Christian Johansson, Senior Lecturer

Product Development Research Lab (PDRL) | School of Engineering | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Short Bio

Christian Johansson got his PhD at Luleå University of Technology in 2009 within the area of knowledge managment within a product development context.

Christian's main focus and areas of interest lies within engineering design, design thinking, knowledge enabled engineering, and decision support.


Research focus: 

  • Knowledge Maturity and Decision Support
  • Design Thinking
  • Knowledge Engineering


  • Model Driven Development and Decision Support (MD3S) KKS research profile. More info.



PhD Supervisor for:

  • Md. Shafiqul Islam (assistant supervisor) 

Christian has been supervisor for:
  • Massimo Panarotto (PhD 2015)
  • Alessandro Bertoni (PhD 2013)
  • Koteshwar Chirumalla (PhD 2013)


Christian is Programme Director for the Master's Programme in Sustainable Product Service System Innovation (MSPI). See MSPI web for more information about the program.

Christian teaches in the following courses:

  • Extreme PSS Innovation - MT2544 (resp.) 
  • Design Thinking - MT2547 (resp.)
  • Knowledge Enabled Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Project Course 1
  • Innovative and Sustainable Product Development



Bertoni, Alessandro, Marco Bertoni, Massimo Panarotto, Christian Johansson, Tobias C. Larsson. Value-driven product service systems development: Methods and industrial applications. CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology.

Johansson, Christian, Jenny Elfsberg, Tobias C. Larsson, Martin Frank, Larry J. Leifer, Niklas Nilsson, Victor Söderberg. (2016). Urban Mining as a Case for PSS. Procedia CIRP, Volume 47, 2016, Pages 460–465, Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle.

Ericson, ÅJohansson, C & Nergård, H 2015, ‘Manufacturing knowledge: going from production of things to designing value in use‘ Intelligent Decision Technologies, vol 9, nr 1, s. 79-89.,10.3233/IDT-140207.

Bertoni, M., Bertoni, A. & Johansson, C. (2015). Knowledge Enabled Engineering. International Workshop of Advanced Manufacturing and Automation. Shanghai, China. Trans Tech Publications Inc.

Bertoni, A., Bertoni, M. & Johansson, C. (2015). Analysing the effects of value drivers and knowledge maturity in preliminary design decision-making. Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Design, Milan, Italy. Design Society.

Bertoni, A., Bertoni, M., Panarotto, M., Johansson, C. & Larsson, T. (2015). Expanding Value Driven Design to meet Lean Product Service Development.  In: Xavier Boucher and Daniel Brissaud (Ed.), 7th Industrial Product-Service Systems Conference: IPSS. Pp. 197-202. Elsevier.

Karlsson, A., Törlind, P. & Johansson, C. (2014). Managing Rejected Ideas from Projects— A Way to Avoid Idea Cemeteries. Proceedings of International Product Development Management Conference. Limerick, Ireland: EIASM.

Johansson, C. (2014). Managing uncertainty and ambiguity in gates: Decision making in aerospace product development. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 11(2), pp.21.

Bertoni, M., Bertoni, A., Isaksson, O., Amnell, H., & Johansson, C. (2013). Value-oriented concept selection in aero-engine sub-systems design: the EVOKE approach. i Proceeding of the 23rd Annual INCOSE International Symposium.

Chirumalla, K., Bertoni, A., Parida, A., Johansson, C., & Bertoni, M. (2013). Performance measurement framework for product-service systems: a balanced scorecard approach. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 9(2), 146-164.

Chirumalla, K., Bertoni, M., & Johansson, C. (2013). Experience feedback using social media: from the product lifecycle phases to the design practices. i Meier, H. (Redaktör), Product-Service Integration for Sustainable Solutions. (s. 459-471). Springer. (Lecture Notes in Production Engineering). doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-30820-8_39

Nergård, H., Johansson, C., Solvang, B., Solvang, W. D., Kärkkäinen, J., Pieskä, S., & Rättyä, J. (2012). Current status and upcoming needs in SME’s in Northern regions of Finland, Norway and Sweden: Technologies, personnel, market and ICT in the business process. Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet. (Research report / Luleå University of Technology).

Bertoni, M., Chirumalla, K., & Johansson, C. (2012). Social technologies for cross-functional product development: SWOT analysis and implications. i 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS). (s. 3918-3927). Los Alamos, Calif.: IEEE. (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences ). doi: 10.1109/HICSS.2012.538

Chirumalla, K., Johansson, C., Bertoni, M., & Isaksson, O. (2012). Capturing and sharing lessons learned across boundaries: a video-based approach. i Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems .

Johansson, C., Karlsson, J., Kaplan, A., Bertoni, M., & Chirumalla, K. (2012). Enhancing intra-cognitive communication between engineering designers and operators: a case study in the laser welding industry. i Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Communications. (s. 493-497). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/CogInfoCom.2012.6422031

Ericson, Å., Holmqvist, J., Johansson, C., & Wenngren, J. (2011). A quest for knowledge?. Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet. (Research report / Luleå University of Technology).

Bertoni, M., Johansson, C., & Larsson, T. (2011). Methods and tools for knowledge sharing in product development. i Bordegoni, M., & Rizzi, C. (redaktörer), Innovation in Product Design. (s. 37-53 ). London: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-85729-775-4_3

Bergström, M., Parida, V., & Johansson, C. (2011). Assessment of team based innovation in a Product Service System development process. i Chakrabarti, A. (Redaktör), Research into Design. (s. 711-718). Bangalore, India: Research Publishing Services.

Johansson, C., Hicks, B., Larsson, A., & Bertoni, M. (2011). Knowledge maturity as a means to support decision making during product-service systems development projects in the aerospace sector. Project Management Journal, 42(2), 32-50. doi: 10.1002/pmj.20218

Kastensson, Å., & Johansson, C. (2011). Decision-making in gates: based on formal basis or gut feeling?. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 7(2), 140-152. doi: 10.1504/IJTIP.2011.043199

Bertoni, M., Bertoni, A., & Johansson, C. (2011). Towards assessing the value of aerospace components: a conceptual scenario. i Culley, S., Hicks, B., McAloone, T., & Howard, T. J. (redaktörer), Impacting society through engineering design . (s. 226-235). Glasgow: Design Society. (DS / Design Society; Nr 68).

Holmqvist, J., Wenngren, J., Ericson, Å., Johansson, C., & Thor, P. (2011). Sharing expertise: Easier said than done. i Hesselbach, J., & Herrmann, C. (redaktörer), Functional thinking for value creation . (s. 201-206). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-19689-8_36

Johansson, P., & Johansson, C. (2011). Perceptions of and challenges with knowledge sharing: enterprise collaboration in a virtual aeronautical enterprise. i Culley, S. J., Hicks, B. J., McAloone, T. C., Howard, T. J., & Chen, W. (redaktörer), Impacting society through engineering design. (s. 332-341). Design Society. (Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design ). (DS / Design Society; Nr 68).

Johansson, C., & Ericson, Å. (2011). Visualization of knowledge maturity for product-service system development. i Chakrabarti, A. (Redaktör), Research into Design. (s. 312-319). Bangalore, India: Research Publishing Services.

Johansson, P., Johansson, C., & Isaksson, O. (2010). Take the knowledge path to support knowledge management in product/service systems. i Sakao , T. (Redaktör), Industrial product-service systems (IPS²) . Linköping: Linköping University.

Johansson, C. (2009). Knowledge maturity as decision support in stage-gate product development: a case from the aerospace industry. Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet. (Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology).

Johansson, C., Parida, V., & Larsson, A. (2009). How are knowledge and information evaluated?: decision making in stage-gate processes. i Norell Bergendahl, M., Grimheden, M., & Leifer, L. (redaktörer), Design has never been this cool. (s. 195-206). Design Society. (DS / Design Society; Nr 58).

Parida, V., Johansson, C., & Bergström, M. (2009). Exploring challenges for innovation-driven virtual enterprises. i Chakrabarti, A. (Redaktör), Research into Design. (s. 568-575). Singapore: Research Publishing Services.

Parida, V., Johansson, C., & Larsson, T. (2009). Implementation of open innovation practices in Swedish manufacturing industry. i Norell Bergendahl, M., Grimheden, M., & Leifer, L. (redaktörer), Design has never been this cool. (s. 435-446). Glasgow: Design Society. (DS / Design Society; Nr 58).

Bertoni, M., Johansson, C., Larsson, T., & Isaksson, O. (2008). A methodology for KEE systems target cascading. i Horváth, I., & Rusák, Z. (redaktörer), Tools and methods of competitive engineering. Delft: Delft university of technology.

Bertoni, M., Bordegoni, M., Johansson, C., & Larsson, T. (2008). Pilot specifications definition guidelines for the implementation of a KEE solution in the aeronautical domain. i van Houten, F. J. A. M. (Redaktör), CIRP Design Conference 2008 . Enschede : Laboratory of Design, Production and Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Univ. of Twente.

Johansson, C., Larsson, A., Larsson, T., & Isaksson, O. (2008). Gated maturity assessment: supporting gate review decision documents with maturity of knowledge assessment. i van Houten, F. J. A. M. (Redaktör), CIRP Design Conference 2008 . Enschede : Laboratory of Design, Production and Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Univ. of Twente.

Nergård, H., Johansson, C., & Larsson, T. (2008). Supporting decision making with agent-based modelling and simulation. i Marjanovic, D., Storga, M., Pavkovic, N., & Bojcetic, N. (redaktörer), Design 2008 . (s. 1191-1198). Zagreb: University of Zagreb.

Johansson, C. (2007). Knowledge engineering in the virtual enterprise: exploring a maturity-based decision support. Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet. (Licentiate thesis / Luleå University of Technology; Nr 2007:64).

Ericson, Å., Bergström, M., Johansson, C., & Larsson, T. (2007). On the way to knowledge awareness in early design. i Krause, F-L. (Redaktör), The future of product development. (s. 607-616). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-69820-3_59

Johansson, C., & Larsson, A. (2007). Virtual meeting interoperability: discussing the need of support for heterogeneous meeting environments. i Boumedine, M., & Touzet, C. (redaktörer), Proceedings of the Fourth IASTED International Conference on Knowledge Sharing and Collaborative Engineering. Anaheim: ACTA Press.


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