Background and activities

Based broadly in sociocultural anthropology and interdisciplinary research my work focuses on ethnography and theorizing in the context of moral and political economy, especially capitalism as a social system (including financialization and inequality), professional knowledge work, organizational, managerial and expert cultures, money and measurement, and economic and cultural globalization. Some of my publications include the co-edited collection Trangen til å telle. Objektivering, måling og standardisering som samfunnspraksis (with Tord Larsen, 2017) and the monograph The Allure of Capitalism: An Ethnography of Management and the Global Economy in Crisis (published with Berghahn Books). The Allure book won SINTEF’s award for excellence in research.  

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Brodersen, Marianne Blom; Røyrvik, Emil André. (2021) The stable stranger: Constructing “the Roma” within the European neoliberal culture complex. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. vol. 2022 (92).
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2021) Broken promises and lost qualities: Constructing management as a research object in sociology and anthropology. Constructing Social Research Objects.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2021) Sacralizing finance, sacrificing society. Objectification and Standardization On the Limits and Effects of Ritually Fixing and Measuring Life.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2021) The casino and society: Eurovegas and the dirty money complex. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting . AAA; Baltimore/online. 2021-11-17 - 2021-11-21.




  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2018) The Measure of Sociality: Quantification, Control and Economic Deviance. Economy, crime and wrong in a neoliberal era.


  • Larsen, Tord; Røyrvik, Emil André. (2017) Introduksjon. Trangen til å telle. Objektivering, måling og standardisering som samfunnspraksis.
  • Larsen, Tord; Røyrvik, Emil André. (2017) Trangen til å telle. Objektivering, måling og standardisering som samfunnspraksis. Scandinavian Academic Press. 2017. ISBN 9788230402139.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2017) Sosialitet i målstyringens tid. Trangen til å telle. Objektivering, måling og standardisering som samfunnspraksis.


  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2016) SEC enacting organizational culture. Managing and Organizations. An Introduction to Theory and Practice (4th edition).



  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2014) Economy of Words. Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks, by Douglas R. Holmes. American Ethnologist. vol. 41 (4).





  • Moe, Nils Brede; Dingsøyr, Torgeir; Røyrvik, Emil André. (2009) Putting Agile Teamwork to the Test – An Preliminary Instrument for Empirically Assessing and Improving Agile Software Development. Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming : 10th International Conference : XP2009, Pula, Italy, May 25-29 2009.


  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2008) Directors of Creation. An Anthropology of Capitalist Conjunctures in the Contemporary. 2008. ISBN 978-82-471-1301-1.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2008) Lettmetall og ledelse i Midtens rike. Globalisering gjennom et århundre, Norsk aluminiumsindustri 1908-2008.


  • Bygdås, Arne Lindseth; Røyrvik, Emil André. (2004) Knowledge Hyperstories and Context-Sensitive Knowledge Enabling. Living Knowledge. The dynamics of profession service work.
  • Røyrvik, Emil Andre. (2004) Dancing the Dilemmas: the Mythological Enabling of Collective Action. Living knowledge. The dynamics of professional service work.