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. Below you can find highlights of our strategic partnerships and our international collaborative projects.
CBDS co-hosted the 5th Nordic Development Research Conference bringing together researchers from North and South
University of Johannesburg
Institutional collaboration between CBDS at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) started in early 2019. CBS has a strong research, teaching and engagement record, and cross-cutting platforms, in key areas of common interest with UJ – such as digitalization, sustainability and inequality. UJ has an ambitious agenda across its key schools focusing on digitalization and industry 4.0; the role of business in Africa; and industrial development and competition. Instruments of this strategic collaboration include joint research projects as well as relationships built through joint seminars and lectures under visiting arrangements.
The key research questions addressed by the collaboration are: How are Industry 4.0 technologies, digitalization and sustainability management re-shaping global value chains? With what consequences for the geography of production, the nature of work, inequality and the distribution of value added? With what dynamics and consequences? What are the public policy implications?
Thando Vilakazi, Director of CCRED, at a joint seminar in Copenhagen, February 2020
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Ongoing projects and activities (2019/20):
- Competition and power in global and regional value chains
- Seed research project funded under the UJ Distinguished Visiting Professor appointment of Stefano Ponte, but also involving Pamela Mondliwa (UJ) and Simon Roberts (UJ)
- submit a joint paper in early 2020 entitled ‘Power and competition in global value chains’ to Competition & Change
- provide analytical input to the Competition Commission of South Africa on the vertical/value chain elements that should be considered in competition cases
- Digital transformations in Africa
- Seed research project funded by a the CBS Digital Transformation Platform, involving Maha Atal (CBDS) and Pamela Mondliwa (UJ)
- Submit a joint paper in early-2020 entitled ‘There’s an app for that: Mobile finance, monopoly banks and economic development in South Africa’
- A larger group of UJ and CBDS researchers is also exploring the possibility of further research on digital platforms and on how digitalization is shaping value chain governance in the global South
- Inequality and value chain governance
- Research project funded by a seed grant from the CBS Inequality Platform and the UJ DVP appointment, involving Thando Vilakazi (UJ), Stefano Ponte (CBDS), Lasse Henriksen (IOA/CBS), Grace Nsomba (UJ) and Teboho Bosiu (UJ)
- Currently working on a project focused on fishery quota allocations and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa
- Submit a joint paper in mid-2020 entitled ‘The political economy of competition, regulation and transformation: Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and quota allocations in South African industrial fisheries
- A larger group of UJ and CBDS researchers is also exploring the possibility of further research on broader issues of inequality and value chain governance
- Industry 4.0, local technological capabilities and industrial policy in Africa
- Currently seeking funding for the establishment of the AIP21 Research Network (African Industrial Policy for the 21st Century)
- Involving Pamela Mondliwa (UJ), Simon Roberts (UJ), Thando Vilakazi (UJ), Stefano Ponte (CBDS) and Lindsay Whitfield (Roskilde University)
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
CBDS researchers and organizers of the collaboration Jacobo Ramirez and Søren Jeppesen visited IDS in December 2019
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Seminar one: Institutional influences and SME development in Africa
Thursday, May 14th
- An opportunity missed? (Lack of) Local firm Growth in an era of Rising Africa. The case of Food processing firms in Zambia. Søren Jeppesen, CBS
- Testing the Theory of Change for Supplier Development in Natural Resource Sectors in East Africa: Jodie Thorpe, IDS
- Discussants: Seife Ayele, IDS and Peter Lund-Thomsen, CBS
- Exploration of ideas: All participants!
- Chair: Jacobo Ramirez, CBDS
Seminar two: Renewable Energy
Thursday, June 25th 12:00-13:30 UK; 13:00-14:30 Denmark
Seminar three: TBD
Thursday, September 17th 12:00-13:30 UK; 13:00-14:30 Denmark
Seminar four: TBD
Thursday, November 19th 12:00-13:30 UK; 13:00-14:30 Denmark
Each of the planned seminars will be co-led by one presenter from CBS and one presenter from IDS, who will share insights from work in progress, as well as highlighting experiences of methods and ways of working (e.g. partnerships in developing countries). Discussants from each institution will help place these specific presentations in a much broader context of our institutional approaches and priorities, leading to a broad discussion amongst seminar participants on the themes and opportunities arising.
This virtual seminar series is open to all members of the Centre for Business and Development Studies at CBS, and the Business and Development Centre at IDS, and their invited guests. Welcome!
The CBS Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Business and Development Centre, launched (fall 2020) virtual seminar series to explore major business and development issues at the forefront of work by academics. The aim is to provide a flavor of the research interests and approach of each institution, and offer an opportunity to explore and seed new research collaborations and other joint projects. The objectives of the seminar series are to exchange specific experiences and ideas, develop a joint proposal in response to existing research calls, develop a joint concept for which funding opportunities could be explored, publish a shared research agenda, conceptual framework, etc. through a joint working paper, a joint journal article, collect papers across a common theme for a special edition journal and the development of a joint conference panel at general development studies conferences like DSA or EADI, or for specific events linked to the theme of interest.
New Partnerships for Sustainability (NEPSUS) project
Partnership between CBS and the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The project is in cooperation with the Center for International Forestry Research, University of the Western Cape South Africa & Roskilde University
Based in Tanzania, the Nepsus project 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.
Members of the NEPSUS project team in Tanzania
The project measures and explains the everyday humanitarian practices of communities engaged most directly with protracted crisis (refugees) and others experiencing acute crises (earthquake, floods). EveryHumanTZ’s Overall Objective is to understand how people interacting in everyday situations respond to crisis situations outside of the formal structures of humanitarian assistance. It is a collaborative project with Roskilde University (RUC), University of Copenhagen (UCPH), and University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania.
Members of the project team in Tanzania
RISC has three objectives: it will 1) identify attributes of effective governance of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) – and social sustainability more widely – in the Bangladesh (BD) ready-made garment (RMG) industry; 2) provide new academic and practical knowledge on the governance of social sustainability in international supply chains; and 3) contribute to local capacity-building and solutions for OHS and social sustainability in BD. RISC adopts a collaborative approach combining academic institutions (CBS; BRAC Uni BD;Tufts) and an industry multi-stakeholder initiative (the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative) with networks in DK and BD. The research aims to build local capacity by enabling: the involvement of BD MSc students; the development of research skills of junior BD researchers; and collaboration between junior and senior scholars, and with practitioners.
RISC Student Workshop February 2020 Bangladesh
Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana
The project is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project investigating the dynamics of creative work and creative entrepreneurship in Ghana. Focusing on performing arts, film, fashion design and visual arts industries, a team of researchers from Copenhagen Business School, Loughborough University and University of Ghana works closely with private sector creative businesses and policy stakeholders to co-produce original empirical and theoretical knowledge on creative industries in an African context.