David S. A. Guttormsen

David S. A. Guttormsen


USN Handelshøyskolen
Institutt for industriell økonomi, strategi og statsvitenskap
Campus Drammen (6308)
David S. A. Guttormsen is a full professor in organisation and management at the School of Business of the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) and an external research associate at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University (Thailand). Dr Guttormsen’s research focuses on expatriate management, global mobility, cross-cultural management, global talent management, inclusion/exclusion, international companies and socioeconomic inequalities in emerging markets, social sustainability in addition to qualitative methodology within the broader areas of international business and international human resource management. His work has appeared in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including Human Resource Management Journal (AJG 4*), Management International Review (AJG 3*), Journal of Business Ethics (AJG 3*) and International Journal of Human Resource Management (AJG 3*), among others. He is an associate editor of Journal of Global Mobility (AJG 2*). Dr Guttormsen has held visiting research positions at Curtin Business School (Australia), Fudan University (China), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong SAR), Leeds University Business School (UK), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO, Norway), Seoul National University (South-Korea), Thammasat Business School (Thailand) and Waseda University (Japan). Dr Guttormsen obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick (UK) and he earned his MPhil in International Business from the Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (UK). Additionally, he graduated with an MA in International Relations from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and a BCom in Public Relations and Management from Curtin Business School (Australia).


Internal (ongoing/forthcoming):


  • Course leader and lecturer: Change Management (ITM4202, MSc Innovation and Technology Management, Kongsberg) [2020–]
  • Organisation and Management (ORL1000, Bachelor of Economics and Management, Drammen) [2021–]
  • Supervising master’s dissertations
  • Delivering lectures: Qualitative Research (QAR9000), PhD in Management research training programme, USN School of Business [spring 2023]
  • Course leader and lecturer: Insights & Analysis (research methods), Executive Master of Management, USN School of Business [spring 2024]


  • Appointed Research Group Leader: ‘New Perspectives on Work-Life and Organisations’ (19 members; https://www.usn.no/english/research/our-research-centres-and-groups/economy-management-and-politics/new-perspectives-on-work-life-and-organisations/), USN School of Business [2022–2024]
  • Main Supervisor (PhD Research Fellow): Mr Hamza Siddique (international management, hybrid teams) [2021–]
  • Co-Supervisor (PhD Research Fellow): Mr Bryan Solorzano Bajana (indigenous business, sustainable development) [2022–]
  • Internal Examiner–Midterm Evaluation, PhD dissertation, for Mr Vidar Top
  • Lead Editor, ‘Field Guide to Intercultural Research’ – publisher: Edward Elgar (NSD level: 2, with Prof. Jakob Lauring at Aarhus University School of Business and Social Sciences [Denmark] and Dr Malcolm Chapman at Leeds University Business School [UK])
  • Lead (internal research project): A novel scientific investigation into marginalised people, sustainable business models and the role of resilience in a (post)-Covid-19 international tourism context (with Dr Jan Velvin, USN)
  • Co-Lead: Preferred leadership, values and sustainable organisations across cultures (with Prof. Gillian Warner-Søderholm, USN)

Leadership & Administration

  • Appointed Member, Department Council (IØSS) [2022–2024], USN School of Business
  • Appointed Member, Faculty Working Group on Strategic Priorities, USN School of Business [2022–]
  • Assessment committees/recruitment (PhD fellows, new faculty)
  • Line-managing and mentoring research assistants
  • Co-Organiser, departmental research seminar series, USN School of Business [2020–2021]

External (ongoing/recent):


  • Invited speaker–title: ‘Having an international career, manoeuvring the academic life as an early career researcher’ (45 minutes), PhD-Day, NEON conference (Network for organisation studies in Norway), Drammen, 23 November 2022
  • External examination (all levels): BI Norwegian Business School [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited], Kristiania University College, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) [AMBA, EQUIS accredited], Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Oslo New University College, Oxford Brookes University (degree: MA in International Business, Culture and Languages), University of London, University of Stavanger Business School, University of Tromsø Business School, Warwick Business School [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited], Örebro University School of Business [AACSB accredited]


