Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

PhD defence: Sara Elsa Maj Dahlman

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Sara Elsa Maj Dahlman has submitted her thesis entitled: Marginal alternativity - Organizing for sustainable investing

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 09:30 to 11:30

Sara Elsa Maj Dahlman

This thesis explores the emergence and maintenance of alternative organizations at the margins of alternativity. Building on an in-depth ethnographic study of SusPens, a fin-tech start-up that develops technology for sustainable investing, I employ an affirmative critique lens to study the organization from various theoretical angles––including sociomateriality, affect, and discourse–– and at different analytical levels, thus emphasizing the relational qualities of the alternative (human/technology, human/human, organization/society). The thesis concludes that establishing and maintaining alternatives is an iterative process, a constant movement between imagining and actualizing the alternative. This process of dreaming and doing takes place at the intersection of alternativity and capitalism, and thus at the margin of––and in proximity to––capitalism.
Primary Supervisor:

Associate Professor Sine Nørholm Just
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School
Secondary Supervisor:
Associate Professor Liv Egholm
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School
Assessment Committee:
Associate Professor Justine Grønbæk Pors (Chair)
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School
Professor Daniel Nyberg
Newcastle Business School
The University of Newcastle
Professor Patrizia Zanoni
Faculty of Business Economics
Hasselt University

The thesis will be available from

The CBS PhD School will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in FUHU Faculty Club (3rd floor, above the canteen, Solbjerg Plads)

Organised by CBS PhD School
Date 26 Oktober 2021
Time 09:30-11:30

Copenhagen Business School
Solbjerg Plads 
2000 Frederiksberg
Room: SPs13 VELUX Aud

It will also be possible to attend the defence via Microsoft Teams at the following link:

*Please note in connection with the online defence that the microphone and camera of all spectators must be turned off!


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