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Bjørn-Tore Flåten


Associate Professor

9I261 ( Universitetsveien 19, Kristiansand )

Bjørn-Tore Flåten is an Associate Professor at the University of Agder (UiA), Norway. He holds a PhD in International Management from UiA and a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from NHH Norwegian School of Economics. Prior to joining UiA he served as a unit manager in a major Norwegian non-profit organization where he held responsibilities for personnel and training and for managing international educational tours for groups of 150 people involving cross-cultural exchanges. He is also an experienced consultant with a record of managing projects involving organizational structure and design, change, re-structuring, and building of compensation and evaluation schemes in different industries.

His research interests revolve around strategic management of knowledge work and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on knowledge sharing and Internet-enabled collaboration within and beyond the boundaries of the firm. Flåten has contributed with book chapters to research-focused edited books, as well as published in journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Information and Organization, Journal of e-Business, Journal of Design Thinking and the European Journal of International Management. 

Flåten is responsible for the entrepreneurship activities in the “FORTHEM” alliance (https://www.forthem-alliance.eu), which is a network of nine multidisciplinary public research universities with a strong regional anchoring in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania and Spain. Additionally, he is participating in the MEUR 2.2 Horizon project,  “BlueRev” (https://www.bluerevproject.eu), which is aiming at revitalizing local communities in Europe with innovative bio-based businesses, governance models and social innovations focused on the blue bio-based sector. 

Currently, Flåten is serving as the Head of Department of Management and as the Vice Dean for the School of Business and Law. Flåten is also heading the university’s Centre for Entrepreneurship , where he seeks to expand and promote an entrepreneurial mindset. Through the centers programs, students are trained on how to run their own business from the inception of an idea through its implementation.  Through the center, Flåten has also launched UiA Innovation and UiA CoLAB, who’s objective is commercialization of research and co-creation. Hence, a student incubator was launched at the university in 2017 and the Norwegian Research Council granted close to NOK 5 mill in support through the FORNY 2020 program for promoting innovation based on research through a partnership between UiA Innovation and  Innoventus Sør AS. 


Faglige interesser

Strategic management of knowledge work; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Knowledge sharing; Internet-enabled collaboration

Courses taught by Flåten:


  • Member of the university’s research group in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • The Pop-up Campus: Business and Design Students Brought together to Solve Complex Collaborative Challenges
  • Entrepreneurship in virtual worlds

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Lahtinen, Paivikki; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2022). Curricula: Enhancing Creativity in Education. Fostering Creativity in Digital Group Work: A Handbook for Individuals, Educators and Professionals. ISBN: 9783756513055. Jacobs University.
  • Mahsa, Samsami; Tønnessen, Øystein; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2022). Entrepreneurial orientation confronting disruption: Embedded in networks of enterprises in Iran and Norway during the COVID-19 pandemic. European Journal of International Management. ISSN: 1751-6757. doi:10.1504/EJIM.2022.10048400.
  • Tønnessen, Øystein; Dhir, Amandeep; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2021). Digital knowledge sharing and creative performance: Work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN: 0040-1625. 170doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2021.120866.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2020). Crowdfunding Education: Objectives, Content, Pedagogy, and Assessment. Advances in Crowdfunding: Research and Practice. ISBN: 978-3-030-46309-0. Palgrave Macmillan. 20. s 475 - 497.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Zhao, Liang; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2020). Introduction: From Fundamentals to Advances in Crowdfunding Research and Practice. Advances in Crowdfunding: Research and Practice. ISBN: 978-3-030-46309-0. Palgrave Macmillan. 1. s 1 - 18.
  • Lattemann, Christoph; Arntsen, Erik; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Fürst, Neele; Holen, Jannicke; Cappelen, Birgitta (2020). Is There a Proper Way to Teach Design Thinking? Empirical Evidence from Design Thinking in Education. Journal of Design Thinking (JDT). ISSN: 2645-3304. 1 (1). s 35 - 48. doi:10.22059/jdt.2020.76035.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Zhao, Liang (2020). The Future of Crowdfunding Research and Practice. Advances in Crowdfunding: Research and Practice. ISBN: 978-3-030-46309-0. Palgrave Macmillan. 21. s 499 - 519.
  • Kidwell, Donna Kay; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Arntsen, Erik; Lindquister, Berit (2017). The Pop-up Campus: A Unique Learning Experience that Brings Business and Design Students Together to Solve Complex Collaborative Challenges. EDULEARN Proceedings. ISSN: 2340-1125. s 4330 - 4333. doi:10.21125/edulearn.2017.1931.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Isaksen, Arne; Karlsen, James Tommy (2015). Competitive firms in thin regions in Norway: The importance of workplace learning. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. ISSN: 0029-1951. 69 (2). s 102 - 111. doi:10.1080/00291951.2015.1016875.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2015). Opportunities for Entrepreneurial Development and Growth through Online Communities, Collaboration and Value Creating and Co-creating Activities. Entrepreneurial Challenges in the 21st Century: Creating Stakeholder Value Co-Creation. ISBN: 9781137479747. Palgrave Macmillan. 11. s 178 - 199.
  • Teigland, Robin; Di Gangi, Paul; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Giovacchini, Elia; Pastorino, Nicolas (2014). Balancing on a tightrope: Managing the boundaries of a firm-sponsored OSS community and its impact on innovation and absorptive capacity. Information and organization. ISSN: 1471-7727. 24 (1). s 25 - 47. doi:10.1016/j.infoandorg.2014.01.001.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2013). Do Organizational Boundaries Still Matter?. Management for Progress. ISBN: 978-82-7099-734-3. Novus Forlag. 15. s 269 - 286.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2012). Grunnprinsipper innen elektronisk forretningsdrift for entreprenørskap. Perspektiver på Entreprenørskap. ISBN: 978-82-7634-956-6. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. Kapittel 6. s 128 - 145.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Hansen, Jens Ørding (2009). Virtual Worlds and Learning in Multinational Corporations. Skriftserien nr 149. Universitet i Agder. faglig_bok_forlag. s 61 - 71.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore; Shneor, Rotem (2008). Strategic e-HR: Matching e-Business Value Drivers and HR Management Tasks. Evolution and Revolution in the Global Knowledge Economy: Enhancing Innovation and Competitiveness Worldwide. Global Business and Technology Association. faglig_kompendium. s 328 - 339.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2008). The Internet-enabled internationalization process: A focus on stages and sequences. The E-Business Review. ISSN: 1550-7793. 8s 243 - 248.
  • Shneor, Rotem; Zhao, Liang; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2020). Advances in Crowdfunding: Research and Practice. ISBN: 978-3-030-46309-0. Palgrave Macmillan. s 543.
  • Knudsen, Harald; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2015). Strategisk ledelse. ISBN: 9788202406981. Cappelen Damm Akademisk. s 540.
  • Tønnessen, Øystein; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2023). Creative Processes in a Hybrid Work Environment: A Case Study.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2023). Har vi verktøyene for å utdanne fremtidens jobbskapere?.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2023). Green Start-up Support.
  • Lahtinen, Paivikki; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2022). Fostering creativity in education.
  • Tønnessen, Øystein; Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2022). Ideas from mixed interaction: A case study of employee creativity in hybrid work settings..
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2021). Entreprenørskapskultur blant studenter: Kan entreprenørskap læres?.
  • Flåten, Bjørn-Tore (2021). Entreprenørskapskultur og iverksetting blant studenter.

Sist endret: 7.03.2023 14:03