Department of Organization

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Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-3.55
E-mail: fb.ioa@cbs.dk

I have been studying organizations and work for more than two decades, with a specific focus on the development and management of people especially in knowledge intensive or professional organizational settings. The historical development of the relation between individual and organization, has been an enduring interest. Therefore themes within (Strategic) HRM, HRD, PM, OD, IR and OB have my attention.

I have been working ethnographically using an symbolic interactionist approach to understand the micro-foundations of institutional logics. For instance, the way professionals make sense of contradictory institutional logics of management in professional service firms (Bévort, 2012).

I am responsible for the administration and following analysis and publication of the Cranet survey, which explores the state of Danish HRM in all organizations with more than 100 employees (the survey is conducted in collaboration with 39 other countries).

I am currently working on a project with Katharina Pernkopf, WU on the academic-practitioner gap within HRM-research and practice.


Primary research areas

Human Resource Management (HRM)

Employment Relations and Labour market theory

Management of Professional organizations and work

Symbolical interactionism (SI)

Institutional theory (NIT)

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Cand Merc/Soc HRM
Master of Business Development
Creative Business Processes


Kathrine Solgaard Sørensen for Ballisager, the project is called: Recruiting of emerging subjects - a process-theoretical exploration of ascertainment practices.

Selected publications

Christensen J, Bévort, F., and Rasmussen, E. (2019), The Cranet survey – improving on a challenged research practice?, Contribution to special issue on Cranet-related comparative HRM-research of International Studies of Management and Organization (ISMO, Edited by Michael Morley).

Bévort, F., Darmer, P., & Muhr, S. L. (2018). Managing the Human in 21st Century Organizations: Developing a Critical and Performative Research Agenda for HRM-studies. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 18(2), 209-220.

Hernes, T., & Bévort, F. (2018). Organisering i en verden i bevægelse. Samfundslitteratur

Bévort, F., & Suddaby, R. (2016). Scripting professional identities: how individuals make sense of contradictory institutional logics. Journal of Professions and Organization, 3(1), 17–38. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpo/jov007

Bévort, F., & Poulfelt, F. (2015). Human resource management in professional services firms: Too good to be true? transcending conflicting institutional logics. Zeitschrift Fur Personalforschung, 29(2), 102–130. https://doi.org/10.1688/ZfP-2015-02-Bevort

Publications sorted by:
Frans Bévort; Stine Marie Lund Thorsen / HRM i Danmark i lyset af corona-pandemien : HR-funktionen i en ny og styrket position?.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2022, 80 p.
Thomas Duus Henriksen; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø; Frans Bévort; Mette Mogensen / A Paradox Rarely Comes Alone a Quantitative Approach to Investigating Knotted Leadership Paradoxes in SMEs
In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 37, No. 1, 3.2021
Journal article > peer review
Frans Bévort; Lotte Holck; Mette Mogensen / Critical Contextualized Studies of Human Resource Management
In: The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Approaches to Human Resource Management. ed. /Emma Parry; Michael J. Morley; Chris Brewster. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 71-95 (Oxford Handbooks)
Book chapter > peer review
Thomas Duus Henriksen; Signe Vikkelsø; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Frans Bévort / From Managers’ Practical Problems to Complex Understandings : Three Approaches for Understanding the Development of Management Problems.
Paper presented at 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Frans Bévort; Arney Einarsdottir / Human Resource Management in the Nordic Context
In: The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Approaches to Human Resource Management . ed. /Emma Parry ; Michael J. Morley ; Chris Brewster . Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 209-238
Book chapter > peer review
Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Mette Mogensen; Frans Bévort; Thomas Duus Henriksen; Anne-Mette Hjalager; Danielle Bjerre Lyndgaard / Både & : Værktøjer til effektiv paradoksledelse.
København : Djøf Forlag 2020, 188 p.
Book > peer review
Frans Bévort; Iben Sandal Stjerne / Multilevel Career Analysis in the Film Industry and Professional Service Firms : Exploring the Roles of Relations and Institutions in Bounding Careers.
In: The Routledge Companion to Career Studies. ed. /Hugh Gunz; Mila Lazarova; Wolfgang Mayrhofer. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 275-292 (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)
Book chapter > peer review
Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Mette Mogensen; Frans Bévort; Anne-Mette Hjalager / Ledelses-GPS til en ny tid : Håndtering af ledelsesparadokser og dilemmaer i praksis.
København : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2019, 268 p. (Ledelses-GPS til en ny tid: Fra komfortzone til konkurrencekraft, Vol. 3)
Roy Suddaby; Frans Bévort; Jesper Strandgaard / Professional Judgment and Legitimacy Work in an Organizationally Embedded Profession
In: Journal of Professions and Organization, Vol. 6, No. 2, 7.2019, p. 105–127
Journal article > peer review
Jesper Christensen; Frans Bévort; Erling Rasmussen / The Cranet Survey : Improving on a Challenged Research-Practice?.
In: International Studies of Management and Organization, Vol. 49, No. 4, 2019, p. 441-464
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities
Dynamisk HR netværk
Presentation on HRM
(September 20, 2 hours)

Presentation on matrix organizations
(November 2, 4 hours)

Dansk Industri 
Oplæg for DI HR-direktør netværk
2. september (4 timer) Gl. Vindinge
CBS Executive
Muligvis HRM-sommerskole
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