Department of International Economics, Government and Business


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

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

Elective course: Global Strategy: Managing Risks and Seizing Opportunities in a Turbulent World, taught in CBS’ cand. merc. program.

Elective course: Strategic Use of Health Data (in Danish) taught in CBS’ Law & Economics program.

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


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



Publications sorted by:
Gabriel R. G. Benito; Bent Petersen; Lawrence S. Welch / Dynamics of Operation Modes : Switches and Additions.
In: The Oxford Handbook of International Business Strategy. ed. /Kamel Mellahi; Klaus Meyer; Rajneesh Narula; Irina Surdu; Alain Verbeke. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 273-295
Book chapter > peer review
Bent Petersen; Gabriel R. G. Benito; Lawrence S. Welch / Foreign Operation Mode Flexibility : Tradeoffs and Managerial Responses.
In: International Journal of the Economics of Business, Vol. 28, No. 2, 5.2021, p. 281-307
Journal article > peer review
Hanh Song Thi Pham; Bent Petersen / The Bargaining Power, Value Capture, and Export Performance of Vietnamese Manufacturers in Global Value Chains
In: International Business Review, Vol. 30, No. 6, 12.2021
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, 1.2020, p. 111-130
Journal article > peer review
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
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
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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
2021 - University of Gothenburg (25 % position) - Research