I hold an Msc in technical physics from the Norwegian Institute of Techonlogy (NTH -1984). After working some years as a contractual researcher in Trondheim-based SINTEF, I got a PhD scholarship at NTH. I finished my PhD with a thesis in Stochastic Optimization/Computer Science in 1991. During my scholarship period, I also spent a year at NHH (The Norwegian School of Economics) where I graduated from the so-called ”Høyere avdelings eksamen” program, a part og the PhD-program at NHH at that time.
After finishing my PhD, I started to work as an associate professor at NTH. I finished this period in 1995, and moved back into SINTEF, now as a research manager. During the next two years, I managed a unit (Applied Economics) consisting of between 12 and 15 researchers mainly involved in projects related to Norwegian petroleum exploration, production and transportation. In 1997, i returned to academia and started to work for Molde University College (MUC) as an associate professor. I got a full professorship in logistics in 2005, as well as one in Sport Management in 2011.
Today, I work as a vice rector at MUC, but also still doing some teaching and research.
During my period in Trondheim at NTH (Now NTNU), I worked mainly within the Operations Research/Computer Science field researchwise. I also lectured several topics like Micro- and Macro Economics, Financial Theory, Operations Research, Regional and Urban Economics, Industrial Organization and Game Theory, to name some.
At SINTEF I worked within and managed several smaller and bigger projetcs, mostly related to petroleum optimization, ranging from single platform optimization to portfolio optimization of the whole continental shelf. I have amongst others been involved with companies like STATOIL, SAGA Petroleum, Norsk Hydro, Phillips Conoco and The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
As mentioned above, I had - already before entering MUC - a relatively broad lecturing experience within quantitative economics/administration subjects. Today, in Molde, I teach mosty within the Sport and Event Management programs, focusing on Sports Economics and Game Theory applied to football. I still do some logistics teaching, but this activity has gradually decreased over the latter years. During my Molde-period, I have lectured Microeconomics, Public Economics, Forecasting, Market Research, Simulation, Fortran Programming, Game Theory, Sports Economics, Auction Theory and Logistics/SCM.
As discussed above, my growing interest for Sports Economics and Game Theory applied in football has governed much of my recent research. I have published on many different topics related to these topics; Economics of Doping, Point Scores and Competitive Balance/Imbalance, theory of player trade in contests, the role of needle eyes in football and penalty kicks to name a few. I have mainly done this research alone, but from time to time through cooperation. My primary co authors have been, H.A. Solberg, H. Gammelsæter, A Hervik, A. Petroczi, T. Nepusz and H. Preuss. My present research within Logistics/Mathematical Programming is sparser, but I still publish some, mainly cooperating with A. Olstad and a bunch of Czech colleagues. Buttons on the right (at this page) should cover my research record thoroughly, and further discussion is therefore omitted here.
I have published in journals such as Public Choice and EJOR, and done reviews for more than 10 international journals like for instance Journal of Political Economy and Labour Economics.