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Torbjørn Bjorvatn

Associate Professor

A160 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 3, Grimstad )

Torbjørn Bjorvatn has a Bachelor degree in political science, Russian and Soviet and Eastern Europe area studies from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Master degree in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway. In 2018, he defended his doctoral degree in International Management with the thesis «Complexity and the international context as antecedents of team performance».

During 2018-2019, Torbjørn Bjorvatn worked as a senior researcher at NORCE Social Science in Kristiansand, Norway. In addition, he has several years' experience in project and programme management internationally.

Based in the Department of Working Life and Innovation at the School of Business and Law, Campus Grimstad, he teaches in the field of project management, organisation and leadership. His research focusses on organisational project management.


Torbjørn Bjorvatn is an active researcher. One central topic is so-called organisational project management, where he considers the interaction between the project and its base organisation in a project-supported (matrix) organisation. This research draws on the fields of strategy, innovation and organisation science. Much of Torbjørn Bjorvatn´s research has an international dimension. Previously, he has used survey studies extensively and analysed these statistically using partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). Currently, he works mostly on conceptual studies and case studies.

Faglige interesser

Knowledge management, organisational learning, innovation.

Organisational project management.

International management.

International strategic alliances.

Political risk.


Torbjørn Bjorvatn is a member of the inter-disciplinary research group on Project Research at the University of Agder.

Torbjørn Bjorvatn is a member of the research group on Innovation at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder.

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Bjorvatn, Torbjørn (2022). Akademiske kvalitetsmål i praksisbasert læring i disiplinutdanninger på masternivå.
  • Bjorvatn, Torbjørn (2022). Assessment criteria for work-integrated learning in a generalist postgraduate university programme.
  • Bjorvatn, Torbjørn (2019). International build-operate-transfer (BOT) infrastructure projects - The experience of China.

Sist endret: 7.03.2023 15:03