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Espen Olsen { "honorific-suffix": "Avdelingsleder", "fn": "Espen Olsen", "tel": "Telefon: 51831678", "email": "" }

Avdeling/enhet Handelshøgskolen ved UiS
Institutt/senter Avd. for innovasjon, led. og mark.føring
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Espen Olsen is Professor of organisation and leadership and Head of Department of innovation, leadership and marketing at UiS Business School. 

His research interests is within job characteristics, culture and climate, occupational health and safety, work motivation, organisational development and change, management of innovation and leadership. 

Prior to re-entering academia, he has former work life and industrial experience in different roles, e.g. as an organisational change advisor in a global company using multiple forms of change methodologies and tools, as well as a corporate director with broad responsibilities within a larger corporate context. 

He has experience from using case studies and qualitative methods, but has lately focused more on using multivariate quantitative research (e.g. structural equation modeling) in studies of organisations. 

He has published articles in Safety Science, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Risk Research, BMJ Quality & Safety, Leadership in Health Services, BMC Health Services Research and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

His teaching interests include "industrial and organisational psychology", "environment, health and safety management" and "research methodology". 

Currently Professor II at the Institute of worklife and innovation at UiA Business School. 


With Øyvind Dahl and Prof. Torbjørn Rundmo: 

The impact of business leaders' formal health and safety training on the establishment of robust occupational safety and health management systems: Three studies based on data from labour inspections

With Prof. Aslaug Mikkelsen:

The role of managers and leaders in basic need satisfaction: Key factors explaining job performance and medical uncertainty among nurses and physicians

With Prof. Randi Wågø Aas et al.:

Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Research on the association between leadership and Return-To-Work

With Gunhild Bjaalid et al.:

A case study of organisational interventions preventing and reducing bullying during a 10 year period. 


Main supervisor:

PhD-candidate Seth. A. J. Addo: Hospital management, consumer experiences and satisfaction: Examination of measures, mechanisms and relations over time.


With Prof. Aslaug Mikkelsen. PhD-candidate Guro H. Haaland: 

Career studies among nurses.


With Prof. Tatiana A. Lakovleva. PhD-candidate Marjan Shamsi:

Factors affecting employees' work behaviors in the age of digitalization: The role of psychological safety climate and digital technology acceptance.



Job characteristics and job performance

Organisational culture and climate

Occupational health and safety 

Work motivation 

Management and leadership

Training and organisational development

Management of innovation

Utvalgte publikasjoner

Bjaalid, G., Olsen, E., Melberg, K., Mikkelsen, A. (2019). Institutional stress and job performance among hospital employees. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 28, 365-382.  

Kjærvoll, L.I., Olsen, E, E.S.B., Abrahamsen, & Abrahamsen, H.B. (2019). Exploring the possibility of a common structural model measuring associations between multilevel safety climate factors and handovers in the prehospital environment. BMC Health Services Research, accepted.

Haaland, G. H., Olsen, E., & Mikkelsen, A. (2019). Making a career in hospitals: Determinants of registered nurses? aspiration to become a manager. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Haver, A., Olsen, E., & Akerjordet, K (2019). Well-being Among Hotel Managers: A Study On The Influence Of Job Stressors and Reappraisal. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 31, 1819-1835.

Skogen, J. C., Thørrisen, M.M., Olsen, E., Hesse, M. & Aas, R.W. (2019). Evidence for essential unidimenionality of AUDIT and measurement invariance across gender, age and education. Results from the WIRUS study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Kjærvoll, L.I., E.S.B., Abrahamsen, Abrahamsen, H.B., Olsen, E., Sollid, S.J.M. (2018).  Psychometric properties of the Norwegian version of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture in a prehospital environment. BMC Health Services Research, 18, 1, 784.

Olsen, E. (2018). Influence from organisational factors on patient safety and safety behaviour among nurses and hospital staff. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 26, 382-395

Mikkelsen, A., & Olsen, E. (2018). The influence of change-oriented leadership on work performance and job satisfaction in hospitals - the mediating roles for Learning demands and job involvement. Leadership in Health Services, 32, 37-53.

Olsen, E., Bjaalid, G., & Mikkelsen, A. (2017). Work climate and the mediating role of workplace bullying related to job performance, job satisfaction, and work ability: A study among hospital nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73, 2709-2719. 

Olsen, E., Næss, S., & Høyland, S (2015). Exploring relationships between organizational factors and hydrocarbon leaks on offshore platforms. Safety Science, 80, 301?309.

Dahl, Ø., & Olsen, E. (2013). Safety compliance on offshore platforms: a multi?sample survey on the role of perceived leadership involvement and work climate. Safety Science, 54, 17?26.

