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Torger Reve

Professor of Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness, BI Norwegian Business School

Professor Torger Reve holds the Wilh Wilhelmsen Chair in Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at BI Norwegian Business School.

Dr. Torger Reve has been President at BI Norwegian Business School, 1997-2005, which is the maximum tenure period according to the statutes of the school. Before his presidential term at BI, Torger Reve was President at the Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF), 1995 -1997, and Professor of Organization Science at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway, 1984-1997.

Torger Reve has a PhD in marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, 1980. He also holds two master degrees in business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway, 1972 and 1975, and a BA degree in liberal arts at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA, 1970. He has an Honorary Doctorate from ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania

He has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Commerce, Tokyo, Fudan University, Shanghai, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore and Harvard Business School, Boston, MA and a visiting professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.

Torger Reve has published research articles in such journals as Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Academy of Management Review, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Surveys, Human Relations, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Competitiveness and several other research journals. He has been prinsipal academic advisor to more than 25 doctoral candidates.

He has received several international research prizes and awards, including Maynard Award for best theoretical article in marketing, Shell Prize for best applied research, and BI Prize for excellent research communication. In 2013 he was listed among the 20 most influential business thinkers in the Nordics.

He has published 13 books covering such topics as industrial competitiveness, business strategy, strategic alliances, corporate governance, organization theory, project management and international business. He has analyzed industries such as offshore oil and gas, maritime and shipping, banking, telecommunication, construction, retailing, biotech and seafood, and he has been a strategy advisor to top management in many corporations. He is active in national and international media.

In Norway, he is best known for his large empirical studies of clusters and industrial competitiveness, resulting in a trilogy of books (published in Norwegian), A Competitive Norway (1992), A Value-creating Norway (2002), and A Knowledge-based Norway (2012), providing valuable inputs to industrial policy.
He has championed the MIT-REAP project for Southwest Norway, and he is currently chair of the board of the MIT REAP University Consortium.

Torger Reve is a popular lecturer with students, business and government, concentrating on topics of industrial competitiveness, strategy and management.
He teaches strategy and industrial competitiveness in the MSc program at BI (in cooperation with Harvard Business School), and in the MBA program at BI-Fudan, Shanghai and in the EMBA program and Executive programs at BI.

Torger Reve has held several public and private offices and board memberships, including the Norwegian Prime Minister’s Competitiveness Council, Chairman of the Board at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK (radio and TV) and Board memberships at Ekornes ASA (furniture), Lærdal Medical AS (medtech), Mega Tankers AS (shipping), Norwegian Trade Fairs, IT Fornebu AS, Abelia, and European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), Brussels. He has been member of the Advisory Council of Nor-Shipping, Singapore Maritime Institute and Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, and Lead Expert at OECD.

He is currently chairs the board of Southern Norway Knowledge Foundation and board member of Oslo Ocean Industry Foundation, MarHub, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster and Singapore Norway Chamber of Commerce.

His main corporate board membership is at OBOS Housing and Real Estate Corporation, Oslo, where he also heads the investment committee.