Faculty Profile

Torger Reve

Professor Chair - Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Professor Torger Reve currently holds the Wilh Wilhelmsen Chair in Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at BI Norwegian Business School, where he also heads the Center for Maritime Competitiveness.

Torger Reve has been President at BI Norwegian Business School, 1997-2005, which is the maximum tenure period according to the statutes of the school. Before his presidential term at BI, Torger Reve was President at the Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF), 1995-1997, and Professor of Organization Science at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway, 1984-1997.

Torger Reve has a Ph.D in marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, 1980. He also holds two master degrees in business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway, 1972 and 1975, and a BA degree in liberal arts at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA, 1970.

He has been a visiting research scholar at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA., Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Commerce, Tokyo, Fudan University, Graduate School of Management, Shanghai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Harvard Business School, Boston, MA and a visiting professor in marketing at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. He teaches at BI MSc, MBA and EMBA programs in Oslo, Singapore and Shanghai, and he lectures to business audiences worldwide.

Torger Reve has received several internatitonal research prizes and awards, BI's prize for excellent research communication (2012), and he is listed among the twenty most influential business thinkers in the Nordics (2013).

Torger Reve has held several public and private offices and board memberships, including the Norwegian Prime Minister's Competitiveness Council, Chairman of the Board at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and board memberships at Ekornes ASA, Lærdal Medical AS, Mega Tankers AS, IT Fornebu AS, Abelia, and European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), Brussels. Advisory board appointments include Stromme Foundation (NGO speciallizing in microfinance and education), Simula (Centre of rersearch excellence in IT), Maritime Port Authorities of Singapore and Singapore Maritime Institute.

His current board appointments include Sorlandet Foundation for Innovation and Competence Development (chairman), OBOS (the largest buidling and real estate company in Norway), Norway Trade Fairs, Maritime Foundation of Oslo, Global maritime knowledge hub and Norshipping. 

Torger Reve is a Norwegian citizen born in 1949, living in Oslo, Norway. He is married, has three children and four grandchildren.

Research areas
Torger Reve's research has concentrated on marketing channels, interorganizational relations, business strategy and industrial competitiveness. In his research, he has worked closely with such international scholars as Louis W. Stern, James G. March, Oliver E. Williamson and Michael E. Porter.

Torger Reve has published research articles in such journals as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research, Business Horizons,  European Planning Studies, Journal of Strategy and management, Journal of Competitiveness and Strategy and many other journals. His award winning article (with professor Louis W. Stern) on "The political economy on marketing channels", Journal of Marketing (1980) has been published in Marketing Classics (1985).

Torger Reve has published 14 books covering such topics as industrial competitiveness, boards of directors, business strategy, strategic alliances, organization theory, project and international management. He has analyzed industries such as offshore oil and gas, shipping, banking, construction and retailing, and he has been a strategy consultant to boards and top management in many corporations. His most famous publications include a trilogy of three research books: A Competitive Norway (Et konkurransedyktig Norge), 1992, A Value-Creating Norway (Et verdisakpende Norge), 2002, and A Knowledge-Based Norway (Et kunnskapsbasert Norge), 2012, all based on large national research projects analyzing the competitiveness of Norwegian industries, extending the analysis of industrial clusters to global industrial knowledge hubs.

Torger Reve has managed several large research projects financed by various industries, ministries, Norwegian Research Council and the European Union. He has chaired 25 doctoral dissertations, mainly in the area of interorganizational relations, transaction cost analysis and strategy.

He has held several editorial positions and is a frequent participant in academic evaluations and accreditation committees.

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1980 Kellog Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University Ph.D.
1975 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Master of Business Administration
1972 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Master
1970 Gustavus Adolphus College B.A.
1980 Kellog Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University Ph.D.
1975 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Master of Business Administration
1972 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Master
1970 Gustavus Adolphus College B.A.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
1997 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Professor
1997 - 2005 BI Norwegian School of Management President
1995 - 1997 Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF) President
1984 - 1997 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Professor
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