Peter Lund-Thomsen

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: DH.Ø.2.33

Tel: +4538153192

Mobile: +45 7156 8889


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My research focuses on sustainable value chains, industrial clusters, and corporate social responsibility with a regional focus on South Asia. I have undertaken a number of in-depth studies on these themes in the football manufacturing, leather tanning, garment and textile industries in South Asia. Most recently, I have researched the formulation, implementation and socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Better Cotton Initiative – a multi-stakeholder initiative - in Pakistan and India. I have also a broader interest in the role of the private sector in development and the field of business and development studies as an academic and policy-oriented discipline. At present, I am involved in a three-year in- depth-study of women’s entrepreneurship in the bamboo value chains of India in the states of Assam, Odisha, Meghalya, and Madhya Pradesh.I have published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Business and Society, Global Networks, Geoforum, Journal of Business Ethics, Development and Change, and Journal of Economic Geography. I am also co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge anthology, “Business and Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives” (together w. Hansen and Lindgreen). Currently, I serve as Associate Editor at the journal Competition and Change (Sage Publications).

P R I M A R Y  R E S E A R C H  A R E A S

  • CSER in Developing Countries
  • Industrial Upgrading & MSMEs
  • Ethical and Fair Trade
  • Global Value Chains and Clusters
  • Industry focus: football, garments, textiles, and leather


  • Peter Lund-Thomsen / Corporate social responsibility: A suppliercentered perspective. In: Economy and Space, 2020, Sage
  • Jinsun Bae; Peter Lund-Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen. Global value chains and supplier perceptions of corporate social responsibility: a case study of garment manufacturers in Myanmar. In: Global Networks, 2020
  • Peter Lund-Thomsen. Book Review: Stephanie Barrientos, Gender and Work in Global Value Chains – Capturing the Gains? In: Competition and Change, 2020
  • Lone Riisgaard; Peter Lund-Thomsen; Neil Coe, Multistakeholder initiatives in global production networks: naturalizing specific understandings of sustainability through the Better Cotton Initiative, Global Networks, 2019, Online first
  • Peter Lund-Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen; Joelle Vanhamme / I ndustrial Clusters and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries : What We Know, What We Do Not Know, and What We Need to Know. In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 133, No. 1, 2016, p. 9-24.


Supervision of PhD, master-level and bachelor students in the broad fields of CSR and sustainability in developing country contexts.


  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Action: A Path to Sustainable Development? (Business and Development Studies Master Core Course)
  • What is Behind the Label? CSR and Sustainability Standards in Developing Countries
Other teaching activities:
  • Developing a working paper/teaching resource on sustainable value chain entrepreneurship with support from the Danish Entrepreneurship Foundation.

R E S E A R C H  P R O J E C T S

  • Women’s entreprenership in the bamboo value chain of South Asia:
At present, I am involved in a three-year in-depth-study of women’s entrepreneurship in the bamboo value chains of India in the states of Assam, Odisha, Meghalya, and Madhya Pradesh with my CBS colleagues Søren Jeppesen and Uzma Rehman as well as Lauren McCarthy, Royal Holloway, London in addition to our Indian colleagues Sukhpal Singh, Shikha Bhattacharjee and Falak Jalali. This study involves examines the reasons why and the processes through which women become micro-entrepreneurs at the base of the bamboo value chains in India. The study is part of a collaborative initiative with the Foundation for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in New Delhi that seeks to promote the production of sustainable bamboo in India. The project is funded by the EU-Switch Asia program.

A D M I N I S T R A T I V E  T A S K S

I represent the Copenhagen Business School in two fora:

The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH). DIEH is multi-stakeholder initiative involving Danish brands, NGOs, government organizations, and other stakeholders that work towards promoting ethical and sustainable trade.

The Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI) group on ‘Geography and Development’. The BFI system of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science is an element of the performance-based model for distribution of the block grant to Danish Universities based on research based publication.

I N  T H E  M E D I A

2019 Massebesvimelser i Cambodja fortsætter: 150 besvimet på Nike-fabrik 08/03/2019 // 2018 CBS creates ethical guidelines for future partnerships 04/10/2018 // // Anne M. Lykkegaard 2015 Det lysner for østens mode produktion 07/09/2015 // Elle // Jenny Tzakova 2014 Dialog er vigtig i kampen mod børnearbejde 06/12/2014 // EksportFokus // Theis Lykkegaard Etisk handel: Soja belaster også miljøet 08/05/2014 // Politiken // Michael Rothenborg Forsker tvivler på bæredygtig soja uden kontrol 01/04/2014 // 2013 Tøjfirmaer slutter op om aftale om Bangladesh 25/06/2013 // Politiken // CLAUS BLOK THOMSEN Bedre arbejdsvilkår i Bangladesh 24/06/2013 // DR P1 Morgen 7.09 (resumé) CBS'ere får 20 millioner kroner til forskerkarrieren 10/06/2013 // // Helle-Lise Ritzau Kaptain CSR handler om at undgå de rådne historier 18/01/2013 // HK Privatbladet // Jesper Pedersen2012 Store forandringer på det kinesiske arbejdsmarked 30/11/2012 // HK Privatbladet 2008 Virksomhedsetik kan gøre mere skade end gavn 04/02/2008 // Ugebrevet A4 2007 Vi risikerer at gøre meget mere skade end gavn 15/09/2007 // Information

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