Department of Strategy and Innovation

Associate professor
PhD and Director of CBS Maritime

Room: KIL/14.A-2.41
E-mail: hs.si@cbs.dk

Henrik Sornn-Friese is Associate Professor in strategy and innovation at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and MPA Professor in Maritime Business at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. He received his PhD in Industrial Dynamics from Copenhagen Business School in 2001.

His research interests cover industrial dynamics, business history and organizational evolution, regional innovation systems and economic globalization from the perspectives of 1) International Business, 2) Economic geography and 3) Organizational economics. His empirical focus is mainly on international shipping, ports and maritime industry (shipyards and original equipment manufacturers) as well as the dynamics of localized maritime clusters. His current research focuses on circular economy over the entire lifecycle of ships, the transition to alternative (green) fuels for shipping, and broader sustainability issues for shipping and ports.

Primary research areas
  • The economic geography and international business of shipping and trade

  • Ports and port clusters

  • Energy transition and alternative fuels for transport and industry

  • Organizational development

  • Industry evolution

Administrative tasks

Since December 2006, Henrik Sornn-Friese has been the Academic Director of the M.Sc. Program in Economics and Business Administration (MSc.EBA/Cand.merc) and Chairman of this program's Study Board. With more than 3,500 students enrolled in eleven English-language and three Danish-language concentrations, MSc.EBA/Cand.merc is the largest full-time program at CBS. 

He was a co-founder of CBS Maritime - a cross-departmental research center at CBS conducting research and teaching on the maritime sector and in close collaboration with industry. He has been the Director of CBS Maritime since its foundation in March 2013. He was one of the initiators and currently serves as co-director of the Green Shipping Project, an international research project located with the Center for Transportation Research at Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is co-founder of Maritime Research Alliance (MRA) and member of its Steering Committee. 

