Department of Management, Society and Communication

Associate professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.107
E-mail: jho.msc@cbs.dk
Jasper Hotho

My research examines the opportunities and complications that arise from private-sector involvement in humanitarian assistance. In particular, I leverage my background in organization studies and international management research to understand how humanitarian initiatives involving private-sector firms can be realized effectively, ethically, and sustainably.

For more information on my research on this topic, please visit the site of the HUMAC project (Corporate Engagement in Humanitarian Action), a large research project made possible with generous funding from Velux Fonden.

In addition to my work on business and humanitarianism, I work on several projects related to the theme of business and human rights. Together with several excellent collaborators, the work in this area explores how stakeholders can engage multinational enterprises on alleged human rights infringementsand how affected communities can hold even the most difficult-to-reach corporations to account.

Methodologically, I combine qualitative research with set-theoretic and comparative techniques to generate insights of relevance to businesses, policymakers, and civil society. A free copy of an agenda-setting article on business and humanitarianism is available here: Corporate Engagement in Humanitarian Action.

I value academic service and am a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and Organization Studies. I served as a Senior Editor for Organization Studies for six years (2016-2022).

Primary research areas
  • Business and humanitarianism
  • International business and human rights
  • International business and collective action
Curriculum Vitae
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  • International Business: Market and Non-Market Strategies (MSc in International Business and Politics)
  • Case-Study Approaches to Theory Building (CBS PhD Course)



I supervise PhD students and master students on topics related to business-society relations and business and humanitarianism.

Selected publications

Hotho J, Minbaeva D, Muratbekova-Touron M, Rabbiosi L. 2020. Coping with favoritism in recruitment and selection: A communal perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 165: 659–679.

Hotho J. and Girschik V. 2019. Corporate involvement in humanitarian crises: Concepts, challenges, and areas for international business researchcritical perspectives on international business, 15: 201-218.

Hotho J and Saka-Helmhout A.  2017. In and between societies: Reconnecting comparative institutionalism and organization theory. Organization Studies, 38: 647-666.

Hotho JJ, Lyles MA, and Easterby-Smith M.  2015. The mutual impact of global strategy and organizational learning: Current themes and future directions. Global Strategy Journal, 5: 85-112.

Hotho JJ. 2014. From typology to taxonomy: A configurational analysis of national business systems and their explanatory power. Organization Studies, 35: 671-702.

Publications sorted by:
Alison E. Holm; Jasper J. Hotho; Larissa Rabbiosi / How Stakeholders Engage Companies in DIalogue on Misconduct : A Configurational Perspective on Stakeholder Salience.
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management . ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2021, 6 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Alison E. Holm; Jasper J. Hotho / Inscribing Soft Rules : A Study of the Transnational Issue Field of Business and Human Rights .
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2021, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Verena Girschik; Jasper J. Hotho / Managing the Unavoidable : New Avenues for Research on MNEs and Societal Crises.
In: A Research Agenda for International Business and Management . ed. /Ödül Bozkurt. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2021, p. 175-194
Book chapter > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Dana Minbaeva; Maral Muratbekova-Touron; Larissa Rabbiosi / Coping with Favoritism in Recruitment and Selection : A Communal Perspective.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 165, No. 4, 9.2020, p. 659-679
Journal article > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Verena Girschik / Corporate Engagement in Humanitarian Action : Concepts, Challenges, and Areas for International Business Research.
In: Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 15, No. 2/3, 2019, p. 201-218
Journal article > peer review
Alireza Saify; Joobin Ordoobody; Jasper Hotho / Coping with State-led Unglobalization : A Historical Analysis of Iran's Petroleum Industry.
In: Globalization Alternatives: Strategies for the New International Economy. . ed. /J. Mark Munoz. New York, N.Y. : Business Expert Press 2018, p. 61-71 (International Business Collection)
Book chapter
Jasper Hotho; Ayse Saka-Helmhout / In and Between Societies : Reconnecting Comparative Institutionalism and Organization Theory.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 38, No. 5, 5.2017, p. 647-666
Journal article > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Marjorie A. Lyles; Mark Easterby-Smith / The Mutual Impact of Global Strategy and Organizational Learning : Current Themes and Future Directions.
In: Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, 5.2015, p. 85-112
Journal article > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Ayse Saka-Helmhout; Florian Becker-Ritterspach / Bringing Context and Structure Back into Situated Learning
In: Management Learning, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2014, p. 57-80
Journal article > peer review
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