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CBS professor wins prestigious award: The first thing I did was to buy a bottle of chilled champagne

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Professor Eva Boxenbaum is one of five Danish researchers to receive the coveted Elite Research Award. With the award comes DKK 1 million for research, and Eva Boxenbaum already knows how to spend the money. 

News |   06. May 2021

Anne Thora Lykkegaard


When Eva Boxenbaum, Professor at the Department of Organization at CBS learned that she had been awarded the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Elite Research Award, she bought two things.

“I was very happy when I learned that I would receive this prize, as it is very significant recognition of the first 15 years of my research career. I was at home when I received the news by email, as it was during corona lockdown. The first thing I did was to buy a bottle of chilled champagne and foie gras on Værnedamsvej to celebrate,” she writes in an email to CBS WIRE.

Every year, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science awards five researchers from the Danish universities the Elite Research Award. In particular, they honor researchers early in their research careers, and researchers whose research has had an impact on their field and society.

The last time a CBS researcher received the same recognition was in 2015 when Professor Lasse Heje Pedersen received the award for his research into understanding what determines the development in prices for stocks, bonds and other types of assets.

Fiery souls and libraries

It is the Independent Research Fund Denmark that recommends a list of five researchers to receive the award to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. And specifically, Eva Boxenbaum has been awarded the prize for her research on institutional entrepreneurs – or fiery souls – and how they have the potential to change how things are done in society.

And Eva Boxenbaum is thrilled to receive the award.

“It means that my research has had significant scientific impact. Other researchers have taken inspiration from it, built on it, and criticized it, which is very valuable. I am also happy that my work is generating a broader interest. In fact, this prize may contribute to increasing its societal impact,” she says and continues:

“Most importantly, I hope this prize will help bridge the scientific impact and societal impact of my research.”

With the award comes DKK 1 million earmarked for research and DKK 200,000 as a personal honor for the research conducted.

Eva Boxenbaum explains that she has already planned to spend DKK 1 million on a research project with her research colleagues Professor Renate Meyer and Professor Silviya Svejenova, also from the Department of Organization at CBS.

“We have an interesting project on the changing role of public libraries that I would like to pursue in collaboration with them. I really enjoy working in a team constellation with scholars at the same level. It is like playing for a competitive volleyball team, which I was part of when I was younger,” explains Eva Boxenbaum.


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