Helene Ahl

CeFEO Affiliated Professor

School of Education and Communication
Department of Pedagogy and Psychology
Jönköping University


Helene Ahl is a professor and researcher at Encell, the National Centre for Lifelong Learning at the School of Education and Communication and a CeFEO Affiliated Professor. Her research projects include work on motivation and adult learning, research on work place learning and research within feminist theory and entrepreneurship, Embla. At present she leads a research project on women's entrepreneurship in rural areas, another one on mothers who start their own business, and a third on integration of Syrians to the Swedish society, in co-operation with McMaster University in Canada. She is also Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Lancaster University Management School. She teaches Gender and Organization at the Human Resource Management Program, and Gender Education for university professors. She also supervises doctoral students.


Helene Ahl, born in 1958, received her BSc in Business Administration in 1982, and her Master of Education degree at Lund University in 1984. She then moved to the USA where she received an M.B.A. at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until 1996 she worked at different companies in the USA and in Sweden with marketing, market analysis, advertising, export sales and product development. She received her PhD degree at Jönköping International Business School in 2002. Her award winning thesis is a feminist, critical discourse analysis of research texts on women's entrepreneurship.