Leadership and Organisation

This PhD specialisation is an international programme designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to the advancement of research and practice within the field of leadership and organisation.

 As a PhD candidate in our programme, you will be part of an internationally oriented research community, and most of our candidates have top international scholars on the defence committees. Several of our PhD candidates publishes in well-known journals and get their papers accepted at prestigious conferences such as SIOP and AOM before they have defended their theses. Many of our prior PhD candidates have shown an impressive publication record after having completed the programme, for instance Anders Dysvik (2010), Robert Buch (2012), Christina G. L. Nerstad (2012), and Sut I Wong (2013) to name a few.

Specialisation Objectives

This four-year doctoral specialisation in Leadership and Organisation is designed to produce graduates that are able to contribute to the advancement of research and practice within the fields of human resource management, organisational behaviour, and organisation science. The programme focuses on developing the doctoral candidates' theoretical knowledge and methodological skills required to become successful researchers. The programme adheres to an open and diverse view of research, and welcomes both quantitative and qualitative research.

The department seeks candidates with a strong background in disciplines that are relevant to the subfields described above, who are intellectually curious, interested in an academic career in research and teaching, and who possess strong communication and analytical skills.

The doctoral programme is an important element of the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour's research agenda and of BI Norwegian Business School's vision to become a leading research-based business school in Europe.

The Department

The Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour consists of 66 faculty members, including 13 professors and 16 doctoral candidates.

The department provides teaching and conducts research on a range of topics including human resource management, organisational behaviour, organisational psychology, organisation science, change management, project management, knowledge management, and information management. It also includes several research centres such as the Norwegian Centre for Project Management, Centre for Energy and Environment, Centre for Organisational Learning, Centre for Education Management and Research (CEM), and Centre for Development Studies and Microfinance (MICRO).

The department has a good publication record and is the most productive research department at BI Norwegian Business School measured by the production of publication points per faculty member. In addition, several faculty members serve as board members of prestigious international journals and academic societies. The department also has a strong track record of publications in top journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management Studies, and Human Resource Management.

BI Norwegian Business School

Department of Leadership and Organi­zational Behaviour

Bård Kuvaas

Associate Dean for Specialisation in Leadership and Organisation

Specialisation in Leadership and Organisation

Specialisation in Leadership and Organisation

Course Plan

Specialisation in Leadership and Organisation



Areas of Research

The department seeks candidates interested in areas such as human resource management, organisational behaviour, organisational psychology and organisation science.

Distinguishing Features of the Specialisation

We want the candidates to be active partners of the research and teaching conducted by the department. We require that the candidates regularly attend the department seminar series and the PhD seminar series (arranged four times a year). These seminar series have contributed to a friendly and productive work environment among our candidates and a learning environment that builds bridges between candidates with research interests from different subfields. We also encourage and assist our candidates in developing an international academic network by way of our faculty's network with distinguished scholars and through attendance at major international conferences such as the annual meeting of the Academy of Management.

Current Doctoral Projects

Below is a sample list of short titles for ongoing doctoral projects:

  • A midrange theory of the effect of monitoring behaviors on team performance outcome within a dynamic environment
  • The 'knowing-doing gap': Understanding the paralysis of leaders in organizations
  • The effects of unstable power
  • Leader-follower relationships through the lens of attachment theory
  • Fixed and growth mindsets as predictors of work-related behaviors. Is there a potential to train for growth?
  • Mastering the art of adaptivity: the influence of development support and activities on employees' propensity to adapt to change
  • Employees' aspirational identities and behavior at work: Exploring the role of aspirational selves in employees' behavioral choices
  • Understanding high-quality connections and energy in the workplace
  • HR systems, well-being, HR systems implementation, blending workforce, synergies, and firm performance
  • Investigating Characteristics, Outcomes, and Antecedents of Enacted Patterns of Action: Do organizational routines and task complexity influence team performance and to what extent are they influenced by cognitive processing styles?


PhD candidates are hired as full-time employees by BI Norwegian Business School on a four-year contract. As such, PhD candidates are entitled to full parental leave, health insurance and are part of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The workplace is BI Norwegian Business School, campus Oslo.


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