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CBS’ new organizational structure leads to layoffs

Bygning, CBS

Communications, CBS Business and the two deans’ offices  cease to exist as independent units in CBS’ new structure, which, as a consequence, has led to layoffs. The Director of CBS Business, Louise Seest, resigns.

News |   Updated: June 23rd, 2020

Anne M. Lykkegaard

Journalist

The Senior Management’s decision to reorganize the units Communications, CBS Business and the two dean’s offices has resulted in layoffs, according to a statement on CBS Share.

However, the statement does not state how many employees are affected, only that it’s “a few individual employees”.

“Saying goodbye to good colleagues is always difficult. That’s why the changes that we have now decided upon, including some layoffs, are based on an overall assessment in relation to solving future tasks,” explains Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, President of CBS, in the statement.

The new structure was first announced on March 31. Since then, affected employees have had the chance to comment on and give input to the new organizational structure, which strips Communications, CBS Business and the two dean’s offices of their status as independent units.

Consequently, Louise Seest, Director of CBS Business, has decided to resign, according to the statement on CBS Share.

“I would like to thank Louise for the tremendous effort she has put into strengthening CBS’ collaboration with the business community, especially in relation to our students. The Program Administration will continue working to achieve an even closer connection with our programs and students,” states Nikolaj Malchow-Møller in the statement.

The statement goes on to describe the new organizational structure, which is expected to be finally in place by September 1, 2020, as follows:

  • Student and program-related functions will be part of the Program Administration.
  • The new staff function will be responsible for the daily support of management and strategy, as well as the ongoing development of communications.
  • Event activities will become part of Events & Room Allocation.
  • Case-related work will be carried out under Teaching & Learning.
  • In the longer term, a partnership function for fee-based programs will be initiated.

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