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research and consulting focus is on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalization. Kjell has published three books and numerous articles on the internationalization process of firms.
Kjell Nordstrom has been responsible for the International Business course at the Stockholm School of Economics and is one of the founders of the schools most prestigious management programs, "The Advanced Management Program - AMP". AMP is a five week top-management program that attracts the elite of Scandinavian executives. He is also on the board of directors of several companies.

Funky Business

The book Funky Business  - Talent makes capital dance (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) is a manifesto of what our time requires from business firms and thier leaders. The book has been featured on CNN and CNBC, and appeared in Fortune, Fast Company, Time Magazine, Financial Times, Paris Match, etc. and is an international best-seller. So far, it has been translated into more than 32 languages. In 2000, both Amazon.co.uk and Management General rated Funky Business as one of the five best business books of the year. The book was recently ranked at number 16 in a survey of the best business book of all time.

Karoake Capitalism

The new book Karoake Capitalism : Management for Mankind dance (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) is a new manifesto for how to make it in the world of Karaoke Capitalism. Individuals with endless choice dominate the karaoke economy. The trouble for business is that the karaoke club is also home to institutionalized imitation. Copycats abound. Only imagination and innovation place societies, organizations and individuals centre-stage. Karaoke Capitalism is a call to arms. To date Karaoke Capitalism has been contracted for publication in 23 languages.

With his colleage, Jonas Ridderstråle, he recently co-authored, Funky Business Forever, the long awaited update to the international bestseller. Funky Business Forever takes a look back on the later half of the millenniums first decade and provides evolved thinking and commentary in a way that is truly funky and down to business.

Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle are rebels with a cause. With their unorthodox combination of academic rigor, forceful logic and funky free-thinking they once again re-write the rules for revolutionaries. This is a true work-out for the wits. In March 2004 the authors appeared on CNN's program "Global Office" for a long interview, recorded in Stockholm, on the ideas behind Karaoke Capitalism.

Kjell A. Nordström is an extremely sought after lecturer. He enjoys keynote presentations as well as smaller work shops.


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