Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: POR/18.B-3.22
+46 707 99 3410
E-mail: eb.mpp@cbs.dk

In the midst of one of the worst financial, economic and social crises in post-war history an ideological disagreement has come to dominate the debate. On the one hand, right wing inclined observers regard the State at best as an outdated way of meeting needs and generating demand; at worst as deterrent to business initiative, efficient service delivery and citizen action. On the other side of the spectrum, left wing inclined analysts consider the State to be a central actor in providing welfare services, supporting the business sector, developing citizen capacity and strengthening civil society. That is, the “Big Society debate” – as it has been dubbed in the UK – is largely an ideological debate on the role to be played by the State in our societies in general and in alleviating the current crisis in particular. It is, too, a debate on the consequent role to be played by civil society at large, and the non-profit sector in particular.

In other words, the debate on the role of the state is also a debate on the form to be taken by civil society. This has led to the introduction of a new language of social action, civic engagement and social entrepreneurship as well as an increased focus on the centrality of the civil society sector for the renewal and sustainability of our societies. Having that as a background, my research focuses on  the strategies, methods and tools used by civil society initiatives in their efforts to ignite social change, with a particular emphasis on those initiatives addressing ethnic marginalization and stigmatization in our societies.


Primary research areas
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Micro-finance
  • Complementary and community currencies
  • Arts and social change
  • Engaged Scholarship
Administrative tasks

Ester Barina holds currently a 20% professorship at CBS

Curriculum Vitae
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Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Masters level)

Qualitative Methods (Bachelor level)

Re-imagining Capitalism (Masters level)

Co-coordinator of the Minor in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Business



Selected publications
  • Barinaga, E. 2017. “Community Arts: On the precarious compromise between the inspirational and the civic worlds.” In Raviola, E. & Zackariasson (eds.), The Arts and Business: building a common ground for understanding current society. Routledge.
  • Barinaga, E. 2017. “Tinkering with space: The organizational practices of a nascent social venture.” Organization Studies.
  • Barinaga, E. 2016. “Engaged Scholarship: Taking responsibility for the politics of our method mediations.” In Landström, H., Parhankangas, A. & Riot, P. (eds.), Challenging entrepreneurship research. London: Routledge.
  • Barinaga, E. 2014. “Micro-finance in a developed welfare state: A hybrid technology for the government of the outcast.” Geoforum, 51:27–36.
  • Barinaga, E. 2013. “Politicising Social Entrepreneurship: Three Social Entrepreneurial Rationalities towards Social Change.” Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 4(3): 347–372.
  • Barinaga, E. 2010. 2010. Powerful Dichotomies: Inclusion and exclusion in the Information Society. Stockholm: EFI.

  • Barinaga, E. 2007. “’Cultural diversity’ at work: ‘National culture’ as a discourse organizing an international project group.” Human Relations, 60 (2): 315–340.


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Ester Barinaga; Dan Kärreman / Culture and Identity in Management Studies
In: Management: An Advanced Introduction. . ed. /Lars Strannegård; Alexander Styhre. Lund : Studentlitteratur 2013, p. 231-256
Book chapter > peer review
Ester Barinaga / The Psychic Life of Resistance : The Ethnic Subject in a High-tech Region .
In: Ethnicities, Vol. 13, No. 5, 2013, p. 625-644
Journal article > peer review
Ester Barinaga / Overcoming Inertia : The Social Question in Social Entrepreneurship.
In: Handbook on Organisational Entrepreneurship. ed. /Daniel Hjorth. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2012, p. 242-256
Book chapter > peer review
Ester Barinaga / Voices of the Suburbs : The Paradox of Symbolic Resistance.
Abstract from Designing and Transforming Capitalism, 2012
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Ester Barinaga / Voices of the Suburbs : The Paradox of Social Entrepreneurial Initiatives addressing Vulnerable Groups.
Abstract from The 21st Nordic Academy of Management Conference 2011, 2011
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Ester Barinaga / Powerful Dichotomies : Inclusion & Exclusion in the Information Society.
Stockholm : Stockholm School of Economics 2010, 229 p.
Ester Barinaga / A Performative View of Language : Methodological Considerations and Consequences for the Study of Culture.
In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2009, p. 1-14
Journal article > peer review
Ester Barinaga / Kista : Have scienceparks anything to do with ethnicity?.
In: Journal of Nordregio, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009, p. 18-19
Journal article
Ester Barinaga / Resisting Ethnicity : Three Initiatives and Their Implications for Social Cohesion.
Paper presented at CESEM 2009 : Conference on the Politics of Social Cohesion, 2009
Ester Barinaga / The Information Society : A Global Discourse and its Local Translation into Regional Organizational Practices.
In: Management Practices in High-Tech Environments. ed. /Dariusz Jemielniak; Jerzy Kociatkiewicz. : Idea Group Publishing 2009, p. 18-41
Book chapter > peer review
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