About Pär Åhlström

Pär Åhlström holds the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg chair at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he is also Vice President, responsible for Degree Programs. He previously held positions at Chalmers University of Technology and London Business School.

Pär is the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Operations Management, at Stockholm School of Economics, a group of researchers dedicated to interdisciplinary research projects at the knowledge frontier in operations management; innovation management; and information management. His own research interests particularly concern the implementation of new operations strategies.



Pär has over twenty years of experience in research on lean and is one of the pioneers in the field. He has published frequently on lean in manufacturing, product development and, most recently, in services. His research is frequently cited and he is also an award-winning teacher. He is also the author of the best-selling book “This is Lean – Resolving the Efficiency Paradox” which has soldover 180 000 copies and is translated into eleven different languages.