Kjersti Halvorsen is Associate Professor and PhD in Public Administration. She teaches in the Master’s Program in Organizational Leadership at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. She has explored the idea of modernization: 1) in the first classical texts of organizational theory; 2) in the political programs of the Scandinavian welfare-state pioneers; and 3) in interviews with the management consultants who introduced New Public Management to Norway. One of her recent projects focuses on suicide amongst patients undergoing treatment at psychiatric hospitals. Halvorsen has been a visiting scholar at SCANCOR Stanford University and the Stockholm School of Economics.