Katrine Biering Sonnenschein

Førsteamanuensis - Campus Trondheim

Institutt for ledelse og organisasjon


I am an Associate Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. I received my PhD from Griffith University, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, in 2016. The title of my PhD thesis: Diverse Stakeholders' Perceptions of the Attributes needed by Chinese returned Graduates in the Hotel Industry in China. Prior to my job at BI Norwegian Business School, I was an Assistant Professor at Jönköping International Business School (2019-20). I have also been a Research Assistant at Aalborg University (2018-19); an Assistant Professor at the University College of Northern Jutland (2017-18); and a Sessional Lecturer/Tutor at Griffith University (2015-17) and Queensland University of Technology (2016-17).

My research interests: professional socialization; international education; career; work integrated learning; and tourism and hospitality education. I have published in international peer reviewed journals within the fields of tourism and hospitality management and human resources, education, and Chinese tourism research.

My teaching areas: Organisational behavior and leadership


Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering (2020)

Professional Socialisation and Career Development of Chinese international tourism and hospitality students and graduates: A Revised Socialisation Framework

Weidman, J.C. & DeAngelo, L. (red.). Higher Education and the Early Career: Theory, Research and Application

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering (2020)

‘It’s Important for Us to Know How to Do Teamwork’: Perceptions of Chinese International Hospitality Students Regarding Teamwork Skills

Journal of China Tourism Research Doi: 10.1080/19388160.2020.1768191

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering & Ferguson, Janet (2020)

Developing professional communication skills: Perceptions and reflections of domestic and international graduates

Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 17(3)

Communication is considered a crucial skill set by employers who require universities to develop students’ communication skills, to meet their requirements in the workplace. This study focuses on graduates’ perceptions of their skill in professional communication; its development during their studies; and its value when making the transition to employment. The paper is based on two studies undertaken in Australia with interviews with graduates. The graduates are both of Australian and Chinese origin working in Australia and China across various industries. Presentation skills, writing, and intercultural skills were considered most important. Although most participants were satisfied with the way they had developed these skills at the Australian university, some international graduates needed more help from university to attain these skills. Recommendations regarding structured interventions for intercultural communication, work-integrated learning, and professional training of academic staff were provided.

Ferguson, Jan & Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering (2020)

Comparing Australian graduate employees’ “use of connections” and Chinese “sea-turtle” graduate employees’ use of “guanxi”

Australian Journal of Career Development, 29(1), s. 24- 35. Doi: 10.1177/1038416219876113

It is important for graduate employees and their employers that Australian graduates (both domestic and international) develop knowledge, skills, and other qualities that are easily transferrable to their employment in Australia, China, and the Asia-Pacific region. Much contemporary research addresses the appropriateness of graduate attributes such as leadership, teamwork, and communication skills in relation to meeting employers’ needs. This qualitative study contributes to these discussions by comparing how Chinese and domestic graduates apply a lesser regarded attribute, the use of connections, to the work setting. Since Chinese employers follow the principles of guanxi (being able to earn and use influential networks), this might complicate attempts by returned Chinese graduate employees (“sea-turtles”) who are graduates of Australian universities to transfer their use of connections. This study compares Australian graduates’ experiences of using connections and Chinese sea turtles’ experiences of using connections within the protocols of guanxi.

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering (2019)

Career Goals of Chinese international Tourism and Hospitality students in Australia

liu, C. & Schänzel, H. (red.). Tourism Education and Asia

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering; Barker, Michelle & Hibbins, Raymond (2019)

Expectations of returned Chinese graduates and hotel managers regarding entry-level work in the hotel industry in China

Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism Doi: 10.1080/15332845.2019.1526486

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering; Barker, Michelle & Hibbins, Raymond (2018)

Investigating Higher Education Students’ Professional Socialisation: A Revised Framework

Higher Education Research and Development Doi: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1458286

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering; Barker, Michelle & Hibbens, Raymond (2018)

Benefits of work-integrated learning: perceptions held by Chinese international students enrolled in an Australian university and managers in the Chinese hotel industry

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education Doi: 10.1080/10963758.2018.1487784

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering; Barker, Michelle, Hibbins, Raymond & Cain, Melissa (2017)

“Practical experience is really important.” Perceptions of Chinese international students about the benefits of Work Integrated Learning in their Australian Tourism and Hospitality degrees

Barton, G. & Hartwig, K. (red.). Professional learning in the work place for international students: Exploring theory and practice

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering; Barker, Michelle & Hibbins, Raymond (2017)

Fit for purpose: Graduate Attributes needed in the Chinese Hotel Industry

Journal of China Tourism Research Doi: 10.1080/19388160.2017.1394953

Sonnenschein, Katrine Biering; Barker, Michelle & Hibbins, Raymond (2017)

Chinese international students’ perceptions of and reflections on graduate attributes needed in entry-level positions in the Chinese hotel industry

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management Doi: 10.1016/j.jhtm.2017.01.008

Akademisk grad
År Akademisk institusjon Grad
2016 Griffith University, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Brisbane, Australia PhD
2003 Universite Libre de Bruxelles Master of Arts
2001 Copenhagen Business School (CBS) Master of Arts
År Arbeidsgiver Tittel
2020 - Present Bi Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2019 - 2020 Jönköping International Business School Assistant Professor
2018 - 2019 Aalborg University Research Assistant
2017 - 2018 University College of Northern Denmark Assistant Professor
2016 - 2017 Queensland University of Technology Sessional Lecturer and Tutor
2015 - 2017 Griffith University Sessional Tutor