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

A major theme in my research concerns the role of emotions in organizations and the human body in work relationships, where I use primarily ethnographic research designs to observe and inquire beyond the surface of organizations and individual experiences of organizing. I am particularly interested in how emotions at work can both facilitate and derail collective sensemaking and organizing. My work looks primarily at public organizations such as health care, correctional institutions, and the police, but also nonprofit organizations. In my current research project, I explore the organizing of police encounters with victims of violence.

Primary research areas
  • Work relationships
  • Emotions in organizations
  • Human body at work
  • Organizational sensemaking
  • Narrative theory
  • Systems psychodynamics
  • Ethnography and 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)


Master thesis supervision

PhD supervision

Selected publications
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen (2022): Looking over your shoulder: Embodied responses to contamination in the emotional dirty work of prison officers. Human Relations, Vol. 75(9): 1770-1797.

Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen (2022): Organizational perspectives on boring prison work: Between emancipation and paranoia. Organization, Vol29(5): 816-838. Special issue: Boredom at Work.

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. The paper was awarded Best Qualitative Paper in 2020 by Group and Organization Management.

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:
Christian Dyrlund Wåhlin-Jacobsen; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Seeing Blindness : A Combined Psychodynamic and Interactional Approach to the Study of Ignoring.
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 23, No. 1, 4.2023, p. 201-215
Journal article > peer review
Annemette Kjærgaard; Julie Buhl-Wiggers; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Gradeless Learning in Higher Education : Implications for Student Learning and Well-being.
Abstract from EARLI SIG 1 & 4 Joint Conference 2022, 2022
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Looking over Your Shoulder : Embodied Responses to Contamination in the Emotional Dirty Work of Prison Officers.
In: Human Relations, Vol. 75, No. 9, 9.2022, p. 1770-1797
Journal article > peer review
Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Organisational Perspectives on Boring Prison Work : Between Emancipation and Paranoia.
In: Organization, Vol. 29, No. 5, 9.2022, p. 816-838
Journal article > peer review
Christian Dyrlund Wåhlin-Jacobsen; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen / Studying "Normal" Wrongdoing in Interaction : Police Call Centre Work in a Micro-discursive Perspective.
Paper presented at 38th EGOS Colloquium 2022, 2022
Paper > peer review
Annemette Kjærgaard; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Julie Buhl-Wiggers / The Gradeless Paradox : Emancipatory Promises but Ambivalent Effects of Gradeless Learning in Business and Management Education.
In: Management Learning, 8.6.2022
Journal article > peer review
Stephan Kaiser; Stefan Suess; Rachel Cohen; Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen; Anne Reff Pedersen / Working from Home : Findings and Prospects for Further Research.
In: German Journal of Human Resource Management / Zeitschrift für Personalforschung, Vol. 36, No. 3, 8.2022, p. 205-212
Journal article > peer review
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
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
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Research Projects
Outside activities
January - February 2022
Consultancy (10 hours)
December 2021 - Januar 2022
EVA Evalueringsinstitut (10 hours)

January - November
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