Rolf Strom-Olsen


Where is your hometown?
Montreal, Canada

What is your favorite quote?
“The dude abides.”

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Oddly enough, a professor.

What do you teach?
A course called “Critical Management Thinking” in a variety of programs, from undergraduate to the MBA.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were in college? is your favorite quote?
Take the opportunity that classes represent more seriously, which given my current position sounds self-help, but isn’t. I had classes with some amazing professors (e.g. Paul Fussell) and I wish I had given them more due. I eventually figured it out, but I wish I had known going in as a freshman.

The book on your bedside table?
Cuentos Completos (v.2), Julio Cortázar

How do you relax?
I travel to Portugal. When that’s not an option, I listen to Beethoven or use my xBox.

Your favorite spot in Madrid?
I like the Rose Garden off of  Paseo del Pintor Rosales.

Professor Rolf Strom Olsen was photographed during the Hay Festival in Segovia, Spain by Kerry Parke (September 2012.)