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This report by MarioTorres Jarrin (European Institute of International Studies), Gian Luca Gardini (Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Jacobo Ramirez (Copenhagen Business School) was published with the support of the OECD and is available online here.  This report is the result of all conversations and contributions of the three seminars in Stockholm, Copenhagen (CBS), and Berlin. The event took place at the OECD on 28 January 2019. The presentation of the report was followed by a substantive discussion on Key OECD recommendations for the Pacific Alliance in the four areas identified in the report (Digitalization, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Vocational Education and Training, and Gender Equality) as well as on ways to build a more structured cooperation. The discussion included strategic advice and facilitation of initiatives of OECD member countries who are also Pacific Alliance Observer countries, as detailed in the report.

- Lessons learned from the DI Africanisation project 2016-18


In 2016, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) embarked on the project ”Africanisation: From Næstved to Nairobi” – henceforth the Africanisation project. Through intensive advice and network facilitation, the project would assist 14 Danish medium-sized companies in starting up and further developing export to East Africa. The Danish Industry Foundation (IF) supported the project financially. The background for the project was based on previous DI analyses which indicated that Danish companies, and here especially medium-sized companies, were not exploiting the export potential of Africa to the extent of other like countries. The project was explorative in the sense that various new export support methods were developed and implemented. An evaluation team from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) followed the project to determine progress and extract learnings. You can find the report here.

Written by: Michael W. Hansen and Henrik Gundelach, Center for Business and Development Studies

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From the Pearl of Africa to The Land of "Hygge"


For the past couple of years, students at the MSc in Business, Language and Culture at CBS have had the chance visit to the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) as part of a unique collaboration between the two business schools. Here, students carry out fieldwork in the context of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in projects revolving around private sector development and entrepreneurship. The field study marks its 8th program this year. But while CBS students have always traveled to Uganda for the project, no Ugandan student has ever had the chance to visit CBS and Copenhagen as a part of the project. Until now.

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CBS has a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals


Researchers, staff and students have joined forces and created a Task Force on the Sustainable Development Goals. They want to implement the UN SDGs on campus.

In 2015, the United Nations launched the UN Sustainable Development Goals, also referred to as the SDGs. The SDGs comprise of 17 development goals creating a common language for reacting to the global challenges and setting the targets for global development until 2030. 

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has played a significant role in getting the UN SDGs into teaching and curriculum in Danish highschools. Besides implementing the 17 SDGs as a highlighted learning outcome, together with UNDP, Globale Gymnasier and others, the Ministry of Education has developed a teaching platform with teaching materials on the SDGS for highschool teachers 

The Danish universities are not subject to implementing the SDGs as prescribed by the Danish Ministry of Education, and it is therefore up to the individual university whether to implement the SDGs in teaching, research and more. However, the interest in universities' position on sustainability is high among students, staff, external partners and Danish universities such as CBS, DTU and Copenhagen University are increasing their focus and engagement in the SDGs.

The initiators of the CBS SDG Task Force felt the need to coordinate and scale up existing and new initiatives aiming to implement the SDGs and sustainability on a broader scale at CBS. The Task Force aims to address sustainability related issues and implement concrete solutions to make CBS a more sustainable campus and educational institution. For the time being, the Task Force represents 7 different departments: Department of Accounting; Department of Strategy and Innovation; Department of Management, Society and Communication; Department of Organization, Department of Management Politics and Philosophy, Campus Estate, CBS Business as well as Student & Innovation House and oikos.

It is the ambition of the Task Force to have representatives from all departments at CBS by the end of 2018.

For more information about the SDG Task Force, please reach out to Louise Thomsen;

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Andrew Crabtree has been re-elected Treasurer of The Human Development and Capability Association


The Nobel prize winning economist and Harvard philosopher Amartya Sen and the philosopher Martha Nussbaum were the founding presidents of The Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). The Association aims to promote high quality research in the interconnected areas of human development and capability analysis, including the quality of life, poverty, justice, gender, development and environment inter alia. It works in a broad range of disciplines - such as economics, philosophy, political theory, sociology, education, public health and development studies.

While primarily an academic body, the Association brings together those involved in academic work with practitioners who are involved in, or interested in, the application of research from the fields of human development and capability analysis to the problems they face. HDCA publishes a journal, the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (JHDC), and holds an annual conference in venues around the world. The Association has some 700 members in a total of 70 countries. In addition to Sen and Nussbaum, past presidents include Frances Stewart, Kaushik Basu, Sir Tony Atkinson, and Henry Richardson. The current president is Ravi Kanbur.

Further information is available on the Association’s website

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Søren Jeppesen on Radio24syv


21st March 2018 - 44 African leaders have signed a historic agreement to create the African Continental Free Trade Area. This is by far the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Oraganisation. Associate Professor, Søren Jeppesen, gave his perspective to Radio24syv. The podcast is available here (at approximately 12:25 minutes).

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Professor Søren Jeppesen is Presenting at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa


Professor Søren Jeppesen (CBS) and Professor Andries Bezuidenhout (UFH) are presenting their study on the Southern African garment manufacturing industry at the University of Fort Hare. The presentation will be hold on the 23rd of February 2018. Click here to see the announcement.

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Read our latest blog on the 2017 EAMSA Conference




The economies of Asia are among the world’s greatest beneficiaries of globalization. Although robust exports and large flows of foreign direct investments have driven economic growth and rapidly improved living standards, globalization has also brought new challenges to the old order. Sluggish economic performance in parts of both Europe and Asia, growing protectionism, stalled trade negotiations, and fast-growing communication technology and robotics have all challenged the globalization momentum of previous decades. For four days, academics, practitioners and PhD students from all continents of the world came together for this year’s annual EAMSA (Euro-Asia Management Studies Association) conference at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark, to discuss how these developments may potentially impact the future of European and Asian companies’ propensity to invest, collaborate and compete across the two regions.

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Sudhanshu Rai is Bridging Danish and Indian Education


Sudhanshu Rai, Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Society and Communication, is talking about how he can act as a bridge between institutions for higher education within Denmark and India.

Read the full story at CBS W'IRE.

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Read Manisha Bachheti's story about living and working in Denmark



Manisha Bachheti, External Lecturer, at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at CBS, decided to move to Denmark with her family out of thin air.

She is telling her interesting story to CBS W'IRE about living and moving to Copenhagen.

Read the full story here.

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Best Paper Award awarded to Jacobo Ramirez and colleagues



The Management Research Editor's Best Paper Award 2017 has been awarded to Jacobo Ramirez (Copenhagen Business School), Caludia Claudia Velez-Zapata (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana) and Sergio Madero (Tecnológico de Monterrey) for their journal on Organizational, HRM and Line Manager Ambidexterity in Illegitimate Institutional Contexts. The Conference was held by the Iberoamerican Academy of Management in New Orleans, United States.

You can read more about the conference here.

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