Department of Management, Society and Communication
What's happening at MSC:
Two events take place at MSC towards the end of June
Professor MSC Wencke Gwodz gives her inaugural lecture, Across disciplinary boundaries: A road less travelled, on Tuesday, June 26, 15:30 to 17:30. Read more about the lecture on the events page.
The Third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) will be held in Copenhagen on June 27–29, 2018. Read more about the conference on the conference site.
PhD dissertation on Multinational Enterprises in the mining industry
Jacob Taarup, PhD fellow at MSC, successfully defended his dissertation, Managing communities – Mining MNEs’ community risk management practice, on 15 May. Taking its point of departure in research on Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) operating within the Armenian mining industry, Jacob Taarup’s work aims to close a gap in the risk management literature on the identification and mitigation of risk arising from local communities.
Local communities as a source of risk
Small villages and towns that are situated geographically close to the MNEs’ place of operation have been identified as a source of risk to business continuity (BSR, 2003; ICMM, 2015). The mining industry is one of the most exposed to risks from these local communities, where there historically have been many conflicts between mine owners on one side and the people living close to the mine on the other. And with access to new communication technologies, it is possible for even the remotest communities to communicate effectively to a global audience, enabling non-governmental organisations, politicians, investors and other civil society actors access to up-to-date information about mining MNE operations. This improved outreach has meant that mines have been closed due to conflicts with local communities and therefore a need has arisen for MNEs to implement management practices that can effectively mitigate these types of risks.
MNE risk management
Jacob Taarup’s research shows that local communities can be regarded as a unique source of risk and that mining MNEs target these specifically in their risk management. Community risk arises when communities apply their resources and thereby subject the mining MNE to risk. Local communities can either apply these resources directly in order to elicit financial, political or cultural actors who can subject the mining MNE to risks, or by partnering with civil society organisations who have resources and knowledge available to them. The mining MNEs manage community risks by allocating resources that increase the reliance of local communities on the mine. The result is that they increasingly regard the mining MNE as legitimate and become reliant on the physical and social benefits that come with mining activities. In turn, this makes it difficult for more critical civil society organisations to gain access and get support from local communities when leveraging their claims against the company.
For further information about the project, contact Jacob Taarup.
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'):
Article by Professor (MSO) MIkkel Flyverbom about the use and safeguarding of internet data. Politiken Online, 19 May 2018.
Read also 'Facebook og andre techgiganter har ramt en stor blind plet, når det gælder deres samfundsansvar', by Professor (MSO) Mikkel Flyverbom and Professor Karin Buhmann (both from MSC), in Politiken online, 6 May, 2018.
External lecturer at MSC Carlos Salas Lind is interviewed about the Venezuelan election. DR News, P4, 21 May 2018 (ca 6 minutes into the programme).
USA’s politikere har skabt et monster, de nu skal tæmme
Interview with Professor (MSO) Mikkel Flyverbom about the Facebook hearings in the US Senate. Politiken Online, 11 April 2018.
Interview with Associate Professor Ole Helmersen about current Brexit negotiations. Danish television, DR2 Deadline, 9 April 2018.
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 more about MSC's profile here.
MSC moved into its new premises in Dalgas Have in August 2017. As CBS' largest department, it occupies most of the second floor of the building.
MSC is home to a number of Centres and research initiatives:
Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (cbsCSR)
Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
CBS World Class Research Environment ‘Governing Responsible Business’ (GRB)
VELUX Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability
The BHRight Initiative - teaching and research on Business and Human Rights
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 two of them (Difference & Diversity and Transformations).
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.
Furthermore, together with the Department of Business and Politics (DBP) and the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP), MSC provides the organizational basis for CBS Sustainability, an initiative which facilitates research and educational activities related to sustainability issues within and outside CBS.