RAGNAR HERTZBERG NÆSS
Organisational development (OD)
Philosophy of science
2. Name and address
Ragnar Hertzberg Næss
Date of birth
Degree: Mag.art, (Phd) University of Oslo
Curriculum of 6 years. University of Oslo 1969.
6. Other training.
Degree: Researcher II
Work Research Institute 1981
7. Languages and degree of proficiency
speaking reading writing
English excellent excellent excellent
German good good good
French good fair fair
Spanish good fair fair
Italian good fair fair
Russian good good good
Turkish good good good
Norwegian, mother tongue, also covers Danish and Swedish
8. Membership of professional societies
Member of The Norwegian Society of Social Scientists
9. Countries of work experience
Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Russia.
10. Employment Record.
2003-: Teambuilding between NGOs and selfhelp groups in the area of HIV/AIDS in
St.Petersburg. Facilitation work (with Kjell Ribert) commissioned by the Norwegian
organization for support of HIV+ and the Norwegian Department of Health.
2003: Evaluation of jobseeking courses for immigrants, commissioned by the Aliens Office
(Utlendingsdirektoratet). With Øyvind Jaer
2002 - 2003 : Integration of refugees in Norwegian working life (work practice - praksisplasser)
together with Kjell Ribert. Utlendingsdirektoratet
2002-2003: Translation of Spinoza's "Ethics" to Norwegian (published in Pax) and writing
introductory essay on Spinoza's philosophy.
2001- : Censor (Examination judge) in exams of sociology of work (mellomfag), Norwegian
High School of Bodø.
2001-2003 : Project "Youth peer Education related to life style, HIV /STI, narcomania and
dialogue for youths at risk in the Krasnogvardeysky district in St.Petersburg, project work
commissioned by The Task force on prevention of communicable diseases in the Baltic, project
2001 - 2002: Psycho-social work environment and communication for immigrants employed in
hotels . Project financed by the Norwegian Employers' Work Environment Fund and
commissioned by the Scandic chain of hotels
2001: Writing the section on Hegel in Arne Næss: History of philosophy, Publishing house of
the Norwegian University (Universitetsforlaget) Oslo 2001
2000-2001: Immigrants in cleaning work. Developmental project in cleaning businesses in
Oslo. Financed by the Norwegian Employers' Work Environment Fund and commissioned by
the Association of Travel Firms (Reiselivsbedriftenes landsforening)
1992- the Program “Democratization of Russian Working Life”, see details below.
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 – Lectures on discrimination, racism and crosscultural relations, Centre
for Multicultural and International Studies, Postgraduate School of Oslo (Høyskolen i Oslo).
2001-: Language skills for human rights defenders, OD on English courses and
communicational training for human rights organizations in Turkey (Ankara, Diyarbakir),
commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1994 -2001: Work in the Pertinax Group, a consultant firm established together with the
organisational psychologist Einar C. Salvesen. The Pertinax Group has been responsible for
projects in Russia and in Norway. From 2001 and onwards, work also organised in
"Development Support" (Salvesen, Jaer, Alnaes, Ribert, Næss).
2000-2001: Research on the use of head scarf and other cultural and religious needs of
immigrants, commissioned by the municipality of Oslo and the Directorate of Immigration
2000-2002: “Communication, work environment and prospects for the future”, OD
commissioned by the Fund for Work Environment, Norwegian Association of Employers
(NHO), in collaboration with the Scandic Hotels, Norway
1997-8: “OD in cross-cultural enterprises”,
Research commissioned by the Norwegian Department of Labour and Communal Affairs.
1997-8: “OD at Ullevål Hospital: cross-cultural communication and work-related language
training” OD commissioned by Ullevål Hospital and the Norwegian Directorate of
1997-2000: “Immigrants in cleaning work”. OD in cleaning businesses and hotels,
commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. (UDI).
1998: Writing text-book (compilation of exercises) for 1st year logic and philosophy of science
(Exfac), University of Oslo.
1997: Teaching 1st year students logic and philosophy of science (exfac), University of Oslo.
1997: Reader for research and OD project on self-help groups, Post-graduate course, school of
Social Work, Oslo
1997: Lecture on threepartite work for representatives of management and workers of firm
AKRON, Novgorod, Russia, Norwegian Association of Chemical Workers (NKIF)
1997: “Immigrants in Ullevål Hospital”, research commissioned by Directorate of
1996: Lectures and communicational facilitation, the project “Democracy, human rights and
peaceful conflict resolution”, The Nansen School, Lillehammer
1994-5: Cross-cultural communication in old age homes, Research and OD commissioned by
the Municipality of Oslo
1993-4: “Organizational and social aspects of Accident Prevention”, manual commissioned by
Workers’ Educational Association in Norway (AOF).
1994-8: Evaluation of project “management in a cross-cultural environment. Fishing industry
in Vardø, Norway”, evaluation commissioned by the Association of Fishing Industry,
Norwegian Association of Employers.
1996: Conflict solution in high school, commissioned by the School Board of the municipality
of Asker, Norway.
1991: study tour in 1991 to Bologna, Emilia Romana on small businesses and network
between businesses, commissioned by the Norwegian Associations of Employers, (participator
in and interpreter for Norwegian delegation).
1973-93: Work as researcher in the Work Research Institute, Oslo: cross-cultural studies,
lecturing and research on psycho-social work environment, management, educational and
training programs in working life, professional rehabilitation, accident prevention, industrial
networking, project management. Leader of the group on research on State and municipal
sector (1988-92). Extensive lecturing on the above themes and on male studies, equalization
between the sexes in the enterprise, racism and philosophy of science.
1972: Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Oslo
1965-73: Teaching logic and history of Philosopy at the University of Oslo
1966-98: Teaching Norwegian to Americans, teaching Latin, Russian and Turkish.
2. Other issues of relevance.
a.Organisational development programmes in Russia.
The programme was “Democratization in Russian Working life” was initiated as a joint venture
between Center for Working Life, Stockholm, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Bonn and the Work
Research Institute, Oslo. Since 1994 the program has been run by the Pertinax Group.
The focus has been on teambuilding and supervision of a group of Russian consultants,
combined with collaboration and follow-up in the field work with firms and institutions.
The programme has covered development work in some 35 firms, ranging from former state
combinates to newly formed private businesses.
We have conducted several seminars, workshops and lectures in academic forums as a part of
The Pertinax Group has access to a reliable group of Russian consultants, and has a wide net of
contacts with trade unions, employers Associations, The University of St.Petersburg and the
Academy of Sciences, Russia.
b. Amnesty International in Norway: Coordinator on Turkey 1992-2001
The Coordinator is AI’s main expert on a country or region, in this case Turkey.
c. Experience as interpreter.
I have done interpretation English-Norwegian, Turkish-Norwegian, Spanish-Norwegian,
Russian-Norwegian and Russian-English, Italian-Norwegian
d. Experience as Leader of Trade Union.
In the years 1985- 91, I was the leader of the Association of State Employees (Norsk
Tjenestemannslag) section 44, Work Research Institute. I represented researchers (Work
research institute and Institutes on Industrial Hygiene and Physiology of Work), laboratory
personnel, and mercantile staff. In this capacity I negotiated agreements, participated in
conflict solution and served as employees’ representative in Organizational Development.
I hereby certify that all the information in this resume is correct.
35 publications in Norwegian and English, the majority are scientific publications
Oslo November 2003
Ragnar Hertzberg Næss