Management Practices for the Future of Work with Nicholas Bloom

Seminar Thu 19 October 2023
time and place

Thursday 19 October 2023, 09:30–16:00
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm.

How does remote work affect productivity, workers, and profitability? And what characterizes management practices in Swedish organizations? We warmly welcome you to join this discussion featuring esteemed panelists including Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom, Thomas Ekman, CEO of Axel Johnson, and Hanna Fager, Chief People Officer at Volvo Cars.

Nicholas Bloom is a globally recognized expert on remote and hybrid work. He also leads the World Management Survey, a two-decade initiative gathering data from thousands of companies across the world to analyze the impact of management practices on organizational outcomes. During the conference, he will share new research insights, including those specific to Sweden.

Thomas Ekman, the newly appointed CEO of Axel Johnson, will share his insights from years of revered corporate leadership on the future of leadership practices. Joining the conversation is Joakim Tåg, Professor of Economics, whose research underscores how placing the right people in the right position can improve companies’ competitiveness. Additionally, hear from Hanna Fager, Chief People Officer at Volvo Cars, about why on-site work remains the starting point for Sweden’s largest employer.

This conference is tailored for executives in businesses, top civil servants and leading researchers. Throughout the day, multiple opportunities will be provided for attendees to engage with and discuss new research, as well as exchange knowledge and experiences. The conference will conclude with a networking session accompanied by refreshments.

09:00 Breakfast at SNS

09:30 Session 1: Management Practices and Organizational Outcomes

Lunch at SNS

Breakout sessions (in Swedish)

Coffee break at SNS

Session 2: The Future of Remote Work

Summary and concluding remarks

Cirka 15:30 Refreshments at SNS


Katarina Berg, Chief Human Resources Officer, Spotify

Nicholas Bloom, William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University

Thomas Ekman, CEO of Axel Johnson

Hanna Fager, Chief People Officer, Volvo Cars

Joacim Tåg, Professor of Economics and Program Director for the Research Program on Firm Competitiveness at IFN


By personal invitation only. If you have any inquiries, please reach out to project manager Emelie Lekebjer at