Department of Management, Society and Communication
What's happening at MSC:
MSC and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs)
Much of MSC’s research focuses on sustainability related themes and is carried out under the auspices of the CBS Sustainability research centre (located at MSC). Centre research projects focus on a whole range of sustainability issues and involve interdisciplinary and international collaborative work as well as teaching and dissemination activities. MSC researchers regularly receive both national and EU funding for sustainability related projects (see, for example, the list of CBS Sustainability projects and the recently awarded DANIDA grants).
Invited talk on the UN SDGs
The UN SDGs feature prominently in the research and outreach activities of centre researchers and coordinators. Most recently, MSC Professor Lucia Reisch gave an invited talk at the conference “Hope ahead – Denmark as SDG pioneer through ethical trade”, organised by the Danish Ethical Trade Initiative at Børsen in the beginning of May.
The title of Lucia Reisch’s talk was ‘The role of sustainable consumption in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’, drawing on her extensive research in, among other things, behavioural economics, sustainable consumption (of such consumer goods as energy, food and health, and fashion) as well as consumer policy and corporate sustainability.
Since April 2018, CBS Sustainability - and in particular Centre coordinator Louise Thomsen - has facilitated the work of the CBS SDG Task Force. The Task Force consists of representatives from all CBS Departments, the International Office, CBS Business, student organisations and more.
One major result of the work of CBS Sustainability and the SDG Task Force has been the authoring of a Sustainable Event Guide, which suggests a number of ways to make sustainable choices regarding e.g. catering, transportation, decorations and handling of waste. Other efforts have included recommendations for a flight policy at CBS and a guide to the vegetarian default policy implemented at MSC.
Another instance of MSC’s contribution to CBS sustainability activities is the hosting of the CBS Office of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a unit established by CBS to implement the PRME Principles throughout the school. The PRME office is actively involved in promoting the UN SDGs in collaboration with various student bodies, thus, for example, hosting the Students for the Global Goals Festival 2019 in April, where parts of the CBS campus were transformed into a Sustainability Festival with multiple stalls, debates and lectures all day.
Read more about:
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'):
Professor Stefano Ponte is interviewed about the commodification of environmental issues and the significance of global value chains for understanding these processes, Weekendavisen 22 March, 2019 (subscription).
Read more in Stefano Ponte's book Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains, due to be published later this year by Zed books.
Associate Professor Ole Helmersen is interviewed on Danish television about the Brexit situation, Policywatch 28 March, 2019.
Ole Helmersen is also interviewed about the situation, DR P1 Morgen 28 March, 2019 (2 minutes into the programme).
See other interviews with and comments by Ole Helmersen on Brexit:
'Storbritannien stemmer nej til Mays aftale: Hvilke konsekvenser vil Mays nederlag få?', DR2 Deadline 12 March, 2019 (6:40 minutes into the programme).
'Professor: Skelsættende udvikling er skidt nyt for May', Jyllandsposten 20 February, 2019.
'Professor: Labour-medlemmers farvel kan skabe nyt parti', Jyllandsposten 18 February, 2019.
'Lektor: May vil presse modstandere inden brexit-deadline', Jyllandsposten 21 January, 2019.
Listen to Ole Helmersen on radio commenting on the parliamentary vote on 29 January, DR P1 Morgen 31 January, 2019 (49 minutes into the programme).
Ole Helmersen comments on the Brexit vote in the British Parliament, Kristeligt Dagblad 16 January, 2019
'Theresa May vandt mistillidsafsteming', Radio24syv 17 January, 2019 (two and half minutes into the news).
Techtopia #94: Kan AI påvirke medier og demokrati?
Professor MSO Mikkel Flyverbom participates in a podcast about artificial intelligence, fake news and the political debate. Ingeniøren 4 March, 2019.
Other articles about technology with participation by Mikkel Flyverbom:
'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.
Danske topledere presses til øget fokus på bæredygtighed
Professor Andreas Rasche is interviewed about the increasing business focus on sustainability, Finans 3 March, 2019.
'Bæredygtighedens mange dilemmaer', Finans 6 March, 2019.
Lektor: USA har enestående mulighed for at presse Maduro
External lecturer Carlos Salas-Lind is interviewed about the situation in Venezuela, Jyllandsposten 25 February, 2019.
'Soldater forlader grænseposter – nervekrig om nødhjælp kan blive begyndelsen på enden for Maduro', Politiken 23 February, 2019.
'Ekspert forventer ikke mytteri i Venezuela: Militæret er dybt fedtet ind i Maduro', DR.dk 20 February, 2019.
'Lektor:Maduro kan snart være fortid i Venezuela', B.T. 24 January, 2019.
See also the overview, 'Forstå de mulige scenarier for Venezuelas fremtid på få minutter', TV2.dk 31 January, 2019.
CBS researchers investigate the world of tea: A window into politics, capitalism and sustainability
Associate Professor Martin Skrydstrup, Postdoc Hannah Elliott, and Assistant Professor Matthew Archer are interviewed about their research project, 'Sustainability’s Infrastructure: A novel ethnographic approach to the global value chain of certified tea' (SUSTEIN), CBS WIRE, 11 January, 2019.
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.
MSC is home to a number of Centres and research initiatives:
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
The Sustainable Urbanisation Team
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.