2018 Lean in higher education conference

Tove I. Dahl

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Tove I. Dahl is a Professor of Educational Psychology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests span learning, motivation, language and culture with a focus on both theory and practice. Her work for the recently completed Northern InSights program funded by the Norwegian Research Council focused on interest, emotion and learning in tourism – tourism being all about experiencing new places, people and activities in relatively in self-chosen ways. 

Dahl also has an adjunct position with the Concordia Language Villages (CLV) in The US, a cutting edge language and culture immersion program. The overall mission of CLV’s work is to inspire courageous world citizens. Every CLV program is therefore designed to help participants of all ages learn new ways to think and be in the world by experiencing new places, people and activities in a unique residential learning environment. Sometimes, experiencing new ways of being – no matter what the environment – takes courage. Courage is at the heart of Dahl’s current research.


Niklas Modig

Niklas Modig is a researcher at the Center for Innovation and Operations Management at Stockholm School of Economics and is one of the leading authorities within lean and operational excellence. He has been living for extended periods in Japan and reads, writes, and speaks Japanese fluently. From 2006 to 2008, Niklas was a visiting researcher at the “Center of Excellence – Manufacturing Management Research Center” at University of Tokyo where he researched together with professor Takahiro Fujimoto who is the leading Toyota researcher of all time.

Niklas’ main research focus is how operational excellence can be applied and integrated within the entire value chain of organizations. He is also well-known for his lean change management concept which hundreds of top-management teams have adopted. In parallel with his business research, Niklas is also researching about change management, teaching excellence and competence development. He is multi-awarded teacher and regarded as one of the most pedagogical and inspirational speakers within his field.

Niklas Modig web-page.

Torbjørn Netland

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Prof. Dr. Torbjørn H. Netland is the Head of Chair of Production and Operations Management (POM) at ETH Zurich. Before taking position at ETH, he was an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a Senior Researcher at SINTEF Technology and Society in Trondheim, Norway. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK, and a Fulbright Visiting Research Fellow at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.

His award-winning research on “managing corporate improvement programs” is performed in close cooperation with global companies. It appears in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, International Journal of Production and Operations Management, and the International Journal of Production Research, among others. He is a co-editor of the Shingo Research Award winner Routledge Companion to Lean Management.

Torbjørn is a popular key note speaker and lecturer. As a dedicated research communicator he maintains a blog at better-operations.com. His down-to-earth Norwegian presenting style is coupled with humor and scientific rigor.

Torbjørn Netlands Blog (Better operations).