The Hans and Barbara Bergström Foundation makes significant contribution to school research

The  Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan) today announced that it has established a new professorship with the purpose to research school organisation and leadership, in connection with the launch of a new center for school research.

Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics said: “We are extremely grateful for the donation and are very happy that Barbara Bergström’s 75th birthday is being celebrated with this tremendous investment in science and research.”

The professorship will carry the name of Internationella Engelska Skolan’s founder, and is made possible by a donation of 60 MSEK  from the Hans and Barbara Bergstrom Foundation in connection with Barbara Bergström’s 75th birthday, 9 April, 2021. This also marks the first time that a named donation professorship at the school has been created in honour of a woman. (Pictured, right: Barbara Bergström)

Professor Karl Wennberg, currently of Linköping University, has been appointed to the Barbara Bergström professorial chair. He is a well-qualified researcher with an organisational theoretical basis and a broad interest in the social sciences. He is also a board member of the Scancor Foundation at Stanford University and Harvard University. 

Professor Wennberg will set about creating a centre to conduct independent research on school leadership and the factors that drive success, including how schools work in practice. The centre will generate knowledge about schools' operations, management and culture promoting excellence.

Hans Bergström, speaking on behalf of the Hans and Barbara Bergstrom Foundation, added: “It is deeply meaningful to be able to contribute to a type of research on school activity that is overlooked in Sweden, known internationally as 'School Effectiveness Research'.

“The approach is based on the fact that a school itself, properly managed and with strong convictions, can make a big difference. A school is not just a victim of external circumstances. With the prestigious Stockholm School of Economics as an institutional home, we believe that a strong research and education centre can be established, adding an important school-based perspective.

“Barbara and I are enthusiastic about such a prominent, productive and innovative researcher as Karl Wennberg becoming the first Barbara Bergström professor.”

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