Per-Magnus Thompson

Førsteamanuensis - Institutt for ledelse og organisasjon


Per-Magnus Thompson is Associate Professor in Organizational Psychology at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School. He received his Ph.D. from BI Norwegian Business School.

Thompson is a certified clinical psychologist from University of Oslo, and approved specialist in work- and organizational psychology (NPA). He has extensive experience working as an organizational consultant (e.g., leadership development programs and team development) and clinician (e.g., working with leaders in a therapeutic setting).

His research interests include 'attachment theory', 'leadership', 'the leader-follower relationship' and 'emotions at work'.

He teaches at the Executive MBA programme and the Master of science programme in Organizational Psychology. He also contributes as a consultant on BI Corporate projects.

Thompson is frequently hired to hold invited talks for practitioners on issues such as relational leadership, self-leadership and team development.


Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe; Fosse, Thomas Hol & Skouverøe, Joachim Berntsen (2021)

Leaders That Don’t Care: Investigating Leader Caregiving From an Attachment-Theoretical Perspective

The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 24(3), s. 141- 161. Doi: 10.1037/mgr0000096

Thompson, Geir; Buch, Robert, Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe & Glasø, Lars (2021)

The impact of transformational leadership and interactional justice on follower performance and organizational commitment in a business context

Journal of General Management (JGM), 46(4), s. 274- 283. Doi: 10.1177/0306307020984579

The relationships between transformational leaders and several follower outcomes have been well investigated, but the mechanism through which these leadership behaviors relate to such outcomes is relatively unexplored. By investigating the mediating role of interactional justice, using structural equation modeling analyses, and data collected from supervisors and direct reports at various organizational levels, the present study provides insight into the psychological processes underlying transformational leadership and its effectiveness on follower outcomes. In line with social exchange theory, the main takeaway from the present study is suggesting that leaders, who display transformational leadership behavior in a manner perceived by followers as respectful, fair, and consistent with moral and ethical standards, may expect greater follower organizational attachment as an appropriate response to interactional justice.

Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe; Glasø, Lars & Matthiesen, Stig Berge (2018)

The way I see you. Implicit followership theories explored through the lens of attachment

The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 21(2), s. 85- 105. Doi: 10.1037/mgr0000069 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Building on Bowlby’s (1969/1982) attachment theory, the present study examines the relationship between leaders’ attachment style, mirroring their relational experiences with significant others, and implicit followership theories (IFTs). Drawing on the principle of schema transference, it was hypothesized that both anxious and avoidant attachment styles were related to negative IFTs. Furthermore, investigating the phenomenon of defensive projection, it was proposed that leaders’ perception of own competence level would moderate the relationship between avoidant style and the IFT facet “incompetence,” so that avoidant leaders feeling less competent at work would view followers as more incompetent than other avoidant leaders. Survey data were collected from 258 leaders in a variety of work settings. Hierarchical regression analyses supported both hypotheses. Implications for theory and practice are discussed

Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe; Glasø, Lars & Matthiesen, Stig Berge (2016)

Leader-follower dyads through the lens of attachement theory. Attachment style as a predictor of LMX

Academy of Management Proceedings Doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2016.248

Lindvoll, Eilin & Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe (2020)

Økonomiske problemer Mer tabu enn ekteskapsproblemer


Brugrand, Camilla Skjær & Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe (2020)

– Ledere må validere frykten til ansatte og ikke forsøke å fikse problemene


Evensen, Mona Sæther & Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe (2020)

Er det greit å bruke uvitenskapelige tester til å endre ansattes oppgaver eller roller på jobb? Og er det lov?


Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe; Fosse, Thomas Hol & Skouverøe, Joachim (2019)

Investigating leader caregiving through the lens of attachment theory: A moderated mediation analysis

[Academic lecture]. EAWOP Conference 2019.

Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Selvledelse i praksis

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (red.). Selvledelse: Teori, forskning og praksis

Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe & Glasø, Lars (2018)

Selvledelse i praksis

Glasø, Lars & Thompson, Geir (red.). Selvledelse: Teori, forskning og praksis

Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe & Farstad, Christian Winther (2017)

Veier inn i ledelse – et livsløpsperspektiv på lederen

[Academic lecture]. Psykologikongressen 2017.

Thompson, Per-Magnus Moe; Glasø, Lars & Matthiesen, Stig Berge (2017)


[Academic lecture]. EAWOP Conference 2017.

Thompson, Per-Magnus; Glasø, Lars & Matthiesen, Stig Berge (2016)


[Academic lecture]. Annual Meeting - Academy of Management 2016.

Akademisk grad
År Akademisk institusjon Grad
2019 BI Norwegian Business School PhD
2009 Universitetet i Oslo Master Cand. Psychol.
2004 University of Oslo Bachelor of Arts
År Arbeidsgiver Tittel
2019 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
2013 - 2019 BI Norwegian Business School PhD Candidate
2010 - 2013 Psykologbistand Organizational psychologist / Consultant