Future-Oriented Corporate Solutions (FOCUS)

The FOCUS program explores how new types of organizational solutions can contribute to competitive advantage. The goal of the research activities in FOCUS is to develop new theories, models and practices that attend to the increasing pressure of identifying and implementing future-oriented corporate solutions. Researchers from different disciplines work together with a selection of companies in a collaborative alliance to examine innovative corporate solutions. 

Funding corporate partners: Statoil, Telenor, Gjensidige, Deloitte, DNB, NARF
Project partners: NFF, TTS, Lærdal Medical, Miles


Our projects are organized into four key themes:

(1) International growth and integration. Many Norwegian MNEs are attempting to integrate their international operations to exploit efficiencies, but also to transfer knowledge across borders. Our research aims to better understand international growth strategies and to identify organizational mechanisms for globally integrating MNEs.

(2) Managing knowledge workers. We examine how firms can leverage and maximize value creation based on a highly competent workforce through leadership, HRM and organizational design. In relation to theme 1, we also examine how HRM practices are transferred across borders and how language challenges in multinational firms are handled.

(3) Dynamic control systems. Norwegian firms are increasingly experimenting with more complex and dynamic control systems. One example is Beyond Budgeting, which seeks to accommodate the need for balancing control and flexibility by linking accounting and financial reports to HR systems. We identify various types of dynamic control systems, how they are implemented, and their influence on firm performance.

(4) Change capacity. Many firms are initiating and implementing multiple large-scale planned changes in parallel, thus requiring a capacity for change. We examine how organizations can develop capacity for change by studying managerial actions, middle management roles and employee reactions to changes such as those described in themes 1-3 above (global integration, restructuring for efficiencies, implementing new control systems or leadership styles).


The Program consists of a broad range of researchers spanning across disciplinary fields at NHH and SNF.

Program director: Inger G. Stensaker, Professor NHH
Phone: +47 997 92 127
E-mail: inger.stensaker@nhh.no   

  • Christian Eide Andvik (PhD student, NHH)
  • Anne Kari Bjørge (associate professor, NHH)
  • Trond Bjørnenak (professor, NHH)
  • Alena Golyagina (PhD student, NHH)
  • Paul Gooderham (professor, NHH)
  • Daniel Johanson (associate professor, NHH)
  • Katarina Kaarbøe (professor, NHH)
  • Michael Kisser (associate professor, NHH)
  • Annelise Ly (PhD student, NHH)
  • Anita Meidell (PhD student, NHH)
  • Natalia Mæhle (researcher, SNF)
  • Torstein Nesheim (sr. researcher, SNF)
  • Karen M. Olsen (professor, NHH)
  • Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen (associate professor, NHH)
  • Monica Rydland (PhD student, NHH)
  • Alexander Mandsen Sandvik (post.doc., NHH)
  • Hildegunn Sandal (PhD student, NHH)
  • Fransisco Santos Dos Guedes (associate professor, NHH)
  • Vidar Schei (professor, NHH)
  • Cornelius Schmidt (associate professor, NHH)
  • Therese Sverdrup (post.doc., NHH)
  • Karin Thorburn (professor, NHH)
  • Svein Ulset (professor, NHH)
  • Stein Wallace (professor, NHH)
  • Sunniva Whittaker (professor, NHH)