Magnus Nilsson

Senior Lecturer, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Business Administration


  • innovation, innovation systems, Strategy, Economic Geography


I am associate professor at CIRCLE and the Department of Business Administration in Lund, and currently Deputy Director of CIRCLE. I have a PhD in Business Administration from the School of Economics and Management in Lund.

My research focuses on innovation and knowledge dynamics broadly. He has done research on innovation systems and innovation policy mainly from a regional perspective; knowledge flows and networks as well as the impact of space on trust creation processes. The main research focus today is on knowledge dynamics and firm-level growth patterns in core and periphery.


My main areas of teaching is innovation, marketing and research methods.  


Teaching philosophy 

My recent and current scholarship and teaching philosophy:

My teaching lies mainly within innovation, consumer-driven innovation and research methods. My teaching philosophy pivot on the complementarities between scholarly research and practical applications of knowledge.

(1)    Master program in International Marketing and Brand Management – in which I am responsible for two courses. From Consumer Insights to Innovation focuses on the interface between innovation studies and marketing, using case-based teaching and examination, guest lectures, complemented by traditional lectures. Qualitative Research Methods aims to provide students with an understanding of fundamental issues related to qualitative research methods, using group work and e-learning tools to provide students with practical research experience as well as an general understanding of research practice.

(2)    Master in Management – in which I give the module on Innovation within the course on Functions of Management.

(3)    Master thesis supervision 



In terms of outreach I work mainly with policy actors such as VINNOVA and Region Skåne. This includes impact studies, knowledge diffusion and collaboration around policy formulation.

Recent research outputs

Magnus Nilsson, 2019, In: European Planning Studies. 27, 5, p. 841-861 21 p.

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