Faculty Profile

Gillian Warner-Søderholm

Head of Department, Associate Professor - Department of Communication and Culture

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(Current research information system in Norway)


Dr. Gillian Warner-Søderholm is a full time faculty member of the BI Norwegian Business School, and is also the head of the department of Communication, Culture and Languages. She also holds the position of Associate Professor, teaching on a number of programs in intercultural communication, international business, Scandinavian culture, study strategies, negotiations, and presentations. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education and Administration, a Master’s degree in English Literature, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Consultancy and a Doctorate in Business Administration in Culture and Leadership. Gillian is originally from England and has lived and worked in Norway for 18 years.

Gillian was born and grew up in Kent, in the south of England. After college she worked for an international retailing company on-board cruise ships, and in the Miami and London offices, working on staff training programmes, management coaching and negotiations with international suppliers world-wide. Gillian moved from a business teaching environmnet to an academic environmnet in 1993, lecturing in business studies programmes for mid-kent college.

In 1995 Gillian moved to Oslo with her husband and family and started teaching English and cross cultural communicatons for the Norwegian School of Trade and Retail management, the Norwegian Houses of Parliament, the Insurance Academy, the Central Bank of Norway and the Norwegian Armed Forces. Much of her time has been spent combining executive language training programmes for the private and public sector with part time lecturing for the Norwegian School of Management BI. Gillian feels that this has been the secret to her success at BI - combining real life international work and experience with academic teaching. ( Gillian has won 4 'Lecturer of the Year Awards' ).

Gillian still maintains links with international companies and the Norwegian Houses of Parliament and works as a guest lecture in the public and private sector for some hours every month. In addition she has lectured at Hønefoss University College in American and English literature and Intercultural Communications since 2003. Gillian claims that the secret to her loving life and loving her work is the support and enthusiasm she gets from her fantastic husband Trond and also from their two daughters Annika and Emily.

She was awarded a 'top ten place in the ' European doctorate paper competition' by EDAMBA and was also nominated in 2012 for a place on the leadership foundation's top international leaders in Norway competition.

Teaching areas

Cross cultural management, International Business, Intercultural Communication in English, Presentations and negotiations, Business English, English and American Literature, study strategies.
Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2010 Henley Management College D.B.A.
2005 University of Oslo M.A.
2002 Almeda College and University B.A.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2012 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate professor
2012 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Head of Department
1995 - Present Norwegian Language Institute Language teacher
2011 - 2012 BI Norwegian Business School Senior lecturer
2002 - 2012 Hønefoss University College Lecturer
1999 - 2011 BI Norwegian Business School Lecturer
1996 - 2006 Norwegian Stortinget Language coach
1993 - 1995 Mid Kent College Lecturer - Business Studies
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