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Copenhagen Business School

When stress and guilt take over exams

Stress levels among Danish students are skyrocketing. Since 2013, the number of students between the ages of 25 to 34 who feel stressed has risen from 29.3 to 41.3 percent. And there’s nothing to indicate that the curve will stop its upward climb. But what’s the best way to handle the familiar cocktail of physical stress and guilt that crop up during the exam period?

Grade focus, foreign researchers and Danske Bank: A farewell from Per Holten-Andersen

After seven years as president of Copenhagen Business School, Per Holten-Andersen says goodbye to the school that has taken up most of his waking hours since he took on the task of delivering financial stability, international recognition and world-class education. Before he vacates the chair for his successor, Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, we got hold of Per Holten-Andersen to get his final remarks about grades, students, his life after CBS, Danske Bank and of course to serve him a mouthwatering ‘gåsebryst’.

‘The Danish song is a young blonde girl’: A song and a shitstorm later

CBS came under heavy fire when Associate Professor Mads Mordhorst at CBS apologized for singing Kai Hoffman and composer Carl Nielsen’s 'Den danske sang er en ung blond pige' / 'The Danish song is a young blonde girl' during a morning meeting at the university. The apology was given because a teacher present at the meeting felt excluded by the song. But what concerns – if any – should we consider before we unleash our vocal cords at public institutions? Press play and dive deeper into the case that sparked one of the most furious debates about values in 2018.

When Christmas dinner leaves a bad taste

December is upon us and it’s once again time for the dreaded and celebrated Christmas dinner – the Danish ‘julefrokost’. The annual cocktail of schnapps, Christmas beer and copy room canoodling are an institution in Denmark. But that doesn’t prevent us from feeling a substantial amount of guilt and shame the morning after. We had a chat with theologian Camilla Sløk, Associate Professor at CBS, to examine why and how the guilt and shame manifests itself doing the so-called ‘season to be jolly’.

A priceless guide to prices

It often dictates what we’ll have for dinner, where we’ll go on our next vacation, and what Christmas presents we’ll buy for our loved ones. Yes, you guessed it – prices. Those small digits that determine the value of our needs and desires. PhD fellow Stefan Sløk-Madsen gave us a better understanding of the concept of price when we asked him: Why is the price of diamonds higher than that of fresh water, when one is necessary to our survival and the other is nothing more than a solid piece of carbon?

Don’t laugh yourself to sleep!

It’s not every day that a Master thesis from CBS gets to do the media rounds. Nonetheless it can happen, as three students from Political Communication and Management found out, if you criticize some of the most watched, heard and read political news satire formats in the whole of Denmark. Stine Bagger Vium, Vibeke Finnemann Scheel and Caroline Boas have taken political news satire under the microscope – not only to analyze the enormous potential this genre holds, but to make us mindful of the potential pitfalls we can end up in when we press play and have a laugh at our favorite satire output. Press play and enjoy!

This CBS rock star masters both business and the bass

Together with bandmates Selina Gin and Maria Juntunen Signe Tobiassen has created one of Denmark’s biggest musical successes – the band Nelson Can. It’s not only because they have a load of great songs they also have a great flair for the business part of the music scene. Unlike many musicians, Signe Tobiassen has no problem calling herself a businesswoman which is not only supported by Nelson Can’s succes, but also by all the bands Signe has helped as a manager. Now this bass-swinging businesswoman studies Management of Creative Business Processes at CBS, so we caught up with her for an interview about her experiences within the music business. Press play and enjoy.

Are you afraid?

If you just take one look at the webpage of an average newspaper, there is no doubt. We’ve got plenty of things to be afraid of. Terror, hurricanes, floods, different kinds of medicine and wolf packs to name a few. But do we fear what we need to fear or what we are told to fear? Tune in to find out how to separate hot air from real danger with CBS Professor Steffen Andersen – one of the authors of the book, Dangerous. Press play and enjoy.

When 12 isn’t enough: Meet the new International Business students

It happens every year. International Business at CBS draws headlines with its entry requirements busting the 7-point grading scale. A grade point average of 12,2 was needed to get in, and for the majority of Danish high school students this average is beyond unachievable. But not for the new IB students. You can meet two of them and one of their lecturers in our very first podcast where we try to answer the question: Who are the new IB students? Press play and enjoy.

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