The BI Business History Seminar

Knut Sogner (BI) and Victoria Austveg (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies): “Freedom of contract and company freedom. Corporate governance in Norway, 1820-1930"

  • Starts:11:30, 8 February 2024
  • Ends:13:00, 8 February 2024
  • Location:BI - campus Oslo, room: A4Y-117 or Zoom
  • Contact:Espen Ekberg (espen.ekberg@bi.no)


This talk is based on a paper discussing the introduction of the stricter rules about corporations that were introduced with the first ever Norwegian corporate act that was passed in 1910. We argue that these new rules represented sophisticated German legal thinking that facilitated a division between the corporation as such and its shareholders. Thus the company (“the corporation”) was freed. Seen in a longer perspective, however, the new act does not represent a break with the traditional freedom of contract, continuing the Norwegian legacy of free corporate formation.


For questions and access to the paper, or to receive link to Zoom, please contact Espen Ekberg