Business and society
BI’s ambition is to be the preferred knowledge partner for businesses and the public sector through contributing to innovation, value creation and competitiveness in Norway and abroad.
BI has initiated several independent advisory boards, who had their first meetings in 2017. The boards look at BI’s activities from an outside perspective, and provide valuable input on the content of courses and programmes, strategic prioritisations and development. The boards are a concretisation of the interaction between education and working life, and contribute to strengthening the relationships between students, businesses, the school and alumni.
These boards started their work in the past year:
- BI International Advisory Board.
- BI Alumni Advisory Board
- Tech Advisory Board for the bachelor programmes
- Sustainability Advisory Board for the bachelor programmes
Partner programmes and cooperation
In 2017, BI worked to establish a comprehensive and dynamic partner programme. The partner programme will strengthen the quality of the interaction with businesses through cooperation between attractive national and international enterprises and BI. The goal is to explore and create new and sustainable business opportunities.
Partnerforum is a collaboration between BI Norwegian Business School, the University of Oslo and 20 partners from public agencies. Through this network, BI shares knowledge within topics that are relevant for public administration. Partnerforum organised 11 joint events that were open to all employees in the partner enterprises. An overview of participation in 2017 shows that Partnerforum covers a broad range of subjects in which the partners are interested. (link: more about Partnerforum: partnerforum.uio.no)
BI-Corporate mainly offers internal company programmes to the public and private sector. There has especially been increased activity within the school and day-care sector in 2017, where high demand has led to more classes. The programme in health administration will receive an increased allocation in the 2018 national budget, which will mean an increased demand in this area as well.
The school administration programme has crossed borders. An intervention project was initiated in Danish schools in 2017. The project combines research, development, innovation and tailored education. Over a three-year period, 30 leadership teams from schools in Denmark will undergo the programme headed by BI. The programme is financed by the Maersk Foundation
Two of BI’s internal company programmes received international recognition in 2017 for excellent and efficient cooperation within management, learning and development. BI contributed two internal company tasks in different categories in the case competition “Excellence in Practice (EiP)” and won second and fourth place. The organiser was the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This is the highest a Norwegian business school has ever placed in the competition. The competition is an arena to showcase “best practice” interaction between academia and businesses or the public sector.
The processes that embrace tailored expertise development are long and challenging. There is a lot of work behind the collaboration agreements in both the private and public sector. New agreements were signed with Novartis and Enova, among others, in 2017. Established partnerships often result in recurring programmes and new developments, as a consequence of good academic and administrative deliveries. Major customers in the private sector include Nortura, Sparebank 1 and NorgesGruppen.
In 2017, BI strengthened its international position by entering into an education cooperation agreement with Tsinghua University in Beijing. The programme was made to increase the pace of development and to strengthen companies that have progressed beyond the start-up phase. The participants are managers and entrepreneurs in these companies.
On 8 April 2017, BI organised the BI Norway Day in cooperation with the Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, China. Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Meland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende were part of the Norwegian delegation that participated at this event.
Participation in the public debate
Several of BI’s researchers were appointed to public expert committees in 2017. The invitations are a recognition of BI’s academic expertise within areas that are significant for societal development. A few examples:
In January 2017, Harald Benestad Anderssen was appointed deputy chairman of the Consumer Complaints Board by the Ministry of Children and Equality. The appointment was the result of his research and work on contract law issues spanning 20 years.
Professor Bjørn Wessel Hennestad participated in a government-appointed expert group that will contribute to ensuring that children and young people who need additional help or special education receive better, high-quality services. In a press release, Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said that one of the goals of the expert group’s report is to provide everyone working in day-care centres and schools with a better basis for choosing the instruments and measures that are best suited for the children.
In March 2017, Gudmund Hernes was appointed to chair the board at Uppsala University. The board is responsible for planning and execution of all of the University’s affairs – scientific, financial and administrative.
In September 2017, Professor Rune Jørgen Sørensen was appointed chair of the board of a benchmarking unit under the Danish Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior. The unit, which was a new independent organisation, would conduct benchmarking of the task resolution by municipalities and regions, and thus contribute to ensuring the Danish taxpayers get maximum value for their money.
In a cabinet meeting, Professor Morten Kinander was appointed chair of a committee that will assess the duty of disclosure and the confidentiality duty of tax advisers.