Department of Organization

Morten Thanning
Professor with special responsibilities

Room: KIL/14.A-4.65

Organizational learning and adaptation are running themes in my research focusing on; a) sensemaking and sensegiving in organizations, as exemplified in my research on event safety management, and b) organizational improvisation. Another research interest is innovation and knowledge processes in organizations. This research formed the basis for my position as lead-developer of the executive program - Master in Leadership and Innovation in Complex Systems (LAICS).

I am the co-founder and CBS-coordinator of Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE), established in the autumn of 2012, in collaboration between Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen.

From September 1. to November 30., my office hours are Wednesday from 2 pm. to 4 pm. This will usually also be the hours where I answer incoming mails regarding administrative issues and handled inquiries about supervision.

Primary research areas
  • Corporate Reputation
  • Crisis Management
  • Event Safety Management
  • Improvisation in Organizations
  • Management of Innovation
  • Organizational Learning and Adaptation
  • Sensemaking and Sensegiving in Organizations
Administrative tasks
  • Member of Board of Directors for Nordic Academy of Management
  • Member of Expert Panel for Business Administration, The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator
  • Member of the Education Committee for the B.Sc. program in Emergency and Risk Management, University College Copenhagen
  • Member of International Editorial Board for Management Learning
  • Member of Editorial Board for Scandinavian Journal of Management
  • Ph.D.-Coordinator at Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
  • Coordinator of Organization & Management course in the B.Sc. program in Business Administration and Management Science, Copenhagen Business School

Chairman and member of assessment committees for Ph.D.-stipends, assistant- and associate professorships, and Ph.D.-dissertations at: Babson College, Brunel University, Copenhagen Business School, Technical University of Denmark, Universiti Putra Malaysia (Graduate School of Management), University of Edinburgh (Business School), University of Southern Denmark, and University of Aarhus (School of Education and Aarhus School of Business).

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2017 -
Crisis Management, CBS Global Executive MBA program
2012 -
Perspectives in Organizational Analysis. Doctoral School of Organization and Management Studies.
2006 -
Organization and Environment. B.Sc. program in Business Administration and Psychology.


PhD supervision:

  • 2018:
    • Flemming Toft (Annick Schramme, Universty of Antwerpen, Dept. of Management, acts as primary supervisor). Project title: Improvisation as creative leadership - state of mind, being and actions in organizations.
  • 2016:
    • Signe Bruskin (Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen acts as secondary supervisor). Project title: Making Sense of Organizational Change.
    • Katharina Christiane Jeschke (Susanne Boch Waldorff acts as primary supervisor) Project title: Safety Cultures in Organizations: How the Management influence Safety in Construction Industry.
  • 2011-2015:
    • Michael Simon Nixon (John Sahl Andersen, University of Copenhagen, acted as primary supervisor). Thesis title: Organising Medication Discontinuation – The Decision Making Processes of GPs when Discontinuing Statins. Thesis defended February 6th 2015.
  • 2010-2014:
    • Peter Holm Jacobsen (Erik Axel, Roskilde University, acted as primary supervisor). Thesis title: Situated Learning in Design Projects - An Ethnographic Study of a Process Competition at Carlsberg. Thesis defended February 7th 2014.
  • 2008-2010:
    • Christine Secher (Peter Kjær acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: E-participation in Practice – the politicians’ and the administrators’ co-construction and its consequences. Thesis defended February 4. 2010.
  • 2004-2008:
    • Frederikke Krogh-Meibom (Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: The Co-Evolution of Institutions and Technology – A Neo-Institutional Understanding of Change Processes within the Business Press - the Case of Financial Times. Thesis defended on December 22. 2008.
  • 2002–2004:
    • Annemette Leonhardt Kjærgaard (Niels Bjørn-Andersen acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: Knowledge Management as Internal Corporate Venturing – a Field Study of the Rise and Fall of a Bottom-Up Process. Thesis defended on May 11. 2004.
Selected publications
  • Vendelø, M. T., & Rerup, C. (forthcoming) Collective Mindfulness in a Regenerating Organization: Ethnographic Evidence from Roskilde Festival. Accepted for publication in Safety Science on October 30th 2019.
  • Vendelø, M. T. (2019) The Past, Present, and Future of Event Safety Research. In: J. Armbrecht & E. Lundberg & T. D. Andersson (eds.) A Research Agenda for Event Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 23-34.
  • Constantiou, I., Shollo, A., & Vendelø, M. T. (2019) Mobilizing Intuitive Judgment during Organizational Decision Making: When Business Intelligence is not the only thing that matters. Decision Support Systems, vol. 121, pp. 51-61.
  • Lauta, K. C., Vendelø, M. T., Sørensen, B. R., & Dahlberg, R. (2018) Conceptualizing Cold Disasters: Disaster Risk Governance at the Arctic Edge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 31, pp. 1276-1282.
  • Vendelø, M. T. (2016) Disasters in the Sensemaking Perspective: The Præstø Fjord Accident. In: R. Dahlberg, O. Rubin and M. T. Vendelø (eds.) Disaster Research – Multi-disciplinary and International Perspectives. Routledge Humanitarian Studies Series. London: Routledge, pp. 177-188.
  • Dahlberg, R., Rubin, O., & Vendelø, M. T. (eds.) (2016) Disaster Research – Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives. London: Rutledge.
  • Leybourne, S., Lynn, G., and Vendelø, M. T. (2014) Forms, Metaphors and Themes: An Introduction to the Special Issue on Organizational Improvisation. Creativity & Innovation Management, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 353-358.
  • Vendelø, M. T. (2009) Improvisation and Learning in Organizations – an opportunity for future empirical research. Management Learning, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 449-456.
  • Vendelø, M. T., and Rerup, C., (2009) Weak Cues and Attentional Triangulation: The Pearl Jam Concert at Roskilde Festival. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, August 7. - 11. 2009. Chicago, Illinois, pp. 1-38.
  • Augier, M., Shariq, S. Z., and Vendelø, M. T. (2001) Understanding Context: Its Emergence, Transformation and Role in Tacit Knowledge Sharing. Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 125-136. (Received Highly Commended Paper Award from Emerald Literati Club in 2002)
  • Augier, M., and Vendelø, M. T. (1999) Networks, Cognition and Management of Tacit Knowledge. Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 252-261. (Received Outstanding Paper Award from Emerald Literati Club in 2000)
  • Vendelø, M. T. (1998) Narrating Corporate Reputation: Becoming Legitimate Through Storytelling. International Studies of Management & Organization, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 120-137.


