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[Lecture] Main Perspectives on Decisions in Public Sector Organizations
Sep. 14, 2023

Speaker: Tom Christensen

Time: 12:00-13:00 p.m., September 14, 2023, GMT+8

Venue: Room 126 School of Government


Tom Christensen became magister artium at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo in 1974. He took his Dr.Phil. Degree at the University of Tromsø in 1983. He was affiliated with University of Tromsø in the period 1975-86 as research assistent, assistant professor and associate professor and later also as adjunct professor. He became associate professor at Department of Political Science, University of Oslo in 1986 and was full professor from 1993 until he retired in 2019 and became professor emeritus. He was adjunct professor at the Rokkan Center at University of Bergen for ten years endring in 2017. He is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. Christensen has the last 30 years spent 7-8 years at Scancor (Scandinavian Consortium of Organizational Research), Stanford University. Christensen is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.


-Theoretical basis in organization theory, including instrumental and institustional theory.

-Long-term empirical interest in the structure and actions of the central civil service, related to larhe survey every tenth year from 1976-2016, but also to numerous case studies,

-Case studies of reforms in governmental administration, for example reforms in ministries, agencies and state-owned enterprises, in different policy area - welfare administrative, police, military, higher education and research, health, societal security, immigration, etc.

-Participated, through a lot of international projects and networks, in comparative studies of governmental reforms, in particular NPM and post-NPM reforms in the Nordic countries, Australia, New Zealand and China.

-Christensen has the last 10-20 years collaborated with a lot of Chinese researchers on studies of public administration and policy.

-Participated in a lot of studies of the handling of the COVID-19 and published intensive on the handling in Norway, but also comparatively regarding the Nordic countries and China.

Source: School of Government