Bengt Lennartsson main interest has for a couple of decades been the process where the combined understanding and experience from diverse sectors and disciplines are needed to handle new and complex situations and problems. This interest emerged from a national research program with case studies of leading industrial development teams. There were indications that a major success factor for these teams was the early establishment of a shared understanding among the team members of what to do and why. This was the background why Bengt was awarded the role as convener of the 13th ICOT in Norrköping 2007, after he had attended the ICOTs in Harrowgate 2002, Phoenix 2003, and Melbourne 2005. He is now member of the ICOT Standing Committee, and he has attended all ICOTs since 2002. From 2011 one of his main missions has been as the organizer and licensee for TEDxNorrköping events. TED’s mottos “spreading ideas worth spreading” and “no fee to speakers” are not very far from those of ICOT.
Bengt Lennartsson received his MS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and his PhD in Microwave Theory from Chalmers University of Technology. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in Electronics and Computer Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Associate Professor in Computer Science at Linköping University, and there also Department Chairman of Computer and Information Science Department. He was engaged in the establishment of the new Campus Norrköping. For three years this was also combined with an appointment as commuting Department Chairman for Department of Systems Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. He is now Professor Emeritus of Software Engineering at Linköping University.