Prof Åke Sandberg
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Organisation: Department of Sociology


Åke Sandberg is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Sociology, and formerly at the National Institute for Working Life and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at the Departments of Computer Science and Communication, and Industrial Management.

His main areas of interest are work, organisation, management, labour processes, labour relations and transformations of the ‘nordic model’. Key aspects are participation, ‘the good work’ and productivity. Presently he is considering research about football as work, and the relation between financialisation, management, employment and work. For more information see Åke Sandberg’s personal homepage.

Four Recent publications
Three often cited publications
  • Enriching production. Perspectives on Volvo’s Uddevalla Plant as an Alternative to Lean Production , edited by Åke Sandberg. Aldershot: Avebury 1996, digital edition with new foreword 2007. May be downloaded here. There is background publication information.
  • Åke Sandberg et al.: Technological Change and Co-Determination in Sweden. Philadelphia: Temple University Press 1992.
  • Åke Sandberg:The Limits to Democratic Planning. Knowledge, power and methods in the struggle for the future. Stockholm: LiberFörlag 1976.

Nordic-lights-Introd-and-cover-final.pdf (PDF / 1.16 MB)