Department of Organization

  • Centre for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI)
Elisabeth Naima
Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-3.56
E-mail: enm.ioa@cbs.dk

My research focuses on exploring two major research themes: A major theme is work relationships within and between organizations, particularly everyday conflict between different professional groups. I have a particular interest in how meaning and action interact in processes of conflict handling in surface and subsurface domains of working life when people meet in social interaction.

Another major theme concerns emotionality in organisations where I use primarily ethnographic research designs to observe and inquire beyond the surface of organisations and individual experiences of organising. My work looks at a wide range of settings including health care, correctional institutions, nonprofit organisations, retail, and financial institutions. In a new research project, I explore the organizing of police encounters with victims of crime.

Primary research areas
Work relationships and conflict in organizations
Emotions in organizations
Organizational sensemaking
Systems psychodynamics
Organizational power and politics 
Qualitative methods


Administrative tasks

Study Director of the BSc and MSc programmes in Business Administration and Psychology

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Personlighedspsykologi, HA(psyk) (BSc in Business Administration and Psychology)
Academic Internship, Cand.merc.(psyk) (MSc in Business Administration and Psychology)
Organisationspsykologi og Konflikthåndtering (Master of Public Governance)

Master thesis supervision

PhD supervision

Selected publications
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen (2021 online first): Looking over your shoulder: Embodied responses to contamination in the emotional dirty work of prison officers. Human Relations. 
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen, Barbara Gray & Anne Petersen (2020). Unconscious processes of organizing: Intergroup conflict in mental health care. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 57(7): 1355-1383. Special issue: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Karl Weick’s The Social Psychology of Organizing. 
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen & Didde Maria Humle (2020). Dynamics of overt and covert conflict in organizations: The power of organizational identity. Group and Organization Management, Vol. 45(6): 768–807. 
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen & Randi Wåhlin (2020). Dominant, hidden and forbidden sensemaking: the politics of ideology and emotions in diversity management. Organization, Vol. 27(4): 557-577. 
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen & Stewart Clegg (2019). Conceptions of conflict in organizational conflict research: towards critical reflexivity, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 28(2): 166-179.


Publications sorted by:
Amalie Martinus Hauge; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Anne Reff Pedersen; Anja Svejgaard Pors / Guest Editorial : Taking Sides in Organizational Ethnography.
In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2021, 6 p., p. 1-6
Editorial > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Christian Dyrlund Wåhlin-Jacobsen / Interactional Troubles in Police-Citizen Interactions : Blindness as an Underlying Mechanism in Catagory Work about Danger.
Paper presented at 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Looking over Your Shoulder : Embodied Responses to Contamination in the Emotional Dirty Work of Prison Officers.
In: Human Relations, 21.5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Annemette Kjærgaard; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Julie Buhl-Wiggers / The Gradeless Paradox : Emancipatory Promises but Ambivalent Effects of Gradeless Learning in Business Education.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Annemette Kjærgaard; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Julie Buhl-Wiggers / The Gradeless Paradox : Emancipatory Promises and Constraining Effects of Gradeless Learning.
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2021, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Christian Dyrlund Wåhlin-Jacobsen; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Udviklingen af kynisme fra politistuderende til betjent : Fokus på kynismens delaspekter og arbejdsmæssige faktorer.
In: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, Vol. 108, No. 2, 2021, p. 327–342
Journal article > peer review
Signe Bruskin; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Anticipating the End : Exploring Future-oriented Sensemaking of Change through Metaphors.
In: Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 33, No. 7, 2020, p. 1401-1415
Journal article > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Randi Wåhlin / Dominant, Hidden and Forbidden Sensemaking : The Politics of Ideology and Emotions in Diversity Management.
In: Organization, Vol. 27, No. 4, 7.2020, p. 557-577
Journal article > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Didde Maria Humle / Dynamics of Overt and Covert Conflict in Organizations : The Power of Organizational Identity.
In: Group & Organization Management, Vol. 45, No. 6, 12.2020, p. 768–807
Journal article > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Barbara Gray; Anne Petersen / Unconscious Processes of Organizing: Intergroup Conflict in Mental Health Care
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 57, No. 7, 11.2020, p. 1355-1383
Journal article > peer review
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