Department of Organization

Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-4.65
E-mail: lho.ioa@cbs.dk

My research is on the organization of work and collaboration in different organizational settings and cultural contexts. With this as a general framework, my research focuses on three major subjects: 1) human resource management (HRM) and development, pursuing a critical approach exploring the impact of demographic, professional and hierarchical differences related to HRM practices in organizations. 2) Organizational theory, including studies of collaboration and teamwork, organizational structure and form, power and control at the workplace, as well as socio-materiality and organizational space. 3) Finally, I apply longitudinal ethnographic studies using qualitative methodologies of participatory observations, interviews and interventions. 

Primary research areas
  • Human resource management and development
  • Organizational Theory, identity, culture, change and innovation, socio-materiality and space, dirty work
  • Organizational inequality, Diversity and CSR at the workplace
  • Leadership and middle management, collaboration and teams, power and control in organizations
  • Engaged ethnography, qualitative research, case studies, interventions and action research 


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  • Course coordinator and teacher ‘Organisationsteoretiske perspektiver på HRM’, cand.soc. HRM, CBS
  • Course coordinator and teacher ‘Diversity and CSR beyond Borders’, M.Sc. Business, Language and Culture, CBS
  • Master and BA supervision in  MSc Diversity & Change Management, Cand.Merc.Kom., MSc in Social Science in Service Management, MSc Business, Language and Culture, Cand.Soc Politisk Kommunikation og ledelse, Cand. Merc. SOL, Cand.soc. SEM, Cand. soc HRM, Cand Merc Erhvervsøkonomi og psykologi, MSc SLØK DO Innovation and Change Management, MA in International Marketing and Management, among others.
  • PhD supervision
Selected publications
  • Holck, L. (2018) ‘Unequal by structure:  Exploring the structural embeddedness of organizational diversity’ Organization, 25(2) 242-259.
  • Holck, L. (2016) ‘Spatially embedded inequality: Exploring structure, agency, and ethnic minority strategies to navigate organizational opportunity structures’, Personnel Review, Vol. 45(4): 643-662.
  • Holck, L. and Muhr, S.L. (2017) ‘Unequal solidarity? Towards a norm-critical approach to welfare logics’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 33(1), 1-11.
  • Holck, L. (2018) ‘The affectivity of diversity: A researcher’s reflections on applying ‘useful’ research on workplace diversity. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 13(3): 218-234.
  • Villeséche, F., Holck, L. and Muhr, S.L. (2018): Diversity and Identity in the Workplace: Connections and Perspectives. London Palgrave.
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Laurence Romani; Lotte Holck; Annette Risberg / Benevolent Discrimination : Explaining How Human Resources Professionals Can Be Blind to the Harm of Diversity Initiatives.
In: Organization, Vol. 26, No. 3, 5.2019, p. 371-390
Journal article > peer review
Lotte Holck / Affective Ethnography : Reflections on the Application of “Useful” Research on Workplace Diversity.
In: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2018, p. 218-234
Journal article > peer review
Laurence Romani; Lotte Holck; Annette Risberg / Benevolent Discrimination : How HR Managers Reproduce Ethnic Discrimination with Diversity Initiative.
In: Proceedings of the Seventy-eight Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briar Cliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2018, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Laurence Romani; Lotte Holck; Annette Risberg / Benevolent Discrimination : How HR Managers Reproduce Ethnic Discrimination with Diversity Initiative.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
Lotte Holck; Karina K. Andreasen / Diversity Brings New Talent into the Organisation
København : ISS World Services A/S 2018, 19 p. (ISS White Paper)
Working paper
Florence Villeseche; Sara Louise Muhr; Lotte Holck / Diversity and Identity in the Workplace : Connections and Perspectives.
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2018, 107 p.
Book > peer review
Lotte Holck; Lotte Hjortlund Andersen / Superdiverse Teams Drive Well-being in the Workplace
København : ISS World Services A/S 2018, 11 p. (ISS White Paper)
Working paper
Lotte Holck / Unequal by Structure : Exploring the Structural Embeddedness of Organizational Diversity.
In: Organization, Vol. 25, No. 2, 3.2018, p. 242-259
Journal article > peer review
Lotte Holck / Diverse by Default : Extending the Business Case of Migrant Workers at the Workplace.
Paper presented at The 24th Nordic Academy of Management Conference, 2017
Paper > peer review
Laurence Romani; Lotte Holck; Charlotte Holgersson; Sara Louise Muhr / Diversity Management and the Scandinavian Model : Illustrations from Denmark and Sweden.
In: Management and Diversity: Perspectives from Different National Contexts. . ed. /Mustafa F. Özbilgin; Jean-François Chanlat. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2017, p. 261-280 (International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 3)
Book chapter > peer review
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