Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Professor with special responsibilities

Room: DH.Ø.2.33
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+45 7156 8889

My research focuses on sustainable value chains, industrial clusters and corporate social responsibility with a regional focus on South Asia. I have undertaken several in-depth studies on these themes in the football manufacturing, leather tanning, garment, textile, and bamboo industries in South Asia and China. Most recently, I have researched the formulation, implementation, and the impacts of the multi-stakeholder initiative, the Better Cotton Initiative, in India and Pakistan with support from Danish Social Science Research Council. At present, I am involved in a three-year in-depth study of women’s entrepreneurship in the bamboo value chains of India in the states of Assam, Odisha, Meghalaya, and Madhya Pradesh. I have received several large grants from the Danish Social Science Research Council, the Danish Development Research Council (FFU), the European Union, and the Carlsberg Foundation. From 2021-2025 I am the lead investigator in a new research project, Global Value Chains and Climate Change in Bangladesh, supported by FFU with DKK 11.955.766. Currently, I serve as Associate Editor of the journal, Competition and Change (Sage Publications).

I have published 37 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Development and Change, and Global Networks. My forthcoming book (a monograph), ‘Rethinking CSR in Global Value Chains in the Age of COVID-19’ will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing at the end of 2021.

Primary research areas
  • CSER in Developing Countries
  • Industrial Upgrading & MSMEs
  • Ethical and Fair Trade
  • Global Value Chains and Clusters
  • Industry focus: football, garments, textiles, and leather.
Administrative tasks

I represent the Copenhagen Business School in two fora:

The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH). DIEH is multi-stakeholder initiative involving Danish brands, NGOs, government organizations, and other stakeholders that work towards promoting ethical and sustainable trade.

The Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI) group on ‘Geography and Development’. The BFI system of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science is an element of the performance-based model for distribution of the block grant to Danish Universities based on research based publication.

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Action: A Path to Sustainable Development? (Business and Development Studies Master Core Course)

What is Behind the Label? CSR and Sustainability Standards in Developing Countries.


Supervision of PhD, master-level and bachelor students in the broad fields of CSR and sustainability in developing country contexts.

Other teaching activities

Developing a working paper/teaching resource on sustainable value chain entrepreneurship with support from the Danish Entrepreneurship Foundation.

Selected publications

Peter Lund-Thomsen; Michael W. Hansen; Adam Lindgreen / Business and Development Studies – Issues and Perspectives, Routledge, London. 2019 (In Press)

Lone Riisgaard; Peter Lund-Thomsen; Neil Coe, Multistakeholder initiatives in global production networks: naturalizing specific understandings of sustainability through the Better Cotton Initiative, Global Networks, 2019, Online first

Peter Lund-Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen / Is there a Sweet Spot in Ethical Trade? : A Critical Appraisal of the Potential for Aligning Buyer, Supplier, and Worker Interests in Global Production Networks.
In: Geoforum, Vol. 90, 3.2018, p. 84-90

Peter Lund-Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen; Joelle Vanhamme / Industrial Clusters and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries : What We Know, What We Do Not Know, and What We Need to Know .
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 133, No. 1, 2016, p. 9-24

Peter Lund-Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen / Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains : Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 123, No. 1, 2014, p. 11-22

Publications sorted by:
Shakil Ghori; Peter Lund-Thomsen; Caleb Gallemore; Sukhpal Singh; Lone Riisgaard / Compliance and Cooperation in Global Value Chains : The Effects of the Better Cotton Initiative in Pakistan and India.
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 193, 3.2022
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen / Rethinking Global Value Chains and Corporate Social Responsibility
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2022, 136 p. (Rethinking Business and Management)
Book > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Lone Riisgaard; Sukhpal Singh; Shakil Ghori; Neil M. Coe / Global Value Chains and Intermediaries in Multi‐stakeholder Initiatives in Pakistan and India
In: Development and Change, Vol. 52, No. 3, 5.2021, p. 504-532
Journal article > peer review
Jinsun Bae; Peter Lund-Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen / Global Value Chains and Supplier Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility : A Case Study of Garment Manufacturers in Myanmar.
In: Global Networks, Vol. 21, No. 4, 10.2021, p. 653-680
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen / Rethinking CSR in Global Value Chains
In: Baltic Rim Economies, No. 3, 6.2021, p. 14
Journal article
Peter Lund-Thomsen / Stephanie Barrientos, Gender and Work in Global Value Chains – Capturing the Gains?
In: Competition & Change, Vol. 25, No. 1, 1.2021, p. 127-130
Book review > peer review
Rachel Alexander; Peter Lund-Thomsen / Sustainable Value Chain Entrepreneurship : A Guidebook.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies 2021, 118 p.
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Uzma Rehman; Søren Jeppesen / Value Chain Dynamics and Variegated Institutional Environments : Inclusion and Upgrading of Women-owned Bamboo Micro-enterprises.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [wp] 2021, 37 p. (CBDS Working Paper, No. 3, Vol. 2021)
Working paper > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Jacobo Ramirez / Beyond Compliance and Cooperation? : Rethinking Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains in the Age of COVID-19.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies 2020, 23 p. (CBDS Working Paper, No. 2020/4)
Working paper
Peter Lund-Thomsen (Editor) ; Michael W. Hansen (Editor) ; Adam Lindgreen (Editor) / Business and Development Studies : Issues and Perspectives.
Abingdon : Routledge 2020, 484 p. (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology)
Anthology > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities

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April-May 2018

Consultancy Report – Final Evaluation of the Project

Foundation for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises New Delhi

2019 – 2022

Research – Study of Women’s Entrepreneurship  in the Bamboo Value Chains of India (States of Assam, Meghalya, Madya Pradesh and Odisha)