PhD defence: Jesper Christensen

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Jesper Tommy Christensen submitted his thesis entitled: A Behavioral Theory of Human Capital Integration

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 15:00 to 17:00

Human capital – the stock of knowledge and abilities possessed by employees – is consistently touted as an integral part of firm survival and success in dynamic environments. Managers must regularly decide how to allocate employees among competing tasks and projects to optimize the utilization of available knowledge, as well as select and implement the required structural mechanisms to support employees as they combine their knowledge to address complex problems on behalf of the firm. The principal motivation of this thesis is to explore how the effectiveness of particular aspects of organizational design in fostering the integration and use of human capital is bounded by individual cognitive limitations that may lead employees to deviate from expected behavior, both individually and in collaboration. The overarching contribution of the thesis is to demonstrate, through the combination of psychological and organizational theory, how the ability of firms to properly activate and apply the knowledge held by their employees is fundamentally contingent on the interplay of cognitive limitations and managerial choices on organizational design.
Primary Supervisor:

Associate Professor Marcus Møller Larsen
Department of Strategic Management and Globalization
Copenhagen Business School
Secondary Supervisor:
Professor Torben Pedersen
Department of Strategic Management and Globalization
Copenhagen Business School
and Professor of International Business at Bocconi University
Assessment Committee:

Professor MSO Christian Geisler
Department of Strategic Management and Globalization
Copenhagen Business School
Associate professor Libby Weber
The Paul Merage School of Business
University of California, Irvine
Associate Professor Jacob Lyngsie
Strategic Organization Design
University of Southern Denmark

The thesis is available here
The Doctoral School of Economics and Management will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence at the area outside the defence room, Kilevej 14A, 2000 Frederiksberg.

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