From research to reality
I love the work of translating research-based knowledge to different audiences, to challenge our sometimes taken-for-granted notions of the world and ourselves. To be in dialogue and to learn something. I am curious by nature and am always exploring the world around me.
A common thread in my work is the societal engagement of organizations: How can organizations take part in society's grand challenges and make the world a better place? Over the years, this question has evolved to relate increasingly to matters of time. The time needed to create changes that are not immediately measurable on the bottom line, the time to listen, to challenge the kinds of causality that focus on getting from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible. It also relates to the times we live in, and ho more sustainable ways of being in the world require different ways of being in the time. So I have gone deep into the chambers of the sociology of time, and into those new and sprouting interdisciplinary research fields that explore agency that may work as alternatives our growth-intensive society and our overheated globe. I have researched and written about the strategic time horizons of top managers, the long-term CSR work of companies, utopias and alternative organization, the existential temporal anxieties of prison inmates, and about time and rituals.
Another thread concerns teaching, doing workshops and giving presentations. Meeting with audiences and students around valuable knowledge is incredibly stimulating. I have taught at many different university programs and courses and am currently an external associate professor at Copenhagen Business School and Molde University College. Education should be fun and challenging and teaching must be interactive, human and understandable, and not least based on solid knowledge that can expand the participants' horizons. The same goes for presentations and lectures: the knowledge I impart must do something to and with us. The dialogue that arises with the audience should lift us all a little, and nurture new shoots and roots.
A third thread pertains to poetry and artistic experiments. I collaborate with artists to explore different ways of relating to the world. Performative methods help convey knowledge in liberating and immersive ways. In collaboration with sound artists (Eduardo Abrantes, Astrid Randrup) I have created lecture performances and a sound installation for use in my research interviews. I have participated several times as a visiting researcher at Sisters Academy / Sisters Hope; living, teaching and developing alternative methods of relating to time within their performative framework. I write in artistic formats and have an ongoing writing project about 'rock bonding' together with performance and visual artist Nana Francisca Schottländer.
My academic background is in humanities (MA in Film Studies, 2002) and I have since studied in the social sciences (MPA, 2007; PhD in Management Studies, 2012).
I have worked with communication, strategy and community involvement in employment at Kofoed's School, DanChurchAid, The Aid Agency, and Coloplast. From 2009-2021 I was in academia at ESADE Business School (Spain), Copenhagen Business School (DK), and Molde University College (Norway) in positions as PhD, Postdoc and Associate Professor.
In 2021, I founded Wildtime to bring my research and educational interests from the academic world to people and organizations in broader society.
It seems people are increasingly asking how we can organize ourselves differently so as to not exhaust ourselves and the planet in a perpetual pursuit of resources and short-term comfort. Asking why we apparently have insufficient time for the things in life that actually make us happy and able to care for others. Asking how we can make room for and learn from the cyclical ecosystems of which we are a part. I would like to help answer those questions.