  • Appointed external examiner (PhD dissertations): Mr Adam Potter, Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia, forthcoming); Dr Marie Freia Wunderlich, Aarhus School of Business and Social Science, University of Aarhus (Denmark, 2022) [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]; Dr Jemaine Tsoi, University of Queensland Business School (Australia, 2020–2021) [AACSB, EQUIS accredited]; Dr Lei Dai, Department of Politics and Public Policy, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University (United Kingdom, 2015)
  • Adjunct Researcher (and Executive Chair of Task Force), Work Package 6 (budget: 4.2m over five years) of AFINO project for Responsible Research and Innovation in Norway funded by The Research Council of Norway [2019–2024].
  • Leading a qualitative field-study in a Norwegian MNE regarding expatriation, global mobility, talent management and cross-cultural challenges in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, China, Egypt, Myanmar, South Korea and Norway
  • Co-leading a quantitative study regarding willingness to relocate and global mobility within a Norwegian MNE (with Prof. Jakob Lauring and Dr Annamaria Kubovcikova, Aarhus, Denmark; and Dr Sebastian Stoermer, Dresden University of Technology, Germany).
  • Co-leading a multidisciplinary Big Data project regarding the relationships between the flat tax regime, inflow of expatriates, career trajectory, wages, and industry growth in Bulgaria (with Dr Stanley Gyoshev [XFi Centre for Finance and Investment, University of Exeter Business School, UK]], Mr Trifon Pavkov [Bulgarian National Revenue Agency and Department of Economics, Exeter], Prof. Miana Plesca [Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Canada]; Prof. Gueorgui Kambourov [Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada], Prof. Jakob Lauring [Department of Management, Aarhus University School of Business and Social Sciences, Denmark], Prof. Yehuda Baruch [Department of HR Management and Organisational Behaviour, University of Southampton, UK] and Dr Yoske Igarashi [School of Economics and Business, Hokkaido University, Japan])

Leadership & Editorial Review

  • Associate Editor: Journal of Global Mobility (AJG 2*)
  • Co-editor, Special Issue: ‘Replicate–Stop building card houses!’ [https://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jgm/jgm-bitblog-replicate-stop-building-card-houses], Journal of Global Mobility (AJG 2*)
  • Member of Editorial Review Boards: Human Resource Developmental International (AJG 2*), International Studies of Management & Organizations (AJG 2*) and European Journal of International Management (AJG 2*)
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for scholarly journals rated AJG 4, 3* and 2*, including Journal of Management Studies, International Business Review, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, European Management Review, Human Resource Management Quarterly, Asian Business & Management, Journal of Business Anthropology, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management and International Journal of Intercultural Relations
  • Co-Programme Chair and lead applicant (external funding) towards organising the conference: ‘Transparency and Opaqueness: Nordic and Chinese Perspectives on the Ethics of Managing Innovative Organisations, Sustainability & Responsible Research’, Antibes, France (5-7 October 2022)–funded by the Nordic Centre, Fudan University (China)
  • Assistant Track Chair: ‘Organisations in Distress: New Perspectives on Human Activity, Lived Experiences and Ways of Organising’, NEON conference (Network for organisation studies in Norway), 22–24 November 2022
  • Co-SIG Chair, Co-Track Chair, Co-Plenary Chair, Research Methods & Research Practice (RM&RP) Strategic Interest Group (SIG 12), European Academy of Management (EURAM) [2016–2022]
  • Co-Track Chair (with Prof. Lailani Alcantara, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan)–track: ‘3.1 Responsible Management Through Cross-cultural Research and Inclusion’, Nordic Academy of Management, Örebro, Sweden, 25–27 February 2021/2022
  • Co-Track Chair (with Dr Kristian Alm, BI Norwegian Business School)–track: ‘Sokratisk dialog innen ledelse og organisasjoner’, NEON conference (Network for organisation studies in Norway), 17–19 November 2020
  • Co-Programme Chair, organiser and co-applicant (external funding) towards the symposium: ‘Research Seminar: Managing Private and Public Organization in an Unsecure World’–funded by the Nordic Centre, Fudan University (China)
  • Co–Editor, Guest Issue (published September 2018): ‘Silenced and Neglected Voices in Cross–Cultural Management Research?’, International Studies of Management & Organization (with Prof. Lauring, Aarhus)


Since 2010, I regularly attend (and review for) international and competitive peer-reviewed academic conferences (approximately 65 papers in total), for example: Academy of Management (AOM), Academy of International Business (AIB), European Academy of Management (EURAM), European International Business Academy (EIBA), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Asia Academy of Management (AAoM), Nordic Academy of Management, British Academy of Management (BAM), Australia & New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA), International Studies Association (ISA) and International Political Science Association (IPSA)



2014–2015: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Professional Practice, Coventry University (United Kingdom)

2009–2014: Doctor of Philosophy/PhD in Politics and International Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, The University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

Title: ‘Constructing ‘China’: Culture and U.S. Think Tank Narratives–a Bourdieusian Investigation’

Funding: Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship (£55,000)

Supervisor: Prof. Stuart Croft (Warwick, UK)

Examiners: Prof. Lee Marsden (East Anglia, UK; external); Prof. Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick, UK; internal)

2007–2009: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Business, Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (Leeds, UK) [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]

Title: ‘International and Intercultural Experiences of Expatriates in Hong Kong: an Ethnography’

Supervisors: Dr Malcolm Chapman (Leeds, UK); Prof. Anne Marie Francesco (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR China).

