Annual Report 2016

BI's Departments

Department of Communication and Culture

The Department has a top-notch international faculty, which had a significant increase in international publications and participation at conferences in 2016. The Department also actively complies with the principle of putting students and good learning first. 

Head of Department Gillian Warner-Søderholm
Head of Administration Silje Engeseth

The Department contributes to BI’s international vision within three important focus areas; communication management in organisations, cultural industry and school research and we are proud to be one of Norway’s leading academic communities within these three disciplines today.

Our research and teaching within communication management focuses on communication in organisations, PR and intercultural communication in digital, global, as well as new media avenues.

Our research and education within cultural industry focuses on knowledge within cultural management, media and creative industries, in addition to digitisation of the art industry. Critical thinking within cultural policy and gender egalitarian cultures are also important research areas for our players.

Our research and teaching within school administration are focused on evaluating and developing ways to strengthen efficiency processes, school management and educational systems at all levels in Norway. Our ‘Education Management programmes were therefore developed to increase mutual learning outcome through effective day care centres and school administration’.

The Department always aims to deliver world-class research-based teaching so that students get as much as possible from their education. A third of our 50 academic personnel have a multinational background, building the basis for strong interactions between international and national perspectives in teaching and research.

The following important milestones were achieved in 2016:

Increase in external research funding for strategically important research: The Department has been granted several externally financed research projects in recent years. This makes the Department of Communication and Culture one of the largest externally financed departments at BI Norwegian Business School.

Three new professors: Three of our skilled employees were promoted to professor, Professor Jo Bech-Karlsen, Professor Sut. I Wong and professor Christian Fieseler.

New research centre: The Department has now received its third research centre. The Centre for Internet and Society was established in the autumn of 2016 and holds unique expertise within its discipline and top-notch international research and publication. The Centre also has a major research project financed by NFR. The Centre is headed by Professor Christian Fieseler and Professor Sut I. Wong. The activity level in the Department’s other research centres has increased. The Centre for Corporate Communications headed by Professor Peggy Brønn and the Centre for Creative Industries headed by Professor Anne Britt Gran both had increased research activity, increased contact with businesses and a significant societal contribution in 2016.

Increased impact via prestigious international and national publications and in the media: With a total of 61 publications in 2016, international publications in ABS journals and Financial Times have continued to grow. The Department’s faculty has also contributed more than 250 articles in Norwegian and international media.

Development of Executive Master of Management programmes: The Department provides sustainable programmes aimed at society that score high in FT rankings. The Department is responsible for diversity and profitability in the EMM portfolio with programmes of high academic quality within school administration, communication management, digital communication management, as well as safety management and cultural management.