Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
Lara Anne
Assistant professor
Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow

Room: DAL/2Ø.062
+45 42421774
E-mail: lh.msc@cbs.dk
Lara Hale

I am Assistant Professor and postdoc researcher in the Department of Management, Society and Communications at CBS, focusing on the development of sustainability in the building sector. My current project is an industrial postdoctoral fellowship with VELUX, CBS, and BLOXHUB on the topic of "Smart Buildings and Cities Business Model Innovation." It is supported by Innovationsfonden and Realdania. This project involves applied research into the innovation process for building organizations to adapt their business models to the increasing digitization and automation of buildings, with a focus on sustainability and user-centered design. It is enacted as part of the Science Forum at BLOXHUB, the building innovation center, and the Governing Responsible Business Research Environment at CBS (the former platform concluded in June 2019).

Directions and areas of interest for the research include, but are not limited to: ecosystem perspectives on business model innovation; circular economy and digital tools for the sustainable use of buildings; and the Sustainable Development goals as drivers of strategic business model innovation.

My background is highly interdisciplinary, including such areas as international policy, ecological economics, environmental science, green engineering, and ecosystem biology, and I find these subjects to greatly enrich sustainability and organizational research.

Primary research areas
  • Sustainability
  • Building and Construction
  • Innovation
  • Standards
  • Business Models
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I have been teaching in Fall 2018 in “Scandinavian Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility” (BBLCV1162U) and “Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains” (CCMVV4011U), and I was course coordinator in Spring 2019 for “Interdisciplinary Case 2: Responsible Management” (BA-BIMKO1079U).


Not currently accepting projects for supervision.

Other teaching activities

Teaching/guest lectures:

Course coordinator and lecturer for Interdisciplinary Case 2: Responsible Management (BA-BIMKO1608U), Copenhagen Business School. Spring Semester 2019.

Guest lecture "VELUX and European Building: A Trajectory for Strategizing" in Executive MBA FLEX, Copenhagen Business School. 16 April 2016.

Guest lecture "Energy as a Social Science" in Energy Crossroads Denmark's lecture series. 30 Nov 2015.

Guest lecture "CSR, Sustainability, and Strategy: The case of VELUX" in Scandinavian Sustainability and CSR, Department of Intercultural Communications and Management, Copenhagen Business School. 29 Sept 2015.

Guest lecture "Building Standards in the Built Environment" at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) Anniversary Conference, Lund University. 27 Aug 2015. Recordings developed into lecture for the MOOC Sustainable Cities, Lund University.

Other dissemination activities:

Presentation “This Building Doesn’t Know We Are Here” at Christensen & Co. Architects for Forsknings Døgn, 29 April 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation “Danish Approaches to Sustainable Building Research” at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continental Europe Spring 2019 Conference – Livability in Copenhagen, 12 April 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation “Smart Buildings: Towards the Perfectly Planned, Sustainable Society” as part of the Sustainability Seminar Series at Copenhagen Business School, 20 February 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Workshop and Presentation “Digital Design Meets Digital Use” with Frederica Brunone, M.Sc., at the Active House Symposium 2018, 8 November 2018, Lecco, Italy.

Presentation “Active House: From Standard to Smart” at Active House Days 2018, 22 June 2018, Kiev, Ukraine.

Presentation “Smart Buildings & Cities: Smart Buildings Business Model Innovation” at Offentlig Digitalisering 2018, 14 March 2018, Aarhus, Denmark.

Thesis presentation of “Experimental Standards for Sustainability Transitions: Insights from the Building Sector” at the Active House General Assembly, Ecobuild, 7 March 2017, London, UK.

Roundtable presentation "Sustainability-driven Innovation in the Built Environment" at the Professional Development Workshop "Innovating for Sustainability: The State of the Art and Beyond" at Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, 5-9 August 2016, Anaheim, CA.

Presentation "Human-centered Sustainable Building" at the Danish Future Earth Summit, Urban and Rural Futures, 3 June 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. Roundtable presentation on "Innovation" at Healthy Buildings Day, 20 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium.

Presentation "Institutionalization of Sustainable Building" at the VELUX Daylight Symposium, Academic Forum, 1 September 2015, London, UK.

Presentation "The Social Side of Sustainable Building: The Way We Make Standards, and the Way Standards Make Us" at the Øresund Sustainability Symposium, 11-12 May 2015, Lund, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Publications sorted by:
Lara Hale; Jan Szwagierczak; Vinay Venkatraman; Thorbjørn Færing Asmussen / Making Sense of a School Year : One Year of Social and Sensor Monitoring at Kokkedal Skole.
2020, 30 p.
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Lara Hale / What’s the “Use” of Circular Business Models?
In: 4th International Conference on New Business Models: New Business Models for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Transformation: Full Conference Proceedings. . ed. /Florian Lüdeke-Freund; Tobias Froese. Berlin : ESCP Europe 2019, p. 158-166
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Lara Anne Hale / Anthropocentric Urban Sustainability : Human Significance in Building Automation.
In: Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 42, 10.2018, p. 423-433
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Lara Hale / At Home with Sustainability : From Green Default Rules to Sustainable Consumption.
In: Sustainability, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2018
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Lara Hale / Measurement in Sustainable Building
In: WBCSD EMAN: International Sustainability Accounting Symposium. . ed. /Rodney Irwin; Stefan Schaltegger. Geneve : World Business Council for Sustainable Development 2018, p. 53-55
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Lara Anne Hale / Experimental Standards in Sustainability Transitions : Insights from the Building Sector.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2017, 174 p. (PhD series, No. 15.2017)
Ph.D. thesis
Lara Hale / Sustainability through Green Default Rules
In: Proceedings of YRSB16 - iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2016. ed. /Julie Železná; Petr Hájek; Jan Tywoniak; Antonín Lupíšek; Kateřina Sojková. Prague : Czech Technical University in Prague 2016, p. 179-187
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Lara Hale / Commensuration and Legitimacy in Standards
Abstract from The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015, 2015
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Nicholas Arsenault; Lara Hale; Prasad Khedkar; Yoko Morimoto / Integrated Water Management in Kurseong : A PESTLE Analysis of the Water Environment in Kurseong, India.
In: Energising Local Capacities: Seven Pathways Towards Resource Efficiency. . ed. /Sebastian Lema; Signe Damgaard Nielsen; Anna Vehviläinen; Kai Ulrik; Mathilde Andersson; Emmy Carlsson; Maria Paula Llosa; Peter Abrahamsson Lindeblad; Erika Machacek; Johanna Generosi; Živilė Poderienė; Randy Remigius; Brit Samborsky; Fredrik Lingvall; Min A. Lee; Nurzat Myrsalieva; Rachel Armstead; Cherisse Braithwaite; Ana Marton; Jessika Luth Richter; Javier Alberto Murdocca; Jeffrey McKinnon; Sigríður Droplaug Jónsdóttir; Vasil Zlatev; Nicholas Arsenault; Lara Hale; Prasad Khedkar; Yoko Morimoto. Lund : Lund University 2012, p. 81-92
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