Independent News Magazine

Copenhagen Business School

Maria Figueroa is going to advise world leaders about climate change

Out of a thousand nominees, CBS researcher Maria Figueroa, from the Department of Business and Politics, has been appointed as one of the lead authors of the next assessment report on climate change by the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC. She points out three trends that will ensure a faster transition towards greener societies and encourages everyone to keep a positive attitude towards finding ways to limit climate change.

Merging, fusion, reorganization? Eight CBS departments are facing restructuring

More than half of the existing departments at CBS will be affected when the number of departments will be reduced from 14 to 10 or 11. The idea is to strengthen research and teaching, explains Søren Hvidkjær, the dean of research at CBS, who underlines that no one will be laid off. Keld Laursen, member of the Academic Council, and Ole Helmersen, a representative of the researchers at CBS, emphasize the importance of listening to the affected employees’ wishes and concerns regarding the future of their departments.

Boss women make other women become bosses

It is not great coworkers, supporting parents, or an inspirational spouse that make more women become entrepreneurs. It is the bosses. And especially if they are women, shows new research from the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics at CBS. The result can, according to the authors of the research paper, also be broadened to other business sectors.

New tax rules have “unfortunate” consequences for researchers

The Danish Government has agreed on a new set of tax rules, which imply that researchers will have had to stay within the EU for seven out of the past eight years if they want to receive unemployment allowances by 2021, when the rules will be fully implemented. The Dean of Research at CBS, Søren Hvidkjær, calls the new rules “unfortunate”, and fears that it will lower international mobility. He will be bringing up the matter with Universities Denmark.

Professor: We need to teach kindergarteners about sustainability

If we want to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society, we need to start with the kindergarteners. Education and teaching in sustainability is the prerequisite to finding the solutions to the problems our planet is facing, argues Professor Donald Huisingh from the University of Tennessee. The solutions could include better design of the systems and machines that surround us.

How to make a society fit for entrepreneurs

If we want more innovation and inspired employees, we should change our organizations, as they no longer suffice for this century, argues Mirjam van Praag, Professor of entrepreneurship. She’s leaving CBS after four years to become the president of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Matilde Røndbjerg is 23 and a researcher

For an exam project during her bachelor, Matilde Røndbjerg invented a model showing some new results, which describes the connection between hours spent glaring at the TV and the type of weather. Her model later became a research paper, which she recently has presented at Oxford University and at the University of Copenhagen. CBS Professor, Ravi Vatrapu, says that student-made research is a win-win situation.

CBS leads the way towards a greener shipping industry

CBS Maritime is leading a global collaboration of universities and companies in an effort to make the shipping industry greener. By 2050, The industry is predicted to contribute around 17 percent towards the total worldwide CO2-emissions. The co-director of the project, Henrik Sornn-Friese, Associated Professor at CBS, proclaims ‘uncertainty’ as the biggest challenge that the industry is facing in getting a green makeover.

Artificial intelligence: A fortune telling-machine in the making

Three researchers from CBS have built an artificial intelligence model, which learns in order to predict Airbnb sales with over 90 percent accuracy. It is outdoing previous models by 10 percent. Even though the use of artificial intelligence is at the state of steam engines, it’s developing at a fast pace.

CBS Professor is bridging Danish and Indian education

Associate Professor, Sudhanshu Rai, is traveling back and forth between India and Denmark for research and to act as an educational bridge between the two countries. Being back in India after living in Denmark for 18 years has resulted in a feeling of reverse culture shock – especially for his stomach.

Can I kiss you?

Real stories about romantic love, dating, affairs, and sexual harassment taking place in the academic work environment shall help us talk more freely about how they shape our daily lives at work. This is the aim of the new handbook ‘The Beauty and the Abuse’, which Ana Maria Munar, co-author and Associate Professor at CBS, sees as complementary to the #MeToo-campaign.

CBS’ celebrity: He is rocking the financial world

Strangers want to take selfies with Lasse Heje Pedersen when he shows up at conferences, numerous awards for his research on liquidity are hanging on the wall in his office at CBS, and now, he just appeared on a list of the 3,000 most influential researchers in the world - for the second time. CBS WIRE met with the popular professor.

Professor: ”It is incredibly anxiety-provoking”

Mitchell Dean, Professor at CBS, has served as an external examiner and has held a Ph.D. course outside of CBS. This has resulted in a delay of his work permit and his partner’s work permit application was put on hold, as sideline activities are a violation of Danish rules. Now he’s waiting for a final answer as to whether he will be fined. CBS WIRE has talked to The Minister of Higher Education and Science, who says that the problems the rules have caused is “a stupid case.”

Get spanked in the butt or muck out the hen house

Spanking and naked sauna sessions with the boss have been part of the management style at the Danish film company, Zentropa, for years. Many dissociate themselves from such absurd behavior, but this informal way of practicing leadership is not an isolated case. Along with two CBS professors, CBS WIRE will look into this phenomenon, which also reflects a general tendency within management today.

Frontrunners: Department at CBS becomes meat-free by default

The new Department of Management, Society and Communication wanted to be more sustainable. In order to become so, they came up with a competition among staff members. This has resulted in a vegetarian default food policy. The first of its kind at CBS.

Pack your bags, we are going to Denmark!

Manisha Bachheti decided to move to Denmark with her family out of thin air. Solely based on a gut feeling telling her that Denmark was the place to be. Her gut feeling was right. But what are the odds of getting a job which involves a project taking place in the small hometown that you just left? Not that big. But it happened to Manisha Bachheti at CBS.

Here’s the successor to the internet – and we don’t quite understand it

Blockchain technology will revolutionize the world just like the internet did, according to experts. The technology is still in its early stages, and its implications are tricky to grasp. In a new cohort-project, four Ph.D.-students from four different departments at CBS dive into the new technology and answer some of the questions it raises.

Hey teacher, what kind of a dancer are you?

“Don’t just take up the same waltz as others, create your own dance,” says Mark Brown, professor in digital learning, Dublin City University, Ireland. He encourages the initiators at CBS to remember that blended isn’t just a big idea in itself, rather, it should serve big ideas in students when they kick off their new five-year blended learning project.

Disaster research

Research into disasters are more evident than ever. Kristian Cedervall Lauta and Morten Thanning Vendelø, both researchers from University of Copenhagen and CBS, are part of a joint research center investigating the aftermath of devastating disasters, by trying to understand why they happen and how they affect us.