Faculty and research

Endowed professorships

BI Norwegian Business School has received financial support from companies and other donors through the funding of endowed professorships. Holders of endowed professorships conduct free and independent research, and are free to express their professional opinion on any subject. Below is a list of current endowed professorships.

Randi lunnan - department of strategy and entrepreneurship

Professor Randi Lunnan

Ship owner Tom Wilhelmsen's Foundation is comitted to an endowed professorship in ocean based industries. The professorship will give an important support to future research on innovation and development in the industry, and is valid for the period 2019-2022. BI's role is to strengthen the research on commersialisation of technology, new business models, sustainable resource management and understanding of the global markets within the ocean industries.

Professor Randi Lunnan is awarded the professorship.


Ragnhild Kvålshaugen - Department of Strategy and entrepreneurship

Centre for Construction Industry - Endowed professorship

Ragnhild Kvålshaugen

BI shall strengthen research, development and dissemination of knowledge in the Norwegian building, construction and property industry (BAE) through collaboration for an endowed professorship with a consortium of actors in the Norwegian BAE industry, consisting of Backegruppen, Norconsult, Obos and Statsbygg. The endowed professorship has a duration until 2021 and is linked to the Centre for Construction Industry at BI.

Professor Ragnhild Kvålshaugen is appointed to the professorship.


Per Ingvar Olsen - Department of Strategy and entrepreneurship

Tine/Nortura - Endowed professorship

Per Ingvar Olsen

The dairy company Tine SA and the meat company Nortura SA have through a lasting cooperation with BI Norwegian Business School jointly established a Centre for studies of co-operatives at BI. The centre focuses on challenges to cooperatively organised food companies in challenging and dynamic markets. Tine SA and Nortura is funding an endowed professorship, connected to BI's Centre for studies of co-operatives.

Professor Per Ingvar Olsen is appointed to the professorship.