Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Associate professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.24

My research concerns the development of firms in developing countries. I work on issues regarding local factors which influence the development and growth potential of developing country firms (or lack of same). I focus on SMEs, CSR and driving forces (or lack of same) for strategies of SMEs in developing countries in engaging in CSR (or not engaging). Major research projects concern Successful African Firms and Institutional Change, Youth, Entrepreneurship and Employment in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia, and the importance of Codes of Conduct for working conditions in the textiles and clothing industry in Southern Africa.

Primary research areas
  • Development of developing country firms and institutional influence
  • Developing Country Firms (DCFs) and strategies
  • (Small) Developing Country Firms and CSR
  • Youth, Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Codes of Conduct in the textiles and clothing industry in Southern Africa
Administrative tasks

Academic Programme Director for BLC

Coordinator of the CBS Africa Initiative

Curriculum Vitae
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MSc BLC Business and Development Studies: EMBA: Entrepreneurship and Innovation.



Supervision of master thesis MSC BLC Business and Development Studies, Cand.Merc. & Cand. Ling. Merc.; Supervision of CBS Assistant Professors

I’m supervising Master theses students and PhD Scholars (in Denmark and a number of African countries).

Other teaching activities

MSc BLC – I am coordinating and teaching the Business Strategies in Developing Countries course (autumn semester) and co-coordinating and teaching (with my colleague Thilde Langevang) the elective course Field Study in Uganda – Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development (spring semester).

EMBA – I am coordinating and teaching the course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation with my colleague Thilde Langevang. The course includes a major field component where the participants spend a week in Kampala, Uganda.

Selected publications
  • Firm-level Perspectives on State–business Relations in Africa: The Food-processing Sector in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Goodluck Charles; Søren Jeppesen; Paul Kamau; Peter Kragelund.
    Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2017, p. 109-131
  • Special issue on “SMEs and CSR in Developing Countries”, co-authored with Dima Jamali and Peter Lund-Thomsen, Business & Society, Vol. 56, No. 1, 1.2017, p. 11-22
  • SMEs in Their Own Right: The Views of Managers and Workers in Vietnamese Textiles, Garment, and Footwear Companies. Angie Ngoc Tran; Søren Jeppesen. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 137, No. 3, 9.2016, p. 589-608
  • Jeppesen, S., Kothuis, B. and Ngoc Tran, A. 2012. ‘Corporate Social Responsibility, Competitiveness and SMEs in Developing Countries. South Africa and Vietnam.’ Research Report (Focales no 16), French Development Agency (AFD), Paris.
  • Between State, Market and Society: Labour Codes of Conduct in the Southern African Garment Industry. 1. Bezuidenhout, A. and Jeppesen, S. Development Southern Africa, 2011, Vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 653-668
  • Special Issue on "New Perspectives on Business, Development and Society", Co-authored with Peter Lund-Thomsen, Editorial, pp. 139-142, Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 93, supplement 2 (online as: DOI 10.1007/s10551-010-0557-3). 2010
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Søren Jeppesen; Bas Kothuis; Angie Ngoc Tran / Corporate Social Responsibility and Competitiveness for SMEs in Developing Countries : South Africa and Vietnam.
Paris : Agence Française de Développement 2012, 210 p. (Focales, No. 16)
Kaja Tvedten Jorem; Søren Jeppesen; Michael W. Hansen / Understanding the Rise of African Business : In Search of an Analytical Framework.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies, CBS 2012, 25 p. (CBDS Working Paper Series, No. Working Paper nr. 2 2012)
Working paper
Andries Bezuidenhout ; Søren Jeppesen / Between Market, State and Society : Labour Codes of Conduct in the Southern African Garment Industry.
In: Development Southern Africa, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2011, p. 653-668
Journal article > peer review
Søren Jeppesen; Justin Barnes / Is Attracting Foreign Direct Investment the Only Route to Industrial Development in an Era of Globalization? : The of the Clothing and Textiles Sector in South Africa.
In: Multinational Corporations and Local Firms in Emerging Economies. ed. /Eric Rugraff; Michael W. Hansen. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2011, p. 231-266
Book chapter > peer review
Søren Jeppesen / Report from the Chairman of FAU (the Association of Development Researchers in Denmark) on Behalf of the Nordic Planning Committee : CBS/CBDS, Copenhagen 24.-25. November 2011.
In: The Future of Development Research: Exploring the Nordic Perspective(s)?. . ed. /Søren Jeppesen; Pauline Edinger. København : Foreningen af Udviklingsforskere i Danmark (FAU) 2011, p. 4-6
Article in proceedings
Søren Jeppesen (Editor) ; Pauline Edinger (Author) / The Future of Development Research : Exploring the Nordic Perspective(s)?.
København : Foreningen af Udviklingsforskere i Danmark (FAU) 2011, 106 p.
Henrik Schaumburg-Müller; Søren Jeppesen; Thilde Langevang / Entrepreneurship Development in Africa : Report from a Workshop 6-8 September 2010.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies, CBS 2010, 21 p.
Working paper
Søren Jeppesen; Steffen Randahl / FAU Conference : Development that Matters: Religion, Livelihoods, Social Movements and Community Development.
København : Professionshøjskolen Metropol 2010, 106 p.
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
Claire Mainguy; Søren Jeppesen / Is the impact of FDI similar in all developing countries? : South Africa and Mali compared.
In: Transnational corporations and development policy: Critical perspectives. . ed. /Eric Rugraff; Diego Sachez-Ancochea; Andy Sumner. Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan 2009, p. 176-201
Book chapter > peer review
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October – November 2018

Project visit (to South Asia)