Department of Operations Management

Professor emeritus

Room: SOL/B4.23
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E-mail: jc.om@cbs.dk
  • Currently working from the Department of Operations Management, I have previously worked at the Department of Management Accounting, and later Informatics and Management Accounting. Based on my professional training from organizational studies and sociology at CBS, I recognise that there are multiple views on organisations, organisational processes and structures.  These different views provide us with different lenses for the interpretation and analysis's of companies and organisations.  
  • I have a keen interest in organisational decision making and issues related to the implementation and use of different management technologies. These management tools might be based on IT or be conceptual ones. For the last ten years we have been driving a research program trying to critically examine and study some of the taken for granted management technologies within the area of product development and portfolio management.  Besides, I have a more than 30 years interaction with projects and project-based temporary organisations.
  • I enjoy the interactive work with students and managers from public and private organisations.  For the past ten years I been happily involved with the International Product Development Management Conference, and has since 2008 been involved in the annual Doctoral Workshop for the IPDMC.
Primary research areas
  •  Decisions and decision making in organizations
  •  Organizing and management of projects, product development and innovation
  •  Management technologies, rationalities, use and effects
  •  Conversations, talks and sense making
  •  Implementation or networks?
  •  Etnographic, transformative and longitudinal studies
Curriculum Vitae
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  • Perspectives on Project Management and Managerial Implications
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Perspectives on Product Development Management and Design Management
  • The Innovation Process: a Reflection on Different Perspectives
  • Design and Application of Management Information Systems in an Organisational Context

Thesis advisor for student projects on topics related to my list of research areas and areas where I have published, on all levels, including BA and master levels. Have successfully been advisor for more than 200 master thesis's and enjoys the work with students.

Tries to use ITC based teaching technologies and enjoy on-line learning and dialogue.

Selected publications
  • Exploring opportunities with experimental use of communicative spaces to overcome defensive routines and increase information systems utilization. Systemic Practice and Action Research. Online January 2021.
  • Learning from the Ambiguous Past with Project Reviews. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. 2020, 14(1): 179-204.
  • Projektledelse - et praksisområde i bevægelse - Effektivitet nr. 2 2020.
  • What attracts decision makers attention? Managerial allocation of time at product development portfolio meetings. Management Decision. 2011, 49(3): 330-349.
  • Formal rules in product development: Sensemaking of structured approaches. Journal of Product Innovation Management. 2009, 26(5): 502-519.
  • Living twice: How a product goes through multiple life cycles. Journal of Product Innovation Management. 2010, 27(6): 797-827.
  • Making decisions on innovation: Meetings or networks? Creativity and Innovation Management. 2007, 16(3): 282-298.
  • From models to practice: Decision making at portfolio meetings. International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management. 2008, 25(1): 87-101
  • Actors and structure in IS projects: What makes implementation happen? Scandinavian Journal of Management, 2006, 22(3): 213-237.
  • Management of innovation and product development: A linear versus a process perspective. In K. Tollin & A. Carù (Eds.), Strategic market creation: A new perspective on marketing and innovation management (71-96). Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. 2008.
  • The Role of Reputation Building in International R&D Project Collaboration. Corporate Reputation Review. 2003, 5(4): 304-329.
Publications sorted by:
Laura Baizhanova; John K. Christiansen; Duissekul Kunanbaeva / Overview of Projects Challenges to Achieve Transformations in Food Industry
In: Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism, Vol. 14, No. 1, 3.2023, p. 236-248
Journal article > peer review
John K. Christiansen; Morten Wellendorf / Exploring Opportunities with Experimental Use of Communicative Spaces to Overcome Defensive Routines and Increase Information Systems Utilization
In: Systemic Practice and Action Research, Vol. 34, No. 6, 12.2021, p. 713-750
Journal article > peer review
John K. Christiansen; Jan Mouritsen / Learning from the Ambiguous Past with Project Reviews
In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2021, p. 179-204
Journal article > peer review
John K. Christiansen / Dilemmas and Paradoxes in the Management of Projects, Innovation, and Product Development
In: At the Junction of Project Leadership and Innovation. ed. /Magnus R. P. Hansen; Jan Pries-Heje. Roskilde : Roskilde Universitetsforlag 2020, p. 49-74
Book chapter > peer review
John K. Christiansen / Projektledelse : Et praksisområde i bevægelse.
In: Effektivitet, No. 2, 2020, p. 4-7
Journal article
John K. Christiansen; Marta Gasparin / Drawing Things Together in the Fuzzy Front end with Black-boxes
Paper presented at The 26th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference. IPDMC 2019, 2019
Paper > peer review
John K. Christiansen; Marta Gasparin / Designing an Innovative Company : Sensegiving and Sensemaking of an Organizational Experiment.
In: Proceedings of the 25th IPDMC ConferenceBruxelles : European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management 2018 (EIASM Conference Proceedings Series)
Article in proceedings > peer review
John K. Christiansen; Morten Wellendorf / Facilitating Learning and Use of Information Systems with Action Research : Creating Communicate Spaces for Experimenting, Learning and Improvements.
Paper presented at The 18th European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
John K. Christiansen; Marta Gasparin; William Green / How Punctuation Facilitates Reflection and Decisions in the Fuzzy Front End of Radical Innovation
Paper presented at The 25th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference. IPDMC 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
John K. Christiansen; Claus Varnes / A Socio-technical Mapping and Analysis of Dominant Design Materialization
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, 2017
Paper > peer review
More results... (total 84 results)
Research Projects
Outside activities
  • Assessment of MBA program and BA program  for the Cyprus governement (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)
  • Assessment of a new master program on innovation and entrepreneurship for the Norwegian government, through NORKUT (December 2018 -Februar 2019).