Anna Rylander

I am the project manager of DESMA and scientist-in-charge for the research theme on design management methods. I am also a senior researcher with the Business & Design Lab, a collaboration between the School of Design and Crafts and the School of Business, Economics and Law at theUniversity of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Research interests evolve around the role of design and the physical environment in knowledge work, and art and design as approach to knowledge creation. My empirical studies have focused on the role of workplace design in identity construction as well as the design process as an approach to innovation. I am currently exploring designers’ aesthetic practices and the role of aesthetics in research and knowledge work. I am deeply inspired by pragmatist philosophy, especially John Dewey, William James and G. H. Mead whose thoughts provide the foundation for theoretical developments.

I hold a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. Prior to joining academia I worked as a management consultant based in London, UK, helping clients in Europe, US and Australia to formulate their strategy and identify, manage and measure their intangible assets. I also take an active interest in supporting social entrepreneurship and have held several board positions in this area.

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