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Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE) is a university integrated business school located at Umeå University Campus. We have about 150 employees and more than 3000 students study in our programs per year. The areas of research and teaching are in Business Administration, Economics and Statistics.

We are known for our high quality of education, research, interaction with external stakeholders and our strong focus on internationalization. We are proud that our students, lecturers, and researchers represent a stimulating mix of people from different countries and cultures around the world. Since 2018 we are accredited by AACSB.

Vision, Mission and Values

USBE's vision is be relevant locally and globally and our mission and values are the underpinning of our activities.

Read more about our vision, mission and values.


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USBE Office

USBE Office assists the three departments in questions related to finances, internal and external communication, projects, recruitment and staff issues and IT-support. The USBE office also includes student support functions such as student counseling, career center as well as internationalization.

USBE Board, Management Team and Boards

USBE Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for the USBE's overall, long-term mission, the school's vision, goals and strategies regarding education, research, as well as activities connected with business life and administration.

Anna Thoursie (Chairperson)
Maria Hedblom
Sören Kock
Louise Ring
Mikael Öhlund

Sofia Lundberg
Xavier De Luna
Ruth Mannelqvist
Ulrica Nylén
Thomas Olofsson
Gabriel Wallin (PhD student representative)
David Granlund (Substitute)

And two student representatives elected by the Umeå University students union.

Management Team

Sofia Lundberg (Dean)
Lars Silver (Associate Head of Department, Business Administration)
Lars Persson (Associate Head of Department, Economics)
Marie Eriksson (Associate Head of Department, Statistics)
Mikael Lindbäck (Head of Administration)

Business Avisory Board

The Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics has a Business Advisory Board (BAB) which is made up of experts from the business community, collaborating with the school in order to develop the school's activities.

Board members include the following:
Göran Ernstson, Umeå Energi
Nils-Olof Forsgren, Uminova Innovation
Marie Johansson, Swedbank
Peter Juneblad, Umeå kommun
Torbjörn Lahti, Planeco Nord
Sofia Lundberg, Handelshögskolan (convener)
Anna-Karin Nilsson, Gullers grupp
Anna Pettersson, Region Västerbotten
Peter Renkel, Konftel
Oskar Riby, Uminova eXpression
Tom Sarin, Log Max AB
Ann-Christine Schmidt, Skellefteå Kraft.
Kristina Säfsten, Övik Energi
Royne Söderström, Akademiska Hus

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB) is an influential group of global policy and business leaders. The USBEs collaboration with IAB strengthens the school's international contacts and creates conditions for continuous dialogue with representatives of international business community and academia from different
countries. IAB meets usually once a year in September for a couple of days. In between the meetings we stay in touch with the individual members of the group as regards various questions which reflect their special areas of expertise.

Board members include the following:

Dr Rob Britton
Principal AirLearn, and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, USA

Professor Stewart R Clegg
University of Technology Sydney, Australien also Honorary Doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University

Professor Marian Geldner
Professor of Economics, Warsawa School of Economics, Poland

Dr. Devi R. Gnyawali
Professor and Director of Graduate Programs and Head of Department of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, USA

Håkan Olofsson
Vice President, Internal Audit at Ball Corporation, USA

Guy Pfeffermann
Founder & CEO of the Global Business School Network, Washington, DC, USA,

Professor Marianne Stenius
Professor and Rector Emerita, Hanken School of Economics, President of EIASM, Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Lois Stevenson
Entreprenologist (consulting) at Self-employed, Ottawa, CanadaDr.

Simone Raschig
Global Controlling, SAP SE, Walldorf, Germany

Dr Emma Zetterdahl
Economist, Amazon, USA

The Foundation for Economic Research - USBE

Magnus Ericson (Chair), Handelsbanken
Per Ragnarsson, Umeå University
Gregory Neely, Umeå University
Anna Pettersson, Region Västerbotten
Gunnar Bålfors, Indexator

Sofia Lundberg, USBE

Per & Eivor Wikströms Foundation

Carl Wikström (Chair)
Eivor Wikström (Vice Chair)
Anders Wikström
Åke Fredholm sekreterare
Anna Thoursie
Ruth Mannelqvist
Sofia Lundberg