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Sara Thorgren
Sara Thorgren

Sara Thorgren

Luleå University of Technology
Business Administration and Industrial Engineering
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
+46 (0)920 492342
A282 Luleå

Sara Thorgren is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Luleå University of Technology.

Academic background

Prior to a pursuing a PhD, Thorgren earned a MSc in Business and Economics with a major in Business Administration and a MA with a major in English.


Thorgren’s research is in the field of entrepreneurship. She investigates how individuals (entrepreneurs and employees) as well as companies deal with and act upon new opportunities of reinvention and development. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Discoveries, Business & Society, Journal of International Management, Management Learning, and Journal of Business Venturing.  


Thorgren has taught courses in organizational behavior, innovation management, entrepreneurship, and degree projects in innovation and strategic business development at the doctoral, advanced, and basic level. Thorgren is the study director of research education at the ETKS department.



In terms of collaboration with businesses, this takes place primarily through the LTU research center NorrlandsNavet, founded by the Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research, and Charity. In terms of academic collaboration, Thorgren collaborates internationally with other researchers and currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business Venturing and International Small Business Journal.


In the media



Handbok för examensarbeten (2021)

Thorgren. S, Frishammar. J
Article in journal

Self-directed career management and mobility (2021)

the risk of lock-in effects from person–job fit
Sirén. C, Thorgren. S, Järlström. M
International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 32, nr. 6, s. 1368-1389
Article in journal

Rising from failure, staying down, or more of the same? (2020)

An inductive study of entrepreneurial reentry
Williams. T, Thorgren. S, Lindh. I
Academy of Management Discoveries, Vol. 6, nr. 4, s. 631-662
Article in journal

Staying alive during an unfolding crisis (2020)

How SMEs ward off impending disaster
Thorgren. S, Williams. T
Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Vol. 14
Article in journal

How Individuals Engage in the Absorption of New External Knowledge (2019)

A Process Model of Absorptive Capacity
Sjödin. D, Frishammar. J, Thorgren. S
The Journal of product innovation management, Vol. 36, nr. 3, s. 356-380
Chapter in book

The Outcomes of Passion in Entrepreneurship (2019)

Stroe. S, Thorgren. S, Wincent. J
Part of: Passion for work