Head of Department in Economics

Deadline: 28.05.2023

BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School is ranked among the top business schools in Europe combining internationally recognized research and a wide range of educational offerings from bachelor to master and doctoral degree programmes as well as executive programmes. BI’s mission is to build the knowledge economy by empowering people and improving business. BI has 20 000 students, more than 300 000 alumni, and a number of academic and business partnerships and networks both nationally and internationally. BI holds the three most prestigious international quality accreditations – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. BI is organised as an independent foundation whose purpose is teaching and research. All profits are used to strengthen BI's academic- and learning environment.

The Head of Department is a member of the Provost’s management team, the President’s extended management group and is expected to participate in committees such as the Senate, Programme Committees and other committees set up in order to reach BI’s strategic goals. A department head is a member of BI’s leadership/management, and is responsible for implementing BI’s strategy at the department level.

About the Department

The Department of Economics has a faculty whose interests cover major fields in economics, mathematics and statistics. The department counts 91 employees and offers research-based and experienced-based high-quality teaching at all levels, providing their students with the best possible qualifications in applied economics.

The faculty publish regularly in international academic journals and serve on editorial boards. They also act as advisors to the government and private organizations, and contribute to public debate on current economic issues.

Goals and responsibilities for the position

The Head of Department is expected to show excellent leadership skills and be able to set goals and strategically work to operationalize the department’s goals within BI’s strategy. The Head of Department has the academic, economic and administrative responsibility for the activities within the department. He/she is responsible for recruitment, allocation of resources and the academic and pedagogical development of relevant faculty on all campuses. The Head of Department is responsible for building a good and professional work environment, with high quality research and education, and will also be responsible for the follow-up of faculty in line with BI’s programme quality ambitions and BI’s three international accreditations.

Main tasks will include:

  • Setting goals for the academic development for the departments and means to reach BIs academic and economic goals in accordance with the institution’s strategic goals.
  • Planning, appointing and developing a world-class faculty with significant impact on international research, student learning and business practice, and societal impact, in line with BI’s strategy.
  • Continuously improving the department’s societal impact through research and education
  • Contribute to developing, research-based attractive academic programmes and further develop existing programmes in close cooperation with the Deans, including evaluating existing programs.
  • Implementing effective teaching practices and student-oriented learning design to secure student learning outcome and provide inspiring learning experiences.
  • Contribute to developing of cooperation with excellent international academic environments and institutions.
  • Ensuring compliance and continuous improvements in line with the ambitions of BI’s quality standards and international accreditations.
  • Increasing external funding for research activities, initiate and develop research centers in line with BI’s policy.

We are looking for a person with:

  • A scientific position, preferably as professor, with an excellent research track within relevant research areas, as well as teaching and societal impact focus.
  • Excellent leaderships skills and the ability to motivate others, preferably with a documented experience from the higher education sector.
  • Ability to work systematically towards goals and lead a team.
  • Documented team-work experience, preferably cross-disciplinary teams.

In addition, we will emphasize:

  • Excellent understanding of leadership in the higher education sector in the context of academic freedom.
  • Motivating leadership style with focus on cooperation, involvement, dialogue, and a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build networks, establish trust both internally and externally.
  • Management style stimulating to good results and ensuring a good working environment.

The terms for Head of Department will be in accordance with BI practice.

External applicants need to be a full professor evaluation within a relevant research area and will be entitled to a permanent faculty position after ending the fixed term period.

Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview and may also be invited to a screening process conducted by an external recruitment agency. BI Norwegian Business School reserves the right not to hire applicants, who are academically qualified but to not fulfill other requirements for the position.

Questions concerning the vacancy may be directed to Provost Ingunn Myrtveit phone +47 46 41 04 31, or email: ingunn.myrtveit@bi.no.

Application with a CV and full publication list must be sent electronically by using the button ‘send application’ by the deadline May 28th, 2023.

Start date July 1st, 2023.

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