Anna Yström

PhD, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher, Technology Management and Economics

Anna Yström is Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior and Collaborative Innovation and works as a senior researcher at the Department of Technology Management and Economics. She has a PhD in Technology Management and Economics and a MSc in Industrial Design Engineering. The core of her expertise is in the areas of collaborative innovation, management & organisation, and design theory & methods. Since obtaining her PhD in 2013, her research has been funded by e.g. Handelsbankens Research Foundations, VINNOVA - Sweden’s Innovation Agency, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and Chalmers’ Areas of Advance. She has over the past few years developed an extensive international research network through her visiting positions at Mines ParisTech, Politecnico di Milano and most recently HEC Montréal.

Anna often works with collaborative and action research oriented research designs, mainly involving qualitative research methods. Her previous research covers topics such as managerial practices and roles in open innovation collaboration, the design principles of organising collaborative innovation and the new role of innovation intermediaries in collective knowledge creation.

She is a co-founder of the research group "Managing In-Between” led by Professor Susanne Ollila, aiming to further knowledge about managing spaces in between actors, specifically in the context of collaborative innovation. Such spaces can be understood as “proto-institutions”, a form of emergent organizing that challenges previous perceptions about (innovation) management. The research group has several on-going projects which you can read more about at the MIB group’s web-page >>

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Annas publications in Google Scholar >>
Supervision of master thesis work​
TEK406 Organizational Behavior Orientation
TEK510 Organising for innovation
Chalmers Area of Advance: Energy
Chalmers Area of Advance: Transport
Department target area: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Open innovation could be the future for many companies (, 121118)
Discovering how to handle the complexity that arises in an arena for open innovation is a key factor for success and creativity for the companies of tomorrow. The Chalmers students Annika Kumlin and Hedvig Aspenberg argue this in their Master’s thesis project carried out at the vehicle and traffic safety center SAFER, which is an arena for open innovation comprising several partners.

Published: Wed 08 May 2019.