Kjell A Nordstrom

Top European Management thinker, Professor and co-author of 'Funky Business'

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Dr. Kjell A. Nordström is the enfant terrible of the new world of business. He talks to audiences all over the world, he writes books and articles and reads –everything from Playboy to Architectural Digest to Pinter. His performances are high touch, dynamic, highly interactive, thought provoking and always in line with time. The 2009 Thinkers 50, the biennial ranking of management thinkers, ranked him at number 23 globally and put him on the top-five list in Europe. His dynamic style makes him a highly appreciated speaker through out the world.

Dr. Kjell A. Nordström has 20 years of experience of working with multinational companies and has served as an advisor/consultant to several large multinationals throughout the world.

Dr. Nordström holds a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research and consulting focus is on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalization. Kjell Nordström has published three books and numerous articles on the internationalization process of firms.

Nordström has been responsible for the International Business course at the Stockholm School of Economics and is one of the founders of the schools most prestigious management programs, "The Advanced Management Program - AMP". AMP is a five week top-management program that attracts the elite of Scandinavian executives.

The book Funky Business - Talent makes capital dance (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) is a manifesto of what our time requires from business firms and there leaders. The book has been featured on CNN and CNBC, and appeared in Fortune, Fast Company, Time Magazine, Financial Times, Paris Match, etc. It is an international best seller, so far translated into 32 languages. Funky Business was rated one of the five best business books of the year, by both Amazon.co.uk and Management General, in 2000. The book was also ranked at number 16 in a survey of the best business book of all time.

Nordströms second book Karaoke Capitalism: Management for Mankind (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) is a new manifesto for how to make it in the world of Karaoke Capitalism. Individuals with endless choice dominate the karaoke economy. The trouble for business is that the karaoke club is also home to institutionalized imitation. Copycats abound. Only imagination and innovation place societies, organizations and individuals centre-stage. Karaoke Capitalism is a call to arms. To date Karaoke Capitalism has been contracted for publication in 23 languages.

With his colleague, Jonas Ridderstråle, he recently co-authored, Funky Business Forever, the long awaited update to the international bestseller. Funky Business Forever takes a look back on the later half of the millenniums first decade and provides evolved thinking and commentary in a way that is truly funky and down to business

Nordström and Ridderstråle are rebels with a cause. With their unorthodox combination of academic rigor, forceful logic and funky freethinking they once again re-write the rules for revolutionaries. This is a true work-out for the wits. In March 2004 the authors appeared on CNN's program "Global Office" for a long interview, recorded in Stockholm, on the ideas behind Karaoke Capitalism.
Kjell A. Nordström is an extremely sought after lecturer. He enjoys keynote presentations as well as smaller work shops.


"Kjell, you are one of the best speakers that the leaders team and the delegates have ever seen! Thank you."
Vanessa Evans, IIR Middle East - Leaders Dubai

"You have been a Swedish surprise to us. It has been quite some time ago that I can remember that a lecture has been so inspiring, thought provoking, personal, humorous and entertaining. Without any exception I have received similar feedback from my fellow partners, including our global team."
Pieter Jongstra, AABS Managing Partner Central Europe Ernst & Young

"What a great performance! Thank you so much for making our mini conference into a seriously unique get-together!"
G. Volkert H. Doeksen, managing Partner, CEO AlpInvest

"Your presentation received some fantastic feedback. Attendees described it as refreshing, entertaining and truly inspiring. It really out the emphasis of the conference on new thinking which was exactly what we wanted to achieve. We continue to get so many positive comments about your talk. It was excellent and helped people to think differently."
Sylvia DeVoge, HayGroup, London

"We thank you for the lecture you kindly gave to our future leaders onto the subject "Emotion, Behaviour and Management". The participants of the Management Group Seminar seventh class appreciated in its real value this performance and in their name and that of my team, we really want to thank you warmly."
Antonin Fotso, Vice President, Corporate Training, Total S.A

"The response to Dr Nordstrom's session has so far been truly outstanding.
I've heard many comments from very experienced conference goers that "Dr
Nordstrom is the best speaker they have ever seen"
Susie Brook, Incentives Manager, Commonwealth Bank Group, Australia

"It was incredibly powerful, immensely forward looking and visionary. We are also full of admiration for your superb and inspirational facilitation techniques."
Rudolf H. Messinger, Chief, Career Management Section, UNICEF Headquerters

"Your presentation was tremendous and scored top marks on our delegates evaluation sheets!"
Mike Firth, Yorkshire International Business Convention Ltd.

"Our clients and my colleagues were impacted by your performance. We were able to enjoy a very entertaining while at the same time provoking speech outlining a wealth of ideas about the new world."
Dirk Lohmann, CEO, Zuruch Re

"On behalf of all the conference participants and the employees of MGG Conferences, I would like to thank you most sincerely for a fantastic seminar. Your independent thoughts, confident summaries and tone of optimism has given real support and inspiration to the participants to go out and look for new, fresh solutions to their business problems."
Malgorzata Golinska-Gierych, President, MGG Conferences Sp. Z.O.O Poland

"You are possessed of a unique clarity of thought and vision which I for one found extremely compelling. Rarely have I seen a room of often jaded marketing professionals, with the odd HR spy, completely engaged and genuinely interested."
Conor Ryan, Consumer Service, Guinness UDV

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