Faculty Profile

Arne Carlsen

Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)


Arne Carlsen is Professor at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at BI Norwegian Business School. Arne earned his PHD at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and was previously a Senior Scientist at SINTEF Technology and Society. He has initiated and managed a series of large applied research projects and interacted closely with over 50 organizations on matters of organizational change, knowledge creation, human growth and idea work. For the past six years he has worked with explorers of hydrocarbon resources.

Arne regularly publishes in top international outlets. He has co-chaired sub-themes and workshops at EGOS, APROS and AOM and has reviewer experience from most leading organization science journals. His latest books are Idea Work, co-edited with Stewart Clegg and Reidar Gjersvik, and Research Alive, co-edited with Jane Dutton.

Professor Carlsen is currently Associate Editor in Management Learning.

Research areas
Arne's research deals with issues of individual and collective human growth in organizations. He has published in journals, books and handbooks about knowledge management, pofessional service work, identity formation, organizational becoming, hope, wonder and positive organizational change.

Arne currently writes about idea work, imagination in hydrocarbon exploration, positive identity construction, what makes projects inspiring and the phenomenology and practice of wonder. He is an active participant in the tradition of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Much of his work also reflects a broad interest in practice theory, narrative psychology, strands of linguistic philosophy and classical pragmatism.

Teaching areas

Change management
Managing for excellence
Positive organizational scholarship
Idea work and organizational creativity
Research methods

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2005 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Ph.D.
1988 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Master of Science
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2015 - Present Management Learning, Sage Associate Editor
2014 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Professor
2012 - 2014 BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2009 - 2011 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture Post Doc (50%)
1999 - 2011 SINTEF Technology and Society Senior Scientist
1997 - 2011 SINTEF Indistrial Management Senior Scientist
2007 - 2008 NTNU, Center for studies of Radical Organizational Change (CROC) Senior Researcher (25%)
1998 - 1999 ViewTech US Market Representative
1997 - 1998 SRI International, Business Intelligence Centre Research Fellow
1992 - 1997 SINTEF Industrial Development Head of section
1989 - 1992 SINTEF Industrial Development Research Scientist
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