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Borje Saxberg
Office: 309
Mackenzie Hall

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353200
Seattle, WA 98195-3200

Creativity and innovation in the global market provide the core of competitive advantage, but natural creativity comes from reviving the child in us. To gain this advantage in the bureaucracy requires the simultaneous existence of parallel organizations - one for execution and control, and one for creativity and innovation.

Borje Saxberg

Professor Emeritus of Management


PhD University of Illinois (1958)
PhD University of Illinois (1953)
BS Oregon State University (1952)
BA Swedish School of Business Administration, Finland (1950)

Current Research

Management of creativity and innovation in a bureaucracy

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1957
Visiting professor at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, 1970-1971
Visiting associate professor at Syracuse University, 1961

Selected Publications

  1. The Action Research Model Applied to the Management of Interdisciplinary Research in University and Industrial Settings
    Journal Article:Saxberg, B.O., (1985). R & D Management, Vol. 15(1),
  2. Isolates and Deviants in the United States and Japan: Productive Nonconformists or Costly Troublemakers?
    Journal Article:Hanke, J. J., & Saxberg, B.O., (1985). Comparative Social Research, Vol. 8, pp. 219-243.
  3. Managing High Technology
    Book:Mar, B.W., & Newell, W.T., (1985).
  4. Personality and leadership behavior
    Book:Knowles, H.P., & Saxberg, B.O., (1971). Addison-Wesley


Rolls-Royce Limited and Short Brothers (UK), development training for managers of engineers and scientists
Boeing, executive development and education

Honors and Awards

Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, 1995
PhD Students Professor Exemplar, 1963
Ford Foundation Faculty Study Fellowship, 1960-1961

Academic Service

Founding Director Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (PEI), 1990-1995
Chairman of the Department of Management and Organization, 1972-1976, & 1989-1993
Chairman of UW Faculty Senate, 1981-1982
Secretary-treasurer of the Western Academy of Management, 1975-1984
Visiting professor at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, 1970-1971
Associate Dean of graduate programs, 1967-1970