Sverre August Christensen
Førsteamanuensis - Institutt for rettsvitenskap og styring
By ownership I mean the importance of owners and ownership, and also differences between different types of owners, passive-active, long-short-term, and concentrated-diffuse, as well as stat, national and foreign ownership. And lastly how ownership affect industrial policy and innovation. With corporate governance I primarily mean the principal-agent relationship between owners and managers, but also the purpose of the company, and issue of corporate social responsibility.
I have written about international business in Norway in my phd on the Norwegian telecom industry and a commission work on the Norwegian subsidiary of ABB. These books discusses foreign owned companies in Norway, and not least the corporate governance of these companies. In 2017 the history of Norwegian insurance company Storebrand was published. I was in charge of the History project, and the main author of the second volume (1945-2017) other authors were Espen Ekberg, Trond Bergh and Christine Myrvang. Among other things, the book deals with the importance of corporate governance in Norway from the 1980s and onwards, and in particular Storebrand's pioneering role with CSR and ethical investment. I have published several articles and chapters on the Norwegian state ownership in listed companies. Its historical background and special features. The last years I have been engaged with setting up a centre at BI for competence and knowledge on state ownership in Norway, in cooperation with Equinor, Yara and Hydro; as well as the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Lastly, I am course responsible for The Firm (Bedriften), an introductory course, which is compulsory for all bachelor students at BI.
Christensen, Sverre August (2020)
Dubrowka - a free-standing company from a Norwegian family-network capitalism
Scandinavian Economic History Review, s. 1- 18. Doi: 10.1080/03585522.2020.1759680
The first globalisation, in the decades around 1900, was propelled by free-standing companies. This article discusses the establishment of a Norwegian free-standing company in Russia in 1910. It was the culmination of an eastwards movement from the Norwegian forest industry that went through Sweden and Finland before reaching Russia. The article discusses who controlled the company, and how this changed over time. It makes two main contributions to the literature. Firstly, how a family network can solve some of the puzzles free-standing companies have posed to theories of international business, especially regarding the origins and internalisation of ownership advantages. Secondly, it shows that, although free-standing companies were important for the first global economy, they were also integral to the deglobalization that followed.
Ekberg, Espen; Christensen, Sverre August, Bergh, Trond & Myrvang, Christine (2017)
Skadeskutt og livskraftig. Storebrand og forsikringsbransjen, bind 2: 1945-2017
Christensen, Sverre August (2015)
Liberale verdier og statlig eierskap
Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 18(4), s. 75- 83.
Christensen, Sverre August (2014)
Globaliseringens fortellinger : ABB Norges konsernansvar for olje- og gassvirksomhet
Ekberg, Espen; Lønnborg, Mikael & Myrvang, Christine (red.). Næringsliv og historie
Christensen, Sverre & Rinde, Harald (2009)
Nasjonale utlendinger : ABB i Norge 1880-2010
Christensen, Sverre (2003)
Statlig eierskap og nasjonal kontroll
Christensen, Espeli, Larsen og Sogner (red): Kapitalistisk Demokrati? – Norsk næringslivshistorie gjennom 100 år
Christensen, Sverre & Sogner, Knut (2001)
Plankeadel. Kiær- og Solberg-familien under den 2. industrielle revolusjon
Christensen, Sverre August (2016)
Dubrowka - a free-standing company from a family-network capitalism
[Academic lecture]. World Congress on Business History/Congress of the European Business History Association.
Benito, Gabriel R.G.; Christensen, Sverre, Lunnan, Randi & Tomassen, Sverre (2008)
Fra operativ til strategisk internasjonalisering: En studie av store norske selskapers utflytting av divisjonshovedkontorer
[Report]. Handelshøyskolen BI.
Christensen, Sverre & Nilsen, Yngve (2006)
Langs gilde veier. Gilde Norsk Kjøtt 1931-2006
[Scientific book]. Dinamo forlag.
Christensen, Sverre; Espeli, Harald, Larsen, Eirinn & Sogner, Knut (2003)
[Scientific book]. Gyldendal Akademisk.
Christensen, Sverre A. (1999)
Hydromodellens opprinnelse. Oppgjøret om Norsk Hydro etter andre verdenskrig
[Report]. Handelshøyskolen BI.
|2006||BI Norwegian Business School||Ph.D Dr. Oecon.|
|1997||University of Oslo||Master Cand. Philol.|
|1994||University of Oslo||Bachelor|
|2010 - Present||BI Norwegian Business School||Associate Professor|
|2005 - 2009||BI Norwegian Business School||Researcher|
|2000 - 2004||BI Norwegian Business School||PhD Candidate|
|1997 - 1999||BI Norwegian Business School||Researcher|