Roy Nyberg

 Roy Nyberg

Roy Nyberg is an OII DPhil student. He has interests in the area of organizational theory and technological innovation.


My DPhil thesis investigates the communicative political behaviour behind the emergence of technology innovation. Following recent literature in the field of economic sociology it takes technology emergence as dependent on institutional change, such as the adoption of a technical standard or new rules of market competition in an industry. Such changes take place through collective action where partisan actors confront each other with conflicting claims and arguments, resulting in a dialectical process that creates and changes institutional arrangements. As a case study I am tracking the emergence of mobile technology into health care. This area is undergoing a stage of early development, an 'era of ferment', that consists of communications that seek either to promote or negate the adoption of this technology innovation. My research focuses on the UK and Finland, which are both advanced in mobile technology markets, yet have different histories in the evolution of telemedicine and differently organised health care systems.

My other academic interests cover strategic management, technology and innovation as well as organisational challenges in a world of institutional change.

My own history consists of two degrees in political science and one in management and organisation theory, at York University (Canada), the London School of Economics, and the Said Business School, Oxford, respectively. In addition, my professional career includes technology and strategy implementation work in the airline industry, in regional government (in Finland) as well as in an entrepreneurial capacity.

Research interests

organizational change and excellence, strategic management, diffusion, innovation, market building, public sector management, organizational strategy work and new technologies, philosophy of social science in the age of the Internet

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2009 -


Nyberg, R. (forthcoming) Examining Institutional Entrepreneurship at Early Moments: The Case of Mobile Health in England and Finland. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.



  • Smart cities, part three: Taking advantage of big data – but to what effect?

    Roy Nyberg on 26 Jun 2014 09:32AM

    In this conference on smart cities that I went to (see previous posts), one of the prominent topics was big data and how to take advantage of that in connection with smart cities. The presenters were mostly of academic affiliation … Continue reading [...]

  • Smart cities, part two: tracking successes and challenges

    Roy Nyberg on 19 Jun 2014 09:58AM

    As I discussed in my previous post, presentations at the expo in Kyoto conveyed much optimism about smart cities technologies. Almost all initiatives exhibited showed positive results. City officials illustrated various transport, energy, water usage etc. [...]

  • Smart cities, part one: smart appearances

    Roy Nyberg on 9 Jun 2014 01:30AM

    Smart cities are happening now, near you. Some time ago I attended a smart cities expo in Kyoto. It was an assembly of the usual attendees, from public administration, academic institutions, economic development agencies, technology companies, utilities. [...]

  • On building systems

    Roy Nyberg on 20 Oct 2011 15:15PM

    Entrepreneurship tends to be quite tricky. I think they call it the ‘valley of death’, the first five years of running a business, meaning that is the time when most businesses fail. These failing businesses have been unable to create … Continue [...]

  • On the doing of innovations at the Do Lectures

    Roy Nyberg on 5 Sep 2011 15:44PM

    I return to my earlier point in these blog postings about how innovation is much more about doing than the idea. On the Weekend FT (Financial Times, 3-4.9.2011, Life and Arts section, p.8) there is an article about an alternative … Continue reading [...]

  • How change in politics and business are similar

    Roy Nyberg on 1 Aug 2011 14:42PM

    This might be a somewhat small point, but a point nevertheless: there is a parallel between change in politics and change in business. Recent events in political changes offer a glimpse to general dynamics of change. In more ‘normal’ conditions … [...]

  • Innovations – Not about future but about today

    Roy Nyberg on 6 Jul 2011 13:03PM

    I came across an interesting news piece the other day. It discussed Tesco’s, the British supermarket chain’s, attempts to gain ground in the South Korean market, where it has been number 2 behind the local incumbent, E-Mart. They did not … Continue [...]

  • Mobile phones – a paradigm shift?

    Roy Nyberg on 26 Jun 2011 08:20AM

    The most recent discussion in my current research project, on how a new technological innovation (here mobile technology) begins to take shape in a highly structured and established area of societal activity (here health care), raised one particularly [...]

  • Innovations – stop talking about ideas

    Roy Nyberg on 19 Jun 2011 18:20PM

    For some time already I have been struck by how thin most (popular press as well as casual) discussions regarding innovating and innovations are. This showed particularly clearly at the Healthcare Innovation Expo in London in March 2011, where I … [...]