Karen Modesta Olsen

Professor Karen Modesta Olsen

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Strategy and Management
Organisation and Management Human Resource Management Industrial Relations


Karen Modesta Olsen joined the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in her current position in 2011. She received her dr.polit degree in sociology from University of Oslo in 2006. She held a post.doc position at NHH from 2007-2011, and worked as a researcher at Center for Applied Research at NHH (SNF) from 1999-2007.

Olsen’s research interests are concentrated on Human Resource Management and industrial relations. She has published articles on employment relations, non-standard work arrangements, job quality, and sickness absence in journals such as Human Resource Management, Work, Employment & Society, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Sociological Review, Work and Occupations, and Social Science and Medicine.

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Olsen, Karen Modesta Employment Trade-Offs under Different Family Policy Constellations Work, Employment and Society; 2020
Olsen, Karen Modesta HR og bemanning når profesjonelle tjenestebedrifter blir globale Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse Volume 22 (7); page 40 - 47; 2019
Olsen, Karen Modesta; Sverdrup, Therese E.; Kalleberg, Arne L. Turnover and transferable skills in a professional service firm Journal of Professions and Organization Volume 6 (1); page 2 - 16; 2019
Esser, Ingrid; Olsen, Karen Modesta Matched on job qualities? Single and coupled parents in European comparison The triple bind of single-parent families: Resources, employment and policies to improve well-being; page 285 - 310; 2018
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