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Inge Jan Henjesand - Digitization

Inge Jan Henjesand was elected new President in 2014. In June 2017, the Board decided to extend his contract to 2022. The Board wanted Henjesand to continue the on going development projects that will prepare BI for the future.

Henjesand came from the position of deputy director and director of research, innovation and business policy in Abelia. Prior to this he held key positions at BI Norwegian Business School between 1998 and 2007, as Head of Department of Marketing, Executive Vice President, Division of Research and Professional Resources, and as Pro Rector and Acting President.
Henjesand is Dr. Oecon from NHH 1996 with a professional background in marketing, strategy and management.


Henjesand's first four years have been based on building the knowledge economy. The strategy can be summarized in three words: Impact, International and Interaction.

Impact is about the ability to influence international research and to influence students' learning and practice in business and society in a positive direction. This should be BI's driving force and leading competitive edge.

International is about how BI will fulfil its role as an internationally oriented knowledge institution and contributor to society.

Interaction is about the interaction between the academic staff, between academic staff and administrative staff, between BI and students, and between BI, business and society as a whole. The quality of what BI delivers will always depend on the quality of the interaction facilitated by the institution.

Close contact with business has always been one of BI's strengths. During the last presidential term, this work has been further systematized through the establishment of various advisory boards.

Digitization affects our sector, how the teaching and the examinations are conducted. It affects our daily processes and support functions that benefit both students and employees, and it places new demands on the content of the programmes we offer our students.

BI must have courses and programmes that are digitally updated and relevant. BI's academics must cultivate an understanding of technology, digital skills and a "digital mind set". Therefore, in recent years, much has been invested in professional development and recruitment to ensyre that BI will be equipped to create this new professional platform. As we enter the jubilee year, we launch two new programmes that take these needs seriously. The Master of Science in Business Analytics combines skills in data science with business school subjects, and Executive MBA Digital enables executives to set digital agendas and handle digital transformation in their own organization. Digital is launched as a new "line" at EMBA, and the first study gathering is already in March.