Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Entrepreneurship, Ethics & Leadership Unit
Associate professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.125

Stefan Schwarzkopf is Associate Professor at the Department of Business Humanities and Law. His research sits at the crossroads between organizational theory, market studies and entrepreneurship. Schwarzkopf’s research helps society understand the challenges that emerge when entrepreneurs and companies as actors with a supposedly economic rationale engage with value-driven social movements. Empirically, he studies how organizations engage in non-market strategies. In numerous publications and research grants he reconstructed how the demand for virtue and ‘morality’ changes organizational strategies, and ultimately capitalism, as organizations begin to interact with the competing civil religions of our time. Theoretically, his research puts thresholds, borders and the act of concrete space ordering centre stage – as an antidote to contemporary emphasis on time, events, fluidity, and assemblages.

Schwarzkopf has published in leading journals in management and organization studies, economic sociology, and market studies, such as Organization Studies; Organization; Economy and Society; Environment and Planning D; Marketing Theory; and Theory, Culture & Society. He was Principal Investigator of two DFF-funded research projects (2020-2023). He has won the 2009 Coleman Prize for Best PhD Dissertation in British Business History (awarded by the Association of Business Historians), the 2012 Charles Slater Award for the Best Article in the Journal of Macromarketing, and a number of teaching awards at CBS. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. He is involved in organizing the bi-annual Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop.

Primary research areas
  • Non-market strategy
  • Institutional logics of sectarianism
  • Business and civil religion
  • Business, democracy and geopolitics
  • Organization theory and spatial ontology
  • Organizational magic
  • Virtues and values in business
  • Economic sociology of markets and consumption 
  • Entrepreneurial market development
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Theories of Modern Society (BSc Business and Sociology)
Consumer Culture and Marketing (BSc Business and Sociology)

Economic Sociology of Markets and Innovation (MSc in Business and Philosophy)
Market Development (MSc in General Management and Analytics)

The Use of Concepts: Choosing and Unfolding Concepts
Social and Organizational Theories of Transformation


I am supervising undergraduate and postgraduate theses in the areas of organization studies, entrepreneurship, business ethics, business and democracy, marketing and consumer research, LGBT+ branding, ‘woke capitalism’.

Selected publications

Stefan Schwarzkopf (with J. I. Backsell) (2023), ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Organizational Magic as a Contested Process of Revelation and Concealment’, Organization Studies, Vol. 44, No. 8.

Stefan Schwarzkopf (with J. I. Backsell) (2021), ’Nomos of the Freeport’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 39, No. 2.

Stefan Schwarzkopf (2020), ‘Sacred Excess: Organizational Ignorance in an Age of Toxic Data’, Organization Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2.

Stefan Schwarzkopf (Editor) (2020), The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology. Abingdon: Routledge, 395 pp. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Stefan Schwarzkopf (2019), ‘Magic Towns: Creating the Consumer Fetish in Market Research Test Sites’, Research in Consumer Behavior, Vol. 20.

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Stefan Schwarzkopf; Sine Nørholm Just; Jannick Friis Christensen / Stairway to Heaven : LGBTQ+ Gatherings as Civil-religious Rituals.
In: Society, Vol. 61, No. 3, 2024, p. 322-332
Journal article > peer review
Sine Nørholm Just; Jannick Friis Christensen; Stefan Schwarzkopf / Disconnective Action : Online Activism Against a Corporate Sponsorship at WorldPride 2021.
In: New Media & Society, 15.6.2023
Journal article > peer review
Stefan Schwarzkopf / Endeløshed : En begrebshistorisk analyse af ‘transformation’.
In: Transformationens politik: Ledelse af tidens udfordringer. . ed. /Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Dorthe Pedersen; Erik Mygind du Plessis; Jette Sandager. København : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2023, p. 29-40
Book chapter > peer review
Jessica Inez Backsell; Stefan Schwarzkopf / Hiding in Plain Sight : Organizational Magic as a Contested Process of Revelation and Concealment.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 44, No. 8, 8.2023, p. 1259-1280
Journal article > peer review
Mitchell Dean; Lotte List; Stefan Schwarzkopf / Introduction : Whither Political Theology?.
In: Political Theology Today: 100 Years after Carl Schmitt. . ed. /Mitchell Dean; Lotte List; Stefan Schwarzkopf. London : Bloomsbury Academic 2023, p. 1-10
Book chapter > peer review
Mitchell Dean (Editor) ; Lotte List (Editor) ; Stefan Schwarzkopf (Editor) / Political Theology Today : 100 Years after Carl Schmitt.
London : Bloomsbury Academic 2023, 256 p.
Anthology > peer review
Stefan Schwarzkopf / Political Theology, Values and LGBTQ+ as Civil Religion
In: Political Theology Today: 100 Years after Carl Schmitt. . ed. /Mitchell Dean; Lotte List; Stefan Schwarzkopf. London : Bloomsbury Academic 2023, p. 94-108
Book chapter > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen; Stefan Schwarzkopf / Between Pinkwash and Purity : Pride Pardes, Corporate Collaboration and Politics of Relationality.
In: Konference: Dansk kønsforsknings indre og ydre rammer: Under hvilke betingelser tager dansk kønsforskning form? Hvad er, kan og bør dansk kønsforskning være?. . ed. /Michael Nebeling Petersen. København : Københavns Universitet 2022, 1 p., p. 40
Conference abstract in proceedings
Stefan Schwarzkopf / Clouded Futures : Economic Barometers and the Making of the Unpredictable Economy.
In: Economy and Society, Vol. 51, No. 3, 7.2022, p. 422-442
Journal article > peer review
Stefan Schwarzkopf / Review of Tom Boland & Ray Griffin, The Reformation of Welfare: The New Faith of the Labour Market
In: Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2022, p. 9-11
Book review > peer review
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Visiting Professor at Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria), Department of Psychology