Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor

Room: POR/18.B-3.143
E-mail: rj.mpp@cbs.dk
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Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • The pathologies of modern work-life; stress, burn-out and depression and their cultural histories
  • The history of philosophy
  • Contemporary theories of self-regulation, self-management and the management of self-managing employees
  • Business humanities
  • The phenomenology of time: boredom and stress
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My main research interests may be separated into two areas. Firstly, I work with the pathologies of modern day work-life (stress, depression, anxiety, boredom etc.) and how they resonate with our cultural history. In my PhD, which I wrote at CBS, I develop three ‘formations’ in the history of melancholy which are reflected in the way we speak about and act towards stress, burn-out and depression today. More recently, I have been working with the concept of boredom and the status of the phenomenon in a culture that focuses intensely on self-regulation and personal initiative. I am interested in how the experience of boredom through the 20th c. has come to constitute a resource in the development of new markets within social media, cultural design and wellness industries. In this context of a “cultural phenomenology”, I have also been very interested in how the clinical vocabulary of psychopathology has come to dominate our conceptions of subjective malaise.

Secondly, I work with the humanities and their role and use in business education. I am very engaged in the disciplinary development of philosophy in practice, especially through case-based teaching. I am also engaged in a project on the humanities in psychiatric practice and teach medical practitioners.

I have a classical background in philosophy with an emphasis on continental thinking. I have worked broadly with the history of philosophy and with especially Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Gadamer. More recently I have worked with the history and theory of psychoanalysis, especially with Freud, Klein, Winnicot and Lacan.

MPP Research: Video Portrait - Rasmus Johnsen:


“Philosophy of the Present”
 6th semester, BSc in Philosophy and Business Administration Development, administration and teaching

Other teaching activities

Member of the studyboard for Philosophy and Business Administration


Selected publications
  • Johnsen, Rasmus and Gudmand-Høyer, Marius T. “Lacan and the Lack of Humanity in HRM” in: Organization, Vol. 17, Nr. 3, 2010, 331-344.
  • Johnsen, Rasmus: The Great Health of Melancholy : A Study of the Pathologies of Performativity, Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur, 2009. 187 p. (PhD Series; 25.2009).
  • Bramming, Pia and Johnsen, Rasmus: “Love Will Tear Us Apart : Transformational Leadership and Love in a Call Centre.” in: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 5, Nr. 1, 2011, s. 80-95
  • Johnsen, Rasmus: “Is Your Manager a Psychopath? ... Are you? : The Human-Animal Divide at Work” in: Ethics and Organizational Practice: Questioning the Moral Foundations of Management red. Steen Vallentin, Bent Meier Sørensen and Sara Louise Muhr. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, 2010. 181-198
Publications & dissemination
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
Rasmus Johnsen / Boredom and Organization Studies
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 37, No. 10, 2016, p. 1403-1415
Journal article
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
Rasmus Johnsen / Kedsomhed : På sporet af den tomme tid.
In: Hverdagslivets følelser: Tilstande, relationer, kulturer. . ed. /Inger Glavind Bo; Michael Hviid Jacobsen. København : Hans Reitzel 2015, p. 393-414
Book chapter
Rasmus Johnsen / Lidelse under friheden til at være sig selv : Depression og samtid.
In: Bibliotek for Laeger, No. 207, 2015, p. 290-307
Journal article
Rasmus Johnsen; Mette Berg Christiansen / Lidelsens billedbog : Diagnosernes brug i hverdagssproget.
In: Diagnoser: Perspektiver, kritik og diskussion. . ed. /Svend Brinkmann; Anders Petersen. Aarhus : Klim 2015, p. 271-290
Book chapter
Sverre Raffnsøe; Rasmus Johnsen / Menneskelig motivation og værdiskabelse : Den humane vending indenfor ledelse og organisation.
In: Den humane vending: En antologi. . ed. /Marius Gudmund-Høyer; Sverre Raffnsøe; Morten Raffnsøe-Møller. Aarhus : Aarhus Universitetsforlag 2015, p. 245-289
Book chapter
Sammy Toyoki; Alexandre Schwob; Joel Hietanen; Rasmus Johnsen / Bringing the Body Back into the Study of Time in Consumer Research
In: Consumer Culture Theory. ed. /Russell W. Belk; Linda Price; Lisa Peñaloza. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2013, p. 227-244 (Research in Consumer Behavior, Vol. 15)
Book chapter
Rasmus Johnsen / Boredom and the Productivity of Desire
Paper presented at The 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference. "Creation, Crisis, Critique". 2011, 2011
Pia Bramming; Rasmus Johnsen / Love Will Tear Us Apart : Transformational Leadership and Love in a Call Centre.
In: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2011, p. 80-95
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