NORSI Research Conference 2014

The 1st NORSI Conference was held 2 September 2014. There were 9 lectures and about 55 particpants that attended the conference.

The conference was a  one –day conference for NORSI PhD students to present their work in progress.



Travel expenses will be covered for all PING and PIMS students.  PIMS students – please contact Alf Steinar Sætre for more information.


The closest hotel to BI is Radisson BLU Hotel Nydalen (

Birte (PING) will be happy to book hotel for you. Last day to book hotel through Birte is 15 August.

PING refund instructions:

Please mail in all your original tickets and original receipts (plane, taxi, bus etc.) to Birte Horn-Hanssen, BI Norwegian Business School/Handelshøyskolen BI, N-0442 Oslo. However, if your “home” institution has temporarily covered your travel costs, your institution may send BI/Birte and invoice (faktura) asking PING to cover your outstanding travel costs with copies of your receipts. (Norwegian: Hvis ditt lokal studiested legger ut for deg så kan det lokale studiestedet fakturerer BI totalt for alle sine PING studenter med en totalsum for reisekostnadene. Legg ved kopi av vedlegg). Please ask your institution to specify who (your name) the invoice/travel refund is for and write NORSI 8037- 80175 on the invoice. If you have any questions about this, please email Birte Horn-Hanssen.

Final Program

Room B3-060 – BI Norwegian Business School

10:15– 12:00 Innovation, Value Chains and Development: How Globalization Offers Opportunities for Catching-Up Based Growth,  Bart Verpsagen,Maastricht Universitet and UNU-MERIT.

Verpshagen’s lecture is held at University in Oslo (UiO) and is part Bart Verpsagen’s conferring as Honorable Doctor at UiO.

12:00 – 12:30 REGISTRATION AND LUNCH at BI and light lunch served (wraps) (metro to BI/Nydalen from UiO)

12:30 – 12:40 WELCOME by Inge Jan Henjesand, President BI Norwegian Business School 

SESSION 1: Session Chair: Bjørn T. Asheim, PING Program Director

12:40-13:10 Ambidexterity and the evolution of clusters, Lionel Sack, CIRCLE, Lund University

Senior Opponent: Alf Steinar Sætre, NTNU; Junior Opponent: Are Jensen, UiN

13.10 – 13:40 Obsolescence and the ICT revolution: the impact of technological progress and asset inflation on the age of U.S. capital, Beniamino Callegari, BI Norwegian Business School

Senior Opponent: Ragnar Tveterås, UiS; Junior Opponent: Marte C. W. Solheim, UiS

13:40 -14:10 Frontline employees’ role in service innovation processes, Marit Engen, Lillehammer University College  

Senior Opponent: Bjørn T Asheim, UiS/BI/CIRCLE; Junior Opponent: Kenneth Stålsett, NTNU

14:10-14:40The executive team’s influence on the organization, Trond R. Olsen and Kenneth Stålsett, NTNU 

Senior Opponent: Gry A. Alsos, UiN; Junior Opponent: Marit Engen, HiL

14:40 – 15:00 Coffee Break

SESSION 2: Session Chair: Alf Steinar Sætre, PIMS Program Director

15:00 -15:30 Learning from failure in innovation activities, Nhien Nguyen, NTNU   

Senior Opponent: Heidi W. Aslesen, BI ; Junior Opponent: Sølvi Solvoll, UiN

15:30– 16:00 Is doing two things at once doing neither? Exploring the role of firm ambidexterity on innovation speed, Are Jensen, University of Nordland

Senior Opponent: Alf Steinar Sætre ; Junior Opponent: Lionel Sack, CIRCLE 

16:00 – 16:30 Effectual or Causational Behaviour – The Role of Entrepreneurial Learning and External Legitimacy Buildning, Sølvi Solvoll, Unversity of Nordland

Senior Opponent: Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, CIRCLE; Junior Opponent: Nhien Nguyen, NTNU

16: 30 – 16: 50 Coffee Break

16:50–17:20 Does the Norwegian oil and gas industry benefit from agglomeration?,  Marte C. W. Solheim, UiS Business School, University of Stavanger

Senior Opponent: Fulvio Castellacci, NIFU/UiO; Junior Opponent: Beniamino Callegari, BI

17:20 – 17:50 Operational leadership in high risk operations,Kenneth Stålsett and Trond R. Olsen, NTNU

Senior Opponent: Knut Sogner, BI; Junior Opponent: Bisrat Agegnehu, BI

17:50 – 18:00 Summary/Ending Remarks , Bjørn T. Asheim and Alf Steinar Sætre

18.00 – 20:00 Tapas dinner and wine – Socializing/networking – Everyone welcome! (In front of B2-060)