Strategy, organization, and leadership (SOL)

Strategy, organization, and leadership (SOL)

The research group for strategy, organization and leadership at NMBU School of Economics and Business conducts research at a high national and international level and offers a number of undergraduate and graduate courses. Prioritized research areas are strategic change, institutional change, organizational design and restructuring, systems analysis, human resource management, and symbolic and expressive aspects of organizations. The group has two doctoral students.

Strategy, organization, and leadership (SOL)

Research group members:
Carl Brønn is interested in topics that deal with sustainability, systems analysis and simulation, decision analysis, and the challenge of structuring complex and dynamic problems. He is currently working on modeling organizational implementation problems, such as unintended consequences and policy resistance, which often result from neglecting to consider the feedback relationships between organizational agents and their activities. This situation is particularly relevant and prevalent in business digitalization programs. 

Sigurd Rysstad’s main interest is economic, political and organizational change. He finds it intellectually stimulating to describe and explain change processes in Norwegian agriculture in the 19th and 20th centuries, including cooperative organizations and agricultural education. Key issues in this type of research are institutional and technological change and path dependence.

Silja Korhonen-Sande does research on renewal and growth of large, established organizations and mature industries. She is particularly interested in the relationship between firms’ intended and emergent strategies, and the management of strategic trade-offs. In her current research, she studies the effect of co-opetition on industry renewal, and how the implementation of intended strategies affects middle managers’ initiative taking, decision making and responsiveness to customer information.

Nicolay Worren is interested in organization design issues, both the “content” (alternative organizational models) and “process” (how leaders make decisions about organizational re-designs). He uses a combination of methods: Theory development, experimental studies, survey studies, and case study research. The key goal is to contribute to new frameworks for managing and simplifying complex organizations.

Arild Wæraas research interests are centered on issues related to organizational reputation, organizational identity, the translation of organizational practices, and corporate social responsibility. Recent research projects seek to determine how changes in symbolic and expressive aspects of organization relate to organizational identity, and how translation of managerial practices occur in strongly hierarchical organizations. A third project investigates the effects of corporate social responsibility activities on reputation.

Bernt Aarset: The motivation for his research is how we use our living marine resources – in particular within the cod sector and the aquaculture industry. His focus is on macro level change processes related to sustainability issues, including institutional change, historical institutionalism, path dependence, industrial innovations, technological change in the cod sector, impact of the expansion of biotechnology, and the cooperation between research and industry.

PhD Students:
Dag Yngve Dahle will in his PhD project explore the implementation and effects of instrumental, economical and control-oriented HRM - often called 'hard HR' - in Norwegian work organisazations. He finds this particulary interesting due to the relative "soft" aspects of the Nordic model, which is a key influence on Norwegian work life. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods he will investigate the effects rating/performance appraisal and limiting employees' freedom of speech  have on different variables. He will also explore how the effects differ between sectors and professions.

Ulrik Meisner is working on his doctoral project. The study aims at studying how performance appraisal system may influence the work-related change/developmental potential of employees.  The focus is on 1st level managers and their subordinates in a corporate context. Key interests are change management and human resource management.



Published 25. august 2016 - 13:34 - Updated 30. mars 2017 - 13:59