Background and activities

Based broadly in cultural anthropology and sociology my research focuses on ethnography and theorizing in the context of moral and political economy, especially contemporary forms of capitalism (such as financial capitalism), professional knowledge work, organizational, managerial and expert cultures, 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

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


Part of book/report

  • 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. (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.
  • 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; Ravn, Malin Noem. (2015) Det skapende mennesket. Det skapende mennesket : Antropologiske dialoger om tegn, ting og tolkning.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2013) "Oblique Ethnography: Engaging collaborative complicity among globalised corporate managers". Organisational Anthropology. Doing Ethnography in and among Complex Organisations.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2012) Ethnography of globalization. Encyclopedia of Globalization.
  • 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) 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.


  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2020) Demokrati, klima, kapital. Antropologidagene . Antropologidagene; Sosiologisk poliklinikk. 2020-02-13 - 2020-02-13.
  • Røyrvik, Emil André. (2020) "McKinsey-stalinismen": det nyliberale universitetet. Nyliberalisme og universitetet . NTL Ung Trondheim; 2020-03-17 - 2020-03-17.