Department of Organization

Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-3.98
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  ‘Human Resource Development”, cand.soc. HRM, CBS
Course coordinator on ‘HDO HRM’, 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
Romani, L., Zanoni, P. and Holck, L. (2020) ‘Radicalizing Diversity (Research): Time to Resume Talking about Class’ Gender work and Organization, https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12593
Romani, L., Holck, L. and Risberg, A. (2019) ‘Benevolent Discrimination: Explaining How Human Resources Professionals Can Be Blind to the Harm of Diversity Initiatives’ Organization, 26(3): 371-390
Holck, L. and Muhr, S.L. (2019) ‘From Institutionalized Othering to Disruptive Collaboration: A Postcolonial Analysis of the Police Force in Greenland’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-01-2018-0018
Holck, L. (2018) ‘Unequal by structure: Exploring the structural embeddedness of organizational diversity’ Organization, 25(2): 242-259.
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.
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. (2016) Putting Diversity to Work : ‘An Empirical Analysis of how Change Efforts Targeting Organizational Inequality Failed’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 35(4): 296-307.
Holck L., S.L. Muhr and F. Villeseche (2016) ‘Identity, diversity and diversity management: On theoretical connections, assumptions and implications for practice’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 35(1): 48-64.
Holck, L. (2016) ‘Spatially embedded inequality: Exploring structure, agency, and ethnic minority strategies to navigate organizational opportunity structures’, Personnel Review, 45(4): 643-662.
Publications sorted by:
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. 71-96 (Oxford Handbooks)
Book chapter > peer review
Laurence Romani; Patrizia Zanoni; Lotte Holck / Radicalizing Diversity (Research) : Time to Resume Talking about Class.
In: Gender, Work and Organization, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1.2021, p. 8-23
Journal article > peer review
Laura Dobusch; Lotte Holck; Sara Louise Muhr / The Im-/Possibility of Hybrid Inclusion : Disrupting the ‘Happy Inclusion’ Story with the Case of the Greenlandic Police Force.
In: Organization, Vol. 28, No. 2, 3.2021, p. 311-333
Journal article > peer review
Lotte Holck; Minna Paunova / Turnover in Denmark : Between “Flexicurity” and Collective Voice.
In: Global Talent Retention: Understanding Employee Turnover Around the World. . ed. /David G. Allen; James M. Vardaman . : Emerald Group Publishing 2021, p. 191-212 (Talent Management)
Book chapter > peer review
Lotte Holck; Sara Louise Muhr / White Bodies in Postcolonial Ethnographic Research
In: The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods. ed. /Sine Nørholm Just; Annette Risberg; Florence Villesèche. New York : Routledge 2021, p. 36-49
Book chapter > peer review
Lotte Holck / Er diversitet en ressource eller en forhindring i HR’s håndtering af coronakrisen?
In: HR chefen, No. 3, 6.2020, p. 18-22
Journal article
Lotte Holck; Iben Sandal Stjerne / How Inclusive Can Exclusive Talent Management Be?
In: Managing Talent: A Critical Appreciation. . ed. /Stephen Swailes. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2020, p. 107-123 (Talent Management)
Book chapter > peer review
Lotte Holck; Sara L. Muhr / Joanne Martin
In: Rethinking Culture, Organization and Management. ed. /Robert McMurray; Alison Pullen. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 7-24 (Routledge Focus on Women Writers in Organization Studies )
Book chapter > peer review
Lotte Holck / Shifting the Care of Corporate Social Responsibility to Dynamics of Solidarity to Redress Workplace Inequality
In: Business Ethics and Care in Organizations. ed. /Marianna Fotaki; Gazi Islam; Anne Antoni. New York : Routledge 2020, p. 247-262 (Routledge Studies in Business Ethics)
Book chapter > peer review
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
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Institut for Menneskerettigheder
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