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Tourism xenophobia is a thing and you might have it…

Just like a fear of heights, people can have a fear of unknown foods and cultures, also known as xenophobia. But do xenophobes even travel? Two tourism researchers from CBS investigated this question for the first time ever. And the surprising answer is yes. But they do it in a specific way! And a lot of us might have a slight tendency to suffer from tourism xenophobia, as the researchers call it.

PhD students build a daybed out of discarded books

The merger between the Department of Organization and parts of the former Department of Business and Politics resulted in a huge pile of books that no one wanted to use. They’d become discarded knowledge. That’s until three PhD students picked them up. Now, they’ve been turned into a piece of furniture.

Why teachers should use emojis more often 😊

If teachers want to be perceived as warm people, they should try adding a few smileys to their emails, argues Associate Professor at CBS, Antonia Erz. She’s just completed a research paper about the use of emojis in online communication between students and teachers and offers advice to colleagues on the matter – like why teachers should stay away from the winking smiley.

Are universities at risk of just becoming hotels for researchers?  

More funding for research is set aside for specific fields or types of research. This leaves less room for researchers to be innovative and can potentially turn universities into just “hotels for researchers,” argues Professor Majken Schultz. Together with the Committee on Science Policy from the Royal Academy of Science and Letters, she has written a white paper with recommendations on how to ensure freedom of research, which is otherwise at risk of becoming yet more controlled.

Money! And why it’s so weird…

Money comes in different shapes, sizes and colors. And it can be digits in a bank account. Money isn’t worth the same in every country, and there’s more digital money in the world than physical money. In this podcast, CBS WIRE asked PhD Fellow Stefan Kirkegaard Sløk-Madsen to explain the concept of money and the possibility of having a global currency.

CBS joins organization that helps persecuted scholars

The international organization Scholars at Risk, which supports persecuted researchers, has recently opened a branch in Denmark. CBS has joined the organization along with other Danish universities. “Academic freedom is key to any university, not least CBS,” says the Dean of Research at CBS.

CBS researcher guides Denmark into a world dominated by China  

China is changing the world as we know it. And fast. Where does that leave Denmark, the business sector and CBS? Postdoc Nis Høyrup Christensen from CBS has provided suggestions on what Denmark should do as part of an expert panel appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Merger: Constructing a new department takes its toll

To make room for about 50 new colleagues as part of the comprehensive merger process, the offices of the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy have been under construction since December. The reconstruction has resulted in poor working conditions for about three months. “I fully understand the annoyance about the reconstruction, but that’s the way it is,” says Mads Mordhorst, Deputy Head of Department.

Are you okay? New survey investigates PhD students’ working conditions

PhD and Master’s students worldwide report rates of depression and anxiety that are six times higher than those of the general public, according to a recently published research paper. Now, the PhD Association Network of Denmark and the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs want to investigate the working conditions of Danish PhD students.

The first step towards fighting climate change is: Recognition

Before we can act on the effects of climate change, we need to recognize them first, argues meteorologist Jesper Theilgaard. He’s been invited to CBS on February 14 by a group of students to talk about how we can help the climate in our day-to-day lives. Students can also get inspiration and input on how to tackle the issue through a series of five workshops.

Tommy Ahlers wants universities to create large companies. Ambitious? Yes! Realistic? Maybe

In ten years’ time, the Danish universities should have created ten companies - each with a total turnover of DKK 1 billion. This is the ambition of the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers. The Dean of Research at CBS, a professor, and the CEO of Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship approve of this ambition, otherwise this precious knowledge risks being filed away out of sight.

First report on sexual harassment among students at CBS calls for further action

For the first time ever, CBS has investigated sexual harassment in the study environment. A total of 429 out of 22,000 students replied to the survey, which concludes that 41% have experienced sexual harassment, and 82% don’t know where to get help at CBS. Co-author of the report and Professor at CBS, Sara Louise Muhr says that the results are alarming, and the report calls for further action from all sides within CBS.

State of tech: Will China take over the world in 2019?

Data leaks, the spread of fake news and China’s growing tech influence await us in 2019! That’s what CBS Professor MSO Mikkel Flyverbom, Editor-in-Chief Lisbeth Knudsen and Denmark’s tech ambassador, Casper Klynge predict. Students, researchers and digital competences are part of the solution to the challenges because they can help us ask the right questions.

Are we all con artists?

The disclosure of several cases of white-collar crime worth millions and billions of Danish kroner marked 2018 as the year of fraud and greed. But what makes us commit large-scale fraud, or fiddle our income tax? CBS WIRE asked two researchers who say that it’s a basic human phenomenon that is unlikely to go away.

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