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Espen Olsen

Professor and Department Head

Handelshøgskolen ved UiS

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 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 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 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 MØA112 Data analytics (teacher), and PHD104 Multivariate analysis: Applied factor and regression analyses (course responsible and teacher).

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/TOPICS: 

 

With Marte C. W. Solheim, Tatiana A. Lakovleva and Masoumeh Shahverdi: 

Job characteristics, social cognition, creativity and innovation among innovators/entrepreneurs.

 

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. Randi Wågø Aas et al.:

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

 

With Prof. Maria T. Jensen:

Working conditions and burnout among academic staff. 

 

PHD-SUPERVISION PROJECTS

Main supervisor:

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. PhD-candidate Guro H. Haaland: 

Career studies among nurses.

 

Co-supervisor:

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.

 

 

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Publications
  • Vitenskapelige publikasjoner
    • Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2021)

      Development and investigation of a new model explaining job performance and uncertainty among nurses and physicians.

      International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

      ISSN 1661-7827.

      Volum 18:164.

      Hefte 1.

      s.1-15.

      DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18010164

    • Olsen, Espen; Leonardsen, Ann-Chatrin Linqvist

      (2021)

      Use of the hospital survey of patient safety culture in Norwegian hospitals: A systematic review.

      International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

      ISSN 1661-7827.

      Volum 18.

      Hefte 12.

      s.1-11.

      DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18126518

    • Addo, Seth Ayisi Junior; Mykletun, Reidar J.; Olsen, Espen

      (2021)

      Validation and Adjustment of the Patient Experience Questionnaire (PEQ): A Regional Hospital Study in Norway.

      International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

      ISSN 1661-7827.

      Volum 18.

      Hefte 13.

      DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18137141

    • Øygarden, Olaug; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2020)

      Changing to improve? Organizational change and change-oriented leadership in hospitals..

      Journal of Health Organisation and Management

      ISSN 1477-7266.

      Volum 34.

      Hefte 6.

      s.687-706.

      DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-09-2019-0280

    • Hognestad Haaland, Guro; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2020)

      The association between supervisor support and ethical dilemmas on Nurses' intention to leave: The mediating role of the meaning of work.

      Journal of Nursing Management

      ISSN 0966-0429.

      s.1-8.

      DOI: 10.1111/jonm.13153

    • Olsen, Espen; Jensen, Maria Therese; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2019)

      Job resources and outcomes in the process of bullying : a study in a Norwegian healthcare setting. I: Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces.

      Edward Elgar Publishing

      ISBN 9781788118088.

      s.115-136.

      DOI: 10.4337/9781788118095.00014

    • Haver, Annie; Olsen, Espen; Akerjordet, Kristin

      (2019)

      Well-being among hotel managers: A study on the influence of job stressors and cognitive reappraisal.

      International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

      ISSN 0959-6119.

      Volum 31.

      Hefte 4.

      s.1819-1835.

      DOI: 10.1108/IJCHM-11-2017-0737

    • Haaland, Guro Hognestad; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2019)

      Making a career in hospitals: Determinants of registered nurses' aspirations to become a manager .

      Journal of Advanced Nursing

      ISSN 0309-2402.

      Volum 74.

      Hefte 11.

      s.2506-2515.

      DOI: 10.1111/jan.14002

    • Bjaalid, Gunhild; Olsen, Espen; Melberg, Kjersti; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2019)

      Institutional stress and job performance among hospital employees.

      International Journal of Organizational Analysis

      ISSN 1934-8835.

      s.1-18.

      DOI: 10.1108/IJOA-10-2018-1560

    • Skogen, Jens Christoffer; Thørrisen, Mikkel Magnus; Olsen, Espen; Hesse, Morten; Aas, Randi Wågø

      (2019)

      Evidence for essential unidimensionality of AUDIT and measurement invariance across gender, age and education. Results from the WIRUS study.

      Drug and Alcohol Dependence

      ISSN 0376-8716.

      Volum 202.

      s.87-92.

      DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.06.002

    • Sørskår, Leif Inge Kjærvoll; Olsen, Espen; Abrahamsen, Eirik Bjorheim; Bondevik, Gunnar Tschudi; Abrahamsen, Håkon Bjorheim

      (2019)

      Assessing safety climate in prehospital settings: Testing psychometric properties of a common structural model in a cross-sectional and prospective study.

      BMC Health Services Research

      ISSN 1472-6963.

      Volum 19.

      s.1-16.

      DOI: 10.1186/s12913-019-4459-5

    • Sørskår, Leif Inge Kjærvoll; Abrahamsen, Eirik Bjorheim; Olsen, Espen; Sollid, Stephen J. M.; Abrahamsen, Håkon Bjorheim

      (2018)

      Psychometric properties of the Norwegian version of the hospital survey on patient safety culture in a prehospital environment.

      BMC Health Services Research

      ISSN 1472-6963.

      Volum 18:784.

      s.1-14.

