Department of Management, Society and Communication

What's happening at MSC:

MSC researcher Ana Alacovska wins Sapere Aude grant!

Ana Alacovska, photo Independent Research Fund Denmark

Photo: Independent Research Fund Denmark

Associate Professor Ana Alacovska has received a ‘Sapere Aude’ grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark.


One of 35 researchers to receive a Sapere Aude grant (of a total of 346 applicants), Ana Alacovska has received 6 million DKK to pursue her research project Operative fictions: how popular culture genres get-in-action in social life.


The project will explore the operative influence of popular culture genres on social life, examining how fiction accesses and merges with cognitive, symbolic and material aspects of professional working life in selected organisational domains. The project consists of three sub-projects which will study the role of:


  • crime fiction in police investigations
  • science fiction in the work of robotics and engineering
  • climate fiction in the organisation of radical climate change

Besides Ana Alacovska, the project research team will consist of two Postdocs.


The prestigious Sapere Aude research grants aim to provide ‘excellent younger researchers, i.e. researchers who have carried out top class research in their field, with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their research ideas’, thus targeting ‘top researchers who intend to gather a group of researchers and/or research students, to carry out a research project at a high, international level’ (read more on DFF’s website).


Read about the 2019 Sapere Aude grants in the DFF press release (in Danish). For more information about the project 'Operative Fictions: how popular culture genres get-in-action in social life', please contact Ana Alacovska,

Mikkel Larsen new Adjunct Professor at MSC

MSC welcomed its new Adjunct Professor in sustainable finance, Mikkel Larsen, on 23 October, when he gave his inaugural lecture in Dalgas Have.


In his lecture, ‘Measuring what matters’, Mikkel Larsen discussed the challenges of establishing credible measuring systems capable of capturing and communicating the impact of Sustainability initiatives, with a particular focus on the role (and potential) of the financial sector.


About Mikkel Larsen

Mikkel Larsen is the Chief Sustainability Officer of DBS – the largest bank in South

    Mikkel Larsen with Dorte Salskov-Iversen and Søren Hvidkjær

Mikkel Larsen between Head of Department Dorte Salskov-Iversen and Dean of Research Søren Hvidkjær.

East Asia. As such,he is responsible for the strategic initiatives relating to sustainability in the bank. He holds a Master of Science in Auditing and Accounting from CBS (1999) and is a State Authorised Public Accountant (2001). He has an Executive MBA from London Business School (2010), supplemented with executive education at Harvard.

The trajectory of Mikkel Larsen's distinguished career in London, Hong Kong and since 2012 in Singapore is noteworthy for the way he has gradually become an internationally recognised expert in green finance of high standing, both in the financial sector, with financial regulators and in the global organisations and networks that address sustainable transitions.


From the vantage point of his current position in DBS, Mikkel Larsen is uniquely poised to inspire and support CBS’s efforts to further develop its edge in research and teaching related to Corporate Sustainability and Responsible Business & Management. He is the author and co-author of a large number of reports and articles on different aspects of green finance and integrated reporting (including a recent report on forest restoration & the role of finance). Moreover, Mikkel Larsen is also a frequent speaker and panelist at Singapore’s foremost universities, NUS, Nanyang and SMU on topics ranging from the purpose of companies to creating sustainable outcomes at scale.


Further information about the new Adjunct Professorship: Dorte Salskov-Iversen,

MSC in the Danish media:

A few recent MSC appearances in the Danish media (many more references can be found in the left-hand menu under 'In the Media'):

Book launch: Business, Power and Sustainability
Professor Stefano Ponte participates in live streamed event about his newly published book,, 12 November 2019.

Labour vil stå samlet i en valgkamp - men hvordan?

Associate Professor Ole Helmersen comments on the upcoming election in the UK, DR P1 Morgen, 30 October 2019 (one hour and eight minutes into the programme).

