Caroline Wigren

Senior Lecturer, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Associate professorKnown as name: Caroline Wigren-Kristoferson

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Business Administration


  • Entrepreneurship


My disciplinary background is Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship. I defended my dissertation The Spirit of Gnojsö – The grand narrative and beyond at Jönköping International Business School, spring 2003. The dissertation was based on a one-year ethnographic study in the industrial district of Gnosjö, and was written as a monograph.

I partly left Jönköping International Business Scholl in spring 2007, when I started to work at Malmö University. In spring 2008 I started my employment as a research assistant at CIRCLE at Lund University. Since January 2015 I am at Sten K Johnson Center for Entrepreneruship, where I have my position as an associate professor.

Most of my time is devoted to various research projects. The research projects I have been involved in are often empirically driven. The great majority of them are dealing with issues that are of relevance for policy makers. From a more theoretical point of view the projects are dealing with institutions, formal as well as informal. And, in almost all projects the context is taken into account, i.e. entrepreneurship is contextualized – which I consider to be of great importance.


Apart from being involved in research that is conducted in close collaboration with external actors I find it important to communicate what I do to a broader audience. This dialogue gives important input to my everyday work. My research has been published in peer-review journals. Apart from journal articles I have published chapters in books and also reports. I try to write in both English and Swedish. I have also been involved in writing teaching material. I enjoy having lectures and seminars outside the academic context as it is an opportunity to reach out with my research and as it gives valuable input.

Recent research outputs

Karin Staffansson Pauli, Caroline Wigren-Kristoferson & Anna Stevenson, 2020 Mar 8, In : Property Management. 38, 2, p. 296-310 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Caroline Wigren, Karin Hellerstedt, Maria Aggestam, Anna Stevenson & Ethel Brundin, 2019, Rigour and Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research, Resources and Outcomes: Frontiers in European entrepreneurship research. Laveren, E., Blackburn, R., Hytti, U. & Landström, H. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK.: Edward Elgar Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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