Department of Organization

  • Centre for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI)
Susanne Boch
Associate professor

Room: KIL/14.A-4.67
susanne boch waldorff

I explore how ideas in the shape of contemporary reforms, policies, and steering technologies are implemented or translated into organizational practices. Empirically I investigate the health care, police and social sectors. My projects evolve around public sector governance, organizational change, discursive strategies, collaborative innovation, professions, and public value creation.

Primary research areas

•    Organization theory and analysis
•    Institutional theory, institutional logics
•    Processes of translating policy into practice
•    Public sector organizing and governance
•    Qualitative methods, ethnography

Curriculum Vitae
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“Perspectives in Organizational Analysis”, PhD course, The Doctoral School of Organization and Management Studies

“Institutional Organizational Analysis – Change and Transformation”, PhD course, The Doctoral School of Organization and Management Studies

“Organizing Health Care Innovation”, MSc in Innovation in Health care

“Management of reform and change”, Master of Public Governance


PhD projects

Master of Public Governance, Master thesis

MSc in Strategy, Organization and Leadership, Master thesis

Other teaching activities

Coordinator of the PhD-course “Perspectives in Organizational Analysis”, The Doctoral School of Organization and Management Studies

Coordinator of all electives, Master of Public Governance

Coordinator of “Business research methods” (in Danish and English), HD1

Supervision ambassador’ at the Assistant Professor Program, CBS Teaching & Learning. Supervision of assistant professors’ teaching, including classroom observations, feedback and assessments


Selected publications

Reay, T., Goodrick, E., Waldorff, S.B. & Casebeer, A. 2017. Getting Leopards to Change their Spots: Co-Creating a New Professional Role Identity. The Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 60, No. 3, 2017, pp 1043-1070.

Waldorff, S.B. 2017. På forkant med kriminalitet: Politiets implementering af strategisk analyse. In La Cour, A., Waldorff, S.B. &. Højlund, H. (Eds). ”Når teknologier holder mere end de lover – Kritiske perspektiver på ledelse af velfærd”.  Samfundslitteratur, pp 43-64.

Sørensen, E. & Waldorff, S.B. 2014. Collaborative policy innovation: Problems and potential. The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 19(3), 2014, article 2.

Waldorff, S. B. 2013. What is the meaning of Public Sector Health? Translating discourse into new organizational practices. Journal of Change Management special Issue of on Discourse, Translation and Change, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 283-307.

Waldorff, S. B. 2013. Accounting for organizational innovations: Mobilizing institutional logics in translation. Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp 219-234.

Publications sorted by:
Susanne Boch Waldorff; Marie Henriette Madsen / Translating to Maintain Existing Practices : Micro-tactics in the Implementation of a New Management Concept.
In: Organization Studies, 27.6.2022
Journal article > peer review
Katharina N. Jeschke; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Johnny Dyreborg; Pete Kines; Jeppe Z. N. Ajslev / Complaining about Occupational Safety and Health : A Barrier for Collaboration between Managers and Workers on Construction Sites.
In: Construction Management and Economics, Vol. 39, No. 6, 6.2021, p. 459-474
Journal article > peer review
Ditte Thøgersen; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Tinne Steffensen / Public Value through Innovation : Danish Public Managers’ Views on Barriers and Boosters.
In: International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 44, No. 14, 10.2021, p. 1264-1273
Journal article > peer review
Nicolette Van Gestel; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Jean Louis Denis / (Mis)taking Social Responsibility? : Implementing Welfare State Reform by Private and Non-profit Organizations.
In: Public Management Review , Vol. 22, No. 12, 12.2020, p. 1739-1759
Journal article > peer review
Karsten Bruun Hansen; Susanne Boch Waldorff / Collaborative Planning for Radical Innovation : Lessons from a Health Care Region in Denmark.
In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2020, p. 3-23
Journal article > peer review
Christian Uhrenholdt Madsen; Susanne Boch Waldorff / Between Advocacy, Compliance and Commitment : A Multilevel Analysis of Institutional Logics in Work Environment Management.
In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 35, No. 1, 3.2019, p. 12-25
Journal article > peer review
Ditte Heering Holt; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen; Morten Hulvej Rod / Ambiguous Expectations for Intersectoral Action for Health : A Document Analysis of the Danish Case.
In: Critical Public Health, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2018, p. 35-47
Journal article > peer review
Ditte Heering Holt; Morten Hulvej Rod; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen / Elusive Implementation : An Ethnographic Study of Intersectoral Policymaking for Health.
In: BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 18, 2018
Journal article > peer review
Susanne Boch Waldorff / The Impact of Context on Public Sector Implementation : Translating the Concept of Value Based Management into Health Care.
Paper presented at The 22nd Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
Trish Reay; Elizabeth Goodrick; Susanne Boch Waldorff; Ann Casebeer / Getting Leopards to Change Their Spots : Co-creating a New Professional Role Identity.
In: Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 60, No. 3, 2017, p. 1043-1070
Journal article > peer review
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