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Research Diploma in the Social Sciences, ISS, Den Haag, 1974

Master in Business Economics, Aarhus School of Business, 1972

Current Positions

Professor Emeritus, Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management. University of Southern Denmark.

Past Positions

  • Professor in Design- og Innovation Management, Departmen for Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management.University of Southern Denmark, Campus Kolding (2009-2018).
  • Head of research, Designskolen Kolding (2009-2012).
  • Professor in entrepreneurship and innovation Management, Department of Management, Aarhus Business School (2005-2008).
  • Professor, Business Economics, University, Campus Kolding (1993-2005)
  • Head of Centre for Small Business Research (CESFO), University of Southern Denmark (1995-2005).


Professional experience

  • Board member The Danish Council for Strategic Research, Ministry of Science, Innovation and education (2004-2007)
  • Co-founder and Vice Chairman, International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy - IDEA (2004-2009)
  • Board member in European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (1999-2008)
  • Co-editor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development – An International Journal (2006-2008)
  • Member of the advisory board on innovation environments. Ministry of Industry. (1999-2001)
  • Member of the organizing committee for the Nordic Conference for Small Business Research (1998; 2000; 2002 and 2008).
  • Co.founder and board member of the LOK-research consortium (1999-2006)
  • Medstifter af Det Danske Ledelsesakademi (2006)
  • Board member at Arkitektfirmaet Møller & Grønborg AS (1988-1993)
  • Board member Fiberline Composites AS (1997-2004).

Research experience

During the years of my academic career research interests have focussed on studies of small business dynamics. During the 1990ties this focus was expanded with research on the logic of small business management, innovation and entrepreneurship. Included is also research in management consultations for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

In recent years the aim has been to relate the theme of small business dynamics and entrepreneurship with themes from design research. The creative logic embedded especially with artistic flavoured designing is on the one hand seen to be associated with essentials of the bricolage inspired perspective of opportunity and market creation in the research agenda of entrepreneurship. On the other hand, the logic of designing and of business management is seen to create fields of forces inviting to an array of interesting research themes. I still want to pursue these themes in collaboration with fellow researchers. Another, old theme that has caught my current interest, is regional differences in business dynamics.

Teaching experience

  • Experiences from bachelor and master educations in management; strategy; international business development; innovation management; design management; entrepreneurship; localization and cluster analyses. Supervicer for a large number student thesis.
  • Ph.D. supervisor (main responsible) for 8 Ph.D. students (1993- 2015).
  • Chair of Doctoral Seminars at the European Doctoral Programme in Entrepreneurship & Small Business (2001-2007).
  • Curriculum development: HA-SMV (Bachelor in small business management); Master in International Business Development.
  • Founder of IMEET – International Master in Entrepreneurship Educations & Training.
  • Co-Founder of DREAM – Doctorial Retreat on Entrepreneurship.
  • As Making. With prof. Sarasvathy, University of Virginia. Sandbjerg, 2007.



Research areas

  • Innovation Strategies


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