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Bo Gyllenpalm
Bo Gyllenpalm, PhD
Adjunct Faculty and Faculty Emeritus - School of Human & Organizational Development
Nynashamn, Sweden

  • PhD, MHS, Fielding Graduate University
  • MBA, INSEAD (The European Institute of Business Administration)
  • BA, Stockholm School of Economics

Areas of Instruction:

  • The World Café
  • Resistance to Change
  • Leadership and Management

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Organizational Learning
  • Leadership and Management
  • Mindset, how we perceive the world 

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Organizational Learnin


  • Chapter in “Führung neu verorten”, Der Gabler Verlag, 2007
  • Ingmar Bergman and Creative Leadership, Stabim, 2005
  • Chapter in “Handbook of Online Learning”, Sage Publications, 2002
  • Chapter in “Management of Organizational Behavior”, Prentis Hall, 2001

Professional Experience:

Bo Gyllenpalm has served as President for several companies, two of which he has been instrumental in turning around from major financial loss situations. The first one was Phonogram, a record company owned by Philips & Siemens, where Bo reorganized the company and signed new artists like Dire Straights, Elvis Costello, Bob Geldoff and many others. Another company over which Bo presided was Siemens Hushallsapparater AB, which before Bo became the President was a division of the Swedish Siemens Group and had been running at heavy losses for many years. The division was broken out and Bo became President, reporting directly to Siemens in Germany. In less than four years Bo's restructuring and reorganization efforts had restored the company to profitability.

Prior to his work with Siemens, Bo was Assistant Regional Director for EMI Scandinavia where he was responsible for developing a record pressing factory. Bo was responsible for raising the necessary capital, locating a suitable site, leading a team to design and construct the factory and finally launching it into full production. Bo also has worked as a Systems Engineer for IBM in Sweden and in 1980 he was employed by the American Embassy in Stockholm to open the first US Cultural Center in Scandinavia during a very turbulent time. Bo also served as the head of the US Press Center during the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment that was held in Stockholm 1992.

In 1984 Bo became a partner and senior management consultant in Indevo AB where he worked for several years before starting his own management company, Situational Services AB. He is currently the President of this company, which serves customers both in Europe and in the USA. Bo focuses his interest as a scholar practitioner on personal and organizational development and large-scale transformational change processes. He is also engaged in research on how humans tend to create rigid epistemological constructs and in developing methods and tools designed to expand these mental frameworks.




Other Professional Activities:

  • Board member of Trager International
  • Boardmember of The World Café Community foundation
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