Faculty Profile

Kjell Arnold Eliassen

Professor Emeritus - Department of Law and Governance

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Kjell A. Eliassen, born 1946, is a professor of Public Management and director of the Centre for European and Asian Studies at BI Norwegian School of Management and professor of European Studies at The Free University in Brussels. He has been professor at University of Aarhus, Denmark and a visiting professor at several European, American and Asian Universities. He is also an honorary professor at the Fudan University in Shanghai and at the Jiaotong Xian University.

Research areas
Eliassen’s main fields of research are: telecommunications and information society politics, egovernment, globalisation and regional integration, public management and privatisation, regulation and industry development in Europe and Asia.

Eliassen has published 18 books and several articles on telecommunications, public management, defence industry and armament procurement, globalisation, the European Union and European and Asian affairs, as well as worked as a consultant for major firms, governmental agencies and ministries regarding these issues. His most recent books are: European Telecom Liberalisation (1999), which is in 2002 published in Chinese, and a new edition of Making Policy in the European Union (2001).

Lately, his focus has been on the new information society and egovernment. Eliassen is involved in several projects in this area and has wide range contact with both academics and bureaucrats in this field. He has previously been the project leader of several Nordic, European and Asian-European research projects.

Eliassen has developed several programs and courses on telecommunication regulation and strategy, information society and egovernment and is responsible for a new program in this field at BI Norwegian School of Management. He is currently co-directing a large project on corporatisation and privatisation of national telecommunications monopolies.

Activities in China/East Asia
Eliassen has built up a part-time Master of Change Management program with Fudan and an Information industry management program for Ericsson representing BI Norwegian School of Management. He was the first chairman of the Nordic Centre at Fudan University.

He has been working closely with the Fudan University in Shanghai, Renmin University in Beijing and the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, both within research and the development of management training programs. He has also earlier developed and run similar programs in the Central Europe. He is also, in cooperation with Renmin University, in charge of a Master of Public Administration “Training the trainers” program for professors involved in MPA programs at 24 Chinese universities. He is the editor of a new series of book in Chinese on Public Management.

Teaching areas
Course development and training programs:
Eliassen has been developing and conducting seminars, workshops and advanced management training programs for banks, telecom companies and industrial firms on issues concerning strategy development, regulation and globalisation, regional integration and European Union issues.

Eliassen has been working as a consultant for major firms, governmental institutions and ministries in Europe and Asia in management development, regulation, privatisation, telecommunications, defence policy and industry.
Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1971 University of Bergen Master Cand. Polit.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2001 - Present Jiaotong Xian University, Xian Advisory Professor
2000 - Present Fudan University, Shanghai Advisory Professor
1994 - Present Institut d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles Visiting Professor
1988 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Director, Center for European and Asian Studies
1981 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Professor
1994 - 1998 Facoltá di Scienze Politiche LUISS Rome Visiting Professor
1994 - 1994 CERI Paris Visiting Researcher
1993 - 1993 University of Siena Visiting Professor
1985 - 1989 BI Norwegian Business School Vice President
1981 - 1982 BI Norwegian Business School Director, Research Center
1980 - 1981 Ministry of Long Term Planning, Norway Deputy Director General
1972 - 1980 University of Aarhus Associate Professor
1979 - 1979 University of Aarhus, Department of Government Senior Research Fellow
1977 - 1977 Harvard University, Center for European Studies, Cambridge, Mass Visiting Research Fellow
1977 - 1977 University of California, Institute of International Studies, Berkely Visiting Scholar
1971 - 1972 University of Bergen Research Fellow