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.