Ingela Bäckström

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Background

I defended my doctoral thesis, On the Relationship between Sustainable Health and Quality Management - Leadership and organizational behaviours from Swedish organizations, in 2009. I became associate professor in 2014 and professor in 2018.

Before my academic career at Mid Sweden University, I worked at an accounting firm as an auditor and later at Ericsson as an economist, team leader and project manager.

Area of interest

As a researcher, I am interested in how leaders and organizations can work to create satisfied customers, wellbeing/prosperous employees and profitability. That is, which approaches, behaviours and methods are the key elements for success in these areas? My focus is on the relationship between quality management and sustainable health. Other research areas that I am interested in and work with is the Quality Culture, Lean, processes, Strength-based Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry.

Current research

Since 2015, I am involved in the research project "Simply Lean", a project funded by the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) with the purpose to explore how quality can be improved in Swedish companies by developing an internal coaching model to support value-based leadership. A leadership that will integrate values, organizational culture, customer needs and sustainable development. This three-year project is a collaboration between three Swedish manufacturing companies and Mid Sweden University.

I am also involved in a project that aims at measuring and improving quality culture at the organizational level. It is a collaboration between SIQ (Swedish Institute for Quality Development), the research network SQMA (Swedish Quality Management Academy) and seven organizations from the public and private sectors.

From 2018 to 2020 I am the project leader for the project Quality and Effectiveness in Health Processes (Ökad kvalitet och effektivitet i vårdkedjor),financed by The Kamprad Family Foundation. The purpose of the project is to to create new knowledge about how efficiency and quality in the healthcare care chain can be improved with focus on leadership, care continuity, security culture and learning.

Teaching and tutoring

I teach in our master's program Quality and Leadership Development, where I also tutor students in their writing of final papers for their exam.

Other information

I am the chairperson of the Council of Teaching at Undergraduate and Graduate Level (GRUR) within the Faculty of Science, Technology and Media (NMT). I was also involved in the project MIUN 2025 which discussed Mid Sweden University’s future development, as a part of one of five contrast pairs.

Publications

Articles in journals

Åslund, A. & Bäckström, I. (2017). Management processes and management’s role in customer value creation. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 9: 2, pp. 148-164.  

Cronemyr, P. , Bäckström, I. & Rönnbäck, Å. (2017). Quality culture deployment : using behaviours to explain, diagnose and improve a quality culture. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 9: 3/4, pp. 498-518.  

Snyder, K. , Hedlund, C. , Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2017). Storytelling : a co-creative process to support value-based leadership. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 9: 3/4, pp. 484-497.  

Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2017). The need for a long-term mindset when measuring the effects of lean on health-related quality management values : A case study from the public sector. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, vol. 10: 3, pp. 249-264.  

Snyder, K. , Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2016). Enhancing the study of Lean transformation through organizational culture analysis. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 8: 3, pp. 395-411.  

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Johansson, C. (2016). How Communicative Leadership influences co-workers’ health : A Quality Management perspective. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 8: 2, pp. 143-158.    

Åslund, A. & Bäckström, I. (2016). Management and customer value creation – learning from successful societal entrepreneurs. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences,

Bäckström, I. & Ingelsson, P. (2016). Measuring Appreciative Inquiry, Lean and Perceived Co-worker Health. Quality Innovation Prosperity, vol. 20: 2, pp. 105-118.    

Eriksson, M. , Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Åslund, A. (2016). Measuring customer value in commercial experiences. Total quality management and business excellence (Online),  

Åslund, A. & Bäckström, I. (2015). Creation of value to the society : a process map of the societal entrepreneurship area. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, vol. 26: 4, pp. 385-399.  

Bäckström, I. & Ingelsson, P. (2015). Is there a relationship between Lean Leaders and healthy co-workers?. Quality Innovation Prosperity, vol. 19: 2, pp. 123-136.    

Ingelsson, P. , Löfstedt, U. , Bäckström, I. & Öberg, L. (2015). Taking a Holistic Perspective on Technical Communication and Lean. Quality Innovation Prosperity, vol. 19: 2, pp. 103-122.    

