Department of Business Humanities and Law

External lecturer
+45 6167 0897

Claus Springborg
Presentation and academic fields

I have a master’s degree in research methodologies and PhD in leadership development both from Cranfield School of Management and a background as a musician and dancer.

In my research and teaching, I work in the crossfield between organisational theory, psychology, cognitive science, art, and spirituality.

Besides teaching at CBS, I run two companies: CoCreation offering executive coaching and Sensing Mind Institute offering a 4-year education on the therapeutic use of spiritual practices.


Academic interests

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community building
  • Co-creation
  • Embodied cognition
  • Systems of personal development and comparative spirituality


Key competencies

  • Research methodology
Professional and/or academic experience

Primary research areas

  • Leadership and leadership education
  • Embodied cognition
  • Spiritual practices in organisations
  • Problem-solving


Selected publications

Springborg, C. (2018). Sensory Templates and Manager Cognition: Art, Cognitive Science and Spiritual Practices in Management Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Springborg, C. (2020). Sensory Templates and Presencing. In O. Gunnlaugson & W. Brendel (Eds.), Advances in Presencing Volume 2. Vancouver, Canada: Trifoss Business Press.

Springborg, C., & Ladkin, D. (2018). Realising the potential of art-based interventions in managerial learning: Embodied cognition as an explanatory theory. Journal of Business Research, 85, 532–539.

Springborg, C., & Sutherland, I. (2015). Teaching MBAs Aesthetic Agency Through Dance. Organizational Aesthetics, 5(1), 94–113.

Springborg, C. (n.d.). Dance as research. In J. Ward & H. Shortt (Eds.), Arts-based research methods: a how to guide. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Springborg, C. (2010). Leadership as art: Leaders coming to their senses. Leadership, 6(3), 243–258.

Pedagogical experience/method skills/supervision

I supervise master thesis students and internship students. I'm currently teaching the course Embodied Leadership. I have previously taught Organizing Growth at the OIE master program - a course about optimising organisational dialogue, developing co-creation skills in practice and how to grow an organisation by developing strong communities inside and around the organisation. I have also taught entrepreneurship at the Royal Academy of Music.

In my own company, I do executive coaching (CoCreation) and offer a four-year education on therapeutic use of spiritual practices (Sensing Mind Institute)

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