Kristian Braekkan


Assistant Professor in Economics and Management

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 attempts to explain the employment relationship through 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 upon outcomes associated with psychological contracts.

As a necessary context for modeling any of these issues, Professor Braekkan's methodological concern is the identification of the appropriate level of theoretical and empirical analysis and its corresponding type of aggregation. He has recently co-authored a multilevel inductive study examining organizational compensation practices, and he is also working on other studies of a multilevel nature.

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 and how economic inequality impacts non-economic outcomes such as life quality, health, and crime. He also examines issues of alienation and exploitation in the employment relationship - an area in which he has published conceptual articles.

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-261 (Organizational Behavior), E/M-353 (Operations Management), E/M-365 (Strategic Management), and GWS-224 (Staying Alive)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-365Strategic Management92013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
E/M-351Globalization/Int'l Orgs42013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
E/M-353Operations Management32013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
FTS-100FTS:Workplace Justice22013/FA and 2012/FA
E/M-261Organizational Behavior22013/SP and 2012/SP
E/M-344ST:Quality Mgmt12012/FA
E/M-268Career Exploration12012/JN
E/M-350Human Resource Management12011/SP