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Jorgen Sandberg

phone: +44 (0)24 7652 2775


Room: 2.132

Profile (biography)

Jorgen is Professor of Organization Studies at the Warwick Business School and Professor in Management and Organization in the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to these, he held academic positions at Stockholm School of Economics and at Gothenburg School of Economics in Sweden. Jorgen sits on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organization studies. He is currently doing research on knowing in professional practice, sensemaking in organizations, and the development of more novel and impactful theories within organization studies.

Research Interests

His research interests include competence and learning in organizations; how sensemaking and understanding form the basis for individual and collective actions; what defines theory, particularly novel theory and its development; practice theory, and how it can inform the study of organizational phenomena; philosophy of organization studies, particularly phenomenology and hermeneutics; and qualitative research methodologies.


Journal articles

Dall’Alba, G., Sandberg, J., & Sidhu, R. (2017). Embodying skilful performance: Co-constituting body and world in biotechnology. Educational Philosophy and Theory, published online.

O’Leary, J., & Sandberg, J. (2017). Managers' practice of managing diversity revealed: A practice‐theoretical account. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38: 512–536.

Teeter, P., & Sandberg, J. (2017). Cracking the enigma of asset bubbles with narratives. Strategic Organization, 15: 91-99.

Teeter, P., & Sandberg, J. (2016). Constraining or Enabling Green Capability Development? How Policy Uncertainty Affects Organizational Responses to Flexible Environmental Regulations. British Journal of Management,

Sandberg, J., & Tsoukas, H. (2015). Making sense of the sensemaking perspective: Its constituents, limitations, and opportunities for further development. Journal of Organizational Behavior, S1: S6-S32.

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2014). Habitat and habitus: Boxed-in versus box-breaking research. Organization Studies, 35: 967-987.

Pinnington, A., & Sandberg, J. (2014). Competence regimes in professional service firm internationalization and professional careers. Group & Organization Management, 5:561-591.

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2013). Has management studies lost its way? Ideas for more imaginative and innovative research. Journal of Management Studies, 1: 128-152.

Bolander, P., & Sandberg, J. (2013). How employee selection decisions are made in practice. Organization Studies, 34: 285-311.

Pinnington, A., & Sandberg, J. (2013). Lawyers’ professional careers: increasing women's inclusion in the partnership of law firms. Gender, Work & Organization, 6: 616-631.

Lamb, P., Sandberg, J., & Liesch, P. (2011). Small firm internationalisation unveiled through phenomenography. Journal of International Business Studies, 5: 672-693.

Alvesson M., & Sandberg, J. (2011). Generating research questions through problematization. Academy of Management Review, 2: 247-271.

Sandberg, J., & Tsoukas, H. (2011). Grasping the logic of practice: Theorizing through practical rationality. Academy of Management Review, 2: 338-360.

Sandberg, J., & Alvesson, M. (2011). Ways of constructing research questions: gap-spotting or problematization? Organization, 18/1: 23-44.

Schembri, S., & Sandberg, J. (2011). The experiential meaning of service quality. Marketing Theory, 2: 165-186.

Holt, R., & Sandberg, J. (2011). Phenomenology and organization theory. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 32: 215–249.

Sandberg, J., & Dall’Alba, G. (2009). Returning to practice anew: A life-world perspective. Organization Studies, 12: 1349-68.

Sandberg, J., & Pinnington, A. H. (2009). Professional competence as ways of being: An existential ontological perspective. Journal of Management Studies, 7: 1138-1170.

Johnston, A., & Sandberg, J. (2008). Controlling Service Work: An ambiguous accomplishment between employees, management and customers. Journal of Consumer Culture, 8/3: 389-417.

Dall’Alba, G., & Sandberg, J. (2006). Unveiling professional development: A critical review of stage models. Review of Educational Research, 76: 383-412.

Sandberg, J. (2005). How do we justify knowledge produced within interpretive approaches?
Organizational Research Methods, 8: 41-68.

Sharon, S., & Sandberg, J. (2002). Service quality and the consumer's experience: Towards an interpretive approach. Marketing Theory, 2: 189-205.

Sandberg, J. (2001). Understanding competence at work. Harvard Business Review. 3: 24 – 28.

Sandberg, J. (2000). Understanding human competence at work: an interpretative approach, Academy of Management Journal, 43: 1, 9 – 26.

