Department of International Economics, Government and Business


Room: POR/24.A-1.56
E-mail: bp.egb@cbs.dk

My research is quite diversified within the area of International Business spanning global sourcing, market-political ambidexterity of multinationals from emerging economies (EMNEs), strategic contracting, and foreign operation modes (see also primary research  areas).

Primary research areas
  • Global sourcing with a focus on location flexibility and problemistic/slack search
  • MNEs’ response to an increasing volatile business environment due to geopolitical instability, climate changes, cyberattacks, etc.
  • EMNEs, in particular market-political ambidexterity
  • Dynamics of foreign operation modes with a focus on mode flexibility
  • Strategic contracting
Administrative tasks

Associate Dean of the EMBA in Shipping and Logistics.

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PhD supervision:

August 1999 – September 2002: Principal supervisor to Bo Bernhard Nielsen (successful defence in January 2003).

July 2004 – July 2007: Principal supervisor to Christian Geisler Asmussen (successful defence in November 2007).

June 2006 - August 2009: Co-supervisor to Ha Thi Van Pham (successful defence in November 2009).

June 2006 - September 2009: Co-supervisor to Song Hanh Pham (successful defence in January 2010).

June 2008 – June 2011: Principal supervisor to Yvonne Borkelmann.

June 2012 - August 2014: Principal supervisor to Kristin Brandl (successful defence in December 2014).

February 2014 – May 2016: Principal supervisor to Manya Jaura (successful defence in November 2016).

June 2015 – May 2018: Principal supervisor to Peter Schou (successful defence in October 2018).

Other teaching activities

Elective course Strategic Contracting in an International Firm Perspective taught (in Danish) in CBS’ Law & Economics program.

Elective course Global Sourcing taught at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

MBA course Internationalization Processes taught at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Portugal.

Publications sorted by:
Bent Petersen / Case Commentary : Global Strategy Gone Astray-Maersk's Big Box Boat and the World Shipping Industry.
In: Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 62, No. 2, 3.2020, p. 197-198
Comment/debate > peer review
Kim Østergaard; Bent Petersen / The Application of Hardship and Gain Provisions in Strategic Contracting
In: Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, 5.3.2020
Journal article > peer review
Claes Alvstam; Inge Ivarsson; Bent Petersen / Are Multinationals and Governments from Emerging Economies Configuring Global Value Chains in New Ways?
In: International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 15, No. 1, 7.3.2019, p. 111-130
Journal article > peer review
Gabriel R.G. Benito; Bent Petersen; Lawrence S. Welch / The Global Value Chain and Internalization Theory
In: Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 50, No. 8, 10.2019, p. 1414-1423
Journal article > peer review
Alfredo Jiménez; Guoliang Frank Jiang; Bent Petersen; Jens Gammelgaard / Within-country Religious Diversity and the Performance of Private Participation Infrastructure Projects
In: Journal of Business Research, Vol. 95, 2.2019, p. 13-25
Journal article > peer review
Peter D. Ørberg Jensen; Stephan Manning; Bent Petersen / Location Flexibility in Global Sourcing : Modalities and Tradeoffs in an Era of Increased Volatility.
Paper presented at AIB 2018 Annual Meeting, 2018
Paper > peer review
Bent Petersen; Kim Østergaard / Reconciling Contracts and Relational Governance through Strategic Contracting
In: Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2018, p. 265-276
Journal article > peer review
Kristin Brandl; Michael J. Mol; Bent Petersen / The Reconfiguration of Service Production Systems in Response to Offshoring : A Practice Theory Perspective.
In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 37, No. 9, 2017, p. 1246-1264
Journal article > peer review
Michael W. Hansen; Peter D. Ørberg Jensen; Bent Petersen / Drivers and Strategies of International Service Firms in Emerging Markets
In: Handbook of Contemporary Research on Emerging Markets. ed. /Hemant Merchant. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2016, p. 223-248 (Research Handbooks in Business and Management)
Book chapter > peer review
Peter D. Ørberg Jensen; Bent Petersen; Roger Schweizer / Global Sourcing Readiness : On Opportunity Recognition, Feasibility and Comfort Zones.
In: Gränsöverskridande: Vänbok till Claes G. Alvstam. . ed. /Linda Berg; Inge Ivarsson; Rutger Lindahl; Patrik Ström. Göteborg : Göteborg Universitet 2016, p. 53-66 (Skrift / Centrum för Europaforskning vid Göteborgs universitet, No. 30)
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2018 - University of Gothenburg (10 % position) - Research and teaching
2018 - University of Uppsala - Associate Professor assessment committee

2019 - University of Gothenburg (12.5 % position) - Research and teaching

2020 - University of Gothenburg (25 % position) - Research and teaching