Kjell Nordstrom business thinker and speaker

Kjell Nordstrom

Unconventional economist and dynamic “funky” business thinker

Kjell Nordstrom: Biography highlights

Dr. Kjell A. Nordström is the interpreter of the new business world. His dynamic style has made him a highly appreciated speaker, and he has given keynote presentations in over 100 countries. The Global Gurus Top 30 Management ranking put him at number 23 worldwide and among the top 5 in Europe.

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Kjell Nordstrom’s background

He suggests that our time is unique. We are probably at the beginning – not even the middle – of the fastest business model transformation since the 1850s.

Dr. Nordström has 25 years’ experience working with multinational companies and has served as an adviser and consultant to several large multinationals around the world. He holds a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research and consulting focus on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalization.

Kjell Nordström has published five books and numerous articles on the internationalization process of firms. His book Funky Business (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) sold more than 300,000 copies and has been featured on CNN and CNBC, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers.

His latest book Corona Express, (co-authored with Per Schlingmann), describes how the pandemic became a time machine. We have been thrust into a radically digitalized future. But in other areas, such as poverty and international trade, we have stepped back in time. Our social habits have been transformed and even our language has changed.

In the international bestseller Urban Express, authors Kjell A. Nordström and Per Schlingmann identified expanding cities and women as the key agents of change in our time. But the pandemic has triggered an array of forces which will change the rules of the game for individuals, companies and society as a whole. Which of these changes will last and which will fade away as the pandemic recedes? And how can we make the most of the opportunities which arise?

Kjell A. Nordström is an extremely sought-after lecturer. He is not your typical business guru – his revolutionary message is delivered in a revolutionary way. He enjoys everything from keynote presentations to leading smaller workshops with senior executives.

Besides public speaking, Kjell A. Nordström is also active as an investor and entrepreneur and runs a prominent Shakespeare theatre.



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Kjell Nordstrom at Synergy Global Forum 2016
Kjell Nordstrom at Synergy Global Forum 2016
Freaky Business (ft economist Kjell Nordstrom)
Freaky Business (ft economist Kjell Nordstrom)
Kjell Nordstrom
Kjell Nordstrom
An Interview with Dr. Kjell Nordström: The Premier Business Leadership Series - London 2009
An Interview with Dr. Kjell Nordström: The Premier Business Leadership Series - London 2009

If you loved Funky Business as much as I did, you'll love Karaoke Capitalism. Weird Most certainly. Different Most definitely. But, if you want to re-imagine your organization and your career, it's a thought-provoking place to start.'

Tom Peters, 2004
Ernst & Young

'You have been a very nice Swedish surprise to us. It has been quite some time ago that I can remember that a lecture has been so inspiring, though provoking, personal, humorous and entertaining. Without any exception I have received similar feedback from my fellow partners, including our global team.'

Pieter J.A.M. Jongstra
AABS Managing Partner Central Europe
Yorkshire International Business Convention Ltd

'Your presentation was tremendous and scored top marks on our delegates evaluation sheets!'

Mike Firth
Commonwealth Bank Group, Australia

'The response to Dr Nordstrom's session has so far been truly outstanding. I've heard many comments from very experienced conference goers that 'Dr. Nordstrom is the best speaker they have ever seen.'

Suzie Brook
Incentives Manager
HayGroup, London

'Your presentation received fantastic feedback. Attendees described it as refreshing, entertaining and truly inspiring. It really out the emphasis of the conference on new thinking which was exactly what we wanted to achieve. We continue to get so many positive comments about your talk. It was excellent and helped people to think differently.'

Sylvia DeVoge
Middle East Leaders in Dubai

'Kjell, you are one of the best speakers that the leaders team and delegates have ever seen! Thank you.'

Vanessa Evans
Zurich Re

'Our clients and my colleagues were impacted by your performance. We were able to enjoy a very entertaining while at the same time provoking speech outlining a wealth of ideas about the new world.'

Dirk Lohmann
UNICEF Headquarters

'It was incredibly powerful, immensely forward-looking and visionary. We are also full of admiration for your superb and inspirational facilitation techniques.'

Rudolf H. Messinger
Chief, Career Management Section
Total S.A

'We thank you for the lecture you kindly gave to our future leaders onto the subject Emotion, Behaviour and Management. The participants of the Management Group Seminar seventh class appreciated in its real value this performance and in their name and that of my team, we really want to thank you warmly.'

Antonin Fotso
Vice President, corporate training

'What a great performance! Thank you so much for making our mini-conference into a seriously unique get-together!'

G. Volkert & H. Doeksen
Managing partner, CEO

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