Sandberg, J. (1997). Are phenomenographic results reliable? Higher Education Research and Development, 16: 2, 203 –11.

Dall'Alba, G., & Sandberg, J (1996). Educating for competence in professional practice. Instructional Science, 24: 411 - 437.

Sandberg, J. (1995). Are phenomenographic results reliable? Nordisk Pedagogik, 3: 156 – 64.

Dall'Alba, G., & Sandberg, J. (1993). A competency-based approach to education and training: Will it improve competence? Higher Education Research and Development. 1: 3 – 5.

Book chapters

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2018). Metaphorizing the research process: reflexivity, imagination and novelty. In Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A., & Grandy, G. (Eds). The Sage handbook of qualitative research methods in business and management. London: Sage.

Sandberg, J. Rouleau, L., Tsoukas, H., and Langley, A. (2017). Skillful performance in organizations. In Sandberg, Rouleau, Tsoukas and Langley (Eds). Skillful performance: enacting competence, capabilities knowledge and expertise in organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sandberg, J. & Tsoukas, H. (2015). Practice theory: What it is, its philosophical base, and what it offers organization studies. In Raza Mir, Hugh Willmott and Michelle Greenwood (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. New York, NY United States: Routledge.

Sandberg, J., Loacker, B., & Alvesson. M. (2015). Conceptions of process in organization and management: The case of identity studies. In R. Garud, B. Simpson, A. Langley and H. Tsoukas (Eds), The emergency of novelty in organizations. Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2015). Ways of constructing research questions: Gap-spotting or problematization? In E. Bell and H. Willmott (Eds) Qualitative research in business and management. London: Sage.

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2014). Problematization meets Mystery Creation: Generating new ideas and findings through assumption challenging research. In T. Huzzard and E. Thomson (Eds), Critical management research: Reflections from the field. London: Sage.

Dall’Alba, G. & Sandberg, J. (2014). A phenomenological perspective on researching work and learning. In S. Billett, C. Harteis, and H. Gruber (Eds.) The Springer International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning. Dordrecht. Springer.

Dall’Alba, G., & Sandberg, J. (2010). Learning through practice: A life-world perspective. In S. Billett (Ed) Learning through practice: Models, traditions, orientations and approaches. Dordrecht: Springer Publication.

Sandberg, J. (2010). Understanding of work: The basis for competence development. In C. Velde (Ed) International perspectives on competence in the workplace. Dordrecht: Springer Publication.

Sandberg, J., & Targama, A. (2009). Managing understanding: A new leadership challenge. In M Broms and M Doos (Eds.) OSH for development. Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology.

Sandberg J., & Dall’Alba, G. (2006). Re-framing competence development at work. In R. Gerber, G. Castleton and H. Pillay (Eds) Improving workplace learning: Emerging international perspectives. New York: Nova Science Publisher.

Sandberg, J. (2001). Understanding the basis for competence development. In C. Velde (Ed) International perspectives on competence in the workplace. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press.

Sandberg, J. (2001). The constructions of social constructionism. In S-E Sjöstrand, J. Sandberg, & M. Tyrstrup, M (Eds) Invisible Management: The social construction of leadership. London: Thomson.

Sandberg, J. (2001). Educational rhetoric or leadership practice? In S-E Sjöstrand, J. Sandberg, & M. Tyrstrup, M (Eds) Invisible Management: The social construction of leadership. London: Thomson.

Sandberg, J. (2000). Competence - The basis for a smart workforce. In Gerber, R and Levett, A. (Eds) Training for a smart workforce. London: Routledge.

Sandberg, J. (1996). Are phenomenographic results reliable? In Dall'Alba, G. & Hasselgren, B, (Eds) Reflections on phenomenography - Toward a methodology?Gothenburg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgenesis.


Sandberg, J., Rouleu, L., Langley, A., & Tsoukas, H. (Eds) (2017). Skillful performance: Enacting capabilities, knowledge, competence and expertise. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alvesson, M. & Sandberg, J. (2013). Generating research questions. Doing interesting research. London: Sage.

Sandberg, J., & Targama, A. (2007). Managing understanding in organizations. London: Sage.

Sjöstrand, S-E, Sandberg, J., & Tyrstrup, M. (Eds) (2001). Invisible Management: The social construction of leadership. London: Thomson.

Sandberg, J. (1994). Human competence at work: An interpretative approach. Göteborg: Bas.