Bäckström, I. , Lagrosen, Y. & Eriksson, L. (2014). Change of the quality management culture through health-promotion activities?. Total quality management and business excellence (Online), vol. 25: 11-12, pp. 1236-1246.  

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Johansson, C. (2014). Health Related Quality Management Values and Key Principles of Communicative Leadership - Are They the Same?. Quality Innovation Prosperity, vol. 18: 1, pp. 59-72.  

Bäckström, I. , Eriksson, L. & Lagrosen, Y. (2012). A health-related quality management approach to evaluating health promotion activities. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 4: 1, pp. 76-85.    

Åslund, A. & Bäckström, I. (2012). A process towards societal value within a community-based regional development project. Quality Innovation Prosperity, vol. 16: 2, pp. 71-83.    

Lagrosen, Y. , Bäckström, I. & Wiklund, H. (2012). Approach for measuring health-related quality management. The TQM Journal, vol. 24: 1, pp. 59-71.  

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Wiklund, H. (2011). Learning from others to adapt Quality Management to the future. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, vol. 22: 2, pp. 187-196.  

Lagrosen, Y. , Bäckström, I. & Lagrosen, S. (2010). The relationship between quality management and employee health - : exploring the underlying dimensions. International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, vol. 5: 2, pp. 109-123.  

Bäckström, I. , Larsson, J. & Wiklund, H. (2009). Are healthy and successful organizations working accordingly to Quality Management?. International journal of workplace health management, vol. 2: 3, pp. 245-257.  

Larsson, J. , Bäckström, I. & Wiklund, H. (2009). Leadership and organizational behaviour : Similarities between three award-winning organizations. International Journal of Management Practice, vol. 3: 4, pp. 327-345.  

Lagrosen, Y. , Bäckström, I. & Lagrosen, S. (2007). Quality management and health : a double connection. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 24: 1, pp. 49-61.  

Harnesk, R. , Schön, K. & Bäckström, I. (2005). How successful Swedish organisations achieve sustaniable health. International Journal of Management Practice, vol. 1: 3, pp. 233-250.  

Chapters in books

Bäckström, I. & Sjöstedt Landén, A. (2017). Bortom New Public Management? Berättelser om arbetssituationen i akademin. In Mitt, ditt och vårt universitet : Att förstå något gemensamt. Sundsvall/Östersund : Mid Sweden University. pp. 59-72.    

Bäckström, I. & Åslund, A. (2014). Framgångsrikt ledarskap inom samhällsentreprenöriell verksamhet. In Samhällsentreprenörskap – samverkande för lokal utveckling. Sundsvall : Mittuniversitetet (Social Science Reports from Mid Sweden University). pp. 195-209.

Lagrosen, Y. , Lagrosen, S. & Bäckström, I. (2006). Kvalitetsutveckling i vården. In HEL : Hälso- och sjukvårdens ekonomi och logistik. Göteborg : Sahlgrenska akademin vid Göteborgs universitet. pp. 112-121.

Conference papers

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. , Snyder, K. , Hedlund, C. & Lilja, J. (2017). Capturing Value-based leadership in Practice: : Insights from developing and applying an AI-interview guide. In Challenges and Opportunities of Quality in the 4th Industrial Revolution : On quality and service sciences ICQSS 2017.

Hedlund, C. , Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. , Snyder, K. & Lilja, J. (2017). Continuous Improvement of Leadership : Evaluation of peer-coaching experiments. Paper presented at the 20th QMOD Conference, Helsingör, Denmark, 4-7 August, 2017

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Snyder, K. (2017). Enhancing Sustainable Quality Culture. Paper presented at the Canadian Quality Congress, Toronto, September 7-8, 2017

Lilja, J. , Ingelsson, P. , Snyder, K. , Bäckström, I. & Hedlund, C. (2017). Metaphors : We Manage and Develop Quality by Screening and Elaborating on the Metaphors of Quality Management. Paper presented at the 20th QMOD Conference, Helsingör, Denmark, 4-7 August, 2017

Ingelsson, P. , Bäckström, I. , Snyder, K. , Lilja, J. & Hedlund, C. (2017). Truly changing the culture – learnings from a value-based top leader. In 20th QMOD conference : Challenges and Opportunities of Quality in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Snyder, K. , Bäckström, I. & Ingelsson, P. (2017). Using design thinking to foster value-based leadership and quality culture. Paper presented at the Canadian Quality Congress, Toronto, September 7-8, 2017

Cronemyr, P. , Bäckström, I. & Rönnbäck, Å. (2016). A Tool For Measuring Quality Culture. In 19th QMOD Proceedings: International Conference on Quality and Service Sciences : Building a Culture for Quality, Innovation and Sustainability.

