Karen Modesta Olsen

Professor Karen Modesta Olsen

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Strategy and Management
Organisation and Management Human Resource Management Industrial Relations


Karen Modesta Olsen joined the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in her current position in 2011. She received her dr.polit degree in sociology from University of Oslo in 2006. She held a post.doc position at NHH from 2007-2011, and worked as a researcher at Center for Applied Research at NHH (SNF) from 1999-2007.

Olsen’s research interests are concentrated on Human Resource Management and industrial relations. She has published articles on employment relations, non-standard work arrangements, job quality, and sickness absence in journals such as Human Resource Management, Work, Employment & Society, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Sociological Review, Work and Occupations, and Social Science and Medicine.

She has been involved in a number of research programs, and is currently part of FOCUS (Future-oriented Corporate Solutions). 

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Esser, Ingrid; Olsen, Karen Modesta Matched on job qualities? Single and coupled parents in European comparison The triple bind of single-parent families: Resources, employment and policies to improve well-being; page 285 - 310; 2018
Nesheim, Torstein; Olsen, Karen Modesta; Sandvik, Alexander Madsen Never walk alone: achieving work performance through networking ability and autonomy Employee relations Volume 39 (2); page 240 - 253; 2017
Olsen, Karen Modesta; Gooderham, Paul N.; Døving, Erik Ledelse av menneskelige ressurser - utvikling 1995-2015 Fokus på fremtidens foretaksløsninger; page 25 - 43; 2017
Olsen, Karen Modesta; Sverdrup, Therese; Nesheim, Torstein; Kalleberg, Arne L. Multiple foci of commitment in a professional service firm: Balancing complex employment relations Human Resource Management Journal Volume 26 (4); page 390 - 407; 2016
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