Professor Torger Reve talks about the idea behind the research project A Knowledgebased Norway and how it all started.

Professor Torger Reve and Associate Professor Amir Sasson have analysed the future prospects for the most important business and industries and the results were presentet on the conference Et Kunnskapsbasert Norge (A Knowledge Based Norway) 19th of January 2012.

"Knowledge and competence increase when we share with others. Herein lies the real power of renewal in society and the basis for our future creation of value,” the Crown Prince said in his opening speech.

President Tom Colbjørnsen, Crown Prince Haakon, Professor Torger Reve, associate professor Amir Sasson og Minister of Trade Trond Giske.The conference on the future of business and industry attracted 850 participants from these sectors and from academia, public administration and other heads of society at BI Norwegian Business School.

In the study “A Knowledge Based Norway”, Professor Torger Reve and Associate Professor Amir Sasson have analysed the future prospects for 13 of Norway’s most important business and industry sectors. On Thursday, they presented a proposal for a new knowledge-based business and industry policy. Read more about the study here.

The introductory speakers included the Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe, Hydro CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg, DNV CEO Henrik Madsen, Telenor vice president and NHO President Kristin Skogen Lund, Ferd CEO Johan H. Andresen, CEO of the Grieg Group Elisabeth Grieg and DNB CEO Rune Bjerke.

In this interview, Torger Reve gives you an insight in how the research project started.

Short biography


Professor Torger Reve currently holds the Wilh Wilhelmsen Chair in Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at BI Norwegian School of Management, where he also heads the Center for Maritime Competitiveness.

Torger Reve has been President at BI Norwegian School of Management, 1997-2005, which is the maximum tenure period according to the statutes of the school.

BI Norwegian School of Management is a leading research based business university based in Oslo, offering Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees and Corporate and Executive programs at 15 different campuses in Norway, Lithuania and China, to a total of 18.000 students.

Before his presidential term at BI, Torger Reve was President at the Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF) 1995-1997, and Professor of Organization Science at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), Bergen, Norway, 1984-1997.

Torger Reve has a Ph.D in marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, 1980. He also holds two master degrees in business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), Bergen, Norway, 1972 and 1975, and a BA degree in liberal arts at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA, 1970. 

He has been a visiting research scholar at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA., Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Commerce, Tokyo, Fudan University, Shanghai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Harvard Business School, Boston, MA and a visiting professor in marketing at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. He has been lecturing at universities world wide.

Torger Reve is a popular lecturer with students, business and government, concentrating on topics of industrial competitiveness, strategy and management. He writes columns in business newspapers and is active in the national and international media.

Torger Reve has held several public and private offices and board memberships, including the Norwegian Prime Minister's Competitiveness Council, Chairman of the Board at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and board memberships at Lærdal Medical AS, Mega Tankers AS, IT Fornebu AS, Abelia, and European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), Brussels. 

He is currently member of the board of directors at Ekornes ASA, a leading international furniture manufacturer. He is also chairman of the Council of Strømme Foundation which is a Microfinance NGO working in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and member of the R& D councils of Maritime Port Authorities (MPA) of Singapore and SIMULA, a center of excellence in software industry.

Torger Reve is a Norwegian citizen born in 1949, living in Oslo, Norway. He is married, has three children and four grandchildren.

Research areas

Torger Reve's research has concentrated on marketing channels, interorganizational relations, business strategy and industrial competitiveness. In his research, he has worked closely with such international scholars as Louis W. Stern, James G. March, Oliver E. Williamson and Michael E. Porter.

Torger Reve has published research articles in such journals as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research and other journals.

His award winning article (with professor Louis W. Stern) on "The political economy on marketing channels", Journal of Marketing (1980) has been published in Marketing Classics (1985). He has received several other research prizes and awards.

Torger Reve has published 12 books covering such topics as industrial competitiveness, boards of directors, business strategy, strategic alliances, organization theory, project and international management. He has analyzed industries such as oil and gas, shipping, banking, telecommunication and retailing, and he has been a strategy consultant to top management in many corporations.

He has managed several large research projects financed by various industries, ministries, Norwegian Research Council and the European Union. He has chaired more than 20 doctoral dissertations, mainly in the area of interorganizational relations and transaction cost analysis.

He holds several editorial positions and is a frequent participant in academic evaluations and accreditation committees.


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