Sigvald Harryson is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School where he teaches Innovation and Ecopreneurship mainly at Executive MBA programs. Prior to this, he served as Director of International Partnerships at Lund University where his main-responsibility resided in forging research alliances with industry. Prior to his academic career, he spent three years as a development engineer working across five different European R&D and Engineering Centers of Tetra Pak. From 1994 until 2004, Sigvald spent ten years in general management consulting with the companies Arthur D. Little as Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton as Principal, and the Boston Consulting Group as Manager. Sigvald received a magna cum laude doctoral degree in Japanese R&D Management from the St. Gallen University in 1995, and a PhD in Knowledge & Innovation Management at the Göteborg School of Economics in October 2002. His research focuses on Co-Creation for Innovation Leadership through Collaborative University Competitions – usually organized by iknow-who.com. Sigvald founded iknow-who.com more than a decade ago to solve fundamental innovation challenges – often related to critical climate and health issues.
In 2010, Sigvald founded InnoVentum.se with the vision to be the globally leading brand for the World’s most climate-friendly renewable energy solutions by 2020.
Sigvald has published in premier journals like Journal of Management Studies, R&D Management, and the Harvard Business Review. He has also published four teaching and management books focusing on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His first book published in Chinese by Peking University Press has sold out five editions. Sigvald received his Docent competence from Lund University in 2006 for VINNOVA-funded research on Industry-University collaboration. Over the past twenty years, Sigvald has been invited to make several hundred executive presentations with the leading seminar organizations and companies around the world.
Sigvald is a Board member of Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship and Chairman of the Board of InnoVentum.
“The one attacking an innovation challenge by asking “how” will not get an equally good solution as the one asking “who.”