Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Management & Entrepreneurship group
The Management & Entrepreneurship group is focused on management's relationship to creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge and governance.
The group has a special interest in management's new predicament in a postindustrial economy - how to enhance the organizational conditions for newness. Entrepreneurship is understood as a driver of innovation and the roles of knowledge, strategy and leadership are considered central to innovation processes in contexts of organizations.
The group performs research on entrepreneurship, organizational creativity and design; knowledge intensive companies; sport management; management of innovation; entrepreneurial leadership; aesteticization of society; and on cultural economics and policy.
There is an emphasis on the conditions for management of innovative processes under a high level of uncertainty, and on managing creatives, knowledge workers, knowledge based organizations, and knowledge creation in a variety of organizational settings (private as well as public; business-, cultural- as well as non-profit). Besides, there is an emphasis on the impact on society of entrepreneurship, creativity, design, arts and culture.
The group is multi-disciplinary and combines academic disciplines and perspectives, such as management, strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, aesthetics, cultural studies, politics and economics.
Entrepreneurship in society
We study entrepreneurship as a range of forms of organizational creativity; as a society-creating force; as a world-view for thinking and practicing innovation processes from below; as well as a business-startup process. Entrepreneurship is not management, and an important task for future business leadership is precisely to understand their interrelationships and timing in processes of organizing. Our research contributes to politics and to the cultural, social, public, civic and corporate sectors.
Topically, entrepreneurship covers corporate and organizational entrepreneurship, sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship; cultural entrepreneurship (within e.g. design, architecture, urban space, fashion, museums); public entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. This reflects CBS’ strategic vision – to be a business university in society as a whole.
MPP is one of the contributors to the E-ship platform leadership, and the platform works in collaboration with the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, CSE. These two CBS flag ships rest on a foundation of research into entrepreneurship across a variety of fields and foci represented across MPP.
Arts and culture, aesthetics and design
We study arts and culture, aesthetics and design from the level of society, public sector, public and private business and organizations as well as consumers, drawing on different disciplines and opportunities in cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Our research in cultural economics, policy and entrepreneurship involves a specific focus on topics like the interaction between economics and public policy, including different types of values and valuation; cultural entrepreneurship, including the labor market for artists; and demand and consumer behavior. Our research includes different areas of the arts and cultural sector, e.g. the creative industries, cultural heritage, museums, the visual arts and the performing arts. The role of aesthetics in society, space, design, business and organization is currently coagulating around the notion of cultural entrepreneurship. Cultural entrepreneurship captures a double movement in contemporary society and the corresponding research needs. On the one hand, it denotes the entrepreneuralization of cultural and artistic activity; on the other, it helps analyzing the increasingly aesthetic and artistic character of social, organizational and economic life and innovation.
The transdisciplinary set-up enables us to research and analyze these developments through economic, political, aesthetic, historical, sociological, managerial and critical perspectives. We have a strong international research network, and we work in close collaboration with the national cultural sector with an emphasis on research communication.
Pedagogical innovation drawing on the arts and humanities
We continually develop new learning formats for enhancing the integration of the humanistic traditions of philosophy and aesthetics with management and organizational practice. We do this to prepare students to act in a world characterized by uncertainty, opportunity, complexity and crisis, and begging creative address. The arts and humanities activate the imaginative capacity of students, develop their entrepreneurial mindset, stimulate their interpretive ability, exercise their capacity to make sound judgments, and train their communicative and craft skills.
As we develop new learning formats and advance current practices, we engage with a range of methods geared at activating students. These include (often in combination): studio pedagogy, case-based teaching and case writing, narratives and dramatizations, massively open online courses (MOOCs), blended learning, engaged scholarship outside the classroom, activist teaching methods, cross-university collaborations, and joint international teaching programs.
Alongside our pedagogical experiments and innovations, we develop management and organizational learning as a research field. We do this in partnership with a national and international network of participants committed to similar innovation, and often act as the driving force for organizing collective pedagogical advancements.
Management and business
We study management and leadership as it unfolds in contemporary organizations with a focus on all managerial levels. Our focus is on conceptual and empirical research within selected areas of management and businesses, as for instance strategy, governance, innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurship seen in a managerial perspective. In terms of our choice of organizations to study we have an interest in most type of companies and organizations although we have been studying knowledge intensive organizations from various perspectives such as internationalization, governance, innovation and knowledge sharing. Besides, sports management is one of our areas of interest.
We believe that no single approach can fully capture the richness of management and leadership. Therefore, we apply various perspectives in our study of this multifaceted phenomenon. In our approach, we include both a theoretical development as well as practical implications. This view translates into research, teaching and research communication.