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Business and CSR/ Sustainability

Governance and CSR

Communication studies

Organization theory

Identity-image relations

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Professor Mette Morsing, PhD, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is the Co-Director of CBS Sustainability Platform since 2011 and a distinguishedvisiting professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2002 till 2012, she was the Founding Director of CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (cbsCSR) as well as a Founding Member of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) in Bruxelles, where she was elected as Board Member over ten years (2003-12).

Morsing’s research focuses on how identity is governed in the interplay of internal and external stakeholders, in particular in the context of CSR and sustainability. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Organization, Human Relations, Harvard-Deusto Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Communication Quarterly and Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society and in publishing houses such as SAGE, Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan and Oxford University Press. She is currently preparing an edited textbook with Andreas Rasche and Jeremy Moon on “Governance of CSR” commissioned by Cambridge University Press.

Morsing is often invited as speaker by universities, companies and other organizations on CSR and she has taught extensively at BA, MSc., MBA, Master Executive and Ph.D. level. Moreover she has supervised a number of PhD students and served on many national and international PhD committees. She has received awards for her research (Tietgen, Statoil, etc.) and served as research manager for research programs granted from for example the EU Commission, FP6, NOS, FSE, the Danish Strategic Research Council and the Villum Foundation.

Today she serves as a Board Member of the LEGO Foundation, Claus Meyer Melting Pot Foundation and Zahle Private Gymnasium, and International Advisory Board Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Amsterdam University. She is also an invited member of “Mandag Morgens Wellfare Group”. Morsing currently serves on four editorial boards: Corporate Governance: An International Journal of Business in Society, Business Ethics: A European Review, Social Responsibility Journal and Corporate Communication: an International Journal and she serves as an associate editor of Scandinavian Journal of Management and is a series editor at Cambridge University Press.

Additionally, Morsing has recently completed the 16 full days CBS Executive Board Member Educational Program (including passing the exam!) as well as the CBS Executive Boardmembership program for Foundations. She is on her way to IMD for further board membership education in February 2016.

Academic Co-Director of CBS Sustainability Platform

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London

Board Member LEGO Foundation, Billund

Board Member Claus Meyer Foundation: Melting Pot, Copenhagen

Board Member Zahle Gymnasieskole, Copenhagen

Board Member International Advisory Board of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Amsterdam University.

Invited Member of Mandag Morgens Velfærdsgruppe

Selected publications

Moon, J., Morsing, M. and Rasche, A. (to appear in 2016). Corporate Social Responsibility. Strategy, Communication and Governance. London: Cambridge University Press

Frandsen, S. and Morsing, M. (2014) Once bitten, twice shy. Identity threats and organizational paranoia. Paper presented at International Communication Association Conference ICA, Puerto Rico, May 11-15, 2015.

Morsing, M. and Spence, L. (2015). Small Business Social Responsibility Communication:

Towards a Foucauldian Conceptualisation. Paper presented at the 3rd CSR Communication Conference, Ljubljana, September 22-25, 2015

Christensen, L.T., Morsing, M. And Thyssen, O. (2015). License to Critique: An extended view on sustainability standards within a communication framework. Paper presented at IABS the International Association for Business in Society, Costa Rica, March 11-14, 2015

Morsing, M and Strand, R (in press) CSR and Beyond. A Nordic Perspective. Book review for Corporate Communication: an International Journal

Morsing, M and Roepstorff, A (2014) CSR as political acticity: Observations on IKEA's CSR identity-image dynamics. Journal of Business Ethics, DOI 10.1007/s10551-014-2091-1, published online March

Castello, I., Morsing, M. and Schultz, F. (2013). Communicative dynamics and the polyphony of corporate social responsibility in the network society. Journal of Business Ethics. vol. 118; pp. 683-694

Schultz, F., Castello, I. and Morsing, M. (2013). The construction of corporate social responsibility in network society: A communication view. Journal of Business Ethics vol. 115, issue 4, pp: 681-692

Christensen, L.T., Morsing, M. and Thyssen, O. (2013). CSR as aspirational talk. Organization, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 372-393

Morsing, M. (2011). State-owned enterprises: A corporatization of governments? Management Communication Quarterly, 25(4), pp. 710-717

Kjaergaard, A., Morsing, M. and Ravasi, D. (2011). More than a mirror: A study of media influence on organizational identity construction in a celebrity Firm. Journal of Management Studies, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 514-543



Publications & dissemination
Lars Thøger Christensen; Mette Morsing; Ole Thyssen / License to Critique : A Communication Perspective on Sustainability Standards.
In: Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2017, p. 239-262
Journal article
Lars Thøger Christensen; Mette Morsing; Ole Thyssen / Strategic Aspirations
In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation. ed. /Craig E. Carroll. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications, Incorporated 2016, p. 818-821
Encyclopedia chapter
Lars Thøger Christensen; Mette Morsing; Ole Thyssen / Talk and Action : Probing the Ideal of Consistency Between CSR Talk and CSR Practices.
Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016
Mette Morsing; Anne Roepstorff / CSR as Corporate Political Activity : Observations on IKEA’s CSR Identity–Image Dynamics.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 128, No. 2, 2015, p. 395-409
Journal article
Lars Thøger Christensen; Mette Morsing; Ole Thyssen / Discursive Closure and Discursive Openings in Sustainability
In: Management Communication Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2015, p. 135-144
Journal article
Mette Morsing; Laura J. Spence / Small Business Social Responsibility Communication : Towards a Foucauldian Conceptualisation.
In: Conference Proceedings of the 3rd International CSR Communication Conference. ed. /Urša Golob; Klement Podnar; Anne-Ellerup Nielsen; Christa Thomsen; Wim Elving. Ljubljana : Faculty of Social Sciences. University of Ljubljana 2015, p. 148-160
Article in proceedings
Lars Thøger Christensen; Mette Morsing; Ole Thyssen / The Polyphony of Values and the Value of Polyphony
In: E S S A C H E S S - Journal for Communication Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2015, p. 9-25
Journal article
Mette Morsing; Robert Strand / CSR and Beyond : A Nordic Perspective.
In: Corporate Communications, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2014, p. 318-322
Journal article
Eric Guthey; Mette Morsing / CSR and the Mediated Emergence of Strategic Ambiguity
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 120, No. 4, 2014, p. 555-569
Journal article
Lars Thøger Christensen; Mette Morsing; Ole Thyssen / License to Critique : Sustainability Standards Between Discursive Closure and Discursive Openings.
Paper presented at Society of Business Ethics Annual Meeting 2014, 2014
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