Mats Westerberg
Mats Westerberg

Mats Westerberg

Luleå University of Technology
Business Administration and Industrial Engineering
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
+46 (0)920 491808
A3207a Luleå

My current focus in research, teaching and development is how entrepreneurship can be applied in the education system. I especially focus on how entrepreneurial competences (such as courage, responsability and creativity) can be developed to strengthen traditional subject material and how an entrepreneurial pedagogy can bolster motivation and make schools more relevant.


Defended my thesis in December 1998. Worked as Assistant professor in management control from 1999 to 2005. From 2006 at the entrepreneurship and innovation unit. Full professor since 2012.

Research focus

My research started with a focus on the small firm and its development and performance.  Later, the network around the firm has received more attention, where strategic SME networks and Triple Helix systems have been under study. Here, the role of cooperation among different actors and its effect on development is of interest. More recently, I have shifted focus to study how entreprenurship in its broad sense affects the education system.


I have taught multiple courses related to entrepreneurship and management control at all levels, both inside the university and in external programmes. I have extensive experience with PhD supervision


Chapter in book

Entrepreneurship in teacher education (2018)

Conceptualisation and tensions
Axelsson. K, Westerberg. M
Part of: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Education
Article in journal

Teamwork and Safety Climate in home care (2018)

a mixed method study
Larsson. A, Westerberg. M, Karlqvist. L, Gard. G
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN: 1661-7827, Vol. 15, nr. 11
Article in journal

Educational approaches to entrepreneurship in higher education (2017)

A view from the Swedish horizon
Hoppe. M, Westerberg. M, Leffler. E
Education + Training, ISSN: 0040-0912, Vol. 59, nr. 7/8, s. 751-767
Article in journal

Network Capability, Innovativeness, and Performance (2017)

A Multidimensional Extension for Entrepreneurship
Parida. V, Pesämaa. O, Wincent. J, Westerberg. M
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN: 0898-5626, Vol. 29, nr. 1-2, s. 94-115
Chapter in book

Entreprenörskap och entreprenöriellt lärande (2016)

Hoppe. M, Westerberg. M, Leffler. E
Part of: Pedagogik för högskolelärare