Kines, P., Lappalainen, J., Mikkelsen, K.L., Olsen, E., Pousette, A., Tharaldsen, J., Tómasson, K., Törner, M. (2011). Nordic Safety Climate Questionnaire (NOSACQ?50): A new tool for diagnosing occupational safety climate. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 41, 634?646.

Olsen, E., & Aase, K. (2010). A comparative study of safety climate differences in healthcare and the petroleum industry (2010). Quality and Safety in Health Care. Suppl 3: i75?9.

Olsen, E. (2009). Exploring the possibility of a common structural model measuring associations between safety climate and safety behaviour in health care and the petroleum industry. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 45, 1507?16.

Olsen, E., Bjerkan, A.M., & Nævestad, T.O. (2009). Modelling the effects of a large?scale safety culture program: A combined qualitative and quantitative approach. Journal of Risk Research, 12, 1?21.

Aase, K., Høyland, S., Olsen E., Wiig, S. & Nilsen, S.T. (2008). Patient safety challenges in a case study hospital ? Of relevance for transfusion processes? Transfusion and Aphaeresis Science, 39, 167?172.

Tharaldsen, J.E., Olsen, E., & Rundmo, T. (2007). A longitudinal study of the safety climate on the Norwegian continental shelf. Safety Science, 46, 427?439.

Olsen, E. (2007). Ansattes oppfatninger av sikkerhetskulturen ved Stavanger Universitetssjukehus [Workers? perceptions of safety culture at a Norwegian Hospital]. Tidsskrift for den Norske Legeforening, 20, 16?20.

Peer reviewed contributions in books and anthologies

Olsen, E, Jensen, M. T, Bjaalid, G.,& Mikkelsen, A. (2019). Coping resources and outcomes in the process of bullying: A study in a Norwegian healthcare setting. In R. Burke and A. M.  Richardsen (eds), Increasing occupational health and safety in workplaces: Research and practice (pp. 115-136). MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Vatsvaag, N., & Olsen, E. (2017). A study of determinants of perceived tunnel safety among Norwegian road users. In: M. Cepin & R. Bris (Eds.) Safety & Reliability, Theory and Applications (pp. 261-268). London: Taylor & Francis Group.

Jensen, M. T., & Olsen, E. (2017). Health Risk and Risk of Job Insecurity during Organizational Change: The Influence of Learning Demands and Role Ambiguity. In: M. Cepin & R. Bris (Eds.) Safety & Reliability, Theory and Applications (pp. 3051-3056). London: Taylor & Francis Group.

Olsen, E., & Jensen, M.T. (2017). Safety leadership influence on patient safety and the mediating role of unit safety climate. In: L. Walls, M. Revie & T. Bedford (Eds.) Risk, reliability and Safety ? Innovating theory and practice (pp. 1836-1840). London: Taylor & Francis Group.

Olsen, E., & Aase, K. (2012). The challenge of improving safety culture in hospitals: a longitudinal study using hospital survey on patient safety culture. I: 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012, 25-29 June 2012, Helsinki, Finland. Curran Associates, Inc. ISBN 978-1-62276-436-5. (pp. 5929-5936).

Olsen, E., Bjerkan, A.M., & Nævestad, T.O (2007). Dynamics and effects of a large-scale Safety Program ? development and testing of a causality model. In: T. Aven & J. E. Vinnem (Eds.) Risk, reliability and societal safety (pp. 1663-1670). London: Taylor & Francis Group.

Nævestad, T.N., Olsen, E., & Haukelid, K. (2007). The effect of a Safety Program on informal hierarchies and care among workers within oil and gas. In: T. Aven and J.E. Vinnem (Eds.) Risk, reliability and societal safety (pp. 2495-2502). London: Taylor & Francis Group.

Rundmo, T., Tharaldsen, J., & Olsen, E. (2007). Associations between risk perceptions and risk taking behaviour. In: T. Aven and J.E. Vinnem (Eds.) Risk, reliability and societal safety (pp. 1631-1637). London: Taylor & Francis Group.

Olsen, E. (2008). Reliability and validity of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture at a Norwegian hospital. In: J. Øvretveit and P. J. Sousa (Eds.). Quality and Safety Improvement Research: Methods and Research Practice from the International Quality Improvement Research Network (QIRN) (pp.173-186). Lisbon: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública.

Olsen, E. Sykehusansattes oppfatninger av sikkerhetskultur/sikkerhetsklima (2010). In: K. Aase (Eds.). Pasientsikkerhet ? teori og praksis. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Doctoral thesis

Olsen, E. (2009). Safety climate and safety culture in health care and the petroleum industry: psychometric quality, longitudinal change, and structural models. PhD theses: Number 74. University of Stavanger, Norway. 

