Department of Organization

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

Room: KIL/14.A-4.51

My current research revolves around two main topics. On the one hand, I’ve since my PhD been preoccupied with the history and foundational problems of Organization Theory – in particular with what has happened to the core object of Organization Theory, i.e. ‘organization’.

On the other hand, I’m involved in a large research project on ‘the ethics of office’ in state service. In conjunction with this, my research explores the conditions for and critiques of bureaucratic office-holding, with a primary emphasis on Denmark. These two lines of research currently intersect in a study of anti-statist left- and right-wing critiques of formal organizational principles.

Primary research areas

Organization theory

Bureaucracy and formal organization

Ethos of office / state service

Curriculum Vitae
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Organization theory – HA(fil.)

Strategy – Master of Public Governance


I supervise projects at bachelor and master levels. My key areas of expertise include: Management, organization, strategy, and administration within the public as well as the private sector. I have previously supervised projects on a wide range of topics such as, for instance, bureaucracy, co-creation, the history of organization theory, creativity, philosophy, and political economy.

Selected publications

du Gay, P. and T. Lopdrup-Hjorth (2016) “Fear of the formal”, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 3(1): 6-40.

Lopdrup-Hjorth, T. (2015) “Object and Objective Lost? Organization-Phobia in Organization Theory”, Journal of Cultural Economy, 8(4): 439-461.

Lopdrup-Hjorth, T., M. Gudmand-Høyer, P. Bramming and M. Pedersen (2011): “Governing Work through Self-management”, editorial in Ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 11(2): 97-104.

Gudmand-Høyer, M. & T. Lopdrup Hjorth (2009): “Liberal Biopolitics Reborn”, Foucault Studies, nr. 7, pp. 99-130.

Publications sorted by:
Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth; Marius Gudmand-Høyer; Pia Bramming; Michael Pedersen / Governing Work through Self-Management
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2011, p. 97-104
Editorial > peer review
Anders Raastrup Kristensen; Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth / The Metaphysics of Management : A Practical Turn in Process Organization Studies.
Paper presented at Second International Symposium on Process Organization Studies: PROS 2010 , 2010
Paper > peer review
Marius T. Gudmand-Høyer; Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth / Liberal Biopolitics Reborn : Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978-1979. Edited by Michel Senellart. Translated by Graham Burchell (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), ISBN: 978-1403986542.
In: Foucault Studies, No. 7, 2009, p. 99-130
Review > peer review
Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth / Management, Self-Management and the Creation of Value
Paper presented at The Critical Management Studies Conference 2009, 2009