Anja Hagen Olafsen


USN School of Business
Department of Business, Marketing and Law
Campus Ringerike (A 410)



  • Work- and organizational psychology (former)
  • Advanced Survey Data Collection and Multivariate Statistics (former)
  • Research design and data strategy (former)
  • Quantitative research methods (former)


  • Bachelor's theses (former)
  • Master's theses
  • PhD candidates

Other responsibilities:

  • Project manager "MOTIVATION" and "REMOTE" (Norwegian Research Council-funded projects)
  • Leader of the research group in Work Motivation and Optimal Functioning 
  • WP leader WP2 "Organizing for innovation" in the USN Business School research program “Managing sustainable innovation through co-creation”
  • Coordinator of the master's program "Strategy and knowledge management" at the Master's programme in Business Administration
  • Member of program board, Master's in Business Administration
  • Member of program board, PhD in Management 
  • Representative in the Administrative Science Group in the Economics and Administration Unit of Universities Norway
  • Organizer of the yearly Conference on Motivation


  • Management, work motivation, research methods, quantitative data analysis.


Formal education:

  • University of South-Eastern Norway, Teaching and learning in a digital era. 10 ECTS.
  • University of South-Eastern Norway, Teaching and learning in higher education. 10 ECTS.
  • Norwegian School of Econmics, PhD in Strategy and Management
  • Buskerud University College, Master of Science in Business and Economics
  • Buskerud University College, Master of Science in Strategy and Knowledge Management
  • Buskerud University College, Bachelor in Law and Management
  • University of Oslo, Ex. Phil and Ex. Fac


Relevant work experience:

  • Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway (current)
  • Lecturer and supervisor, University of Oslo (current)
  • Associate Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway
  • PhD scholar, University of South-Eastern Norway
  • Visiting scholar, UQAM


Stay abroad:

  • UQAM
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Texas Tech University


Other boards and committes:

  • Member Advisory Committee on "The Science of Motivation at Work", Center for Self-Determination Theory
  • Member of the international faculty of Self-Determination Theory (see
  • Member of expert committee evaluation reaccreditation of program in Strategic Human Resource Management (60 ECTS) at Buskerud and Vestfold University College
  • Student representative of the R&D committee at Buskerud University College 



  • Human Resource Management 
  • Personnel Review 
  • Stress & Health 
  • Motivation and Emotion 
  • International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior
  • Mindfulness 
  • Magma 
  • Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies 
  • International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 
  • Open Psychology Journal
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 
  • Administrative Sciences 
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 
  • International Journal of Manpower 
  • Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 
  • Spanish Journal of Marketing 
  • International Journal of Psychology 
  • The International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Personality 
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes
  • Performance Enhancement & Health ​
  • The Journal of Creative Behavior
  • Journal of Personnel Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology Review
  • Journal of Environmental Psychology 
  • Journal of Workplace Learning 
  • Søkelys på arbeidslivet 
  • Current Psychology 
  • Psychology Research and Behavior Management 
  • Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 
  • Heliyon 
  • Human Performance  
  • Motivation Science 
  • Journal of Health Psychology 
  • Computers in Human Behavior 
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public health 
  • Nature Reviews Psychology 
  • Journal of Business Research 
  • Social Science Journal 
  • Human Resource Management Journal 
  • Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 


PhD thesis

  • Olafsen, A. H. (2016). Work motivation through the lens of self-determination theory. PhD Doctoral Thesis, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Strategy and Management, Bergen. NO 2016/04 ISBN: 978-82-405,0331-4.


Peer-reviewed published articles, conference presentaions, popular science presentations

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