Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Jannick Friis

Room: POR/18.B-4.143
+45 3151 6485
E-mail: jfc.mpp@cbs.dk

As Theme Lead for Gender and Sexuality in the CBS Diversity and Difference Platform, my research focuses on norm-critical approaches to organising and researching diversity. I have recent years studied conventional work organisations from queer perspectives in collaboration with Danish labour unions, such as Dansk Metal, 3F and PROSA, facilitating research-based workshops that equip union representatives with the right tools for improving the diversity climate in their companies. In addition, I engage with alternative organisations, for example Roskilde Festival, where I explore the phenomenon of transgressive behaviour and test and implement new strategies for creating diverse and inclusive volunteer communities.

Currently, I investigate pride parades and integrative civil religion – a project funded by The Independent Research Fund Denmark. Pride parades that promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights represent a globally growing sociocultural force. The parades increasingly attract corporate sponsorship. For some, this is a sign of success as the backing of large employers signals mainstream public support. For others, this support signals increased commercialisation which undermines the LGBTI movement’s political and emancipatory edge. The aim of the project is to explore and, potentially, resolve these tensions through an investigation of how pride might form part of a so-called ‘civil religion’, that is, a bond of allegiance based on universal human rights and solidarity among strangers. As such, I tackle the pressing issue of how political and corporate actors may tap into genuine sources of social legitimacy without damaging their authenticity.

In the video below, I give a short introduction to some of my work from a now completed research project titled ‘Co-Creating Gender Equality from Classroom to Organization: Innovations in Welfare Societies’.


Primary research areas
  • Norm Critique
  • LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) and Pride
  • Identity Politics
  • Queer-Feminist Theory
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equality
  • Diversity Management
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Alternative Organisation
  • Roskilde Festival, Transgressive Behaviour, and Volunteer Communities
  • (Post-)qualitative Methodologies
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I teach a number of different subjects across various courses and study programmes at both bachelor and master level, including:
  • Organisation Theory Perspectives on HRM (for which I am Course Coordinator), Cand.soc. (MSocSc) in Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Organizational Sociology, BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
  • Diversity Management, MSc in Business, Language and Culture - Diversity and Change Management.

I supervise student projects from bachelor level to master theses – also internship reports so long as the topic matches my research interests and teaching areas. Among the study programmes that I cover are:

  • Cand.soc. (MSocSc) in Political Communication and Management (in Danish)
  • Cand.soc. (MSocSc) in Human Resource Management (in Danish
  • BSc/MSc in International Business and Politics
  • BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture – International Business in Asia
  • MSc in Economics and Business Administration – Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
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Jannick Friis Christensen; Katrine Raaby; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Frirummets festival : En undersøgelse af grænseoverskridende adfærd på Roskilde Festival.
Frederiksberg : Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School 2021, 41 p.
Jannick Friis Christensen / Orange Feelings and Reparative Readings, or How I Learned to Know Alternative Organization at Roskilde Festival
In: Culture and Organization, Vol. 27, No. 2, 3.2021, p. 152-170
Journal article > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen; Bontu Guschke; Kai Inga Liehr Storm; Sara Louise Muhr / The Norm of Norms in HRM Research : A Review and Suggestions for Future Studies.
In: Human Resource Management Review, 20.9.2021
Review > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen / Weird Ways of Normalizing : Queering Diversity Research through Norm Critique.
In: The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods. ed. /Sine Nørholm Just; Annette Risberg; Florence Villesèche. New York : Routledge 2021, p. 59-72
Book chapter > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen; Rebekka Mahler; Stina Teilmann-Lock / GenderLAB : Norm-critical Design Thinking for Gender Equality and Diversity.
In: Organization, 29.9.2020
Journal article > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen; Sine N. Just; Sara Louise Muhr / Hyphenated Voices : The Organization of Racialized Subjects in Contemporary Danish Public Debate.
In: Organization, 26.10.2020
Journal article > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen / Organization Profile 4. Orange Together : A Campaign to Address Transgressive Behaviour at Denmarks's Roskilde Festival.
In: Tourism and Gender-Based Violence : Challenging Inequalities. . ed. /Paola Vizcaino; Heather Jeffrey; Claudia Eger. Wallingford : CABI Publishing 2020, p. 140-143
Book chapter > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen / Queering organisation(s) : Norm-critical Orientations to Organising and Researching Diversity.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2020, 380 p. (PhD Series, No. 12.2020)
Ph.D. thesis
Sara Dahlman; Jannick Friis Christensen; Thomas Burø / The Fact of the Belly : A Collective Biography of Becoming Pregnant as a PhD Student in Academia.
In: M@n@gement, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2020, p. 125-130
Journal article > peer review
Sara Louise Muhr; Stina Teilmann-Lock; Bontu Guschke; Jannick Friis Christensen; Rebekka Mahler; Ellen Månsson; Kai Inga Basner / Co-creation Gender Equality from Classroom to Organizations : Innovations in Nordic Welfare Societies.
Frederiksberg : GenderLAB 2019, 19 p. (Dissemination report)
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Academic Interests
  • Visiting Scholar 2019, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Visiting Scholar 2018, Macquarie University, Australia
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