Martin Blom est professeur agrégé en administration des affaires à l’École de Lund d’économie et management en Suède. Durant son séjour de deux semaines à HEC Montréal sur invitation de Cyrille Sardais, titulaire de la Chaire de leadership Pierre-Péladeau, il a tenu une conférence intitulée « Leadership on demand: How followers frame and initiate leadership in a Swedish high-tech organization ». Ce séminaire a souligné l’importance de la « demande » en leadership lorsque des relations entre « leader » et « suiveur » sont établies ainsi que la question de savoir comment les « suiveurs » peuvent influencer, inhiber et initier le leadership managérial et ce que cela signifie pour les managers. À la veille de son départ, il nous a accordé une petite entrevue (en anglais) sur ses intérêts de recherche et sa visite à HEC Montréal.
What are your research interests?
I would say that my research interests are rather broad and full of contrasts! Besides doing research on leadership and followership (which has been my focus the last ten years) I currently also lead a research project on Corporate Governance, where we are looking into how Swedish boards have changed in terms of structure, behaviour, priorities and values the last 25 years.
What motivated you to stay in Montréal (at the Pierre Péladeau Chair of Leadership) as a visiting professor?
I was very happy to get the invitation by Professor Sardais to spend some time here at HEC. The two of us have met at conferences during the years and we soon realised that we had similar interests and that it would be interesting to cooperate and keep in touch.
During your visit at HEC Montréal, did you participate in academic activities, conferences, etc..? Which ones?
I held a seminar based on the research we have conducted back in Sweden, which generated a lot of good and interesting questions and stimulating discussions. I have also met with a few PhD students and discussed their work. In addition to that, Cyrille and I have had plenty of time to discuss each other’s texts and ideas.
What did you like most during your stay?
HEC – and Montréal as a city – is a truly a stimulating place to visit! It is, of course, always good to broaden your horizon by visiting other universities around the world, but the mix of cultures, perspectives and ideas that I have experienced here at HEC has indeed been very inspirational. Spontaneous meetings and conversations with fellow academics from different disciplines and parts of the world are as usual both pleasant and rewarding. In sum, I would really like to thank HEC and especially Cyrille Sardais for these weeks here. My home university LUSEM is lucky to have this long tradition of exchange, traditionally focused on student exchange, together with HEC.