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Patrik Ström,  Reser president,

Staffan Helmfrid Pro Futura Scientia Fellow., Associate Professor, Department of Human and Economic Geography, University of Gothenburg and The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala

Patrik with Sven Illeris and Peter Wood in Stuttgart 2008

Patrik Ström received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Roskilde University in 2003. The following year he obtained an Econ. Dr. in Economic Geography from the University of Gothenburg. In 2009, Ström was appointed Associate Professor (Docent) in Economic Geography at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Keio University, Tokyo; and Nippon Institute of Technology, Saitama. In his dissertation in Economic Geography, he studied the internationalization and competitiveness of the knowledge-intensive Japanese service industry in Europe and Asia, a project supported by the Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific Studies (SSAAPS). He has also taught international business, economic geography, and contemporary Japanese political economy at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.


Internationalisation of Japanese professional business service firms
The growing service economy of East Asia
The internationalisation and strategy of Video Game Software firms in East Asia
Regional competition and creative regions


Nelson, R., Ström, P. & Bjälesjö, J. (2011) Cultural Service Innovation as a Tool for Regional Development in Peripheral Communities, Small Cities Imprint, Volume 3, No. 1, pp. 86 – 106.

Bramklev, C. & Ström, P. (2011) A conceptualization of the product/service interface: Case of the packaging industry in Japan, Journal of Service Science Research, 3(1): 21-48.

Ström, P. & Schweizer, R. (2011) Space Oddity – On Managerial Decision Making and Space, in Schlunze, R., N. Agola and W. Baber (eds.) New perspectives on Managerial Geography, Launching New Perspectives on Management and Geography, Palgrave Macmillan.

Ström, P. & Nelson, R. (2010) Dynamic Regional Competitiveness in the Creative Economy – Can Peripheral Communities Have a Place?, theService Industries Journal,4:497-511.

Ström, P. & Wahlqvist, E. (2010) Regional and Firm Competitiveness in the Service Based Economy – Combining Economic Geography and International Business Theory, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 101(3):287-304.

Ström, P. & Yoshino, N. (2009) Japanese financial service firms in East and Southeast Asia: Location pattern and strategic response in changing economic conditions, Asian Business & Management, 8(1):33-58

Alvstam, C., Ström, P. & Yoshino, N. (2009) On the economic interdependence between China and Japan– challenges and possibilities, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 50(2):198-214.

Ernkvist, M. & Ström, P. (2008) Enmeshed in Games with the Government: Governmental Policies and the Development of the Chinese Online Games Industry, Games and Culture 2008(3): 98-126.

Ström, P. (2006) Internationalisation of Japanese Professional Business Service Firms: Dynamics of Competitiveness Through Urban Localization in Southeast Asia, in Harrington, J.W. & Daniels, P.W. (eds.) Knowledge-Based Services: Internationalisation and Regional Development, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Ström, P. & Mattsson, J. (2006) Internationalisation of Japanese Professional Business Service Firms: Client Relations and Business Performance in the UK, the Service Industries Journal, 26(3): 249-265.

Ström, P. (2005) The Japanese Service Industry: An International Comparison, Social Science Japan Journal, 8(2):253-266.

Ström, P. & Mattsson, J. (2005) Japanese Professional Business Services: A Proposed Analytical Typology, Asia Pacific Business Review, 11(1):49-68.

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