Department of Organization

About IOA



The Department of Organization (IOA) is an international department comprising 54 faculty members covering the areas of organization studies, organization theory, public management and governance, political economy, economic sociology, and science and technology studies. Our research and teaching address organizational and managerial processes and consequences in workplaces, organizations and networks. This includes studies of private companies, public organizations, professional societies as well as NGOs. More specifically, we investigate and discuss issues such as organization of innovation, change and reform processes, work and human resources, project management, institutional dynamics, market formation, social networks and power. The department contributes to the CBS doctoral school in Organization and Management Studies with 30 PhD students enrolled.

IOA teaches core courses in organizational theory and analysis at all levels of the CBS degree programs. We also deliver teaching in international political economy, HRM, project management, change management, organizational psychology, leadership, qualitative methods and many other courses. Our teaching aims to combine theoretical curiosity, critical reflexivity, empirical specificity and practical relevance. It is a key ambition to make any student aware that most social phenomena rest upon and involve organization of some sort.

"Even though we like to think that organization and management is something that we can increasingly dispense with, understanding organizational action and consequences has never been more important. Our research addresses the tensions and changing patterns of organizations and institutions as well as the everyday dynamics and challenges of doing things together."

- Signe Vikkelsø, Head of Department, IOA


The department was established by Torben Agersnap and colleagues in 1953 as Department of Organization and Work Sociology – IOA (the A stands for’arbejdssociologi’ in Danish). In 2007, the name was shortened to Department of Organization, but kept the abbreviation ’IOA’.

The page was last edited by: Department of Organization // 10/03/2018


Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School
Kilevej 14A
DK-2000 Frederiksberg

Phone: +45 3815 2815
EAN: 5798000424999