Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor
PhD, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

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Rasmus Johnsen

I am interested in theoretical research and practical models that integrate the humanities and liberal arts in research and teaching at the business school. This involves developing formats for innovative business school education, creating new course syllabi, and writing teaching cases. I am the director of The Business of Teaching Workshop Series and an advisor to various organizations on the topic. Another aspect of my research focuses on institutional pathology and the cultural history of malaise related to self-management and the management of self-managing employees. In recent years, this interest has especially revolved around the affective dimensions of time and boredom in organizations. My current research also involves a project rethinking business strategy through readings of literary classics.


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Primary research areas
  • Integrating the humanities, liberal arts and business school education
  • Innovative didactics, case writing and blended learning
  • Philosophical engagement with strategy in organizations
  • Institutional pathologies and the malaise of modern work-life experience
  • Art and reflective leadership


Administrative tasks
  • Director of The Business of Teaching Workshop Series
  • Member of the Research in Blended Learning (RiBL) Advisory Board
  • Member of the Aspen Institute Business in Society Advisory Board
  • Teaching Ambassador at the Assistant Professor Program (CBS)
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Economic philosophy, Philosophy and Business Administration (BSc)
Epistemology and metaphysics, Philosophy and Business Administration (BSc)
Strategy, Philosophy and Business Administration (BSc)
Making Social Science Matter, Organization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSc)
Reflexive Leadership, CBS Executive
Ability and Integrity, CBS Master of Business Development


Time and temporality in organization
Strategy in a philosophical light
Institutional Pathologies (including stress, boredom and depression)
Business school education and the humanities

Other teaching activities



Selected publications

Johnsen, Rasmus (2016): “Boredom and Organization Studies”, in Organization Studies, Vol 37, Issue 10, 2016
Johnsen, Rasmus, Thaning, Morten and Pedersen, Michael (2016): “Knowledge You Can’t Google – Teaching Philosophy at the Business School”, in The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education, Routledge, London
Bramming, Pia and Johnsen, Rasmus: (2011) “Love Will Tear Us Apart: Transformational Leadership and Love in a Call Centre.” in: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 5, Nr. 1, s. 80-95.
Johnsen, Rasmus and Gudmand-Høyer, Marius T. (2010): “Lacan and the Lack of Humanity in HRM” in: Organization, Vol. 17, Nr. 3, 2010, 331-344.
Johnsen, Rasmus (2009): The Great Health of Melancholy : A Study of the Pathologies of Performativity, Samfundslitteratur, Frederiksberg (PhD Series; 25.2009).

Publications sorted by:
Rasmus Johnsen; Annika Skoglund; Matt Statler; William M. Sullivan / Management Learning and the Unsettled Humanities : Introduction to the Special Issue.
In: Management Learning, Vol. 52, No. 2, 4.2021, p. 135-143
Journal article > peer review
Christian De Cock; Rasmus Johnsen; Thomas Burø / Bolaño’s Black Smoke : The Revelation of Horror in Organization.
In: Organization 2666: Literary Troubling, Undoing and Refusal. . ed. /Christian De Cock; Damian O’Doherty; Sine N. Just; Christian Huber. Wiesbaden : Springer VS 2020, p. 151-169
Book chapter > peer review
Johan Gersel; Rasmus Johnsen / Toward a Novel Theory of Rational Managerial Deliberation : Stakeholders, Ethical Values, and Corporate Governance.
In: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 19, No. 3, 9.2020, p. 269-288
Journal article > peer review
Rasmus Johnsen / Cruel Fairy Tales : The Ethico-politics of Whistleblowing: Mediated Truth-telling in Digital Cultures.
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 19, No. 4, 11.2019, p. 883-888
Book review > peer review
Birke Otto; Justine Grønbæk Pors; Rasmus Johnsen / Hidden in Full View : The Organization of Public Secrecy in Miéville’s The City and the City.
In: Culture and Organization, Vol. 25, No. 2, 15.3.2019, p. 91-103
Journal article > peer review
Rasmus Johnsen; Christina Berg Johansen; Sammy Toyoki / Serving Time : Organization and the Affective Dimension of Time.
In: Organization, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2019, p. 3-19
Journal article > peer review
Robin Holt; Rasmus Johnsen / Time and Organization Studies
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 40, No. 10, 10.2019, p. 1557-1572
Journal article > peer review
Justine Grønbæk Pors; Rasmus Johnsen / Looking Away : Practices of Unseeing and Organisation in China Miéville’s The City and the City.
Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, 2017
Paper > peer review
Rasmus Johnsen / Boredom and Organization Studies
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 37, No. 10, 2016, p. 1403-1415
Journal article > peer review
Rasmus Johnsen; Morten Sørensen Thaning; Michael Pedersen / Knowledge You Can’t Google : Teaching Philosophy at the Business School.
In: The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. ed. /Chris Steyaert; Timon Beyes; Martin Parker. Abingdon : Routledge 2016, p. 374-386 (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)
Book chapter > peer review
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Outside activities
  • Psykiatrifonden, 2019: Lecture