Department of Management, Society and Communication

What's happening at MSC:

Prestigious appointments for MSC professors

Mikkel Flyverbom

Mikkel Flyverbom appointed to Dataetisk Råd

Professor MSO Mikkel Flyverbom has been appointed a member of Dataetisk Råd (the Data Ethics Council). The members were appointed in early April by the Danish government, who decided to establish the Data Ethics Council in connection with the government initiative ‘Digital Service i Verdensklasse’ (World class digital service) last year.


The Data Ethics Council
The Data Ethics Council, which will be an independent body, consists of a chairman and 11 members.
The purpose of the Council is to participate in the public debate about data ethics,

assist companies and the public sector in their responsible employment of data, and advice the government, Folketinget, and public authorities on data ethical issues. Read more about the Data Ethics Council in the Minstry of Finance press release (in Danish).


Making wise decisions
Concerning his role in the Council, Mikkel Flyverbom explains: ‘How data is used and abused is one of the key challenges we face in a digital and datafied society. As member of the Data Ethics Council, I will focus on the importance of developing responsible approaches in this area, and do what I can to remind our government, ministers and public institutions of the urgency and scope of these questions. Our ways of working with data will have far-reaching consequences for our society and we need to make wise decisions.’ For further information, please contact Mikkel Flyverbom,


Mikkel Flyverbom, who is Academic Director of the Digital Transformations Platform, was also appointed a member of Djøf’s ‘TechDK’ commission in January (read more).

Karin Buhmann re-appointed to the NCP for Responsible Business Conduct

In March, Professor MSO Karin Buhmann was re-appointed as a member of Denmark’s National Contact Point (NCP) for Responsible Business Conduct (Mæglings- og Klageinstitutionen for Ansvarlig Virksomhedsadfærd).


NCPs are national institutions set up under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, a comprehensive guidance instrument for responsible business conduct in regard to i.a. human rights, labour, the environment, anti-corruption and taxation.


Karin Buhmann

Several re-appointments

Prof. Buhmann holds a ‘civil society seat’ upon nomination. She was first appointed when the Danish NCP was re-launched 2012 with a strengthened multi-stakeholder structure and has been reappointed in 2015 and 2019. Read more about Karin Buhmann's appointment and the work of the NCP here.


For further information, please contact Karin Buhmann,

NEPSUS: Project team members visit MSC

NEPSUS logoTanzania

The NEPSUS project team has gathered at MSC during March for an extended period of project collaboration.


The NEPSUS project
Based in Tanzania, the NEPSUS project (New Partner-

ships for Sustainability) seeks to explain the formation of complex partnerships in natural resource management and establish whether and how they lead to better and more equitable sustainability outcomes in comparison to simpler forms of partnerships. Three natural resource sectors in Tanzania - wildlife, coastal resources and forestry - are studied by a multidisciplinary team with the purpose of making structured comparisons of the forms of complexity involved.


Research collaboration
During their research stay at MSC, team members (many of whom come from the University of Dar es Salaam, while others come from the University of Sheffield, Roskilde University and MSC) have analysed the data from the past two years of fieldwork and written up the results for each of the three sectors covered by the project (wildlife, forestry and coastal resources).


Dr Christine Noe, Senior Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam and co-coordinator of the project, explains that one of the truly unique aspects of the project is the capacity building inherent in close collaboration. The team has been working together throughout the process - from design and planning through joint fieldwork to testing and debating methodologies, key concepts, and findings - and in the process has uncovered and enhanced new strengths in the team as a whole as well as in the individual members. It will be one of the great inspirational takeaways from this project, Dr Noe concludes.

 NEPSUS team at work    NEPSUS presentation

The NEPSUS team at work

Further information
The NEPSUS project is funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry, the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU), and is jointly coordinated by Professor Stefano Ponte, who is director of the Centre for Business and Development Studies at MSC, and Dr Christine Noe. Later this year, the team will meet again, this time in Tanzania, to continue the collaborative process. The project ends in 2020.


Read more about the project and the team at . For further information, please contact Stefano Ponte,, or Christine Noe,

MSC in the Danish media:

A few recent MSC appearances in the Danish media (many more references can be found in the left-hand menu under 'In the Media'):

Grønne løfter, beskidte aftryk
Professor Stefano Ponte is interviewed about the commodification of environmental issues and the significance of global value chains for understanding these processes, Weekendavisen 22 March, 2019 (subscription).
Read more in Stefano Ponte's book Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains, due to be published later this year by Zed books.
Lektor: May spillede sin sidste trumf
Associate Professor Ole Helmersen is interviewed on Danish television about the Brexit situation, Policywatch 28 March, 2019.
Ole Helmersen is also interviewed about the situation, DR P1 Morgen 28 March, 2019 (2 minutes into the programme).