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  • "Sustainable Shipping and Ports" (elective course at the BSc program in International Shipping and Trade - this course is also offered as an elective course taught every second spring at Singapore Management University)
  • ”The Business & Technology Challenge – Enabling Transformation in Shipping, Trade and Logistics” (elective course offered every fall at the EBA/Cand.merc program)
  • BSc theses (International Shipping and Trade program)
  • MSc degree theses (primarily the MSc.EBA/Cand.merc program)
  • PhD theses
Selected publications
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese, René Taudal Poulsen, Agnieszka Urszula Nowinska and Peter de Langen (2021). What drives ports around the world to adopt air emissions abatement measures. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 90: 102644.
  • Peter W. de Langen, Henrik Sornn-Friese and James Hallworth (2020). The Role of Port Development Companies in Transitioning the Port Business Ecosystem: The Case of Port of Amsterdam's Circular Activities. Sustainability, 12(11): 4397.
  • Ziaul Hague Munim, Henrik Sornn-Friese, and Mariia Duschenko (2020). Identifying the appropriate governance model for green port management: Applying Analytic Network Process and Best-Worst methods to ports in the Indian Ocean Rim. Journal of Cleaner Production, 268 (September): 122156
  • Peter de Langen and Henrik Sornn-Friese (2019). Ports and the Circular Economy. In Rickard Bergqvist and Jason Monios (Eds.), Green Ports: Inland and Seaside Sustainable Transportation Strategies. Amsterdam: Elsevier 2019, p. 85-108.
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese (2019). Containerization in Globalization': A Case Study of How Maersk Line Became a Transnational Company. In Niels P. Petersson, Stig Tenold and Nicholas White (Eds.), Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era: Contexts, Companies, Connections. London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 103-131 (Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics).
  • René Taudal Poulsen, Stefano Ponte, and Henrik Sornn-Friese (2018). Environmental Upgrading in Global Value Chains: The Potential and Limitations of Ports in the Greening of Maritime Transport. Geoforum, 89(2): 83-95.
  • Torben Pedersen and Henrik Sornn-Friese (2015). A Business Model Innovation by an Incumbent Late Mover: Containerization in Maersk Line. In Nicolai Foss and Tina Saebi (Eds.), Business Model Innovation: The Organizational Dimension. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 217-240.
  • René Taudal Poulsen and Henrik Sornn-Friese (2015). Achieving Energy Efficient Ship Operations Under Third Party Management: How Do Ship Management Models Influence Energy Efficiency?. Research in Transportation Business & Management, 17: 41-52.
  • Martin Jes Iversen, René Taudal Poulsen, Henrik Sornn-Friese and Stig Tenold (2015). The Role of National Shipping Policy: A Scandinavian Perspective on Shipping Policies in a Global Economy. Ocean Yearbook, 29: 327-342.
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese and Martin Jes Iversen (2014). The Establishment of the Danish International Ship Register (DIS) and its Connections to the Maritime Cluster. International Journal of Maritime History, 26(1): 2014, p. 82-103.
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese; René Taudal Poulsen; Martin Iversen (2012). 'Knowing the Ropes': Capability Reconfiguration and Restructuring of the Danish Shipping Industry. In Stig Tenold, Martin Jes Iversen and Even Lange (Eds.), Global Shipping in Small Nations: Nordic Experiences after 1960. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 61-99
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese and Carsten Ørts Hansen (2012). Landlubbers and Seadogs: The Case of Labour Mobility in the Danish Maritime Sector in a Time of Accelerating Globalisation. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press & Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne.
  • René Taudal Poulsen and Henrik Sornn-Friese (2011). Downfall Delayed. Danish Shipbuilding and Industrial Dislocation. Business History, 53(4): 557-582.
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese and Martin Jes Iversen (2011). Incentives, Capability and Opportunity. Exploring the Sources of Danish Maritime Leadership. International Journal of Maritime History, 23(1): 193-220.
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese (2005). Interfirm Linkages and the Structure and Evolution of the Danish Trucking Industry. Transportation Journal, 44(4): 10-26.
  • Esben Sloth Andersen, Bengt-Åke Lundvall and Henrik Sornn-Friese (2002). Editorial. Research Policy, 31(2): 185-190.
  • Henrik Sornn-Friese (2000). Frontiers of research in industrial dynamics and national systems of innovation. Industry and Innovation, 7(1): 1-13
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Henrik Hvid Jensen; Henrik Sornn-Friese; Steffen Foldager Jensen; Nicolò Aurisano / The Implications of Circular Supply Chains and the EU Digital Product Passport in Maritime Decarbonization
In: Maritime Decarbonization: Practical Tools, Case Studies and Decarbonization Enablers. . ed. /Mikael Lind; Wolfgang Lehmacher; Robert Ward. Cham : Springer 2023, p. 231-250
Book chapter > peer review
Henrik Sornn-Friese; Petar Sofev; Kirils Kondratenko / The Port Authority as System Builder in Cross-border Regionalization : An Exploratory Study of Port Esbjerg in the Development of North Sea Wind.
In: Maritime Transport Research, Vol. 4, 6.2023
Journal article > peer review
Michele Acciaro; Henrik Sornn-Friese / Enhancing the Role of Ports in the Energy Value Chains
Abstract from The Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists. IAME 2022, 2022
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Henrik Sornn-Friese; Eva Roth; Petar Sofev; Brooks Kaiser; Knud Sinding; Hanna Vagsheyg; Andrea Eikås; Hedda Høivik; Kevin Langhorst; Frederik Trudsøe Larsen; Tobias Olsen; Mathias Dyrhol Paulsen; Bent Lange; Frank Stuer-Lauridsen / Creating Circular Economy Clusters for Sustainable Ship Recycling in Denmark
København : CBS Maritime 2021, 60 p.
Report > peer review
Andreea Miu; Henrik Sornn-Friese; Ching Yi Chun; Elizabeth Petit González; Andrew Stephens; Rebecca Waterton / Defining Sustainability Criteria for Marine Fuels : Fifteen Issues, Principles and Criteria for Zero and Low Carbon Fuels for Shipping .
London : Sustainable Shipping Initiative 2021, 30 p.
Henrik Sornn-Friese; Dominik Arndt / Maritime Industry 2030 : A Summary of Discussions with Industry on Joint Challenges and Opportunities.
København : CBS Maritime 2021, 40 p.
Henrik Sornn-Friese; René Taudal Poulsen; Agnieszka Urszula Nowinska; Peter de Langen / What Drives Ports Around the World to Adopt Air Emissions Abatement Measures?
In: Transportation Research. Part D: Transport & Environment, Vol. 90, 1.2021
Journal article > peer review
Ziaul Haque Munim; Henrik Sornn-Friese; Mariia Dushenko / Identifying the Appropriate Governance Model for Green Port Management : Applying Analytic Network Process and Best-worst Methods to Ports in the Indian Ocean Rim.
In: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 268, 9.2020
Journal article > peer review
Peter de Langen; Henrik Sornn-Friese / Is There a Case for State Ownership in Ports and Shipping?
In: Geographies of Maritime Transport: Transport, Mobilities and Spatial Change. . ed. /Gordon Wilmsmeier; Jason Monios. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2020, p. 210-231
Book chapter > peer review
Henrik Sornn-Friese / Med lejede skibe og lånte laster : Historien om H. Bang & Co. og de danske timecharteroperatører.
In: Søfartshistorier: Danmarkshistorien til søs. . ed. /Jeppe Nevers; Anders Ravn Sørensen. København : Gad 2020, p. 226-247
Book chapter > peer review
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Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities
Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2018 Center for Logistik og Samarbejde

Keynote address

2019 University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Social Sciences External expert evaluator of the M.Sc. program in Environmental and Resource Management

2018 - 2021

Danish Maritime Authority Member of the Contact Committee for Maritime Research
2018 - 2020 Maritime Development Center (MDC) Membership of the Board of Directors
2018 - 2021 Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne Membership of the Board of Directors
2020 - 2021 Singapore Management University (SMU) Endowed chair (MPA Professor in Maritime Business)
2020 - 2021 Den Maritime Tænketank/The Maritime Think Tank Providing expert ideas and perspectives on how to understand and solve sustainability challenges in the maritime industry
2021 UK Government, Open Innovation Team Knowledge sharing and advice on the decarbonization of the UK Government