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Freddy Hällstén

Senior lecturer

Freddy Hällstén
Senior lecturer
Management and Organisation
+46 31 786 1508

Room number: J510
Postal Address: Box 610, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg

Department of Business Administration (More Information)
Box 610
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1466
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 411 24 Göteborg

About Freddy Hällstén

My research area is called value-adding Human Resource Management, which includes a project dealing with HR transformation. The project has explored how HR has been organised with an aim of increasing business orientation and value creation and how this has affected the other parts of the organisation. The concept of HR transformation is often used to describe changes in the HR organisation that are based on the principle of dividing the HR function into three parts, so-called shared service organisation: service centres, expert units and local HR business partners. The project shows that many companies have adopted the HR transformation concept and apparently copied the ways large multinationals organise their HR functions. In practice, however, many different ways of organising HR emerge, suggesting the presence of ‘HR transformations’. Whether we see HR transformation as a concept or as a number of different transformations, the changes are not as significant as the advocates had hoped. It is not enough to change the organisation of the HR work with a focus on the HR function – in order to be successful you also need to have line managers and other actors on board. Also these groups are affected by the changes. A great deal of work also remains with respect to the HR function’s business orientation and value creation. We continue to monitor the reorganisation efforts and quest for value creation in HR, including the progression of the international/global transformation.

In 2013, our research on HR transformation earned us the Swedish HR research-of-the-year prize.

In the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s, I studied areas such as HR accounting and managers’ HR responsibilities, as well as employeeship/coworkership and ethics. The research results concerning employeeship (or coworkership) are presented in the book Medarbetarskap i praktiken (Employeeship in Practice, Studentlitteratur 2006). In 2007, we published a practically oriented handbook, Medarbetarskap från ord till handling (Employeeship From Words to Action, Liber). This book was also published in Norway. In 2016 a chapter was published in International Human Resource Management (Dickmann, Brewster and Sparrow - eds.) (Routledge): Nordic HRM - Distinctiveness and Resilience (together with Andersen, T.)

Research areas

  • Human Resource Management

Teaching areas

  • Human Resource Management
  • Ethics
  • Leadership och Coworkership
  • Organization theory

Selected publications

HR transformation and shared services: Adoption and adaptation in Swedish organisations
Boglind, Anders, Hällsten, Freddy, Thilander, Per
Personnel Review, 40:5, s. 570-588, 2011

Förmåga till medarbetarskap
Hällsten, Freddy
Arbets(o)förmåga - ur ett mångdisciplinärt perspektiv. Vahlne Westerhäll, L. (red.), Stockholm : Santérus förlag, s. 89-112, 2008

Nordic HRM: Distinctiveness and Resilience
Andersen, Torben, Hällsten, Freddy
International Human Resource Management: Contemporary HR Issues in Europe. Eds.: Dickmann, M., Brewster, C. and Sparrow, P, London : Routledge, s. 100-114, 2016

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HR transformation and shared service organisation on export - theoretical frames
Freddy Hällstén, Per Thilander
XI International Workshop Human Resource Management, Sevilla, 25-26 October 2018, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper



Nordic HRM: Distinctiveness and Resilience
Torben Andersen, Freddy Hällstén
International Human Resource Management: Contemporary HR Issues in Europe. Eds.: Dickmann, M., Brewster, C. and Sparrow, P. , London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book



Societal contingency of HR managerial power sources: The relevance of experience and academic degree of HR executives for HR managers' strategic positions
Astrid Reichel, Julia Brandl, Freddy Hällsten, Wolfgang Mayrhofer
IFSAM – International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, June 26th – 29th 2012, University of Limerick, Ireland, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper


Career Perspectives for Personnel Managers in the HR Shared Service Organization
Freddy Hällsten
Nordic Academy of Management conference 2011, Stockholm University, August 22–24, Conference contribution 2011
Conference contribution


HR Transformation in the Swedish context – global concepts, local adaptations
Anders Boglind, Freddy Hällsten, Per Thilander
the Dutch HRM Conference, VU University, Amsterdam, 13-14 November 2009, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper


Förmåga till medarbetarskap
Freddy Hällsten
Arbets(o)förmåga - ur ett mångdisciplinärt perspektiv. Vahlne Westerhäll, L. (red.), Stockholm, Santérus förlag, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Medarbeiderskap – fra ord till handling
Johan Velten, Christer Ackerman, Freddy Hällsten, Stefan Tengblad
Oslo, Universitetsforlaget, Textbook 2008

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