Trond Undheim

Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management

Trond Undheim

Trond Undheim is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He teaches and mentors across MIT Sloan Action Labs (China/India Lab, G-Lab, EM-Lab, GO-Lab), and manages industry relationships. Trond is a leading expert on strategy, technology policy, entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in society. Previously, he was the director of standards strategy and policy at Oracle Corporation where he lead global business development, drove standardization, and influenced government policy in the EU. He also served as the national expert of e-government in the European Commission, where he created, the world's most successful best practice initiative in e-government, e-health, and e-inclusion. As project manager at the Norwegian Board of Technology, he coached high-level expert groups on Cleantech and Software policy which led to government policy on open standards. At the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, his research project on electric vehicles was funded by the European Union. Undheim also ran the business incubator Innovision AS, where he sought seed capital for startups, two of which (Falanx and Plasus Technologies) were later acquired.

Undheim is the author of Leadership From Below (2008), which explains how the influx of ideas from Asia, Scandinavia, and social networking is changing the workplace. He is the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of ePractice, a Fellow at the Research Group for Marketing and Consumer Science, KU Leuven in Belgium, and a former visiting researcher at UC Berkeley. He is also the wine columnist for Color Magazine USA.

His research interests include strategic management, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and e-government, particularly applied to high tech and emerging markets. He regularly speaks to global audiences.

Undheim holds an MA in sociology and a PhD in sociological technology and policy studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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General Expertise: European Union (EU); Knowledge management; Leadership; New ventures; Scandinavia; Strategic management


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