      DOI: 10.1186/s12913-018-3576-x

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2018)

      Influence from organisational factors on patient safety and safety behaviour among nurses and hospital staff.

      International Journal of Organizational Analysis

      ISSN 1934-8835.

      Volum 26.

      Hefte 2.

      s.382-395.

      DOI: 10.1108/IJOA-05-2017-1170

    • Vatsvåg, Natalia; Olsen, Espen

      (2017)

      A study of determinants of perceived tunnel safety among Norwegian road users. I: Safety & Reliability, Theory and Applications.

      CRC Press

      ISBN 978-1138629370.

      s.261-268.

    • Jensen, Maria Therese; Olsen, Espen

      (2017)

      Health risk and risk of job insecurity during organisational change: The influence of learning demands and role ambiguity. I: Safety & Reliability, Theory and Applications.

      CRC Press

      ISBN 978-1138629370.

      s.3051-3056.

    • Olsen, Espen; Jensen, Maria Therese

      (2017)

      Safety leadership influence on patient safety and the mediating role of unit safety climate. I: Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice : Proceedings of ESREL 2016 (Glasgow, Scotland, 25-29 September 2016).

      CRC Press

      ISBN 9781138029972.

      s.1836-1840.

    • Olsen, Espen; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (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

      ISSN 0309-2402.

      Volum 73.

      Hefte 11.

      s.2709-2719.

      DOI: 10.1111/jan.13337

    • Mikkelsen, Aslaug; Olsen, Espen

      (2017)

      The influence of change-oriented leadership on work performance and job satisfaction in hospitals - the mediating roles of learning demands and job involvement.

      Leadership in Health Services

      ISSN 1751-1879.

      Volum 32.

      Hefte 1.

      s.37-53.

      DOI: 10.1108/LHS-12-2016-0063

    • Olsen, Espen; Næss, Sturle; Høyland, Sindre

      (2015)

      Exploring relationships between organizational factors and hydrocarbon leaks on offshore platform.

      Safety Science

      ISSN 0925-7535.

      Volum 80.

      s.301-309.

      DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2015.07.023

    • Dahl, Øyvind; Olsen, Espen

      (2013)

      Safety compliance on offshore platforms: A multi-sample survey on the role of perceived leadership involvement and work climate.

      Safety Science

      ISSN 0925-7535.

      Volum 54.

      s.17-26.

      DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.11.003

    • Skaugrud, Ida; Dahl, Øyvind; Olsen, Espen

      (2012)

      A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF ORGANISATIONAL FACTORS INFLUENCING COMPLIANCE WITH PROCEDURES. 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.

      s.6488-6497.

    • Kines, Pete; Lappalainen, Jorma; Mikkelsen, Kim Lyngby; Olsen, Espen; Pousette, Anders; Tharaldsen, Jorunn-Elise; Tomasson, Kristinn; Törner, Marianne

      (2011)

      Nordic Safety Climate Questionnaire (NOSACQ-50): A new tool for diagnosing occupational safety climate.

      International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

      ISSN 0169-8141.

      Volum 41.

      Hefte 6.

      s.634-646.

      DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2011.08.004

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2010)

      Exploring the possibility of a common structural model measuring associations between safety climate factors and safety behaviour in health care and the petroleum sectors.

      Accident Analysis and Prevention

      ISSN 0001-4575.

      Volum 42.

      Hefte 5.

      s.1507-1516.

      DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2010.02.002

    • Aase, Karina; Olsen, Espen

      (2010)

      A comparative study of safety climate differences in healthcare and the petroleum industry.

      Quality and Safety in Healthcare

      ISSN 1475-3898.

      Volum 19.

      s.I75-I79.

      DOI: 10.1136/qshc.2009.036558

    • Bjerkan, Anne Mette; Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Olsen, Espen

      (2009)

      Modelling the effects of a large-scale safety culture programme: a combined qualitative and quantitative approach.

      Journal of Risk Research

      ISSN 1366-9877.

      Volum 12.

      Hefte 3-4.

      s.389-409.

      DOI: 10.1080/13669870902812271

    • Tharaldsen, J.E.; Rundmo, T.; Olsen, Espen

      (2008)

      A longitudinal study of safety climate on the Norwegian continental shelf.

      Safety Science

      ISSN 0925-7535.

      Volum 46.

      Hefte 3.

      s.427-439.

    • Aase, Karina; Høyland, Sindre; Wiig, Siri; Nilsen, Stein Tore; Olsen, Espen

      (2008)

      Patient safety challenges in a case study hospital - Of relevance for transfusion processes?.

      Transfusion and Apheresis Science

      ISSN 1473-0502.

      Volum 39.

      Hefte 2.

      s.167-172.

      DOI: 10.1016/j.transci.2008.06.003

    • Rundmo, Torbjørn; Tharaldsen, Jorunn-Elise; Olsen, Espen

      (2007)

      Associations between risk perception and risk-taking behaviour. I: Risk, reliability and societal safety : proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference 2007 (ESREL 2007), Stavanger, Norway, 25-27 June 2007.

