Institut for Organisation

  • People and Organizing (PnO)
Johan Simonsen

Kontor: KIL/14.A-4.64
E-mail: jsa.ioa@cbs.dk

My research is rooted in the field of work and organizational psychology and revolves around how the topic of how changes in organizations affect both employees and the organization.
One major line of research I have followed is the continuous advancement of workplace intervention studies. I collaborate with organization on the design and implementation of the intervention program and conduct analyses of outcomes and processes using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches. The content of the interventions I have been involved in spans management training, participatory processes in work teams and organizational development.
On the topic of change events (such as restructuring and downsizing) I study how organizational change affects employee wellbeing and in particular how change management initiatives can affect the perception and impact of change processes.
I have done work on applying organization theory (such as sensemaking and actor-network theory) to work and organizational psychology topics.
I am currently an associate editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Primære forskningsområder
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of workplace interventions (predominantly psychosocial work environment interventions)
  • Conceptualization and measurement (psychometrics) of psychosocial work environment
  • The impact of organizational change on psychosocial work environment
  • Change management
  • Application of organization theory concepts in work and organizational psychology and work environment research


Curriculum Vitae
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  • Human Resource Management and Psychological Testing, BSc in Administration and Psychology (HA Psyk)
  • Social Psychology, BSc in Administration and Psychology (HA Psyk)
  • Change Management, MSc in Business Administration and Psychology (Cand. Merc. Psyk.)
  • Master thesis supervision
  • PhD supervision
Udvalgte publikationer
  • Abildgaard, J. S., Nielsen, K., Wåhlin-Jacobsen, C. D., Maltesen, T., Christensen, K. B., & Holtermann, A. (2020). ‘Same, but different’: A mixed-methods realist evaluation of a cluster-randomized controlled participatory organizational intervention. Human Relations, 73(10), 1339–1365. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726719866896
  • Abildgaard, J. S., Hasson, H., von Thiele Schwarz, U., Løvseth, L. T., Ala-Laurinaho, A., & Nielsen, K. (2020). Forms of participation: The development and application of a conceptual model of participation in work environment interventions. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 41(3), 746–769. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X17743576
  • von Thiele Schwarz, U., Nielsen, K., Edwards, K., Hasson, H., Ipsen, C., Savage, C., Abildgaard, J.S., Richter, A., Lornudd, C., Mazzocato, P., & Reed, J. E. (2021). How to design, implement and evaluate organizational interventions for maximum impact: The Sigtuna Principles. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 30(3), 415–427. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2020.1803960
  • Abildgaard, J. S., Nielsen, K., & Sverke, M. (2018). Can job insecurity be managed? Evaluating an organizational-level intervention addressing the negative effects of restructuring. Work & Stress, 32(2), 105–123. https://doi.org/10.1080/02678373.2017.1367735
  • Abildgaard, J. S., & Nielsen, K. (2018). The Interplay of Sensemaking and Material Artefacts during Interventions: A Case Study. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 8(3). https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.v8i3.109538
Publikationer sorteret efter:
Robert Lundmark; Alexander Agrell; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Jens Wahlström; Susanne Tafvelin / A Joint Training of Healthcare Line Managers and Health and Safety Representatives in Facilitating Occupational Health Interventions : A Feasibility Study Protocol for the Co-pilot Project.
I: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 15, 27.5.2024
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Majbritt Thorhauge Grønvad; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Birgit Aust / Moving Beyond Resistance and Readiness : Reframing Change Reactions as Change Related Subject Positioning.
I: Journal of Change Management, Vol. 24, Nr. 1, 3.2024, s. 5-24
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Marta Roczniewska; Susanne Tafvelin; Karina Nielsen; Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz; Edward J. Miech; Henna Hasson; Kasper Edwards; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Ole Henning Sørensen / Simple Roads to Failure, Complex Paths to Success : An Evaluation of Conditions Explaining Perceived Fit of an Organizational Occupational Health Intervention.
I: Applied Psychology, Vol. 73, Nr. 3, 7.2024, s. 1103-1130
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Karina Nielsen; Esben Langager Olsen / Developing Change Competencies : An Examination of Sensemaking Processes in a Change Management Competency Intervention.
I: The Psychology of Organizational Change: New Insights on the Antecedents and Consequences of Individuals' Responses to Change. . red. /Shaul Oreg; Alexandra Michel; Rune Todnem By. New York : Cambridge University Press 2023, s. 185-207
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Susanne Tafvelin; Marit Christensen / Special Issue Editorial : New Perspectives on Workplace Interventions.
I: Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 8, Nr. 1, 2023, s. 1-6
Iben Louise Karlsen; Peter Aske Svendsen; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard / A Review of Smartphone Applications Designed to Improve Occupational Health, Safety, and Well-being at Workplaces
I: BMC Public Health, Vol. 22, Nr. 1, 12.2022
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Peter Aske Svendsen; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Lene Tanggaard; Ida Elisabeth Huitfeldt Madsen; Malene Friis Andersen / Influence at Work tied to Materiality in Danish Care Work
I: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. 12, Nr. 2, 2022, s. 27-47
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Niels Christian Mossfeldt Nickelsen; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard / The Entwinement of Policy, Design and Care Scripts : Providing Alternative Choice‐dependency Situations with Care Robots.
I: Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 44, Nr. 2, 2.2022, s. 451-468
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Esben Langager Olsen; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard / The Figural Space of the Business Simulacrum : Examining an Educative Change Management Simulation.
I: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 15, Nr. 5, 10.2022, s. 634-651
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz; Karina Nielsen; Kasper Edwards; Henna Hasson; Christine Ipsen; Carl Savage; Johan Simonsen Abildgaard; Anne Richter; Caroline Lornudd; Pamela Mazzocato; Julie E. Reed / How to Design, Implement and Evaluate Organizational Interventions for Maximum Impact : The Sigtuna Principles.
I: European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 30, Nr. 3, 2021, s. 415-427
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
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