Department of Management, Society and Communication
What's happening at MSC:
Comparing insights from the Arctic and the Global South
In December, an international seminar as well as a PhD course, both organised by MSC Professor Karin Buhmann, brought attention to the challenges presented by the exploration and exploitation of natural resources across the world.
Seminar on Arctic and Global South experience
The seminar, Towards a research agenda for socially responsible green transitions, held on 5-7 December, zoomed in on topics such as meaningful stakeholder engagement, public participation and impact assessment of natural resource exploration and exploitation with a view to comparing Arctic and Global South experiences as well as identifying synergies for future research projects. The presenters, scholars and practitioners from the field, highlighted dilemmas and prospective research questions to be addressed in an Arctic/Global South joint or comparative
perspective. As an outcome of the seminar, an international research network (NESST – Research Network on Socially Sustainable Transitions) was created to advance research agendas and project collaboration in this field.
PhD course on Natural resources and human rights
In the week following the seminar, Karin Buhmann together with several seminar participants conducted a five-day PhD course discussing the ‘impacts, conflicts, benefits, stakeholders and governance’ related to natural resource exploitation, with an emphasis on organizational processes and human rights impact assessments and management of adverse as well as beneficial impacts, particularly for locally affected communities. The PhD course was well attended by students from several continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America) who contributed with their own academic experience. Students from a range of academic fields – law, political science, management and organizational studies, geology, biology, engineering and forest management – interacted with their peers and an equally diverse group of instructors from Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Greenland, Finland, France, Iceland and Mexico.
Professor Karin Buhmann, who is also the chairperson of the Business and Human Rights (BHRights) Initiative for interdisciplinary teaching and research in that field , has conducted research on business responsibilities for human rights for many years, including the evolution of the current normative regime on business and human rights. Most recently, she spent part of the autumn semester at Harvard University, visiting Professor John Ruggie and working on an academic publication on the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the business & human rights regime. Professor Buhmann is also the lead and leading co-funder of the Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Resources and Social Responsibility under the University of the Arctic (Uarctic), a circumpolar network that CBS joined in 2016. The research network resulting from the seminar in December will complement the BHRights Initiative as well as the Uarctic network.
Mikkel Flyverbom becomes a member of Djøf’s 'TechDK Kommission'
MSC Professor Mikkel Flyverbom has been appointed a member of the new TechDK commission established by Djøf, the influential Danish trade union representing economics, business and legal professionals.
The aim of the commission is to discuss the massive impact of technological developments on Danish society and societal values, and to suggest strategies for regulation and ways to meet the challenges presented by these developments.
Stine Bosse, business leader and chairperson of the commission, in an interview with the newspaper Politiken points to the huge influence of the ‘tech giants’ and envisages that the commission will, among other things, recommend measures to control their
use of personal data.
is Professor of Communication and Digital Transformations and his main research interests concern how digital technologies shape communication and governance processes in organizational settings, including, more specifically, how organizations engage with digital transformations, such as ‘big data’ and internet infrastructures that unsettle established ways of working and thinking.
He is Academic Co-Director of the Business-in-Society Platform ‘’ at CBS, as well as Programme director for the new . Mikkel Flyverbom has written about technological issues in Politiken.
Read more about the commission on interview with Stine Bosse in Politiken. and in (in Danish). A list of commission members can be seen in this
MSC receives three research grants from DANIDA
Just before Christmas, MSC researchers received three research grants from DANIDA (Denmark's development cooperation, an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark).
The three grants cover a range of research fields and geographical areas, and reflect MSC's research interest in business and development studies. The three research projects are:
Read more about the three DANIDA grants.
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'):
Markedet er ikke klar: Sådan undgår vores virksomheder at forhaste sig på det teknologiske felt
Professor Mikkel Flyverbom contributes to article about technology and Danish business, Finans 5 February, 2019.
See also by Mikkel Flyverbom Taberne: Værdier kan blive dyre and Skal samfundets digitale rygrad være 'Made in China'?, as well as a list of earlier articles in Politiken by Mikkel Flyverbom.
Lektor: Maduro kan snart være fortid som præsident i Venezuela
Part-time lecturer Carlos Salas Lind is interviewed about the presidential situation in Venezuela, B.T. 24 January, 2019.
See also the overview, 'Forstå de mulige scenarier for Venezuelas fremtid på få minutter', TV2.dk 31 January, 2019.
Lektor: May vil presse modstandere inden brexit-deadline
Associate Professor Ole Helmersen is interviewed about the so-called 'Plan B' for Brexit, Jyllandsposten, 21 January, 2019. Listen also 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 also comments on the Brexit vote in the British Parliament, Kristeligt Dagblad 16 January, 2019, and on the vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister in 'Theresa May vandt mistillidsafsteming', Radio24syv 17 January, 2019 (two and half minutes into the news).
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.
Velux Professor Jeremy Moon is interviewed about the new CSR regulations for Danish medium sized companies. Børsen 27 December, 2018.
See also the article 'Virksomheder udfordres af nye og svære krav: Konsulenthuse kan se frem til kronede dage', Børsen 27 December, 2018.
Professor MSO Karin Buhmann is interviewed about the decision by the Novo Nordisk Foundation to grant money to refugee camps. DR1 28 December, 2018.
See also the article in Jyllands-Posten on the same topic: 'Er det politisk indblanding, når erhvervsfonde giver penge til flygtninge?', Jyllands-Posten 27 December, 2018.
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.
MSC is home to a number of Centres and research initiatives:
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).
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.