Espen Olsen


UiS School of Business and Law
Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing
EOJ SV-217
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Espen Olsen is a Professor of organisation and leadership at UiS Business School. 

His research interests are 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 having broad responsibilities within a larger corporate context. 

He has published articles in high-impact journals such as Safety Science, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Risk Research, BMJ Quality & Safety, International Journal of Environmental and Public Health, BMC Health Services Research and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

His teaching interests include different areas such as 1) industrial and organisational psychology, 2) HRM, 3) environment, health and safety management and 4) research methodology. 

Currently teaching: 
  • MSB203 Leadership and organisational change

  • PHD104 Multivariate analysis: Applied factor and regression analyses.

Board membership:
  • CIAM – Cluster on industrial asset management. CIAM is a UiS-based network of companies and university with focus on industrial asset management.

Ongoing research projects:
  • Job characteristics, social cognition, creativity and innovation among Norwegian entrepreneurs.

  • Return-To-Work interventions (RCT-study 2021-2024)

  • Panel data studies among Norwegian workers

  • Main supervisor with Prof. Reidar J. Mykletun and PhD-candidate Seth. A. J. Addo: Hospital management, consumer experiences and satisfaction: Examination of measures, mechanisms and relations over time.

  • Co-supervisor with Prof. Aslaug Mikkelsen and PhD-candidate Guro H. Haaland: Career studies among nurses.

  • Co-supervisor with Tatiana A. Lakovleva, Prof. Richard P. Bagozzi and PhD-candidate Marjan Shamsi: Factors affecting employees' work behaviours in the age of digitalization: The role of psychological safety climate and digital technology acceptance.