OUR RESEARCH

CLUSTERS & PROJECTS

Our research center is organized in three cross-cutting research clusters: 1) Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation in Development (EMID); 2) Sustainability Governance Group (SGG); and 3) Knowledge and Global Development (KGD). Find information below on ongoing projects related to each cluster. We carry out critical, engaged and theoretically-driven research on the roles of business, government and civil society in promoting inclusive, just and sustainable development – with a focus on power dynamics, inequalities and marginalized actors in the global South.

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The purpose of SGG is to nurture Sustainability Governance knowledge. This is accomplished principally by developing and supporting research, publication and dissemination focused on the governance of sustainability in a variety of global contexts. These activities may extend to sustainability education, fundraising, as well as outreach and engagement with policy and practice. Areas of expertise span a broad range of fields, yet SGG’s shared interests lie at the intersection of the economic with the social and/or environmental. Particular strengths include governance and sustainability as related to global value chains, corporate social responsibility (CSR), development, public and private regulation, human rights, power and justice, international business and the SDGs. Within these topics, research explores different approaches to governance; tensions and trade-offs; impacts, both intended and unintended; differing perspectives and viewpoints; and multi-level impacts (micro-meso-macro) of governance and their interactions.

 

Contact: Sarah Castaldi

M I N D  S C I E N C E  I N  S O C I E T Y  O F  I N N O V A T I O N


This project endeavors to focus on the discovery of how to use experience based co-created innovation for engaging with future markets. To address this objective we have initiated a project on co-creating experience based innovation and created a network around Europe and the world, with several planned activities. You can learn more about the project on its website here.

Contact: Sudhanshu Rai




T H E  I N D I A N  S P A C E  R E S E A R C H  ( I S R O )  I N N O V A T I O N  S T O R Y ,  T H E  M A R S  P R O G R A M


The overall objective and relevance of this research is that low cost innovation is not enough to sustain long term innovation if it is not coupled with high quality and high impact innovation. We will use frugal innovation literature and its manifestations as the scaffolding within which we conduct our investigation of high quality, high impact low cost (HQ-HI-LC) innovations in India. We conjecture that ISRO’s MOM program has shown the way how to engage with HQ-HI-LC innovation; a term we have coined for the purposes of our argumentation.

Contact: Sudhanshu Rai




T H E  N A T U R E  O F  I N D I A N  I N N O V A T I O N:  A  L O O K  A T  N O N - I N D U S T R I A L  P R O D U C T I O N  S Y S T E M S


This project is about exploring the nature of Indian innovation. "The nature" implies the mental ability of non-industrial creators of products that rely on their experience. This is usually training which has been handed down from generations to address the current needs in a manner that supports their growth of their creation. The endeavor is to study 15 non-industrial production systems across India to ascertain the nature of Indian innovation. The researchers in the first leg have studied the diamond cutting and polishing industry which is skill based and is an art handed over and honed over generations. While this kind of art has been recently organized into industrial production systems, the skill and art remains a kind of fluid knowledge which needs to be practiced to be learnt. Similarly such kind of non-industrial production system will be under review across India. This in short is the nature of Indian innovation project.

Contact: Sudhanshu Rai




W O M E N  E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P  I N  T H E  B A M B O O  V A L U E  C H A I N  O F  S O U T H  A S I A


This project is a three-year in-depth-study of womens' entrepreneurship in the bamboo value chains of India in the states of Assam, Odisha, Meghalya, and Madhya Pradesh. Involved researchers include Peter-Lund Thomsen, 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. The study 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. Contact: Peter Lund-Thomsen




A D V A N C I N G  C R E A T I V E  I N D U S T R I E S  F O R  D E V E L O P M E N T  I N  G H A N A


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. Contact: Thilde Langevang Project website Facebook page




R E S E A R C H B A S E D M A N A G E M E N T I N T H E G U L F O F G I N E A ( H O T S P O T 2 )


HOTSPOT2 is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project combining expertise in marine environment and anthropogenic stressors, coastal degradation and fisheries management, and livelihoods and mobility. This three-year project investigates the causes and consequences of degradation on Ghana’s coastal environment. Contact: Thilde Langevang Partners: Copenhagen Business School, DTU (Technical University of Denmark), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), University of Loughborough (UK)





 

The Knowledge and Global Development group (KGD) is a research cluster focused on critical approaches to the business of development and business activities in a developmental context. Our members study the myriad future(s) of development – social, political, environmental and economic - in the face of global challenges. Our work analyzes the interplay of knowledge and development in diverse contexts, across and between the Global South and Global North. The cluster meets monthly, and hosts research seminars that are open to all on a quarterly basis.

