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Thomas Jordan

Senior lecturer

Thomas Jordan
Senior lecturer
Workplace conflicts,conflict management, constructive communication, conflict management systems
+46 31 786 5663

Room number: F411
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg
Duties: Research and teaching on conflict managment in organizations

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Thomas Jordan


Thomas Jordan holds a PhD in Economic Geography, is Associate Professor in Human Geography and since 2011 Senior Lecturer in work science. I finished my PhD in 1992 at the Gothenburg University with a dissertation on international specialization in the manufacturing industry, with a case study of the Swedish pump industry.
In the period 1985-2000 I taught mainly economic geography and international relations. I participated in the establishment of the courses in conflict resolution at Gothenburg University from 1993 onwards. Since 2000, I have completely changed direction and my research has centered on workplace conflicts, robust collaboration cultures in organizations, meaning-making in social issues, change agency and deliberative methods for complex issues.
I have been project leader for 13 externally funded research projects during the period 1993-2012. Since 2005, I am working half-time outside the university as trainer, coach and consultant expert, alongside teaching and research at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the Gothenburg University. I have led over 300 one-, two- and three-day workshops for various types of clients, mainly on management of workplace conflicts, robust collaboration cultures and adult development in the workplace.
I have an English language website with some English language publications and other texts, but it has not been updated recently: www.perspectus.se/tjordan


In recent years, research has taken up 20-25% of my working time. A three-year research project funded by the Knowledge Foundation was formally terminated in 2012, "From concerned citizens to effective societal entrepreneurs," focused on studying skills and methodology for skillful management of complex issues. My doctoral student Pia Andersson is working on these issues as part of her dissertation.
Ongoing research projects

During 2013-2014, I work with a small research project titled "Methodology for destructive workplace conflict: tacit knowledge and theories of change," funded by AFA. As part of the project, 12 experienced organizational consultants will be interviewed about their theories of change and ways of intervening in conflicts in workgroups where the parties are unaccustomed to reflect on interpersonal processes.

Teaching and supervision

My present university teaching is primarily in the fields of conflict, conflict management and conflict prevention, but I also teach theory of science and and method. I supervise student theses related to the theme of conflict in the workplace.

Latest publications

Integrationsfrämjande genom dialog. Praktiker och förändringsteorier i sex verksamheter
Thomas Jordan
Göteborg, Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet, Report 2019

Att bygga en robust samarbetskultur. Förebygga konflikter i arbetslivet
Thomas Jordan, Helén Carlson, Anette Olheim
Malmö, Gleerups, Book 2019

Adult development meets social sciences—Reviewing the state of the art
Thomas Jordan, Elke Fein
Behavioral Development Bulletin, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Utredningar av kränkande särbehandling i arbetslivet. En explorativ empirisk studie av 81 fall.
Thomas Jordan
Göteborg, Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet, Report 2016

Deliberative Methods for Complex Issues: A typology of functions that may need scaffolding
Thomas Jordan
Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, Journal article 2014
Journal article

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Att hantera och förebygga konflikter på arbetsplatsen
Thomas Jordan
Stockholm, Lärarförbundet, Book 2006


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