rjmpp

Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Rasmus
Johnsen
Associate professor
,
PhD


Room: POR/18.B-3.143
Tel:
+4538153645
E-mail: rj.mpp@cbs.dk
Research directories and social medias
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • The pathologies of modern work-life; stress, burn-out and depression and their cultural histories
  • The history of philosophy
  • Contemporary theories of self-regulation, self-management and the management of self-managing employees
  • Business humanities
  • The phenomenology of time: boredom and stress
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www.cbs.dk/en/staff/rjmpp
Presentation

My main research interests may be separated into two areas. Firstly, I work with the pathologies of modern day work-life (stress, depression, anxiety, boredom etc.) and how they resonate with our cultural history. In my PhD, which I wrote at CBS, I develop three ‘formations’ in the history of melancholy which are reflected in the way we speak about and act towards stress, burn-out and depression today. More recently, I have been working with the concept of boredom and the status of the phenomenon in a culture that focuses intensely on self-regulation and personal initiative. I am interested in how the experience of boredom through the 20th c. has come to constitute a resource in the development of new markets within social media, cultural design and wellness industries. In this context of a “cultural phenomenology”, I have also been very interested in how the clinical vocabulary of psychopathology has come to dominate our conceptions of subjective malaise.

Secondly, I work with the humanities and their role and use in business education. I am very engaged in the disciplinary development of philosophy in practice, especially through case-based teaching. I am also engaged in a project on the humanities in psychiatric practice and teach medical practitioners.

I have a classical background in philosophy with an emphasis on continental thinking. I have worked broadly with the history of philosophy and with especially Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Gadamer. More recently I have worked with the history and theory of psychoanalysis, especially with Freud, Klein, Winnicot and Lacan.

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Courses

“Philosophy of the Present”
 6th semester, BSc in Philosophy and Business Administration Development, administration and teaching

Other teaching activities

Member of the studyboard for Philosophy and Business Administration

 

Selected publications
  • Johnsen, Rasmus and Gudmand-Høyer, Marius T. “Lacan and the Lack of Humanity in HRM” in: Organization, Vol. 17, Nr. 3, 2010, 331-344.
  • Johnsen, Rasmus: The Great Health of Melancholy : A Study of the Pathologies of Performativity, Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur, 2009. 187 p. (PhD Series; 25.2009).
  • Bramming, Pia and Johnsen, Rasmus: “Love Will Tear Us Apart : Transformational Leadership and Love in a Call Centre.” in: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 5, Nr. 1, 2011, s. 80-95
  • Johnsen, Rasmus: “Is Your Manager a Psychopath? ... Are you? : The Human-Animal Divide at Work” in: Ethics and Organizational Practice: Questioning the Moral Foundations of Management red. Steen Vallentin, Bent Meier Sørensen and Sara Louise Muhr. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, 2010. 181-198
Publications & dissemination
2016
Rasmus Johnsen / Boredom and Organization Studies
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 37, No. 10, 2016, p. 1403-1415
Journal article
Rasmus Johnsen; Morten Sørensen Thaning; Michael Pedersen / Knowledge You Can’t Google : Teaching Philosophy at the Business School.
In: The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. ed. /Chris Steyaert; Timon Beyes; Martin Parker. Abingdon : Routledge 2016, p. 374-386 (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)
Book chapter
2015
Rasmus Johnsen / Kedsomhed : På sporet af den tomme tid.
In: Hverdagslivets følelser: Tilstande, relationer, kulturer. . ed. /Inger Glavind Bo; Michael Hviid Jacobsen. København : Hans Reitzel 2015, p. 393-414
Book chapter
Rasmus Johnsen / Lidelse under friheden til at være sig selv : Depression og samtid.
In: Bibliotek for Laeger, No. 207, 2015, p. 290-307
Journal article
Rasmus Johnsen; Mette Berg Christiansen / Lidelsens billedbog : Diagnosernes brug i hverdagssproget.
In: Diagnoser: Perspektiver, kritik og diskussion. . ed. /Svend Brinkmann; Anders Petersen. Aarhus : Klim 2015, p. 271-290
Book chapter
Sverre Raffnsøe; Rasmus Johnsen / Menneskelig motivation og værdiskabelse : Den humane vending indenfor ledelse og organisation.
In: Den humane vending: En antologi. . ed. /Marius Gudmund-Høyer; Sverre Raffnsøe; Morten Raffnsøe-Møller. Aarhus : Aarhus Universitetsforlag 2015, p. 245-289
Book chapter
2013
Sammy Toyoki; Alexandre Schwob; Joel Hietanen; Rasmus Johnsen / Bringing the Body Back into the Study of Time in Consumer Research
In: Consumer Culture Theory. ed. /Russell W. Belk; Linda Price; Lisa Peñaloza. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2013, p. 227-244 (Research in Consumer Behavior, Vol. 15)
Book chapter
2011
Rasmus Johnsen / Boredom and the Productivity of Desire
Paper presented at The 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference. "Creation, Crisis, Critique". 2011, 2011
Paper
Pia Bramming; Rasmus Johnsen / Love Will Tear Us Apart : Transformational Leadership and Love in a Call Centre.
In: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2011, p. 80-95
Journal article
Rasmus Johnsen / On Boredom : A Note on Experience Without Qualities.
In: Ephemera, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2011, p. 482-489
Journal article
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