Seidali Kurtmollaiev

I entered the PhD programme at NHH as an immature wannabe researcher, but graduated into a fully-grown scientist.

Seidali Kurtmollaiev

Seidali Kurtmollaiev

The only question I feared getting during my job interview was “Why NHH?” As a person who dislikes stating the obvious, I would have felt uncomfortable describing NHH as “the leading business school in the most beautiful city of the best country to live in”.

Luckily, I did not get this question, but I got the job, and I can admit that for me, the reason for choosing NHH still remains as obvious as it was back then.

The Department of Strategy and Management provided me with everything I could possibly need: a highly knowledgeable and encouraging supervisor, friendly colleagues, moral and financial support, inspiring courses and seminars, and an access to numerous academic and business partners through the Center for Service Innovation.

There have also been great opportunities for personal development and networking “on a larger scale”—through conferences, workshops, and research stays in both Norway and abroad. When I think back on my years of PhD education, I realize that I entered the PhD programme at NHH as an immature wannabe researcher, but graduated into a fully-grown scientist. When I look at this in the context of Bergen’s rich culture and history, stunning nature, and amiable people, I can hardly think of a better place for any PhD student in economics and business who appreciates a genuine work-life balance. 

Seidali Kurtmollaiev

Nationality: Ukrainian

Defence date: 25 November 2016

Field: Strategy and Management

Current position: Associate professor at the Department of Strategy and Management, NHH

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