Department of International Economics and Management

Can Seng
Professor with special responsibilities
Center Director of Center for Leisure and Culture Services, ph.d

Room: POR/24.A-3.72.B
E-mail: cso.int@cbs.dk
Primary research areas
  • Sustainability challenges in cities
  • Art world and art industry
  • Place branding
  • Tourism strategy
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Tourism and social media
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Can Seng Ooi, PhD., is Professor and the Director of the Center for Leisure and Culture Services Research. He is also Editor of the journal, Asia Matters: Business, Culture and Theory. Over the last two decades, he has been working on a number of research areas, including international tourism, the global art industry, place branding, China strategies for MNCs and cross-cultural management. His studies often compare Denmark, Singapore and China. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Yellow River Arts Center, Yinchuan, China.


Tourism, place branding, international business strategies, cross-cultural management,social media, urban sustainability

Other teaching activities

Doing Business in China, summer university course, Fudan University, Shanghai

Selected publications
  • Koning, Juliette; and Ooi, Can-Seng. 2013 Awkward encounters and ethnography, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 16-32. (This article is named a "Highly Commended Paper" of 2013).
  • Ooi, Can-Seng. 2013.Tourism policy challenges: Balancing acts, co-operative stakeholders and maintaining authenticity. In M. Smith and G. Richards (eds). Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism. New York: Routledge. 67-74.
  • Ooi, Can-Seng. 2011. Subjugated in the creative industries: The fine arts in Singapore, Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, Vol. 3, 119-137.
  • Ooi,Can-Seng. 2010. Political pragmatism and the creative economy: Singapore as a City for the Arts, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 16, No. 4, 403-417.
  • Ooi, Can-Seng and Strandgaard Pedersen, Jesper. 2010. City branding and film festivals: Re-evaluating stakeholders' relations, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Vol. 6, 4, 316-332.
  • Ooi, Can-Seng. 2007. Un-packing packaged cultures: Chinese-ness in International Business, East Asia: An International Quarterly, 24(2): 111-128.
  • Ooi, Can-Seng. 2002. Cultural Tourism and Tourism Cultures: The Business of Mediating Experiences in Copenhagen and Singapore. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.
Publications & dissemination
Can-Seng Ooi; Jesper Strandgaard / In Search of Nordicity : How New Nordic Cuisine Shaped Destination Branding in Copenhagen.
In: Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2017, p. 217-231
Journal article
Can-Seng Ooi / Moral Limits of the Market : The Impossibility of Balanced Tourism Development.
In: CAUTHE 2017: Time for Big Ideas? Re-thinking the Field for Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 27th CAUTHE Conference. . ed. /Craig Lee; Sebastian Filep; Julia N. Albrecht; Willem J.L. Coetzee. Dunedin : Department of Tourism, University of Otago 2017, p. 536-540
Article in proceedings
Can-Seng Ooi / Sustainable Tourism in the Anthropocene : The Case for Ugly Tourism.
In: 2017 Critical Tourism Studies Proceedings. CTS 7. ed. /Kellee Caton. Kamloops, BC : Thompson Rivers University 2017, 1 p.
Conference abstract in proceedings
Can-Seng Ooi / The Global Art City
In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies. ed. /John Hannigan; Greg Richards. London : Sage Publications, Incorporated 2017, p. 207-216
Book chapter
Can-Seng Ooi; Jesper Strandgaard / Tourism, Place Branding and the Local-turn in Food : The New Nordic Cuisine.
In: Kulinarischer Tourismus und Weintourismus: Culinary and Wine Tourism Conference 2015. . ed. /Daniela Wagner; Michael Mair; Albert Franz Stöckl; Axel Dreyer. Wiesbaden : Gabler 2017, p. 95-104 (Forschung und Praxis an der FHWien der WKW)
Article in proceedings
Roberta Comunian; Can-Seng Ooi / Global Aspirations and Local Talent : The Development og Creative Higher Education in Singapore .
In: International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2016, p. 58-79
Journal article
Can-Seng Ooi / Soft Power
In: Encyclopedia of Tourism. ed. /Jafar Jafari; Honggen Xiao. Cham : Springer 2016, p. 878
Encyclopedia chapter
Adriana Budeanu (Editor) ; Graham Miller (Editor) ; Gianna Moscardo (Editor) ; Can-Seng Ooi (Editor) / Special Volume: Sustainable Tourism : Progress, Challenges and Opportunities.
Amsterdam : Elsevier 2016, 255 p. (Journal of Cleaner Production, No. Part B, Vol. 111)
Adriana Budeanu; Graham Miller; Gianna Moscardo; Can-Seng Ooi / Sustainable Tourism: Progress Challenges and Opportunities : An Introduction.
In: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 111, No. Part B, 2016, p. 285–294
Journal article
Can-Seng Ooi / The Business of Politics Commerce, and Culture in East Asia
In: International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2016, p. 308-311
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