Professor Torger Reve holds the Wilh Wilhelmsen Chair in Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at BI Norwegian Business School.
Torger Reve is currently in charge of the large national research project “A Knowledge Based Norway” (www.ekn.no) analyzing the all the major knowledge driven industries. He also plays a central role in the Norwegian Maritime Knowledge Hub initiative (www.knowledgehub.no).
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.
BI Norwegian Business School is a leading research based business school based in Oslo, offering Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees and Corporate and Executive programs at 10 different campuses in Norway, Lithuania and China, to a total of more than 20.000 students.
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 Ph.D 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 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, Singapore
and Harvard Business School, Boston, MA and a visiting professor in marketing at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. He has been lecturing at universities world wide.
His research has concentrated on marketing channels, interorganizational relations, business strategy, industrial competitiveness and international business. In his research, he has worked closely with such international scholars as Louis W. Stern (Kellogg), Michael E. Porter (Harvard). and 2009 Nobel Laureate Oliver E. Williamson (Berkeley).
Torger Reve has published research articles intop level academic journals as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research and several other journals.
His award winning article (with professor Louis W. Stern) on “The political economy on marketing channels”, Journal of Marketing (1980) has been published in Marketing Classics (1985), and the article is extensively cited. He has received several other research prizes and awards.
He has published 12 books covering such topics as industrial competitiveness, boards of directors, business strategy, strategic alliances, organization theory, project management and international business. He has analyzed industries such as offshore oil and gas, maritime, banking, telecommunication, construction and retailing, and he has been a strategy consultant to top management in many corporations.
He has managed several large research projects financed by various industries, ministries, Norwegian Research Council and the European Union. He has chaired more than 20 doctoral dissertations, mainly in the area of interorganizational relations and transaction cost analysis.
He holds several editorial positions and is a frequent participant in academic evaluations and accreditation committees.
Torger Reve is a popular lecturer with students, business and government, concentrating on topics of industrial competitiveness, strategy and management. He is active in the national and international media.
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) and board memberships at Ekornes ASA, Lærdal Medical AS, Mega Tankers AS, IT Fornebu AS, Abelia, Norway Trade Fairs, Jonkoping International Business School, Sorlandets Kompetansefond and European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), Brussels.
He has been chairman of the Council of Strømme Foundation which is a Microfinance NGO working in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and member of the R& D Advisory Board of Maritime Port Authorities (MPA) of Singapore and SIMULA, a center of excellence in the software industry.
Torger Reve is a Norwegian citizen born in 1949, living in Oslo, Norway. He is married, has three children and six grandchildren.