Examiners: Prof. Fiona Moore (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; external); Prof. Richard Thorpe (Leeds, UK; internal)

2005: Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations, University of New South Wales (Australia)

2004: Graduate Certificate (GradCert) in International Relations, Curtin University of Technology (Australia)

2002–2004: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Public Relations and Management, Curtin Business School (Australia) [AACSB, EQUIS accredited]

Academic Employment:

2022–: Professor in Organisation and Management, USN School of Business, Department of Business, Strategy and Political Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway (Drammen, Norway)

Promoted on 1 June 2022 by the appointed external assessment committee: Prof. Fang Lee Cooke (Department of Management, Monash University, Australia); Prof. Mette Zølner (School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark); Prof. Will Harvey (School of Management, University of Bristol & Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation)

2020–2022: Associate Professor in Organisation and Management, USN School of Business

2021–2024: Adjunct Researcher (10% position), Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]

2020–2025: External Research Faculty, Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University (Thailand) [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]

2014–2021: External Teaching Associate, Warwick Business School (United Kingdom) [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]

2017–2020: Assistant Professor in International and Cross-Cultural Management , BI Norwegian Business School [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]

2014–2017: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Business, University of Exeter Business School (United Kingdom) [AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited]

2012–2014: Lecturer in International Management, Coventry Business School (United Kingdom)


1. Guttormsen, D. S. A. & Moore, F. (accepted, 19 January 2023). ‘Thinking About How We Think’: Using Bourdieu’s Epistemic Reflexivity to Reduce Bias in International Business Research’. Management International Review [AJG 3*, NSD 1, ABDC: A, Impact Factor: 4.492]

2. Guttormsen, D. S. A. & Lauring, J. (2022). Unexplored themes in expatriate management: Inspirations from the New Mobilities paradigm. Journal of Global Mobility. doi: 10.1108/JGM-06-2022-0033 [AJG 2*, NSD 1]

3. Baruch, Y., Guttormsen, D. S. A., Gyoshev, S., Pavkov, T., & Plesca, M. (2022). Using Big Data to Identify Meaning and Reasons for Gender Pay Gap of Local vs. Global Workforce. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2022, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2022.11842abstract

4. Alcantara, L. & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2022). The Co-existence of Inclusion and Exclusion Experiences among Foreign Employees. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2022, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2022.13722abstract

5. Alm, K., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2021, In Press). Enabling the Voices of Marginalized Groups of People in Theoretical Business Ethics Research. Journal of Business Ethics[AJG 3*, FT 50, NSD 2, Impact Factor: 6.331]

6. Moulaï, K., Manning, S., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2021). Heeding the call from the promised land: Identity work of self-initiated expatriates before leaving home. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2021.1948889. [AJG 3*, NSD 1, Impact Factor: 6.026]

7. Perkins, G., Gilmore, S., Guttormsen, D. S. A., & Taylor, S. (2021). Analyzing the impacts of universal basic income in the changing world of work: Challenges to the psychological contract and a future research agenda. Human Resource Management Journal. doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12348. [AJG 4*, Impact Factor: 5.667]

8. Guttormsen, D. S. A., Lauring, J., & Chapman, M. (Eds.). (2021). Field guide to intercultural research. Edward Elgar Publishing. [NSD 2]

9. Guttormsen, D. S. A., Poljsak-Rosinski, P., Thein, H. H., Brkovic, K., Pavkov, T., & Gillan, M. (2021). Academic disciplines have cultures, too: Intercultural challenges during interdisciplinary fieldwork. In D. S. A. Guttormsen, J. Lauring, & M. Chapman (Eds.), Field guide to intercultural research (pp. 179–193). Edward Elgar Publishing. [NSD 2]

10. Jonasson, C., Lauring, J., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2021), ‘Inside-out’: Race, roles and relations in intercultural fieldwork. In D. S. A. Guttormsen, J. Lauring, & M. Chapman (Eds.), Field guide to intercultural research (pp. 217–229). Edward Elgar Publishing. [NSD 2]

11. Guttormsen, D. S. A., Lauring, J., & Chapman, M. (2021). Introduction: Following the researchers into the field. In D. S. A. Guttormsen, J. Lauring, & M. Chapman (Eds.), Field guide to intercultural research (pp. 1–13). Edward Elgar Publishing. [NSD 2]