Contact: Maha Rafi Atal

C O M M O D I F Y I N G  C O M P A S S I O N ( C O C O )


Commodifying Compassion seeks to understand how ‘helping’ has become a marketable commodity and how this impacts humanitarianism symbolically and materially. An international team of researchers funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research will examine ethical consumption intended to benefit humanitarian causes from the perspectives of consumers, businesses, NGOs and recipients. Project website Contact: Lisa Ann Richey




E V E R Y D A Y H U M A N I T A R I A N I S M I N T A N Z A N I A


The project will measure and explain 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. Find the webpage here. | Webpage here | Contact: Li sa Ann Richey




P R I V A T E- S E C T O R E N G A G E M E N T I N H U M A N I T A R I A N A C T I O N ( H U M A C )


HUMAC focuses on business-humanitarian collaboration in different crisis contexts to understand how humanitarian initiatives that involve private-sector firms can be organized in an ethical, effective, and sustainable manner. In doing so, HUMAC aims to generate urgently needed research-based knowledge and theoretical insights into the organizational dynamics, complications, and solutions of business-humanitarian collaboration. Website: https://www.cbshumac.org/ Contact: Verena Girschik





 
 

The Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation for Development (EMID) group studies firms’ role in sustainable development in the Global South. The EMID explores firms’ (local and foreign) practices and emerging strategies in seeking opportunities to overcome local and global challenges.

Contact: Jacobo Ramirez

M I N D  S C I E N C E  I N  S O C I E T Y  O F  I N N O V A T I O N


This project endeavors to focus on the discovery of how to use experience based co-created innovation for engaging with future markets. To address this objective we have initiated a project on co-creating experience based innovation and created a network around Europe and the world, with several planned activities. You can learn more about the project on its website here.

Contact: Sudhanshu Rai




T H E  I N D I A N  S P A C E  R E S E A R C H  ( I S R O )  I N N O V A T I O N  S T O R Y ,  T H E  M A R S  P R O G R A M


The overall objective and relevance of this research is that low cost innovation is not enough to sustain long term innovation if it is not coupled with high quality and high impact innovation. We will use frugal innovation literature and its manifestations as the scaffolding within which we conduct our investigation of high quality, high impact low cost (HQ-HI-LC) innovations in India. We conjecture that ISRO’s MOM program has shown the way how to engage with HQ-HI-LC innovation; a term we have coined for the purposes of our argumentation.

Contact: Sudhanshu Rai




T H E  N A T U R E  O F  I N D I A N  I N N O V A T I O N:  A  L O O K  A T  N O N - I N D U S T R I A L  P R O D U C T I O N  S Y S T E M S


This project is about exploring the nature of Indian innovation. "The nature" implies the mental ability of non-industrial creators of products that rely on their experience. This is usually training which has been handed down from generations to address the current needs in a manner that supports their growth of their creation. The endeavor is to study 15 non-industrial production systems across India to ascertain the nature of Indian innovation. The researchers in the first leg have studied the diamond cutting and polishing industry which is skill based and is an art handed over and honed over generations. While this kind of art has been recently organized into industrial production systems, the skill and art remains a kind of fluid knowledge which needs to be practiced to be learnt. Similarly such kind of non-industrial production system will be under review across India. This in short is the nature of Indian innovation project.

Contact: Sudhanshu Rai




W O M E N  E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P  I N  T H E  B A M B O O  V A L U E  C H A I N  O F  S O U T H  A S I A


This project is a three-year in-depth-study of womens' entrepreneurship in the bamboo value chains of India in the states of Assam, Odisha, Meghalya, and Madhya Pradesh. Involved researchers include Peter-Lund Thomsen, 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. The study 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. Contact: Peter Lund-Thomsen




A D V A N C I N G  C R E A T I V E  I N D U S T R I E S  F O R  D E V E L O P M E N T  I N  G H A N A


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. Contact: Thilde Langevang Project website Facebook page




R E S E A R C H B A S E D M A N A G E M E N T I N T H E G U L F O F G I N E A ( H O T S P O T 2 )


HOTSPOT2 is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project combining expertise in marine environment and anthropogenic stressors, coastal degradation and fisheries management, and livelihoods and mobility. This three-year project investigates the causes and consequences of degradation on Ghana’s coastal environment. Contact: Thilde Langevang Partners: Copenhagen Business School, DTU (Technical University of Denmark), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), University of Loughborough (UK)





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