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. , Snyder, K. , Hedlund, C. & Lilja, J. (2016). Collection of baseline data – expanding the scope. In EurOMA 2016 - Interactions.

Snyder, K. , Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2016). Helping leaders develop value-based leadership. In EurOMA Conference Proceedings : Interactions.

Lilja, J. , Bäckström, I. , Forsgren, O. , Ingelsson, P. , Noaksson, E. , Nätterlund, K. , Richardsson, D. & Åslund, A. (2016). Insights from Sustainable Cleveland 2019: An Initiative Driving Sustainable Regional Development by Large Scale Summits, Collective Visioning, and lots of Creativity, Culture, and Appreciation. In Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development. Östersund : . pp. 255--258.  

Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2016). Monitoring co-worker health and Lean culture development. In Proceedings of the 19th QMOD Conference, 2016.

Hedlund, C. , Lilja, J. , Ingelsson, P. , Bäckström, I. & Snyder, K. (2016). Research On Toyota Kata? Proposing A Future Research Agenda For The Emerging Practice. In EurOMA Conference Proceedings : Interactions 2016.

Snyder, K. , Hedlund, C. , Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2016). Storytelling as a co-creative process to build cultures of quality, innovation and sustainability. Paper presented at the 19th QMOD conference; International Conference on Quality and Service Sciences (ICQSS 2016), 21-23 September 2016, Rome

Ingelsson, P. , Bäckström, I. , Snyder, K. , Hedlund, C. & Lilja, J. (2016). Using the employee satisfaction survey as a tool for building organizational culture. In EurOMA Conference Proceedings : Interactions, 2016.

Bäckström, I. , Rönnbäck, Å. & Cronemyr, P. (2016). What values are included in Quality Culture? – A theoretical and practical collaboration. In Building a Culture for Quality, Innovation and Sustainability.

Snyder, K. , Ingelsson, P. & Bäckström, I. (2015). Conceptualizing a research framework to study systemic Lean transformation : A Critical Review. In 18th QMOD-ICQSS.

Bäckström, I. & Ingelsson, P. (2015). Exploring the relationship between Appreciative Inquiry, Lean and perceived co-worker health. In Creating a Sustaniable future through Quality : on Quality and Service Sciences ICQSS 2015, October 12-14. Lund :

Löfstedt, U. , Ingelsson, P. , Bäckström, I. & Öberg, L. (2014). Can Lean improve the status of Technical Communication? : Taking a system perspective. In 17th QMOD-ICQSS Conference, Prague, Czech Republic : Entering the Experience Economy – from product quality to experience quality. Lund :

Bäckström, I. & Ingelsson, P. (2014). Do Lean Leaders get healthy co-workers?. In 17th QMOD-ICQSS Conference, Prague, Czech Republic : Entering the Experience Economy – from product quality to experience quality. Lund :

Åslund, A. & Bäckström, I. (2014). Factors and leadership behaviours in successful societal entrepreneurships that contribute to customer value. In 17th QMOD-ICQSS Conference on Quality and Service Science in Prague, Czech Republic : Entering the Experience Economy –from product quality to experience quality. Prague :

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Johansson, C. (2013). Health Related Quality Management values and Key principles of Communicative Leadership - are they the same?. In 16th QMOD conference on Quality and Service Sciences ICQSS,4-6 September 2013, Portoroz, Slovenia : From LearnAbility and InnovAbility to SustainAbility.. pp. 164--177.  

Åslund, A. & Bäckström, I. (2012). A process towards societal value within a community-based regional development project. In Proceedings of the 15th QMOD-ICQSS conference. Poznan, Poland :  

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Wiklund, H. (2012). Measuring the Starting Points for a Lean Journey. In 15 th QMOD conference : From LearnAbility and InnovAbility to SustainAbility. Poznan : (QMOD). pp. 146--156.  

