Dr. Lorange began his professional education at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business, later going on to receive an MA in operations management from Yale University and a DBA from Harvard University. He holds honorary doctorates from Pecs University, Moscow State University, Copenhagen Business School, Estonian Business School, and Lund University, and he is an honorary member of EFMD.
After finishing his DBA, he became involved with many renowned educational institutions as a professor, eventually becoming president of the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. Before that, Dr. Lorange had been affiliated with the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, on various assignments as director of both the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies and the William H. Wurster Center for International Management Studies, in addition to being the William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management. He also taught for 8 years at the Sloan School of Management (MIT) and the Stockholm School of Economics.
Throughout his career, Dr. Lorange has brought his expertise to many sectors, but his areas of special interest lie in global strategic management, strategic planning, and entrepreneurship for growth. He has also conducted extensive research on multinational management, strategic planning processes, strategic control and alliances, and internally-generated growth processes. He has written or edited more than 20 books and some 120 articles.
Dr. Lorange has served on the boards of directors of several corporations including: Christiania Eiendomsselskap, MarsoftInc., S. Ugelstad, Zaruma Resources Inc., Preferred Global Health, Seaspan Corporation, and Omniwatt.
From July 1, 1993, to March 31, 2008, he was president of IMD and the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Chair of International Shipping at the same institution. He was designated honorary president of IMD in 2021.
Dr. Lorange served as chairman of Globalpraxis from 2008 to 2022 and continues to support the company in his new role as chairman emeritus.
A Norwegian national, he now lives in Switzerland and speaks Norwegian, English, German, Danish, and Swedish, and has a working knowledge of French.