Faculty Profile

Debbie Harrison

Professor - Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)


My PhD study, ‘Strategic Responses to Predicted Events - The case of the banning of CFCs', was a comparative study of the differences in the responses of industrial organisations to the ‘same' environmental change. My approach was to blend the strategic management and industrial marketing and purchasing literatures in providing a theoretical framework. Afterwards, I was a Lecturer in Industrial Marketing in the Department of Marketing at Lancaster University in the UK. Here I developed my existing interests in network change. Further, I became interested in the role of contracts in business relationships whilst conducting a study involving Marks and Spencer disengaging from various supplier relationships.

In August 2001 I moved to BI. Subsequently, I have been involved in 3 main projects, all of which were in the area of resource development, before obtaining a formal position as an Associate Professor in September 2004.

Research areas
I am broadly interested in the area of inter-organisational relationships. I have published papers in the areas of network change and dynamics, the role of contracts in business relationships, relationship dissolution, and resource development. My current research projects and interests are within the areas of user networks, strategy as practice/strategizing, and inter-organisational routines.
Teaching areas
My current responsibilities for teaching can be summarised as follows:
Industrial Networks (MSc course within the Supply Chains and Networks programme).
Managing in Networks (part of the Supply Chain Management programme, taught to professional managers).
Strategy Organisation (MSc course with the Strategy programme).
Strategic Leadership (Third year sivil økonomi course).
Supervision of master students' theses.
Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1998 Lancaster University Ph.D Dr. Philos.
1994 Liverpool John Moores University Bachelor
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2004 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2001 - 2004 BI Norwegian Business School Post doctoral researcher
1998 - 2001 Lancaster University Assistant Professor