Prof. Greg MacDonald MSc, MBA, PhD

He works as a professor, researcher, and project manager. He has Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Alberta in Canada, and M.B.A. in International Business from Sydney Univ. Australia.


His fields of interest are innovation, productivity, business in China and cross-cultural issues including group dynamics, ‘psychological distance’ and non-verbal communication.

He has developed an R&D Productivity Carrousel for the lateral exchange of best practice models among participating institutes and SME’s. It works to mobilise the collective intelligence of the group, improving connectivity, communications, teambuilding, alignment and business productivity. This concept could easily be adapted to the e-commerce group in Karlskrona


He has taught five years at Copenhagen University and was on the team that launched Apple computers in 1980 in Australia. Later In Europe and Australia, he taught business and did plans to establish safe growth paths for 22 SME’s and six business and medical schools. Major projects have included the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga & St. Petersburg, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Oslo Business School, McCann-Erickson Advertising, Oslo, KIMEP in Almaty, Kazakhstan, The International Labour Office in Geneva, UNIDO in Vienna and Curtin University of Technology in Australia.


He has also critiqued the Irish National Plan for (1992) integration into the EU, and worked on four EU-Commission, projects (TACIS, PHARE & AIM) in Russia, Latvia and Denmark.


He has recently written a book on Innovation in China and presently, teaches architecture at RISEBA in Riga.


His hobby is Norse mythology


Professor Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D., Ph.D.

He is a cancer scientist and a worldwide figure in sustainability movement. He is known for The Natural Step, a framework that defines system conditions for sustainability. The framework has been applied to various fields such as agriculture, forestry, energy systems, information and selection of tools for sustainable development, green building and the ecological management of river basins. The freamework idea has been initiated from his collaboration with municipalities, businesses, government departments, environmental organizations, and the arts community. Having secured the imprimatur of the King of Sweden. During his long scientific endeavour, he has received different awards for his research and contributions:


Cancer research:

1984: Swedish Hematological Association Research Award.


Environmental sustainability:

1999: Green Cross Award for International Leadership.

The Social Responsibility Laureate Medal by the Global Center for Leadership & Business Ethics.

2000: the Blue Planet Prize, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize" of ecological sustainability.

2005: the Social Responsibility Laureate Medal by the Global Center for Leadership & Business Ethics.


Other honoriees:

2006: He was included in the publication 100 Visionaries of the 20th Century.

2009: he was recognized as an Ashoka Fellow.

2011: he was recognized as Ashoka Globalizer.


Dr. Kai Petersen, Ph .D.,

He is a senior lecturer at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden. He received his PhD from BTH in 2010. His research focuses on software processes, software metrics, lean and agile software development, quality assurance, and software security.


Kai has been ranked among the top scholars in the area of agile and lean software development in the Journal of Systems and Software (Assessment of Institutions, Scholars, and Contributions on Agile Software Development (2001-2012)), and was instrumental to the ranking of Blekinge Institute of Technology in this area. His work is conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners where he iteratively evaluates and transfers solutions in his areas of interest to improve software engineering in practice.

Professor Tobias C. Larsson, PhD., (TCL), born 1972,

He has got his PhD at Luleå University of Technology in 2001 within the area of simulation driven design within a product development context. The applications were within automotive, and high-speed train sector. Special emphasis was on multi-body dynamics and simulation driven design within a product development context. The core of today is within Product-Service Systems Innovation where the focus is on developing methods and tools for engineering product development and simulation applications in industrial settings to support development of sustainable product-service systems (PSS) that should create value on the market. PSS puts the focus on the functional aspects of the development and drives the usually separated product and service development teams into a more concurrent way of working to ensure delivery of a life-cycle function. Value modelling and simulation, knowledge management, and innovation performance metrics when developing PSS is of extra interest in the research.


TCL focus product-service system innovation, product development, engineering design and knowledge engineering principles in a design research quest to support the progress towards an "engineered sustainable future". TCL is currently supervising 12 PhD students and has examined several PhD's (20) and licentiate (19) degrees. He has contributed in over 100 peer-reviewed publications within his research area. TCL has initiated and finalized several research projects. Currently leading the BTH KKS research profile "Model Driven Development and Decision Support". TCL was the main person behind the creation of the Faste Laboratory, a VINN Excellence Centre within product-service systems. He is co-founder of the Design for Wellbeing framework, a joint research project together with Stanford University, USA, and Hosei University, Japan, and have taken part in several European Union projects within aerospace sector (VIVACE 2004-2007, CRESCENDO 2009-2012). The mode of work is collaborative where building strong group dynamics processes in the research team collaboration is one cornerstone, building from experiences in team sports Playing ice hockey on semiprofessional level in Karlskrona, Örnsköldsvik, Piteå and Luleå.


His scientific endevour has resulted in many different rewards such as:


2013: "Reviewers favourite" - Top 10% paper. ICED'13, Seoul, Korea.

2011: Best paper award at the International Conference on Research into Design - ICoRD'11, with the paper "Towards open innovation practices in aerospace industry: challenges and opportunities".

2008: Finalist (top 4) in the national ranking "Technology Star 2008", arranged by Dagens Teknik magazine.

2001: The Swedish Engineering Design Research and Education Agenda (ENDREA) stipendiate of 2001; Stipend used for visiting research work at Optimal Design Laboratory (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Ford Motors, Advanced Engineering (Detroit).

2001: The CONEX stipendiate of 2001 for efforts within computer aided product development.

2001: Global Top 10 ten on the "The 10 Best Intranet Designs of 2001" by NNGroup and Useit.com for the development of the division intranet.