Pågående forskning


Jan 2019 - : Professor and head of Department of innovation, leadership and marketing, UiS Business School

Dec 2018 - : Professor II at Department of Working Life and Innovation, UiA

Feb 2016 - Dec 2018: Postdoctor at SHARE, Faculty of Health, UiS

May 2013 - Feb 2016: Corporate Director of Organization and staffs, Apply TB

Oct 2009 - May 2013: Advisor, Change management, Statoil

Apr 2006 - Apr 2009: PhD-student, UiS

Apr 2005 - Apr 2006: Lectures at master level, Research projects, UiS

Apr 2002 - Apr 2005: Research Scientist, work life research. Rogaland Research / IRIS

Aug 2000 - Mar 2002: SPSS supervisor (part time), NTNU

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner (fra CRISTin)

  • Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Olsen, Espen (2006). Kultur og atferd som tilnærming for å bedre sikkerheten: En evaluering av Kollegaprogrammet. International Research Institute of Stavanger. ISBN 978-82-490-0500-0. 130 s.
  • Wiig, Siri; Aase, Karina; Høyland, Sindre; Olsen, Espen (2005). Pasientsikkerhet - En analyse av feilmeldinger ved SUS. Universitetet i Stavanger.
  • Wiig, Siri; Aase, Karina; Høyland, Sindre; Olsen, Espen (2005). Pasientsikkerhet - Håndtering av feil i helsesektoren. Universitetet i Stavanger.
  • Gundersen, Tonje; Grut, Lisbet; Loeb, Mitchell Elliott; Ruud, Torleif; Eikeland, Tone Bergljot; Nesvåg, Sverre; Olsen, Espen (2004). Rusklienter og tjenester før "rusreformen". En tverrsnittsundersøkelse. SINTEF. ISBN 8214035147. 82 s.
  • Lindøe, Preben; Bakke, Åshild; Olsen, Espen (2002). Hvordan ivareta HMS under omstilling?. RF-Rogalandsforskning. 38 s.
  • Olsen, Espen (2019). Nødvendig å nedbemanne i store helseforetak?.
  • Haver, Annie; Olsen, Espen; Akerjordet, Kristin (2018). A Study On The Influence Of Job Stressors and Cognitive Reappraisal among Hotel Managers. 27th, Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality; 2018-09-24 - 2018-09-28.
  • Olsen, Espen (2018). Har du en modell i magen? Eksempler på anvendt kvantitativ metode og bruk av SEM. SHARE; 2018-01-25.
  • Olsen, Espen (2018). Modeller og perspektiver i et postdoktorprosjekt: Eksempler på ulike organisasjonsstudier og tilnærminger. SEROS; 2018-04-19.
  • Olsen, Espen (2018). Når følelsen av kontroll er feil.
  • Olsen, Espen; Jensen, Maria Therese; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug (2018). Exploring antecedents and outcomes of organisational bullying in a Norwegian healthcare setting. 2018-08-30 - 2018-08-31.
  • Øygarden, Olaug; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug (2018). Changing to improve? Organizational change and changeoriented leadership in hospitals. Institute for Studies of the Medical Profession; 2018-01-22 - 2018-01-23.
  • Haaland, Guro Hognestad; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug (2017). Determinants of nurses career choices to become a leader. Norwegian Health Services Research Network; 2017-03-14 - 2017-03-15.
  • Mikkelsen, Aslaug; Olsen, Espen (2017). Antecedents of job performance and task uncertainty among nurses and physicians: The importance of line management and satisfaction of psychological needs. Proceedings at “Forskningskonferansen i helsetjenesteforskning. Forum for helsetjenesteforskning; 2017-03-14 - 2017-03-15.
  • Mikkelsen, Aslaug; Øygarden, Olaug; Olsen, Espen (2017). The influence from organisational factors on worker outcomes and patient treatment: Validation of a theoretical model across four hospitals.. EHMA; 2017-06-13 - 2017-06-15.
  • Olsen, Espen; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug (2017). An emipirical update of organisational bullying antecedents among hospital workers. ISQUA; 2017-10-01 - 2017-10-03.
  • Øygarden, Olaug; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug (2017). Changing to improve? The impact of organizational changes and change oriented leadership on job satisfaction and treatment quality in hospitals. Norwegian Health Services Research Network; 2017-03-14 - 2017-03-15.
  • Olsen, Espen (2016). Urovekkende utvikling i sikkerheten.
  • Olsen, Espen; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug (2016). The mediating role of bullying related to job performance, happiness and health: Exploring influence from job resources and stressors among hospital nurses. UiT; 2016-11-22 - 2016-11-24.
  • Aase, Karina; Olsen, Espen (2006). Sikkerhet i helsevesenet: Teori og praksis - som Jupiter og Mars!. 2006-12-04 - 2006-12-05.