Eric Arne Lofquist

Associate Professor - Campus Bergen, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at BI Norwegian Business School


  • BI Norwegian Business School



BI Norwegian Business School

American citizen from St. Simons Island, Georgia. Served 28 years in United States Navy flying F-14 Tomcats from US Navy aircraft carriers around the world. Also occupied several top-level leadership positions in the US, Norway, and NATO (Brussels) responsible for strategic level operational planning and organizational change implementation. Former director in Powersim AS responsible for international modelling and simulation consulting, and CEO of Nutec Crisis Management (both in Bergen, Norway). Received PhD from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) studying the strategic change process known as Take-Off 05 in the Norwegian civil aviation air navigation services provider (Avinor).

Research areas

The leadership's role in strategic-level organizational change in high risk environments (and particularly High Reliability Organizations), and its effect on safety.

Teaching areas

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Human Resources Management (HRM), Strategy (business strategy, corporate strategy, international strategy, and strategic management), Leadership and Leader Psychology, and Strategic Crisis Management.


  • 2008 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Ph.D.
  • 1996 University of New Orleans M.B.A.
  • 1986 Salve Regina University Master of Arts
  • 1986 US Naval War College Master of Arts
  • 1976 Jacksonville University B.S.


  • 2012 - Present Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Adjunct Professor
  • 2009 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate Professor
  • 2008 - 2009 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Associate Professor
  • 2003 - 2008 Norwegian School of Economics, NHH Research fellow
  • 2002 - 2004 Nutec Crisis Management AS CEO
  • 2000 - 2002 Powersim AS Director
  • 1972 - 2000 United States Navy Naval Aviator


Lofquist, Eric Arne. 

Sikkerheten i luftfarten. Solørkonferansen; 2005-09-07 - 2005-09-15 NHH


Lofquist, Eric; Dyson, Paul K.; Trønnes, Sondre Nygård. 

Mind the gap: a qualitative approach to assessing why different sub-cultures within high-risk industries interpret safety rule gaps in different ways. Safety Science 2017 ;Volume 92. p. 241-256 BI

Lofquist, Eric; Lines, Rune. 

Keeping promises: A process study of escalating commitment leading to organizational change collapse. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 2017 BI NHH

Valaker, Sigmund; Yanakiev, Yantsislav; Lofquist, Eric; Kost, Dominique. 

The Influence of Predeployment Training on Coordination in Multinational Headquarters:The Moderating Role of Organizational Obstacles to Information Sharing.. Military Psychology 2016 ;Volume 28.(6) p. 390-405 BI FFI

Lofquist, Eric Arne. 

Doomed to Fail: A Case Study of Change Implementation Collapse In the Norwegian Civil Aviation Industry/Published. Journal of Change Management 2011 ;Volume 11.(2) p. 223-243 BI

Lofquist, Eric Arne; Greve, Arent; Olsson, Ulf H.. 

Modeling attitudes and perceptions as predictors for changing safety margins during organizational change. Safety Science 2011 ;Volume 49.(3) p. 531-541 BI NHH

Lofquist, Eric Arne. 

The art of measuring nothing: The paradox of measuring safety in a changing civil aviation industry using traditional safety metrics. Safety Science 2010 ;Volume 48.(10) p. 1520-1529 BI

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