Faculty Profile

Mark Brown

Associate Professor - Department of Communication and Culture

Biography

First degree: Master's in Chemical Engineering 1978 - 1982, Imperial College, London. Intention was to go into the oil industry - worked for Mobil Oil in vacations. 1983 - accepted a job in sales division with IBM (UK). Five years at IBM, then sales manager roles in smaller IT companies in London. I met my Norwegian wife-to-be in late 1990, we were married in 1991 and I moved to Oslo the same year. 

Change of career from business to teaching. 1994 to 1997 I completed the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English at the University of Oslo while working part-time as a teacher. First full-time position in tertiary education was at the Norwegian Police Academy (Politihøgskolen) 1998 - 2000, then the BI Norwegian Business School, first temporary then permanent from 2004. I was given three years leave of absence from BI in order to take a temporary three-year research position in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo between 2005 and 2008. My PhD thesis has the title Managing Nature - Business as Usual: Patterns of wording and patterns of meaning in corporate environmental discourse. I defended it successfully in June 2008 and returned to my position at BI.

Research areas
Research interests combine language with business and the environment. My Master's thesis in 1997 was on the Kentucky farmer and poet: Wendell Berry, and explores his interpretation of the central American idea of self reliance as a function of a life within the constraints of community. In my PhD thesis I compared patterns in the wording of texts produced by (a) 'green' business corporations in Britain and (b) British-based environmental NGOs. The differences in patterning in the language point, I argue, to differences in the way in which the natural landscape is conceptualised by these two different communities of practice.

Teaching areas

I teach on the two Bachelor-level communication courses in English at BI: SPÅ 2901 Intercultural Communication in English - Business Cultures and Ethical Dilemmas and SPÅ 2902 Intercultural Communication in English - Negotiations and Presentations.

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2008 University of Oslo Ph.D.
1997 University of Oslo Master Cand. Philol.
1995 University of Oslo Bachelor
1982 Imperial College, University of London Master
2008 University of Oslo Ph.D.
1997 University of Oslo Master Cand. Philol.
1995 University of Oslo Bachelor
1982 Imperial College, University of London Master
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2008 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2005 - 2008 University of Oslo PhD Candidate
2004 - 2004 BI Norwegian Business School Senior Lecturer
2001 - 2003 BI Norwegian Business School Lecturer
1998 - 2000 Norwegian Police University College Lecturer
1991 - 1997 Assorted language schools Free-lance teacher
1990 - 1991 Touchstone Computers Sales Manager
1989 - 1990 Ram Computer Group New Business Sales Manager
1983 - 1988 IBM (UK) Ltd Key Account Sales Representative