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
Publications List
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Maribel Blasco; Thilde Langevang; Søren Jeppesen / Learning Through Disruptions : Equipping Students to Cope With Challenging Contexts Through a Field-based Course in Africa.
In: Journal of Management Education, Vol. 46, No. 5, 10.2022, p. 853-887
Journal article > peer review
Agnes Noelina Nassuna; Søren Jeppesen; Waswa Balunywa / Promoting an Intrapreneurial Environment in Microfinance Institutions as a Catalyst for Innovation : The Case of Ugandan MFIs.
In: Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2022, p. 42-57
Journal article > peer review
Søren Jeppesen; Peter Kragelund / Beyond ‘Africa Rising’ : Development Policies and Domestic Market Formation in Zambia.
In: Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2021, p. 593-612
Journal article > peer review
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
Sameer Azizi; Søren Jeppesen / CSR in Developing Countries : Competing Perspectives on Businesses, their Roles, and Responsibilities.
In: Business and Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives. . ed. /Peter Lund-Thomsen; Michael Wendelboe Hansen; Adam Lindgreen. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 235-256 (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology)
Book chapter > peer review
Søren Jeppesen; Jason Mikilan / Introduction : Research in the Time of Covid-19.
In: Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2020, 11 p., p. 207-217
Editorial > peer review
Søren Jeppesen; Andries Bezuidenhout / Lesotho : The Garment Industry in its Economic, Political and Social Context.
Frederiksberg : Centre for Business and Development Studies 2019, 50 p. (CBDS Working Paper, No. 2019/3)
Working paper
Søren Jeppesen; Andries Bezuidenhout / Swaziland : The Garment Industry in its Economic, Political and Social Context.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [wp] 2019, 51 p. (CBDS Working Paper, No. 4, 2019)
Working paper
Søren Jeppesen; Angie Ngoc Tran / Does Relational Management Matter? : The Cases of Vietnamese and South African SMEs in the Textiles, Garment and Footwear Sector.
In: Engaging with Stakeholders: A Relational Perspective on Responsible Business. . ed. /Adam Lindgreen; François Maon; Joëlle Vanhamme; Beatriz Palacios Florencio; Christine Vallaster; Carolyn Strong. New York : Routledge 2018, p. 302-315
Book chapter > peer review
Angie Ngoc Tran; Søren Jeppesen / Industry Matters : Comparative Study of Vietnam’s SME Managers and Workers on Meaning and Impacts of CSR in Two Manufacturing Sectors .
In: Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility. ed. /Laura J. Spence; Jedrzej G. Frynas; Judy N. Muthuri; Jyoti Navare. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2018, p. 47–76 (Research Handbooks in Business and Management)
Book chapter > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities

Name of contractual partner

Duration of activity

Type of activity

FAU - The Association of Development

Researchers in Denmark

2005 - ongoing Board member


October – November 2018

2008 - ongoing

Project visit (to South Asia)

Board member

MUBS, Uganda 2017 - 2020 Visiting Professor