      Taylor & Francis

      s.1631-1637.

    • Bjerkan, Anne Mette; Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Olsen, Espen

      (2007)

      Dynamics and effects of a large-scale safety program : development and testing of a causality model. I: Risk, reliability and societal safety : proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference 2007 (ESREL 2007), Stavanger, Norway, 25-27 June 2007.

      Taylor & Francis

      s.1663-1670.

    • Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Haukelid, Knut; Olsen, Espen

      (2007)

      The effect of a safety program on informal hierarchies and care among workers within oil and gas. I: Risk, reliability and societal safety : proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference 2007 (ESREL 2007), Stavanger, Norway, 25-27 June 2007.

      Taylor & Francis

      s.2495-2502.

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2007)

      Ansattes oppfatninger av sykehusets sikkerhetskultur.

      Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening

      ISSN 0029-2001.

      Volum 127.

      Hefte 20.

      s.2656-2660.

    • Bjerkan, Anne Mette; Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Olsen, Espen

      (2007)

      Dynamics and effects of a large-scale Safety Program - development and testing of a causality model. I: Risk, Reliability and Societal Safety, vol.2 Thematic Topics.

      Taylor & Francis

      ISBN 978-0-415-44784-3.

      s.1663-1670.

    • Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Haukelid, Knut; Olsen, Espen

      (2007)

      The Effect of a Safety Program on informal hierarchies and care among workers within oil and gas. I: Risk, Reliability and Societal Safety, Vol.3 Application Topics.

      Taylor & Francis

      ISBN 978-0-415-44785-0.

      s.2495-2502.

  • Bøker og kapitler
    • Olsen, Espen

      (2008)

      Reliability and validity of the hospital survey on patient safety culture at a Norwegian hospital. I: Quality and safety improvement research: Methods and research practice from the international quality improvements research network (QIRN).

      ISBN 978-972-98811-8-3.

      s.173-186.

    • Nævestad, Tor-Olav; Olsen, Espen

      (2006)

      Kultur og atferd som tilnærming for å bedre sikkerheten: En evaluering av Kollegaprogrammet.

      ISBN 978-82-490-0500-0.

    • Wiig, Siri; Aase, Karina; Høyland, Sindre; Olsen, Espen

      (2005)

      Pasientsikkerhet - En analyse av feilmeldinger ved SUS.

      Hefte 8.

    • Wiig, Siri; Aase, Karina; Høyland, Sindre; Olsen, Espen

      (2005)

      Pasientsikkerhet - Håndtering av feil i helsesektoren.

      Hefte 7.

    • Gundersen, Tonje; Grut, Lisbet; Loeb, Mitchell Elliott; Ruud, Torleif; Eikeland, Tone Bergljot; Nesvåg, Sverre; Olsen, Espen

      (2004)

      Rusklienter og tjenester før "rusreformen". En tverrsnittsundersøkelse.

      ISBN 8214035147.

    • Lindøe, Preben; Bakke, Åshild; Olsen, Espen

      (2002)

      Hvordan ivareta HMS under omstilling?.

      Hefte 2002/356.

  • Formidling
    • Olsen, Espen

      (2021)

      Er du klar for arbeidslivet?.

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2019)

      Nødvendig å nedbemanne i store helseforetak?.

      Dagens medisin

      ISSN 1501-4290.

    • Olsen, Espen; Jensen, Maria Therese; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2018)

      Exploring antecedents and outcomes of organisational bullying in a Norwegian healthcare setting.

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2018)

      Når følelsen av kontroll er feil.

      Bergens Tidende

      ISSN 0804-8983.

    • Haver, Annie; Olsen, Espen; Akerjordet, Kristin

      (2018)

      A Study On The Influence Of Job Stressors and Cognitive Reappraisal among Hotel Managers.

    • Øygarden, Olaug; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2018)

      Changing to improve? Organizational change and changeoriented leadership in hospitals.

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2018)

      Har du en modell i magen? Eksempler på anvendt kvantitativ metode og bruk av SEM.

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2018)

      Modeller og perspektiver i et postdoktorprosjekt: Eksempler på ulike organisasjonsstudier og tilnærminger.

    • 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.

    • 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..

    • Olsen, Espen; Bjaalid, Gunhild; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2017)

      An emipirical update of organisational bullying antecedents among hospital workers.

    • Haaland, Guro Hognestad; Olsen, Espen; Mikkelsen, Aslaug

      (2017)

      Determinants of nurses career choices to become a leader.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Olsen, Espen

      (2016)

      Urovekkende utvikling i sikkerheten.

      Stavanger Aftenblad

      ISSN 0804-8991.

      s.33-33.

    • Aase, Karina; Olsen, Espen

      (2006)

      Sikkerhet i helsevesenet: Teori og praksis - som Jupiter og Mars!.

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