Background and activities


Asbjørn Rolstadås is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering. His research covers topics like numerical control of machine tools, computer-aided manufacturing systems, productivity measurement and development, computer-aided production planning and control systems and project management methods and systems. He has published more than 280 papers and 22 books in these fields.

Rolstadås has about 35 years of experience from education, research and consulting in project management, and he received the King's Medal of Merit for his contribution in 2014. He has done studies of project execution of some major governmental projects, mainly within development of oil and gas in the North Sea. He has done research on risk analyses and contingency planning in cost estimates, and developed training courses in project planning and control using e-learning technology. He has been managing large national projects involving cooperation between industry and academia, and he has experience from managing complex, international research projects. He has supervissed 25 PhD students.

He was Vice Dean for research at the Faculty of Engineering fram 2006 to 2017. He is former president of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences (NTVA) and member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences (DKNVS),  the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the European Academy of Industrial Management (AIM). He is Vice Charman Norway for the Scandinavia Japan Sasakawa Foundation. He serves on the editorial board of number of journals, and is the founding editor of the International Journal of Production Planning and Control. He is honorary member and past president of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing), and is the initiator of the IFIP working group WG5.7 on Production management. He is honorary member of the Norwegian Computer Society (data).

Recent Research Projects  

  • Understanding Success and Developing Management Leadership on International Mega-Projects (Research cooperation between NTNU, UC Berkeley and Statoil) (2010 - 2011)
  • IMS 2020 - Supporting Global Research for IMS2020 Vision  (EU-project) (2008 - 2011)
  • TARGET - Transformative, Adaptive, Responsive and enGaging EnvironmenT (EU-project) (2008 - 2011)
  • PRIME - Providing Real Integration in Multi-disciplinary Environments (EU-prosjekt) (2005 - 2008)
  • PROMISE - Product Lifecycle Management and Information Tracking using Smart Embedded Systems (EU-project) (2004 - 2008)
  • GEM - Global Education in Manufacturing (EU/IMS-projectt) (2002 - 2004)

Member Editorial Board of Scientific Journals

Recent publications - books/book chapters

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Olsson, Nils; Johansen, Agnar; Langlo, Jan Alexander: Praktisk prosjektledelse - Fra ide til gevinst. 2. utgave. Fagbokforlaget 2020 (ISBN 978-82-450-3205-5).

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Krokan, Arne; Schiefloe, Per Morten; Sand, Gunnar; Dyrhaug, Lars Thomas. Det Nye Digitale Norge. John Grieg Forlag 2019 (ISBN 978-82-533-0374-1).

Johansen, Agnar; Olsson, Nils; Jergeas, George; Rolstadås, Asbjørn. Project Risk and Opportunity Management - An Owner's Perspective. Routledge 2019 (ISBN 978-1-138-36581-0).

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Krokan, Arne; Dyrhaug, Lars Thomas. Teknologien endrer samfunnet. Fagbokforlaget 2017 (ISBN 978-82-450-2297-1)

Aarseth, Wenche; Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Klev, Roger: Project Leadership Challenges - Their nature and how they are managed. Fagbokforlaget 2016 (ISBN:978-82-450-2130-1).

Aarseth, Wenche; Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Klev, Roger: Lederskap i prosjekter. Fagbokforlaget 2015 (ISBN 978-82-450-1812-7).

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Pinto, Jeffrey K.; Falster, Peter; Venkataraman, Ray: Decision Making in Project Management. Fagbokforlaget 2014 (ISBN 978-82-450-1773-1). NTNU Engineering Series(4).

Hald, Linda Cathrine; Rolstadås, Asbjørn: Project Management of Collaborative Research - the Stakeholder Challenge. In Project Management. Practices, Challenges and Developments. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013 ISBN 9781629481838. pp. 33-59.

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Henriksen, Bjørnar; O'Sullivan, David: Manufacturing Outsourcing - A Knowledge Perspective. Springer 2012 (ISBN 978-1-4471-2953-0).

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Hetland, Per Willy; Jergeas, George; Westney, Richard.: Risk Navigation Strategies for Major Capital Projects - Beyond the Myth of Predictability. Springer 2011 (ISBN 978-0-85729-593-4). Springer Series in Reliability Engineering.

Rolstadås, Asbjørn; Andersen, Bjørn; Fradinho, Manuel.

E-Learning for SMEs: Challenges, Potential and Impact. Chapter in: E-Business Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs: Driving Competitiveness. IGI Global 2011 (ISBN 9781616928803) pp 46-64.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications