Institut for Organisation

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Morten Thanning

Kontor: KIL/14.A-4.65
The main concerns in my research are how organizations learn from, improvise in response to, and make sense of innovations and unexpected events. In the beginning of my career, I focused on how organizations conceptualize and develop innovations, but a little more than ten years ago I began to focus on how organizations prepare for and address emergencies. I pursue my research agenda in studies of crowd safety at large music festivals, Arctic offshore emergencies, and more recently organizational response and adaptation during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. For the purpose of furthering these research agendas through multi-disciplinary research, I participated in the founding of Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE), which was establish in the autumn of 2012, in collaboration between Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen.
I publish my research results in leading international journals, and disseminate these results to practice in different ways. For example, Rasmus Dahlberg (Royal Danish Defence College) and I have conceptualized a learning and dialogue game on Arctic Search and Rescue, based on research results from the NORDRESS project.
From September 1. to November 30., my office hours are Wednesday from 2 pm. to 4 pm. This will usually also be the hours where I answer incoming mails regarding administrative issues and handled inquiries about supervision.
Primære forskningsområder
  • Crisis Management
  • Crowd Safety Management
  • Organizational Decision Making
  • Management of Innovation
  • Organizational Learning and Adaptation
  • Sensemaking in Organizations


Administrative opgaver
  • Member of Board of Directors for Nordic Academy of Management
  • Member of the Education Committee for the B.Sc. program in Emergency and Risk Management, University College Copenhagen
  • Member of International Editorial Board for Management Learning
  • Member of Editorial Board for Scandinavian Journal of Management

Chairman and member of assessment committees for Ph.D.-stipends, assistant- and associate professorships, and Ph.D.-dissertations at: Babson College, Brunel University, Copenhagen Business School, Technical University of Denmark, Universiti Putra Malaysia (Graduate School of Management), University of Edinburgh (Business School), University of Southern Denmark, and University of Aarhus (School of Education and Aarhus School of Business).

Curriculum Vitae
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2023 -
Graduate Diploma in Organization and Management (HD 2. del i Organisation og Ledelse) 

2018 –
Organizational Change, Master of Knowledge Management, Nord University/CBS
2017 -
Crisis Management, CBS Global Executive MBA program
2012 -
Perspectives in Organizational Analysis. Doctoral School of Organization and Management Studies.
Organization & Management. B.Sc. program in Business Administration and Management Science.
2006 -
Organizing External Relations. B.Sc. program in Business Administration and Psychology.

Master Thesis Supervision:

During my career at CBS more than 100 students have successfully completed their master thesis with me as their main supervisor. I typically supervise students writing their master thesis on topics, such as crisis management, management of innovation, and organizational change.

PhD supervision:

  • 2018:
    • Flemming Toft (Annick Schramme, Universty of Antwerpen, Dept. of Management, acts as primary supervisor). Project title: Improvisation as creative leadership - state of mind, being and actions in organizations.
  • 2016-2022:
    • Katharina Christiane Nielsen Jeschke (Susanne Boch Waldorff acted as primary supervisor) Thesis title: Balancing Safety in Everyday Work: A Case Study of Construction Managers’ Dynamic Safety Practices. Thesis defended August 25th 2022.
  • 2016-2020:
    • Signe Bruskin (Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: The Infinite Storm: An Ethnographic Study of Organizational Change in a Bank. Thesis defended February 21st 2020.
  • 2011-2015:
    • Michael Simon Nixon (John Sahl Andersen, University of Copenhagen, acted as primary supervisor). Thesis title: Organising Medication Discontinuation – The Decision Making Processes of GPs when Discontinuing Statins. Thesis defended February 6th 2015.
  • 2010-2014:
    • Peter Holm Jacobsen (Erik Axel, Roskilde University, acted as primary supervisor). Thesis title: Situated Learning in Design Projects - An Ethnographic Study of a Process Competition at Carlsberg. Thesis defended February 7th 2014.
  • 2008-2010:
    • Christine Secher (Peter Kjær acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: E-participation in Practice – the politicians’ and the administrators’ co-construction and its consequences. Thesis defended February 4. 2010.
  • 2004-2008:
    • Frederikke Krogh-Meibom (Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: The Co-Evolution of Institutions and Technology – A Neo-Institutional Understanding of Change Processes within the Business Press - the Case of Financial Times. Thesis defended on December 22. 2008.
  • 2002–2004:
    • Annemette Leonhardt Kjærgaard (Niels Bjørn-Andersen acted as secondary supervisor). Thesis title: Knowledge Management as Internal Corporate Venturing – a Field Study of the Rise and Fall of a Bottom-Up Process. Thesis defended on May 11. 2004.
Udvalgte publikationer
  • Vendelø, M. T., & Rerup, C. (2020) Collective Mindfulness in a Regenerating Organization: Ethnographic Evidence from Roskilde Festival. Safety Science, vol. 123 (special issue on Mindful Organizing and its Role on Safety), article 104537.
  • Vendelø, M. T. (2019) The Past, Present, and Future of Event Safety Research. In: J. Armbrecht & E. Lundberg & T. D. Andersson (eds.) A Research Agenda for Event Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 23-34.
  • Constantiou, I., Shollo, A., & Vendelø, M. T. (2019) Mobilizing Intuitive Judgment during Organizational Decision Making: When Business Intelligence is not the only thing that matters. Decision Support Systems, vol. 121, pp. 51-61.
  • Lauta, K. C., Vendelø, M. T., Sørensen, B. R., & Dahlberg, R. (2018) Conceptualizing Cold Disasters: Disaster Risk Governance at the Arctic Edge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 31, pp. 1276-1282.
  • Vendelø, M. T. (2016) Disasters in the Sensemaking Perspective: The Præstø Fjord Accident. In: R. Dahlberg, O. Rubin and M. T. Vendelø (eds.) Disaster Research – Multi-disciplinary and International Perspectives. Routledge Humanitarian Studies Series. London: Routledge, pp. 177-188.
  • Dahlberg, R., Rubin, O., & Vendelø, M. T. (eds.) (2016) Disaster Research – Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives. London: Rutledge.
  • Leybourne, S., Lynn, G., and Vendelø, M. T. (2014) Forms, Metaphors and Themes: An Introduction to the Special Issue on Organizational Improvisation. Creativity & Innovation Management, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 353-358.
  • Vendelø, M. T. (2009) Improvisation and Learning in Organizations – an opportunity for future empirical research. Management Learning, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 449-456.
  • Vendelø, M. T., and Rerup, C., (2009) Weak Cues and Attentional Triangulation: The Pearl Jam Concert at Roskilde Festival. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, August 7. - 11. 2009. Chicago, Illinois, pp. 1-38.


Publications List
Publikationer sorteret efter:
Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Organisationens beslutningsprocesser
I: Organisation: Fra teori til praksis. . red. /Søren Voxted. København : Djøf Forlag 2023, s. 153-172
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Morten Thanning Vendelø / Organisationer og deres omverden
I: Organisation: Fra teori til praksis. . red. /Søren Voxted. København : Djøf Forlag 2023, s. 69-89
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Morten Thanning Vendelø / Organizing for Crowd Safety
Paper presented at SCANCOR 2023 Organization Theory Workshop, 2023
Paper > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Roskilde Festival and Transgressive Behaviour : An Emerging Safety Concern for Event Organisers.
I: Cases For Event Management and Event Tourism. red. /Vassilios Ziakas; Donald Getz. Oxford : Goodfellow Publishers 2023, s. 71-86
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Yogesh K. Dwivedi; Laurie Hughes; Arpan Kumar Kar; Abdullah M. Baabdulla; Purva Grover; Roba Abbas; Daniela Andreini; Iyad Abumoghli; Yves Barlette; Deborah Bunker; Leona Chandra Kruse; Ioanna Constantiou; Robert M. Davison; Rahul De'; Rameshwar Dubey; Henry Fenby-Taylor; Babita Gupta; Wu He; Misturu Kodama; Matti Mäntymäki; Bhimaraya Metri; Katina Michael; Johan Olaisen; Niki Panteli; Samuli Pekkola; Rohit Nishant; Ramakrishnan Raman; Nripendra P. Rana; Frantz Rowe; Suprateek Sarker; Brenda Scholtz; Maung K. Sein; Jeel Dharmeshkumar Shah; Thompson S.H. Teo; Manoj Kumar Tiwari; Morten Thanning Vendelø; Michael Wade / Climate Change and COP26 : Are Digital Technologies and Information Management Part of the Problem or the Solution? An Editorial Reflection and Call to Action.
I: International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 63, 4.2022
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Jannick Friis Christensen; Katrine Raaby; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Frirummets festival : En undersøgelse af grænseoverskridende adfærd på Roskilde Festival.
Frederiksberg : Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School 2021, 41 s.
Jannick Friis Christensen; Morten Thanning Vendelø / The Performativity of Normative Expectations : Transgressive Behaviour at Roskilde Festival.
I: Book of Abstracts. Gender, Work & Organization. 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference: Transforming Contexts, Transforming Selves: Gender in New Times. Canterbury : University of Kent 2021, 2 s., s. 745-746
Konferenceabstrakt i proceedings > peer review
Rasmus Dahlberg; Morten Thanning Vendelø / Beslutningstagen under kriser
I: Mod i kriseledelse. red. /Karsten Mellon. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2020, s. 61-74
Bidrag til bog/antologi
Morten Thanning Vendelø; Claus Rerup / Collective Mindfulness in a Regenerating Organization : Ethnographic Evidence from Roskilde Festival.
I: Safety Science, Vol. 123, 3.2020
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Rasmus Dahlberg; Morten Thanning Vendelø; Birgitte Refslund Sørensen; Kristian Cedervall Lauta / Offshore is Onshore : Scalability, Synchronization, and Speed of Decision in Arctic SAR.
I: Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies, Vol. 3, Nr. 1, 2020, s. 157-168
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
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