Bäckström, I. , Eriksson, L. & Lagrosen, Y. (2011). A health-related Quality Management approach to evaluating health promotion activities.. In QMOD Conference on Quality and Service Sciences 2011 : From LearnAbility & InnovAbility to SustainAbility. San Sebastian : . pp. 188--197.  

Åslund, A. , Bäckström, I. & Richardsson, D. (2011). Managing by Appreciative Leadership to create efficient organizations and healthy co-workers. Paper presented at the ICQSS 2011, 14th OMOD International Conference on Quality and Service Sciences, August, 2011, San Sebastian.  

Åslund, A. , Bäckström, I. & Wiklund, H. (2011). Soci(et)al entrepreneurship from a Quality Management perspective. In ICSB world conference : Back to the future, Changes in perspectives of global entrepreneurship and innovation. Stockholm :    

Bäckström, I. & Lagrosen, Y. (2010). Are successful organizations working in a way that provides co-workers with what they need to be healthy?. In 14th QMOD conference on Quality and Service Sciences ICQSS 2011, Cottbus, Germany, August 29 - 31 2010.

Ingelsson, P. , Bäckström, I. & WIklund, H. (2010). Measuring the soft sides of TQM and Lean. In 13th QMOD Conference, 31 Aug – 1 Sept 2010 Cottbus, Germany.

Bäckström, I. & Lagrosen, Y. (2007). Developing a measurement system for health-related quality management.. In .

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Wiklund, H. (2007). Learning from chaos : a necessity for adapting quality management to the future?. Paper presented at the 10th QMOD International Conference, Quality Management & Organizational Development, June, 2007, Helsingborg.

Bäckström, I. , Larsson, J. & Wiklund, H. (2005). Management methodologies for sustaniable health : A case study at three Swedish organisations. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Quality Management for Organisational and Regional Development : QMOD 2005 : QMOD 2005 Palermo, Italy 29.06.2005 - 01.07.2005. Luleå : . pp. 703--712.

Lagrosen, Y. & Bäckström, I. (2005). Values of TQM and employee health: an exploration and comparison of two manufacturing departments. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Quality Management for Organisational and Regional Development : QMOD 2005 : QMOD 2005 Palermo, Italy 29.06.2005 - 01.07.2005. Luleå : . pp. 371--378.

Edenhagen, G. , Bäckström, I. , Schön, L. & Wiklund, H. (2004). Improving continuing engineering education through institutional co-operation : a swedish case study. In Proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education – Tokyo May 15–20, 2004 : 9th IACEE World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education.. pp. 195--200.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Bäckström, I. (2009). On the Relationship between Sustainable Health and Quality Management : Leadership and organizational behaviours from Swedish organizations. Dis. (Comprehensive summary) Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University, 2009 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : 71)  

Licentiate theses, comprehensive summaries

Bäckström, I. (2006). Quality Management for Sustainable Health : Methodologies, Values and Practices taken from Swedish Organizations. Lic. (Comprehensive summary) Luleå : Universitetstryckeriet, 2006 (LTU-LIC : 2006:49)

Reports

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. , Löfstedt, U. , Mårtensson, A. & Öberg, L. (2014). Projekt Kundanpassad teknikinformation – KATI : Kvalitetsarbete inom teknikinformation – Goda exempel och utvecklingsbehov.  

Ahlin, K. , Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. , Löfstedt, U. , Mårtensson, A. , Åslund, A. & Öberg, L. (2014). Projekt Kundanpassad teknikinformation – KATI : Slutrapport – med fokus på förslag på arbetssätt och metoder.  

Bäckström, I. , Ingelsson, P. & Wreder, Å. (2005). Achieving Sustaniable Health Among Co-workers : A case study at FöreningsSparbanken. Luleå : Luleå University of Technology (Research Report 2005:1).

Bäckström, I. , Harnesk, R. & Schön, K. (2004). Empiriskt underlag till forskningsrapporten "hur framgångsrika organisationer uppnår hållbar hälsa". Luleå : Luleå Tekniska Universitet (Research Report 2004:4).