Kristian Braekkan


Professor Braekkan has been teaching and conducting research at Gustavus since the fall of 2010 after having earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. His research seeks to elucidate the employment relationship by way of psychological contracts. Recent publications have focused on perceptions of breach/violations, implications of content differences upon employment expectations and perceived obligations, and the impact of third-party representation.

He also works on projects that examine the impact of labor rights and gender (in)equality on economic performance under various economic and political systems around the world. He is particularly interested in the changing notions of labor rights under neoliberalism. He also examines issues of alienation and exploitation in the employment relationship - an area in which he has recently published conceptual articles.

Professor Braekkan's teaching is to a great extent influenced by dialectic inquiries. Consistent with the writings of one of his main intellectual influences, Joseph Dietzgen, his teaching methods emphasize that reality is a single entity embracing all observable phenomena, past, present and future, where reality is infinite, having no beginning or end, and constantly changing. This philosophy assumes that the universe and all things in it consist of transformations of matter, which take place simultaneously and consecutively in space and time. He therefore emphasizes through his own intellectual development and through his pedagogical endeavors that to solve for “the answer” is a futile and even harmful effort. Instead, he tries to focus on mechanisms, processes, and change as opposed to rigid laws and predictions when working with students on issues relating to social behaviors.

When not working, he enjoys reading, spending time with his pets (1 dog and 3 cats), being outdoors, and listening to music. He spends quite a bit of time reading historical and philosophical books, particularly relating to economic systems, post-WWII events, and international relations. He is also a big fan of Norwegian authors Knut Hamsun, Jens Bjørneboe, Dag Solstad, and Ingvar Ambjørnsen. Additionally, he enjoys reading mystery novels and other literature of no particular merit.


Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) 2010

Courses Taught


E/M-350 (Human Resource Management), E/M-353 (Operations Management), E/M-365 (Strategic Management), and GWS-224 (Staying Alive)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-365Strategic Management112014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
E/M-351Globalizatn/Int'l Orgs52014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
E/M-353Operations Management42014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
FTS-100FTS:Workplace Justice32014/FA, 2013/FA, and 2012/FA
E/M-261Organizational Behavior32014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
POL-351Globalizatn/Int'l Orgs12014/FA
GWS-224Staying Alive12014/SP
E/M-344ST:Quality Mgmt12012/FA
E/M-268Career Exploration12012/JN
E/M-350Human Resource Management12011/SP