About me

I am a senior researcher at Karolinska Instiutet (KI) and professor in work science at Karlstad University. I am associate professor (docent) and at KTH and I got my PhD at KTH on the thesis "The dangerous commitment" with professor Jan Forslin as Supervisor. 

Research description

My research embraces several, but connected, sub areas within Industrial Work Science. The core of my publications contributes to the sub areas work environment, organisational change, project management, digitalisation of work, management, leadership, and human resource management – all with a special focus on the work situation of the individual. I have mainly studied industrial settings, but since I have been working part time at Karolinska Institutet the last nine years I have also broadened the research perspective and included health care organisations and municipalities within my research. My research is mainly qualitative, but also includes quantitative research methods.

Teaching portfolio

My subject areas for teaching are: leadership, group development, stress and sustainable work, change management, and organisation. I teach in undergraduate courses at KI and Karlstad university. An overall perspective that can summarize my educational standpoint is what I want to accomplish with my teaching. I want to create an interest in my topic and give undergraduate students opportunities to become good leaders, and thus create sustainable jobs, i.e. work that is sustainable from both economic and human perspectives. Some examples of my teaching:


Academic honours, awards and prizes

HR Forskningspriset, 2022

S:ta Ragnhildmedaljen, 2016 http://www.sodertalje.se/Kommun-demokrati/Om-kommunen/Press/Pressmeddelanden/Kristina-Palm-tilldelas-Sta-Ragnhildsmedaljen/