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 a number of in-depth studies on these themes in the football manufacturing, leather tanning, garment and textile industries in South Asia. Most recently, I have researched the formulation, implementation and socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Better Cotton Initiative – a multi-stakeholder initiative - in Pakistan and India. I have also a broader interest in the role of the private sector in development and the field of business and development studies as an academic and policy-oriented discipline. 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, Meghalya, and Madhya Pradesh.

I have published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Business and Society, Global Networks, Geoforum, Journal of Business Ethics, Development and Change, and Journal of Economic Geography. I am also co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge anthology, “Business and Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives” (together w. Hansen and Lindgreen). Currently, I serve as Associate Editor at the journal Competition and Change (Sage Publications).

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:
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Farzad Rafi Khan / CSR as Imperialism : Towards a Phenomenological Approach to CSR in the Developing World.
In: Journal of Change Management, Vol. 11, No. 1, 3.2011, p. 73-90
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Khalid Nadvi; Anita Chan; Navjote Khara; Hong Xue / Labour in Global Production Networks : A Comparative Study of Workers Conditions in Football Manufacturing in China, India and Pakistan.
Frederiksberg : Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, CBS 2011, 28 p.
Working paper
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Navjote Khara / Making A Last Minute Save? : Value Chain Struggles, Work Organization, and Outcomes for Labor in the Football Manufacturing Industry of Jalandhar, India.
Frederiksberg : Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, CBS 2011, 50 p.
Working paper
Khalid Nadvi; Peter Lund-Thomsen; Hong Xue; Navjote Khara / Playing Against China : Global Value Chains and Labour Standards in the International Sports Goods Industry.
In: Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, p. 334-354
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Khalid Nadvi / Clusters, Chains and Compliance : Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance in Football Manufacturing in South Asia .
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 93, No. Supplement 2, 2010, p. 201-222
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Khalid Nadvi / Global Value Chains, Local Collective Action and Corporate Social Responsibility : A Review of Empirical Evidence.
In: Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2010, p. 1-13
Journal article > peer review
Søren Jeppesen; Peter Lund-Thomsen / Special Issue on "New Perspectives on Business, Development and Society"
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 93, No. 2, 2010, 4 p., p. 139-142
Editorial > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen / Assessing the Impact of Public-Private Partnership in the Global South
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 90, No. 1, 2009, p. 57-78
Journal article > peer review
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Khalid Nadvi / Global Value Chains, Local Clusters and Corporate Social Responsibility : A Comparative Assessment of the Sports Goods Clusters in Sialkot, Pakistan and Jalandhar, India.
Wien : United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2009, 97 p. (Technical Paper Series: Industrial Policy and Private Sector Development Branch, No. 17)
Peter Lund-Thomsen; Darryl Reed / Introduction
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 90, No. 1, Supplement, 2009, p. 1-2
Editorial > peer review
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Research Projects
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April-May 2018

Consultancy Report – Final Evaluation of the Project

Foundation for Micro, small, and medium Enterprises New Delhi

February 2019 – February 2021

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