Susann Gjerde

Associate Professor
USN School of Business
Department of Business, History and Social Sciences
Campus Vestfold (D3-106)
Susann Gjerde is Associate Professor at USN School of Business. Her research interests include leadership, management, critical leadership studies, leadership development, identity, values and role. She has published in international scholarly journals such as The Leadership Quarterly and Human Relations. Prior to joining academia Susann worked as a management consultant in Scandinavia with leadership development as her area of expertise


  • Teaching: LEV4001 Leadership and Reflection (at our Master in Innovation Management called MIL)


Susann has been an important contributor to the development of coaching theory and practice in the Nordic countries through the book Coaching. What. Why. How. (Gjerde, 2003; 2010) which has been translated into Danish and Swedish, as well as delivery of leadership development programs that have used coaching for approximately thousand leaders.

Susann has taught management-related subjects since 2001 at a number of business schools in Scandinavia, such as BI, OsloMet, and Copenhagen Business School and is a sought-after lecturer. She has been a researcher at Lund University and had a guest research stay at Henley Business School. She has also been a partner and leader in a consulting company, but prefers researching and developing others in the leadership role to exercising leadership herself.




2011 – 2015    PhD in Economics (Organisation and Leadership) at NMBU Business School, The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås (Oslo, Norway)

2013 – 2014    Visiting PhD scholar at Henley Business School, Reading University (UK)

2010 – 2011    MSc in Business and Economics with a Major in Leadership & Organisational Psychology at BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo, Norway)

2003                Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) (London, UK)

2001                CCC og Co-Active Coaching advanced courses (London, UK)

1995 – 1996    Master in Business Administration (Licence en Science économiques et sociales) at Université de Fribourg (Switzerland)

1995 – 1996    Master thesis: Intercultural Leadership Norway and Switzerland

1992 – 1995    Bachelor in Business Administration (Demi licence) at Université de Fribourg



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