New vice dean to enhance continuing education at CBS

As part of the preparations for the coming education reform in Denmark, CBS appoints a vice dean with the aim to strengthen the continuing education area.


Anne Reff

Anne Reff Pedersen will be responsible for coordinating and developing continuing education at CBS. Photo: Anna Holte

An experienced professor with a research focus on organisations, ethnography and innovation will be at the head of the MBA, diploma (HD) and executive master programmes as of 1 August. Following an internal recruitment process, Anne Reff Pedersen at the Department of Organization has been appointed new vice dean of the MBA and part-time programmes. 

The appointment is based on an increased demand in society for lifelong learning possibilities, says Anna Thomasson, Dean of Education at CBS.

"We enhance our MBA and part-time programmes with the appointment of a vice dean because a large master programme reform is in the pipeline. The stage is set for lifelong learning to become a much larger part of our work lives in future, where more people – also those with a university degree – will continue to improve their qualifications. CBS will play a large part in this, and we are preparing to become an important collaborative partner to employers as well as the course participants who wish to boost their career opportunities,” says Anna Thomasson.

Visionary academic leader

Anne Reff Pedersen is Professor MSO at the Department of Organization and does research on organisations and innovation with a special interest in the health sector. She holds a master and a PhD degree from Roskilde University and has won the Sage Award for the best research article awarded by the British Sociological Association. She co-authored the Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management and has been leading research at the Center for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI) at CBS.

Moreover, Anne Reff Pedersen has been programme director of the Master of Public Governance (MPG) and Master of Health Management (MHM).

"Anne is a visionary academic leader and a research expert with vast experience in the continuing education area and a strong network. And not least, she knows the ins and outs of CBS, where she has been working since 2001,” says Anna Thomasson.

Development in dialogue with employers

The new vice dean will be academically responsible for the entire continuing education area at CBS, which encompasses 18 different diploma, executive master and MBA programmes.

One of the most important tasks will be to develop and implement new programmes, programme formats and other activities in the pipeline – all of it in dialogue with the employers.

The vice dean will also be responsible for coordinating CBS initiatives across the continuing education area such as blended learning and online teaching, just like the vice dean will help drive the implementation of strategic initiatives such as CBS Lifelong Learning, CBS Leadership Centre and Nordic Nine, which is nine capabilities developed by CBS that serve to inspire students to contribute to the solution of societal challenges with compassion for themselves, others and the planet.

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