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Morten Nordmo

Associate Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Nordmo, Morten; Sørlie, Henrik, Lang-Ree, Ole Christian & Fosse, Thomas Hol (2022)

Decomposing the effect of hardiness in military leadership selection and the mediating role of self-efficacy beliefs

Military Psychology Doi: 10.1080/08995605.2022.2054658

Psychological hardiness is a set of personality characteristics that is linked to better health, performance, and leadership in demanding environments. Research indicates that candidates who score high on hardiness have an advantage during military leadership selection. In this study, we deconstruct the effect of hardiness into three separate measures of leadership performance: interview performance, field performance, and the probability of voluntary withdrawal from a challenging field exercise. Additionally, we hypothesize that the dispositional effect of hardiness is partly due to an indirect effect of contextual self-efficacy beliefs regarding military leadership ability. We test our hypotheses in a sample of candidates seeking admission to officer training in the Norwegian Armed Forces during a three-week selection process. The results confirm that hardiness was associated with successful admission and showed that hardy candidates scored somewhat higher on the interview and field exercises and were notably less likely to drop out of the field exercise. Using generalized structural equation modeling and mediation analysis, we find that the effect is partly mediated by self-efficacy beliefs, but the direct effect of hardiness is more pronounced than the indirect effect of self-efficacy. Overall, the results add to the growing body of hardiness as a predictor of military leadership performance and shows that this advantage is partly, but not primarily associated with contextual self-efficacy beliefs.

Nordmo, Morten; Skoglund, Tom Hilding, Lang-Ree, Ole Christian, Austad, Sara Kasia & Martinussen, Monica (2021)

The psychometric properties and norm data of the Norwegian military personality inventory (NMPI)

Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 62(4), s. 596- 607. Doi: 10.1111/sjop.12719 - Full text in research archive

Nordmo, Morten; Hystad, Sigurd William, Sanden, Sverre & Johnsen, Bjørn Helge (2020)

Mental health during naval deployment: The protective role of family support

Military medicine, 185(5-6), s. 703- 710. Doi: 10.1093/milmed/usz436

Nordmo, Morten; Næss, Julie Øverbø, Husøy, Marte Folkestad & Nordmo, Mads (2020)

Friends, Lovers or Nothing: Men and Women Differ in Their Perceptions of Sex Robots and Platonic Love Robots

Frontiers in Psychology, 11, s. 1- 10. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00355 - Full text in research archive

Physical and emotional intimacy between humans and robots may become commonplace over the next decades, as technology improves at a rapid rate. This development provides new questions pertaining to how people perceive robots designed for different kinds of intimacy, both as companions and potentially as competitors. We performed a randomized experiment where participants read of either a robot that could only perform sexual acts, or only engage in non-sexual platonic love relationships. The results of the current study show that females have less positive views of robots, and especially of sex robots, compared to men. Contrary to the expectation rooted in evolutionary psychology, females expected to feel more jealousy if their partner got a sex robot, rather than a platonic love robot. The results further suggests that people project their own feelings about robots onto their partner, erroneously expecting their partner to react as they would to the thought of ones’ partner having a robot.

Nordmo, Morten; Olsen, Olav Kjellevold, Hetland, Jørn, Espevik, Roar, Bakker, Arnold B. & Pallesen, Ståle (2020)

It's been a hard day's night: A diary study on hardiness and reduced sleep quality among naval sailors

Personality and Individual Differences, 153 Doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.109635 - Full text in research archive

Nordmo, Morten; Olsen, Olav Kjellevold, Hetland, Jørn, Espevik, Roar, bakker, arnold bastiaan & Pallesen, Ståle (2019)

Daily sleep quality and naval work performance: the role of leadership

International Maritime Health, 70(4), s. 202- 209. Doi: 10.5603/IMH.2019.0032 - Full text in research archive

Background: Poor sleep is a growing concern in naval settings. Previous research has demonstrated that both civilian and military naval work strains sleep quality as well as a negative relationship between sleep quality and crew work performance. Variables moderating this relationship, such as leadership are of interest. Materials and methods: The present paper investigates how sailors’ daily variations in sleep quality influence self-rated naval work-performance and interacts with perceived daily transformational leadership during a 30-day naval training mission. Results: Using multi-level analysis, we found significant positive main effects of sleep quality and transformational leadership on naval work performance. Transformational leadership moderated the sleep quality-work performance link. Individuals who experienced higher levels of leadership were less prone to reductions in performance after poor sleep. Conclusions: Overall, the results suggest that leadership can partly negate some of the reduction in performance that often accompanies poor sleep, and that leadership becomes more important as the crew becomes sleepier

Nordmo, Morten; Danielsen, Yngvild Sørebø & Nordmo, Magnus (2019)

The challenge of keeping it off, a descriptive systematic review of high-quality, follow-up studies of obesity treatments.

Obesity Reviews, s. 1- 15. Doi: 10.1111/obr.12949 - Full text in research archive

Nordmo, Morten; Hagen, Julie Sofie, Pedersen, Vilde Blomhoff, Høyheim, Tea, Østby, Anna Strøm & Nilsen, Sondre Aasen (2018)

How changing admission practices affect sociodemographics, satisfaction, personality, gender, and dropout of students in the professional psychologist study program in Norway :

Scandinavian Psychologist, 5:e14, s. 1- 17. Doi: 10.15714/scandpsychol.5.e14

Pallesen, Ståle; Olsen, Olav Kjellevold, Eide, Elisabeth Mong, Nortvedt, Benedicte, Grønli, Janne, Larøi, Frank, Nordmo, Morten & Glomlien, Fride E. (2018)

Sleep deprivation and hallucinations. A qualitative study of military personnel.

Military Psychology, 30(5), s. 430- 436. Doi: 10.1080/08995605.2018.1478561

Nordmo, Morten; Olsen, Olav Kjellevold, Rosseland, Ragna, Blågestad, Tone Fidje & Pallesen, Ståle (2018)

A Brief Report on a Reduced Preference for Passive-Avoidant Leadership After a Restless Night

Frontiers in Psychology, 9, s. 1- 5. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01888 - Full text in research archive

Nordmo, Morten; Hystad, Sigurd William, Sanden, Sverre & Johnsen, Bjørn Helge (2017)

The effect of hardiness on symptoms of insomnia during a naval mission

International Maritime Health, 68(3), s. 147- 152. Doi: 10.5603/IMH.2017.0026

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2019 University of Bergen PhD