12. Baruch, Y., Guttormsen, D. S. A., Gyoshev, S., Pavkov, T., & Plesca, M. (2021). Using Big Data to test labor market stability vs dynamism: what career path leads to better outcomes. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2021, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2021.14777abstract

13. Raghav, S., Gibson, C., Guttormsen, D. S. A., Hajro, A., Lee, E. S., Vora, D. E., Zilinskaite, M., Fitzsimmons, S., Nguyen, D. C., Szkudlarek, B. A., Thein, H. H., & Thomas, D. C. (2020). Rethinking Migration and Multicultural Interactions: Implications for Work Outcomes. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2020.18657symposium

14. Guttormsen, D. S. A. & Francesco, A. M. (2019). Status and success: Do lower status expatriates in multinational corporations experience different types of success? Journal of Global Mobility7(4), 364–380. [AJG 2*, NSD 1]

15. Lauring, J., Guttormsen, D. S. A., & McNulty, Y. (2019). Adult third culture kids: Adjustment and personal development. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management26(3), 387–400. [AJG 2*, NSD 1, Impact Factor: 3.167]

16. Baruch, Y., Guttormsen, D. S. A., Gyoshev, S., Pavkov, T., & Plesca, M. (2019). Definitions Matter! When Big Data Takes on Biased Theory Building in International HRM Research. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019, https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2019.18646abstract

17. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2018). Advancing otherness and othering of the cultural other during ‘intercultural encounters’ in cross-cultural management research. International Studies of Management & Organization48(3), 239–246. [AJG 2*, NSD 1]

18. Guttormsen, D. S. A., & Lauring, J. (2018). Fringe voices in cross-cultural management research: Silenced and neglected? International Studies of Management & Organization48(3), 314–332. [AJG 2*, NSD 1]

19. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2018). Does the ‘non-traditional expatriate’ exist? A critical exploration of new expatriation categories. Scandinavian Journal of Management34(3), 233–244. [AJG 2*, NSD 1, Impact Factor: 3.383]

20. Guttormsen, D. S. A., Francesco, A. M., & Chapman, M. (2018). Revisiting the expatriate failure concept: A qualitative study of Scandinavian expatriates in Hong Kong. Scandinavian Journal of Management34(2), 117–128. [AJG 2*, NSD 1, Impact Factor: 3.383]

21. Lauring, J., Jonasson, C., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2018). Inclusive management in international organizations: How does it affect local and expatriate academics? Personnel Review47(2), 458–473. [AJG 2*, NSD 1, Impact Factor: 3.228]

22. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2016). Introducing the expatriate ‘entry-mode’: A missing link in global mobility and expatriate management research. Human Resource Development International20(2), 99–126. [AJG 2*, NSD 1]

23. Zhang, L. E., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2016). Multiculturality’ as a key methodological challenge during in-depth interviewing in international business research. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management23(2): 232–256. [ABS 2*, NSD 1, Impact Factor: 3.167]

24. Fjellström, D. & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2016). A critical exploration of ‘access’ in qualitative international business field research: Towards a concept of socio-cultural and multidimensional research practice. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal11(2), 110–126. [AJG 1*, NSD 1]

25. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2015). Looking forward by looking back: A self/other perspective on intercultural expatriate research. In N. Holden, S. Michailova, & S. Tieze, Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management (pp. 344–354). Routledge. [NSD 2]

26. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2014). Constructing ‘China’: Culture and U.S. think tank narratives—a Bourdieusian investigation [Doctoral dissertation, The University of Warwick]. University of Warwick Publications service & WRAP (http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/66144/), 118,684 words.

27. Medina-Iborra, I., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2013). Visibility and activity: Foreign affairs think tanks in the United Kingdom. Political Perspectives7(1), 46–74. [NSD 1]

28. Guttormsen, D. S. A., & van de Wetering, C. (2013). Non-state actors in world politics and international relations research—an introduction. Political Perspectives7(1), 1–5. [NSD 1]

29. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2010). International and intercultural experiences of expatriates in Hong Kong: An ethnography [Unpublished Master’s thesis, Leeds University Business School], 91,794 words.

30. Lauring, J., & Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2010). Challenges of ethnicity in organizational interaction: The role of language use in expatriate management. In J. K. Crennan (Ed.), Ethnicity: Cultural roles, spiritual practices, and social challenges (p. 137–159). Nova Science Publishers Inc.

31. Guttormsen, D. S. A. (2009). Institutions of Scandinavian expatriatism in Hong Kong: A dynamic perspective on interaction and adjustment (Working Paper Series, Issue 91). David C. Lam Institute for East–West Studies [url: https://repository.hkbu.edu.hk/lewi_wp/6/].