© 2019 by Centre for Business and Development Studies



The Centre for Business and Development Studies aims at consolidating, advancing and disseminating research on the relations between business operations and sustainable development in the Global South.


CBDS seeks to make CBS a key player in international research in this field as well as to provide expertise to policy makers, business and civil society groups – both in Denmark and in developing countries – in view of achieving inclusive and sustainable development.


CBDS consists of approximately 20 researchers based in the Department of Management, Society and Communication and another dozen based in other departments at CBS who conduct research on business and international development from a variety of theoretical perspectives and methods.


Currently, CBDS is organized in three cross-cutting research clusters: 1) Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation in Development; 2) Joint Sustainability Governance Group (JSGG); and 3) Knowledge and Global Development. The centre is led by a director, supported by an administrative assistant, and advised by an international advisory board.


CBDS is currently active in a number of research fields, including: firm strategy and management in developing countries; multinational corporations and economic development; global value chain governance and development; corporate social and environmental responsibility in developing countries; base-of-the-pyramid strategies; human rights and local communities; entrepreneurship and innovation; critical development studies; business and humanitarian interventions; and business, sustainability and climate change.


We seek cooperation with academic and non-academic organizations both in Denmark and worldwide in order to promote international exchange and collaboration between academia, civil society and the private sector.  To see a full list of cooperating organizations, click here.  

CBDS co-hosted the 5th Nordic Development Research Conference bringing together researchers from North and South 

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