See other recent interviews with and comments by Ole Helmersen on Brexit:
Bacon, Boris, Brexit and Barnaby, cphPost online, 27 October 2019.
Endnu en afgørende uge venter i britisk politik, DR P1 Morgen, 21 October 2019.
Lektor: Bulderbassen Boris er sat skakmat af parlamentet, Jyllandsposten, 10 September 2019.
Ole Helmersen talks about Boris Johnson's wish to have an election, DR P1 Morgen, 5 September 2019.
Lektor: Mistillidsvotum er eneste vej ud af Johnsons kløer, Jyllandsposten, 29 August 2019.
Ole Helmersen talks about the prorogation of Parliament on the radio, DR P1 Morgen, 29 August 2019
Boris Johnson optrapper brexit-krig: 'Virkelig hård kost', BT, 15 August 2019.

Den nemme løsning
MSC PhD graduate Mia Olsen is interviewed about her PhD dissertation on mobile payment solutions, Finansforbundet, 22 October 2019.
Uro i Catalonien skaber kaos før spansk valg
Associate Professor Carsten Humlebæk comments on the unrest in Catalonia, Politiken, 14 October 2019.
Tech klumme af Mikkel Flyverbom

Professor Mikkel Flyverbom: 'Lige nu er det de hurtige, grådige og skamløse firmaer, der tager fortjenesten og undergraver dele af vores samfund', Politiken, 10 October 2019.

Other articles about technology with contributions from Mikkel Flyverbom:
'Digital overvågning: Selvom man er paranoid, kan man godt være forfulgt', Politiken, 23 August 2019
'Overvågningskapitalisternes mål er at kontrollere vores adfærd', Information, 9 April 2019
'Techtopia #94: Kan AI påvirke medier og demokrati?' Ingeniøren 4 March, 2019.
'Vi begraver fornuften i ord som disruption og algoritmer', Politiken 23 Februar, 2019.
'Markedet er ikke klar: sådan undgår vores virksomheder at forhaste sig på det teknologiske felt', Finans, 5 February 2019.
'Taberne: Værdier kan blive dyre', Politiken 14 January, 2019.
'Skal samfundets digitale rygrad være 'Made in China'?', Politiken 14 January, 2019.

as well as a list of earlier articles in Politiken by Mikkel Flyverbom.


Selvom de lovede at stoppe: Kommuner hælder stadig skattekroner i sorte aktier

Associate Professor Steen Valentin comments on municipal investment in oil and gas companies,, 8 October 2019.

Read also:
'Fra brug-og-smid-væk til brug-og-genanvend', Steen Vallentin comments on the introduction of circular economy in Danish business,, 19 September 2019.


Introducing MSC:

The Department of Management, Society and Communication


The department came into existence on 1 January 2017 as a result of the merger of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management and the Department of International Business Communication. Read about MSC's research profile here.


MSC moved into its new premises in Dalgas Have in August 2017. As one of CBS' largest department, it occupies most of the second floor of the building.

Dalgas Have

MSC is home to a number of Centres and research initiatives:

CBS Sustainability
Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
CBS World Class Research Environment ‘Governing Responsible Business’ (GRB)
VELUX Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability
The BHRights Initiative - teaching and research on Business and Human Rights
The CBS Africa Initiative
CogLab - MSC’s facility for experimental research

BiS Platform secretariat
MSC hosts the joint secretariat for CBS’ three new Business-in-Society Platforms, which came into existence on 1 January 2018:
Difference & Diversity
Transformations: Technology, Data and Knowledge in the Digital Age
MSC contributes with members to all three platforms and with academic co-directorship to one of them (Transformations).

PRME office
MSC also houses the CBS Office of Responsible Management Education (PRME). The office aims to ensure that the UN principles for responsible management education are an integral part of CBS core activities both in research and education. PRME shares its facilities at MSC with oikos Copenhagen, the Danish chapter of an international non-profit student-driven organization on sustainable economics and management, and Transparency International, an organisation working to prevent corruption.

Further information about MSC

Please contact the MSC Head of Department, Dorte Salskov-Iversen or the MSC Head of Secretariat, Annika Dilling.

The page was last edited by: Department of Management, Society and Communication // 11/20/2019


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