See other interviews with and comments by Ole Helmersen on Brexit:
'Storbritannien stemmer nej til Mays aftale: Hvilke konsekvenser vil Mays nederlag få?', DR2 Deadline 12 March, 2019 (6:40 minutes into the programme).
'Professor: Skelsættende udvikling er skidt nyt for May', Jyllandsposten 20 February, 2019.
'Professor: Labour-medlemmers farvel kan skabe nyt parti', Jyllandsposten 18 February, 2019.

'Lektor: May vil presse modstandere inden brexit-deadline', Jyllandsposten 21 January, 2019.
Listen to Ole Helmersen on radio commenting on the parliamentary vote on 29 January, DR P1 Morgen 31 January, 2019 (49 minutes into the programme).
Ole Helmersen comments on the Brexit vote in the British Parliament, Kristeligt Dagblad 16 January, 2019
'Theresa May vandt mistillidsafsteming', Radio24syv 17 January, 2019 (two and half minutes into the news).

Techtopia #94: Kan AI påvirke medier og demokrati?
Professor MSO Mikkel Flyverbom participates in a podcast about artificial intelligence, fake news and the political debate. Ingeniøren 4 March, 2019.

Other articles about technology with participation by Mikkel Flyverbom:
'Vi begraver fornuften i ord som disruption og algoritmer', Politiken 23 Februar, 2019.
'Markedet er ikke klar: sådan undgår vores virksomheder at forhaste sig på det teknologiske felt', Finans 5 February, 2019.
'Taberne: Værdier kan blive dyre', Politiken 14 January, 2019.
'Skal samfundets digitale rygrad være 'Made in China'?', Politiken 14 January, 2019.

as well as a list of earlier articles in Politiken by Mikkel Flyverbom.

Danske topledere presses til øget fokus på bæredygtighed

Professor Andreas Rasche is interviewed about the increasing business focus on sustainability, Finans 3 March, 2019.

Read also:
'Bæredygtighedens mange dilemmaer', Finans 6 March, 2019.


Lektor: USA har enestående mulighed for at presse Maduro

External lecturer Carlos Salas-Lind is interviewed about the situation in Venezuela, Jyllandsposten 25 February, 2019.

Read also: 
'Soldater forlader grænseposter – nervekrig om nødhjælp kan blive begyndelsen på enden for Maduro', Politiken 23 February, 2019.
'Ekspert forventer ikke mytteri i Venezuela: Militæret er dybt fedtet ind i Maduro', 20 February, 2019.
'Lektor:Maduro kan snart være fortid i Venezuela', B.T. 24 January, 2019.

See also the overview, 'Forstå de mulige scenarier for Venezuelas fremtid på få minutter', 31 January, 2019.


CBS researchers investigate the world of tea: A window into politics, capitalism and sustainability

Associate Professor Martin Skrydstrup, Postdoc Hannah Elliott, and Assistant Professor Matthew Archer are interviewed about their research project, 'Sustainability’s Infrastructure: A novel ethnographic approach to the global value chain of certified tea' (SUSTEIN), CBS WIRE, 11 January, 2019.


Introducing MSC:

The Department of Management, Society and Communication


The department came into existence on 1 January 2017 as a result of the merger of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management and the Department of International Business Communication. Read about MSC's research profile here.


MSC moved into its new premises in Dalgas Have in August 2017. As one of CBS' largest department, it occupies most of the second floor of the building.

Dalgas Have

MSC is home to a number of Centres and research initiatives:

CBS Sustainability
Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
CBS World Class Research Environment ‘Governing Responsible Business’ (GRB)
VELUX Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability
The BHRights Initiative - teaching and research on Business and Human Rights
The CBS Africa Initiative
The Sustainable Urbanisation Team
CogLab - MSC’s facility for experimental research

BiS Platform secretariat
MSC hosts the joint secretariat for CBS’ three new Business-in-Society Platforms, which came into existence on 1 January 2018:
Difference & Diversity
Transformations: Technology, Data and Knowledge in the Digital Age
MSC contributes with members to all three platforms and with academic co-directorship to two of them (Difference & Diversity and Transformations).

PRME office
MSC also houses the CBS Office of Responsible Management Education (PRME). The office aims to ensure that the UN principles for responsible management education are an integral part of CBS core activities both in research and education. PRME shares its facilities at MSC with oikos Copenhagen, the Danish chapter of an international non-profit student-driven organization on sustainable economics and management, and Transparency International, an organisation working to prevent corruption.


Further information about MSC

Please contact the MSC Head of Department, Dorte Salskov-Iversen or the MSC Head of Secretariat, Annika Dilling.


Department of Management, Society and Communication
Copenhagen Business School
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