He was first educated as an engineer and thereafter commenced studies at the Stockholm School of Economics where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1991.
Until 2004 he was an Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Business (IIB) at the Stockholm School of Economics. His research and consulting focus is in the areas of strategic management, multinational corporations and globalization. He has served as an advisor/consultant to several large multinationals and to the government of the United Kingdom.
Today, Nordström and Ridderstråle work as professional public speakers in the field of strategic management.
The 2005 Thinkers 50, the bi-annual global ranking of management thinkers, ranked Nordström and Ridderstråle at number nine internationally and number one in Europe.