Publications List
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Ioanna Constantiou; Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Does Culture Affect the Adoption of Advanced Mobile Services? : A Comparative Study of Young Adults' Perceptions in Denmark and the UK.
In: Data Base - for Advances in Information Systems, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2009, p. 132-147
Journal article > peer review
Morten Thanning Vendelø / Improvisation and Learning in Organizations : An Opportunity for Future Empirical Research.
In: Management Learning, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2009, p. 449-456
Journal article > peer review
Morten Thanning Vendelø; Claus Rerup / Weak Cues and Attentional Triangulation : The Pearl Jam Concert Accident at Roskilde Festival.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2009, 2009
Paper > peer review
Morten Thanning Vendelø / Facing the Black Wall : When high expectations rapidly transform into pessimistic outlooks.
Paper presented at 2e Colloque International sur le Temps: "Rupture, finitude, mort et management", 2008
Morten Thanning Vendelø / Når løsningen bliver problemet : Om informationsteknologiens rolle i organisatoriske videnprocesser.
In: Børsens Ledelseshåndbøger: Knowledge Management. . ed. /Per Nikolaj Bukh; Karina Skovvang Christensen. København : Dagbladet Boersen A/S 2008 (Børsen Ledelseshåndbøger)
Book chapter
Morten Thanning Vendelø / Organization at the Limit - Lessons from the Columbia Disaster / William H. Starbuck and Moshe Farjoun (eds.) Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 387 pp.
In: Management Learning, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2008, p. 361-368
Book review > peer review
Syed Z. Shariq; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Tacit Knowledge Sharing
In: Knowledge Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. . ed. /Murray E. Jennex. Hershey : Idea Group Publishing 2008, p. 3022-3030
Book chapter > peer review
Martina Sophia Lundin; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Using Inquiring practice and Uncovering Exformation for Information Systems Development
In: Knowledge Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. . ed. /Murray E. Jennex. Hershey : Idea Group Publishing 2008, p. 469-483
Book chapter > peer review
Annemette Leonhardt Kjærgaard; Morten Thanning Vendelø / What Makes a Reference Discipline? : Investigating the Role of Theory Adaptation.
In: Proceedings of The 2008 Academy of Management Annual Meeting: [CD-rom]. : Academy of Management 2008
Article in proceedings > peer review
Morten Thanning Vendelø; Ioanna Constantiou / Reputation Based on Future Performance : A Narrative Approach in High-Tech Industries.
Paper presented at 11th International Conference on Reputation, Brand, Identity and Competitiveness. BI, Norwegian School of Management, 2007
Paper > peer review
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