Klas Eriksson

Klas Eriksson


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Works at Department of Economic History and International Relations
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

PhD Student in Economic History


Economic History of Ideas at the course "Thinking About the Economy".


Klas A.M. Erikssons research interest include: institutional change, disruptive innovations, culture and economics, humanomics, urban history and economic history of ideas 

He is part of a research project that establish and develop a price index for real estate in Stockholm inner city from the 17th century up till present time and analyzes the various quantitative and qualitative phenomena those prices can be linked to.



Science journals (peer review):

Laurell, Sandström, Eriksson, Nykvist (2019) Digitalization and the future of Management Learning: New technology as an enabler of historical, practice-oriented, and critical perspectives in management research and learning Management Learning, Special Issue: 50th Anniversary, 1-20

Eriksson, Ernkvist, Laurell, Moodysson, Nykvist, Sandström (2019) A revised perspective on innovation policy for renewal of mature economies – Historical evidence from finance and telecommunications in Sweden 1980–1990 Technological Forecasting and Social Change 147, 152-162

Geissinger, Laurell, Sandström, Eriksson, Nykvist, (2019) Digital entrepreneurship and field conditions for institutional change– Investigating the enabling role of cities Technological Forecasting and Social Change Volume 146, Pages 877-886


Popular science:

Eriksson, Klas (2018) book review of Citizens Witout Nations by Maarten Praak Axess magazine number 9 2018

Eriksson, Klas (2018) book review of Jag har ingen vilja till makt by Dick Harrison Historisk tidsskrift number 4 2018


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Christian Sandström (et al.). Technological forecasting & social change

    Digital entrepreneurship may result in institutional turbulence and new initiatives are frequently blocked by vested interest groups who posit superior financial and relational resources. In this paper, we explore the role of cities in facilitating digital entrepreneurship and overcoming institutional resistance to innovation. Drawing upon two historical case studies of digital entrepreneurship in the city of Stockholm along with an extensive material on the sharing economy in Sweden, our results suggest that cities offer an environment that is critical for digital entrepreneurship. The economic and technological diversity of a city may provide the field conditions required for institutional change to take place and to avoid regulatory capture.

  • 2019. Klas Eriksson (et al.). Technological forecasting & social change 147, 152-162

    What is the role of innovation policy for accomplishing renewal of mature industries in Western economies? Drawing upon an unusually rich dataset spanning 9752 digitized archival documents, we categorize and code decisions taken by policymakers on several levels while also mapping and quantifying the strategic activities of both entrant firms and incumbent monopolists over a decade. Our data concerns two empirical cases from Sweden during the time period 1980–1990: the financial sector and the telecommunications sector. In both industries, a combination of technological and institutional upheaval came into motion during this time period which in turn fueled the revitalization of the Swedish economy in the subsequent decades. Our findings show that Swedish policymakers in both cases consistently acted in order to promote the emergence of more competition and de novo entrant firms at the expense of established monopolies. The paper quantifies and documents this process while also highlighting several enabling conditions. In conclusion, the results indicate that successful innovation policy in mature economies is largely a matter of strategically dealing with resourceful vested interest groups, alignment of expectations, and removing resistance to industrial renewal.

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Last updated: December 4, 2019

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