Department of Business Humanities and Law

PhD defence: Benjamin Asmussen

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Benjamin Asmussen has submitted his thesis entitled: Networks and Faces between Copenhagen and Canton, 1730-1840

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 13:00 to 15:00

What role did networks play among the merchants of the Oldenburg Monarchy (Denmark, Norway etc) involved in the first China trade from 1730 to 1840? In this thesis, the combination of historical network analysis and prosopography allow for the traders responsible for the Chinese trade to be studied for the first time while their networks emerging from both business, religion, family and social conditions provide new knowledge about how the geographical, cultural and mental distances between Danish and Chinese businessmen were overcome.

Primary Supervisor:
Associate Professor Martin Jes Iversen
Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics
Copenhagen Business School

Secondary Supervisors:
Professor Paul van Dyke
Department of History
Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

Museum Director Ulla Tofte
Maritime Museum of Denmark

Assessment Committee:
Associate Professor Joachim Lund (chair)
Department of Business and Politics
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Martin Rheinheimer
Department of History
University of Southern Denmark

Senior Research Fellow Lin Man-houng
Institute of Modern History
Academia Sinica

The thesis will be available from

The Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in the Gallery.

Date: 21 June 2018
Time: 13-15
Location: Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 16, PH110, 2000 Frederiksberg

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