Department of Organization

PhD defence: Ann Fugl-Meyer

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 10:00 to 12:00

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Ann Fugl-Meyer has submitted her thesis entitled:


The Agile Imperative

A Qualitative Study of a Translation Process in the Danish Tax Administration

Agile methods, long popular in software development in the private sector, have also gained momentum in public organisations. This dissertation investigates how the idea of Agile is imported and then translated into the Danish Tax Administration, where it challenges existing practices of a conventional bureaucratic organisation. This research project builds on an extensive ethnographic data set following an agile change programme throughout the design phase and the first months of implementation. Theoretically, this thesis is grounded on Translation Theory, investigating the work that goes into becoming increasingly digital, in this case, through the adoption of Agile values and agile methods. An Agile Imperative has become part of the driving forces for digital transformation in organisations.   


Primary Supervisor:
Associate Professor Susanne Boch Waldorff

Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School

Secondary Supervisor:
Associate Professor Karen Boll
Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School

Assessment Committee:

Professor Eva Boxenbaum (Chair)
Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Jeppe Agger Nielsen
Department of Politics and Society
Aalborg University

Professor Emer Mulligan
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
University of Galway

The thesis will be available from

The CBS PhD School will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in the kitchen area of IOA (4th floor).

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CBS PhD School


01 juni 2023




Copenhagen Business School
Kilen, Kilevej 14A
2000 Frederiksberg
Room: Ks48 (ground floor)

It will also be possible to attend the defence via Microsoft Teams at the following link:

*Please note that the microphone and camera of all spectators must be turned off!

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