Department of Management, Society and Communication
What's happening at MSC:
Associate Professor Nanna Bonde Thylstrup receives ERC grant
Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Associate Professor at MSC, has received one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants for her new research project, 'Data loss: the politics of disappearance, destruction and dispossession in digital societies' (DALOSS).
With the new project, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup will explore the many, as yet not fully understood, aspects of everyday data loss, including how the loss of data is defined and how it is perceived.
We are taught to believe that we live in an age of data accumulation, and that it is this accumulation that enables both the scientific advances and political and ethical challenges we face today. Yet, the premise of Thylstrup’s project is that every technological revolution also always entails a loss.
Empirically, the project will focus on three archival regimes of loss: web archives, public administrations and community archives. Attending to loss as a structural and generative condition of datafication will help us understand not only how, but also why data-driven societies “forget”. What is at stake in the research agenda of DALOSS is two-fold: an immediate challenge to visions of datafication as simple progress or accumulation, and a more fundamental deepening of knowledge of how new digital regimes of loss generate future ethical and political relations.
The project will run for 5 years and will involve a project team of 4 scholars: Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, one PhD and two postdocs. The advisory board consists of Louise Amoore (Durham University), Orit Halpern (TU Dresden), Geoffrey Bowker (UC Irvine), Taina Bucher (University of Oslo) and Niels Brügger (Aarhus University).
The ERC Starting Grants are funded by the European Research Council, the European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. The Starting Grants are given to ‘excellent younger scientists, who have 2 to 7 years’ experience after their PhDs, to launch their own projects, form their teams and pursue their most promising ideas’ (read more on the ERC website).
MSC in the media:
A few recent MSC appearances in the (mostly Danish) media (many more references can be found in the left-hand menu under 'In the Media'):
Associate Professors Jan Bauer and Meike Janssen contribute to an article about sustainable consumer choices, Børsen, 3 January 2023.
Associate Professor Daniel Hardt contributes to article about the algorithm ChatGPT, Finans.dk, 12 December 2022.
Associate Professor Lars Thøger Christensen contributes to article about greenwashing and sustainability reporting, Techsavvy, 5 December 2022.
External Lecturer Louise Kofod Thomsen contributes to article about sustainability in the textile industry, Sustain report.dk, 5 December 2022.
External Lecturer Carlos Salas Lind contributes to article about Chile's First Lady and her perception of her position, DR.DK, 29 November 2022.
Professor Mikkel Flyverbom contributes to article about employee surveillance and data driven management, Akademikerbladet, 30 November 2022.
Associate Professor Steen Vallentin contributes to article about the Great Green Investment investigation, Børsen, 29 November 2022.
Associate Professor Meike Janssen comments on sustainability assessment in article about the Danish Sprout pencil company, Børsen, 14 November 2022.
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)
The BHRights Initiative - teaching and research on Business and Human Rights
The ESG Academic & Practitioner Network
CogLab - MSC’s facility for experimental research
The Critical Digital Methods Lab
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).