Department of Organization

  • Centre for Advanced Studies on Project Management
  • Centre for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI)
Lene Tolstrup

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Room: KIL/14.A-4.41

Lene Tolstrup Christensen’s research is centered on State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and other hybrid organizations and their role in contemporary society and the public sector as such. Her research focuses on management and governance issues for these kind of organizations and is inspired by institutional theory.

Her current research project is an industrial postdoc on SOEs and other hybrid models in infrastructure governance. The project is an in-depth case study of the Danish state guarantee model and a comparative case study of transport infrastructure governance and hybrid models in Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada.

Her research on SOEs is published in international peer-reviewed outlets and she won the award ‘Best Paper by a New Researcher’ by International Research Society for Public Management in 2015.


Primary research areas

State owned enterprises and hybrid organizations like Public Private Partnerships

Public management and governance

Infrastructure governance of network industries/utilities especially public transportation

Institutional theory


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Lene Tolstrup Christensen; Carsten Greve / Choosing State Owned Enterprises over Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Governance : Explaining Institutional Change with Evidence from Denmark’s Transport Sector.
In: International Public Management Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2018, p. 137-161
Journal article > peer review
Lene Tolstrup Christensen / Passenger Rail SOEs as Domestic Institutional Market Actors
In: International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2018, p. 128-141
Journal article > peer review
Lene Tolstrup Christensen; Anker Brink Lund / Tre samfundsvidenskabelige perspektiver på selvejende institutioner
In: Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift, Vol. 95, No. 2, 2018, p. 35-51
Journal article
Lene Tolstrup Christensen / How Hybridity has Evolved in the Governance of State-owned Enterprises : Evidence from Danish and Swedish Passenger Rail Services from 1990 to 2015.
In: Public Money and Management, Vol. 37, No. 6, 2017, p. 401-408
Journal article > peer review
Lene Tolstrup Christensen / State-owned Enterprises as Institutional Market Actors in the Marketization of Public Service Provision : A Comparative Case Study of Danish and Swedish Passenger Rail 1990–2015.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2016, 176 p. (PhD series, No. 53.2016)
Ph.D. thesis
Lene Tolstrup Christensen / On Track or Derailed : The Role of State-Owned Enterprises in Partly Marketized Public Service Delivery. Lessons from Passenger Rail in Denmark and Sweden.
Paper presented at The 19th Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2015, 2015
Paper > peer review
Lene Tolstrup Christensen / The Return of the Hierarchy : SOEs in the Marketisation .
In: International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 28, No. 4/5, 2015, p. 307-321
Journal article > peer review
Lene Tolstrup Christensen / Modes of Governance in a Partly Marketized Public Service Provision : The Danish Case of Passenger Rail.
Paper presented at The 13th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport. Thredbo 13 , 2013
Paper > peer review
Lene Tolstrup Christensen; Carsten Greve / No Policy for Public Private Partnership? PPP, Collaboration and Institutions : The Bumpy Road of Transport Policy Development in Denmark.
Paper presented at Public-Private Partnership Conference Series CBS-Sauder-Monash 2013, 2013
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