The ceremony took place at BI Norwegian Business School, where President Tom Colbjørnsen welcomed the guests and Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang presented the medal.
- I am happy to see that one of our faculty receives such an honorable award for his long and outstanding work in the logistics field, said President of BI, Tom Colbjørnsen.
Persson received the award for his professional commitment that has helped Norway to a front position in the field. Throughout his career, he has helped to build logistics as a subject at Norwegian universities and other educational institutions, and he has been crucial for giving the field of logistics the extent it has in Norway and Scandinavia. He says:
- They fooled me! I was afraid it was an April fool’s joke.
Persson, who recently turned 70, has worked all his professional life in the field of logistics. He has been a faculty member at BI Norwegian Business School since 1973, first as Assistant Professor of Production Management, and then as professor of Business Logistics. For very many years he was the only one on his field of research.
- Professor Persson has throughout his career contributed vital research and development at a high international level. He deserves much of the credit for the fact that the logistics and supply chain management as an academic field has gained its footing and become one of the most popular areas of study at BI. Without him the subjects would not have had the prevalence and importance in Norway as it has today, says Head of Department at Department of Strategy and Logistics, Randi Lunnan.
- In his career Persson has published 12 books and 40 articles in international and national journals.
- The King's Medal of Merit was founded by King Haakon VII 1 February 1908