Every Fourth Chief Executive Went To BI

6 September 2010

BI Norwegian Business School is Norway's largest chief executive school, according to a new survey from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU.

A survey of chief executives at Norway's 500 largest companies shows that six out of ten have studied economics and management. Every fourth chief executive holds a degree from BI. The second spot is held by NHH, with 18.5 %, and the University of Oslo holds a fourth place with 8.9 %.

President Tom Colbjørnsen."Such surveys are very important to our reputation. Business colleges live for prestige. This is very important information for us, showing that we educate candidates who are attractive on the labour market," a pleased Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI Norwegian Business School, tells E24.


This also supports an earlier survey, published in Magma. "We have educated over 200,000 candidates for the Norwegian business and public administration sectors during the past 25 years. It is therefore a great pleasure to receive documentation that increasing numbers of chief executives took their main education at BI," said President Tom Colbjørnsen yet again.

The findings

  • 62 % of chief executives in Norway have a degree in economics/management.
  • BI Norwegian Business School and NHH have awarded an MSc. in Economics to 103 of the chief executives, compared with 55 holding an MSc. from NTNU. 
  • Most of the executives who have attended the University of Oslo are lawyers, political scientists and economists. 
  • 18 chief executives (30 %) stated that some or all of their education was from abroad. Out of the international educational institutions, 16 executives attended Insead, often taking a Master in Management as a supplement to their MSc. in Economics or their MSc. from NTNU. 
  • 37 out of 500 chief executives are women – representing 7.4 %.
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