Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

  • Centre for Business History
Per H.
Dr. phil. et merc.

Room: POR/18.B-2.137
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I have been professor of business history at Copenhagen Business School since 2002. Since my student years in the 1980s, I have focused on economic and financial history of the 19th and 20th centuries with a special interest in financial crises and the role of banks and central banks in the interwar period as a time of significant uncertainty and transformation. Over time my approach has developed from economic history into a broader contextual view of the role of business, finance and financiers in society. My thinking has shifted towards a more culturally based understanding of finance and the economy in history. In particular, I have contributed to introducing narrative and cultural approaches in my field. In addition to financial history, I have published on the business history of Danish modern furniture design. Today, I am interested in how institutions, culture, business and the economy interact, and how societal crises and periods of radical uncertainty contribute to transformations of capitalism and within different fields.

I am a member of the Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities, and I was president of the US-based Business History Conference from 2013-2014. I have given keynote talks and won several prizes for my research, most recently the 2018 Hagley Prize for the best book in Business History. I was a visiting scholar at Rutgers University (1997-1998), UC Berkeley (2004-2005), Harvard Business School (fall semester 2005) and Stern School of Business, NYU (spring semesters 2009 and 2011), where I have also taught several courses. Over the years, I have written more than 100 articles for Danish national newspapers, appeared on television and radio numerous times, and contributed to a number of podcasts.

Primary research areas
  • Business history
  • Financial history
  • Economic history
  • Design history


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Curriculum Vitae
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Mandatory course:
Finance and Financial Institutions in Society. Globe, B.Sc.

Elective course:
Finansielle kriser og virksomhedskrak. HD-Finansiering

Other teaching activities

I have also been teaching courses on:

  • Contextual branding, M.Sc. elective
  • Financial Crises, M.Sc. elective
  • Business History, B.Sc. mandatory and elective
Selected publications
  • På glidebanen til den bitre ende. Dansk bankvæsen i krise, 1920-1933, Odense 1996 (disp.) (On Route to Disaster. Danish Banking in Crisis, 1920-1933)
  • Da sparekassernes mistede deres uskyld. En historie om sparekasser og samfund i opbrud, 1965-1990, Odense 2001 (When the savings banks lost their innocence. A history of savings banks and society under change)
  • Den Danske Bank, København 1997 (A History of Danske Bank)
  • “Making Sense of Financial Crisis and Scandal. A Danish Bank Failure in the Era of Finance Capitalism." Forthcoming in Enterprise & Society 2012
  • 40) ”Cooperate or Free-Ride? The Scandinavian Central Banks, Bank for International Settlements, and the Austrian Financial Crisis of 1931.” Scandinavian Journal of History, vol. 37 no. 1, 2012, pp. 87-107.
Publications sorted by:
Per H. Hansen / En lys og lykkelig fremtid : Historien om FDB-møbler.
2.ed.København : Strandberg Publishing 2020, 280 p.
Per H. Hansen / The First History of Our Financial Crisis
In: Business History Review, Vol. 93, No. 1, 1.2019, p. 161-171
Book review
Per H. Hansen / Danish Modern Furniture 1930-2016 : The Rise, Decline and Re-emergence of a Cultural Market Category.
Odense : Syddansk Universitetsforlag 2018, 510 p.
Doctoral thesis > peer review
Per H. Hansen; Anne Magnussen / Making Sense of Business and Community in Hollywood Films : 1928–2016.
In: Business History Review, Vol. 92, No. 2, 1.2018, p. 307-337
Journal article > peer review
Per H. Hansen / Da danske møbler blev moderne : Historien om dansk møbeldesigns storhedstid.
2.ed.Odense : Syddansk Universitetsforlag 2016, 696 p.
Book > peer review
Per H. Hansen / FDB Møbler
In: Brugsen: En anderledes forretning?: 1866-2016: Dansk brugsbevægelse for pastor Sonne til det moderne Coop. . ed. /Kristoffer Jensen. Albertslund : Samvirke 2016, p. 128-147
Book chapter > peer review
Per H. Hansen / Faghistorikerens og den historiske fortælling : Tanker i anledning af Poul Duedahls Ondskabens Øjne og Ulrik Langens Tyven.
In: TEMP - tidsskrift for historie, Vol. 7, No. 13, 2016, p. 196-211
Book review
Per H. Hansen / Finanskriser - et historisk og kulturelt perspektiv
In: Futuriblerne, Vol. 44, No. 1-2, 2016, p. 5-15
Journal article
Per H. Hansen; Klaus Petersen / Den store danske møbelguide
6ed.København : Lindhardt & Ringhof 2015, 393 p.
Per H. Hansen; Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen / Finn Juhl and His House
Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag 2015, 220 p.
Book > peer review
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Outside activities
  • Danske Bank, seminar for private banking customers, 2018: Lecture on financial stability and crises in historical perspective
  • Lærernes Pension, annual meeting, 2019: Lecture on financial stability and crises in historical perspective