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Stanford University has long been a popular destination for Nordic and Baltic students, researchers and academics, and programs like SCANCOR (Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research) and HSTAR (Human-Sciences and Technology Advanced Research Institute) continue to host scholars who come here to take advantage of what the university and the region have to offer. Other schools, departments and programs--including the Management Science and Engineering program at Stanford, and Stanford's Center of Professional Developmen--also host students from the Nordics and the Baltics as part of exchange programs with Nordic/Baltic universities.

This event will give the Silicon Vikings community of Silicon Valley an opportunity to learn about these programs and scholars at Stanford and will give us an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the very interesting current Nordic/Baltic visiting scholars at Stanford. We will learn about the scholars themselves and their fields of research, as well as about the programs that they are part of at Stanford and in their home institutions.

The panelists from Stanford will include:

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  • Julia Kirch Kirkegaard, PhD.; Postdoctoral Fellow and affiliated researcher at Copenhagen Business School (Department of Business and Politics) and the Technical University of Denmark (Wind Energy). Julia is currently a SCANCOR Fellow at Stanford University for a two-year period, ending in August 2019. Her work has focused on renewable energy markets, in particular with wind power in China and Denmark, the role of knowledge transfer, global innovation networks, Chinese catchup and Sino-foreign supply-chain relations. Her research is founded in market studies within Science & Technology Studies (Anthropology of Markets) and New Economic Sociology. In her work at Stanford, Julia is engaged in several projects. At the moment, she is finishing a book manuscript on China’s experimental mode of wind power development. Alongside this, she is working on a project related to the issue of social acceptability of wind power in Denmark. In an upcoming project at Stanford, she will examine the configuration of networks of expertise and innovation around the development of energy scenarios for the green transition to renewable energy, mapping controversies over the politics of envisioned energy futures of the U.S. – with later comparisons to China and Denmark.
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  • Kristiina Herold, Ph.D.; a Postdoctoral research fellow at SCANCOR, Stanford University. Kristiina will be at Stanford until August 2018. Kristiina’s research focuses on social dynamics in organizations. In her primary line of research, she examines how organizational secrecy impacts individuals, particularly focusing on the interplay of motivational and affective outcomes. Kristiina is interested in understanding how individuals react to secrecy, and investigates the effect’s boundary conditions through trust, power and emotions. Another project Kristiina is working on concerns secrecy and strategy. By examining the effects of transparency and opacity, the research aims to identify unused opportunities and underline possible bottlenecks in organizational performance.
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  • Margus Pedaste, Ph.D.; Institute of Education, University of Tartu, Estonia. Margus, who is a visiting scholar at HSTAR until this summer, recognizes that technological innovations in learning will not be truly successful until there is a pedagogical framework that supports their successful adoption in achieving learning goals, for example 21st century skills. Examples of possible technologies are virtual reality, augmented reality and learning analytics. His goal is to develop a new framework for using virtual and augmented reality in science education, to motivate learners and support their key competences. This framework will be supported by learning analytics and the further development of the technologies.
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  • Wenche Teigland, Executive VP at BKK Nett in Norway, and an Executive Master student in Technology Management (MTM) in NTNU/NHH (joint program of NTNU in Trondheim and the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen), and part of an exchange program with the Management Science and Engineering program at Stanford. Wenche and Olga (see below) are part of MTM, a unique educational program designed at NTNU, to prepare executive leaders in Norway for the digital transformation that is occurring at increasing pace in the Nordics, Baltics and other parts of the world. Wenche will return to face operational and strategic challenges and opportunities at BKK
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  • Olga Marken, Consultant at Telenor Norge and, like Wenche, part of the MTM program of NTNU and the Management Science and Engineering program at Stanford. Telenor is Norway’s leading telecommunications company—and a key player in Norway’s digital transformation.
  •  Pernilla Petrelius Karlberg. Pernilla is Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics at the Center for Advanced Studies in Leadership. She is also Program Director at Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education and is passionate about building bridges between academia and business organizations. She is interested in leadership norms and leadership practices in innovation-driven companies in a stakeholder society. She studies how leadership practices develop in organizations that act in the global arena where ethical, cultural and accountability dilemmas constantly challenge everyday work and leadership practices.


  • Eilif Trondsen, Ph.D.—Eilif is Director at Strategic Business Insights (a spin out from SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute), and Chair of the Special Interest Group on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning at Silicon Vikings. Eilif has also been Adjunct Professor of Economics at a number of Bay Area universities. Most of his work has focused on eCommerce, Learning, Innovation, and Virtual Technologies, and in recent years much of his work has focused on the Nordic region. He was recently the project leader of a new Nordic Innovation project awarded to Silicon Vikings, which contributed to building a Nordic EdTech Network.