Ulf Paulsson

Ulf Paulsson

Associate professor, affiliated with the university

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    My subject-based areas of interest are Supply Chain Risk Management and Methodology.

    The background to my interest in Supply Chain Risk Management is mainly my research and teaching in transportation and logistics. Around the turn of the century, I began to become more and more interested in the vulnerability of modern society, and in particular disturbances and disruptions in the infrastructure. In 2001, a group of researchers with similar interest met in Crewe in England and exchanged experiences and discussed what the new subject area should be called. We agreed after some discussion to name it “Supply Chain Risk Management” and formed the research network ISCRiM (International Supply Chain Risk Management) which is still very active. Since then, I have researched within this field and spread my results through some 20 research publications. Among other things in my doctoral dissertation, which so far has been downloaded from over 110 different countries in the world.

    My interest in Methodology is rooted in my own experiences of the new kind of challenges, compared to reading traditional courses, that you are faced with when writing dissertations and research reports, but especially from learnings from my many years as supervisor of essays and dissertations. This interest has resulted in a handful of textbooks but also other forms of publications. Methodology is the very essence of science and methodological issues can be emotionally charged. An ongoing endeavour in my publications has therefore been to try to present methodological issues in an undramatized way by seeing them as resource efficiency issues.


    My ambition as a new pensioner is primarily to update and popularize my research results and publish them so that they become easily accessible to everyone.  

    In the subject area Supply Chain Risk Management, I have therefore published about 10 different shorter, focused writings in both Swedish and English. Behind this endeavour lies my conviction that the knowledge of the vulnerability of society, not least in the flows, and what we can do to reduce this vulnerability must be spread to more educations, organizations and companies than today and also to a wider general public.

    For the subject area Method, my ambition is to continue to write/update both shorter publications and textbooks where the method questions are presented in a simple, logical and undramatic way. In the spring of 2020, a new textbook was published in which I tried to discuss various methodological issues in a straightforward manner and link them to the resource efficiency issue, i.e. how we should be able to achieve as much interesting result as possible based on given resources.

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    • Business Administration


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