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Carina Gråbacke


Carina Gråbacke
+46 31 786 4442

Room number: L212
Postal Address: Box 650, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41123 Göteborg

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About Carina Gråbacke

The interaction between economic development and institutional change is the basis of my research, which focuses on entrepreneurship and business in Sweden during the 20th century. In my dissertation, I studied how trade unions act when confronted with the consequences of innovations in their own sector of the economy. The labor movement in Sweden has (had?) a very strong influence on how institutions are designed and the movement is thus a central actor in studying business history. I have also studied the firms that the labor movement in Sweden established in the first half of the 20th century, which resulted in the book När folket tog semester [When the people went on holiday] (2008). The basic research questions revolves around corporate governance and strategic direction of firms that has other goals than to make profit, and a conclusion is that this creates major control and evaluation problems. 

On behalf of the trade union IF Metall, I have written about the Swedish mining, metal and engineering industry, a project that spanned nearly a decade and covers the period from the late 1950s to the present. Another branch of industry which I have studied close is the Swedish textile and clothing industry. Within the framework of a project, funded by Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations, I have studied the role of fashion in the process that led to that Sweden today has no clothing industry. On a more general level, it is a concrete example of the growth of the knowledge economy and the shift from manufacturing to services production, a process that I analyze in the book Kläder, shopping och flärd [Clothing, shopping and frivolity] (2015). 

Currently, I work almost exclusively with education matters, especially in my role as responsible for the Bachelor Program in Business and Economics.

Research areas

  • Business history, Fashion studies

Teaching areas

  • Development of the fashion industry and fashion consumption

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Den globaliserade kapitalismen.
Carina Gråbacke, Jan Jörnmark, Staffan Stranne
Ett nytt sätt att tänka och handla - vägval i motvind. Svenska Metallindustriarbetareförbundet 1982-2005., Stockholm, IF Metall, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book




Das schwedische Reiseunternehmen Reso und die Organisierung der Freizeit in der Zwischenkriegszeit.
Carina Gråbacke
Nordost-Archiv: Zeitschrift für Regionalgeschichte, Magazine article 2011
Magazine article


The Making of the Million Programme
Carina Gråbacke, Jan Jörnmark
Science for Welfare and Warfare: Technology and State Initiative in Cold War Sweden, Sagamore Beach, MA, Science History Publications, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Trade Associations in Clothing 1970 to 2000 – a Comparison between Denmark and Sweden
Carina Gråbacke, K Jensen
Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the European Business History Association, Glasgow, 26-28 August 2010., Conference contribution 2010
Conference contribution


Fackföreningsrörelsen och disciplineringen av de smala intressena
Carina Gråbacke
Nya perspektiv på Saltsjöbadsavtalet, Stockholm, SNS, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book


Teknisk förändring och internationalisering: metall- och verkstadsindustrin under de gyllene åren och 1970-talskrisen
Carina Gråbacke
Det lyser en framtid: Svenska metallindustriarbetareförbundet 1957-1981 , Stockholm, IF Metall, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book


Organised Leisure for the Working Class - European Popular Travel and Leisure Organisations in the Interwar Period
Carina Gråbacke
Economic History Society Annual Conference 31 March-2 April 2006, University of Reading, Conference contribution 2006
Conference contribution

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