Poul Rind Christensen

Poul Rind Christensen

MSc. (Business Economics)


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Curriculum vitae

CV - Poul Rind Christensen

Education & academic qualifications 

  • 1972 BSc. (Business Economics) Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University
  • 1974 Post Graduate Research Diploma, Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag, Holland

Career track

Assistant/associate professor at Aalborg University Centre, 1974-1982

Associate professor at University of Aarhus, 1983-1986

Associate professor at Aarhus School of Business, 1986-1993

Professor, University of Southern Denmark, 1993-2005

Professor, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, 2005-2009

Head of Research, Kolding School of Design, 2009-

Part time professor, University of Southern Denmark, Campus Kolding, 2009 -

Areas of research interests

My 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.

Currently the aim is to relate the theme of small business dynamics and entrepreneurship with themes in design research. The creative logic embedded especially with artistic flavoured designing is on the one hand seen to be closely 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 field of forces inviting to an array of interesting research themes.

Research management and project development

CESFO - Centre for Small Business Research at SDU was founded in 1995. I was one of the founding fathers and managed CESFO in the years 1995-2005. I have been involved in the research management of a number of research programmes on a national and European scale.  A recent program is the project on Corporate Design and Cultural Diversity, a project funded by The Strategic Research Council (2010-2014). It is a collaboration between Kolding School of Design and Aarhus School of Business.

Editorial and review activities

I am the co-editor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development - an International Journal. I am also member of the editorial board of International Entrepreneurship & Management Journal as well as a member of the scientific committee at Journal of Small Business (Piccola Impresa).

Over the years I have been an active referee at a number of international research journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice; European Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Research Policy.

Honorary posts (selected)

Member of the Coordination board at Danish Centre for Design Research, 2009 -

Member of the Committee on Design Demand, instituted by DI and DE, 2009-

Board member of the National Strategic Research Council. 2004-2007.

Member of Scientific Committee, Industriens Realkreditfond, 1999-2009.

Co-founder and vice president of IDEA - International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy, 2005-2009

Member of the organizing committee for the 10th; 11th ; 12th  and the 15th  Nordic Conference on Small Business Research. 1998; 2000; 2002 and 2008.

Board member in European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 1999-2008.

Member of the international evaluation panel for higher educations in economics/business/administrative management in Norway. 1996.

Member of the advisory board on innovation environments. Ministry of Industry. 1999-2001.

Member of the research council at the Aarhus School of Business. 1989-1993.

Expert delegate on the Cluster Programmes of Region Midtjylland og Region Syddanmark. 2007-2008.

Member of the interim board at the North Sea Centre. 1979-1981.

Board member at Arkitektfirmaet Møller & Grønborg AS. 1988-1993

Board member Fiberline Composites AS. 1997-2004

Publikationer (selected)

Christensen, P.R. and Morgen, A.S. (2010) Socialt Entreprenørskab - Lappeløsning eller innovation? Ledelse & Erhvervsøkonomi, vol. 75, nr. 4, side 7-22.

Christensen, P. R. (2010) Designtænkning. Bidrag til Børsens Ledelseshåndbøger, 6.1. side 1-21. Børsens Forlag, Kbh.

Christensen, P. R. (2010) The Design-Management Nexus: Paradoxes at Play. Contribution to the conference on Convergence Designing´+ Management, Case Western University, USA, June. 6 pages.


The Design-Management Nexus: Paradoxes at Play

Christensen, P. R. (2009) Om forandringsparathed. Artikel i "Lys og Sang", side 244-250. Forlaget Klim, Århus. Peer reviewed.

Rask, M., Andersen, P.H., Linneberg, M. S., & Christensen, P.R. (2009). Local Design & Global Dreams - Emerging Business Models Creating the Emergent Electric Vehicle Industry. Conference paper for the 34th Annual Macromarketing Seminar. June 2009. Norway. 21 pages. Peer reviewed.

Steffen Korsgaard; Poul Rind Christensen; et.all (2009):  En ny agenda for  entreprenørskabsforskningen: Dansk forskning i entreprenørielle muligheder. Ledelse & Erhvervsøkonomi, vol. 73, 2009. 11 sider. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, Poul Rind og Madsen, Mona Toft (2009): Breaking the Walls: Entrepreneurship processes in the light of leadership and management. Peer reviewed contribution to European Academy of Management Conference - Renaissance and Renewal in Management Studies, Liverpool, UK, 10th - 14th of May, 2009

Andersen, P. H.; Christensen, P. R.; Damgaard, T. (2009): Diverging Expectations in Buyer-Seller Relationships: Institutional Contexts and Relationship Norms. Industrial Marketing Management 38, page 814-824. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, Poul Rind: Næste Skridt - Om forholdet mellem handling og vision i mulighedssøgning. Aarhus: Department of Management, 2008. s. 1-13. Working paper.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Lauring, Jakob; Klitmøller, Anders: Medarbejder-dreven innovation i den offentlige sektor. I: Ledelse & Erhvervsøkonomi. 2007; Vol. 71, No. 4. 11 p. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Klyver, Kim: Management Consulting in Small Firms, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, vol 13, no 3, pp 299-313, July, 2006. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, Poul Rind: På sporet af entreprenørskab og innovationsledelse, Ledelse og Erhvervsøkonomi, vol. 70, no. 2, juni, pp 61-73, 2006. Peer reviewed.

Andersen, Poul Houman; Bøllingtoft, Anne; Christensen, Poul Rind: Erhvervsklynger under pres, Landsplankontoret, Miljøministeriet, 2006.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Poulfelt, Flemming (eds.): Managing Complexity and Change in SMEs, Frontiers in European Research. Edward Elgar, 2006.

Lauring, Jakob, Christensen, Poul Rind: Understanding the entrepreneurial process: What can we learn from anthropology? Peer reviewed Conference-contribution: Research in Entrepreneurship (RENT), Bruxelles, nov. 2006.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Blenker, Per: Made in Denmark - Global Perspectives, I: Askehave og Norlyk (Red.): Meanings and Messages, pp. 61-79, Academica, 2006.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Poulfelt, Flemming (Red.): Mod nye entrepreneurielle ledelsesformer, Forlaget Samfundslitteratur, 2005.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Andersen, Poul Houman: From Localized to Corporate Excellence: How do MNCs extract, combine and disseminate sticky knowledge from regional innovation systems? DRUID Working Paper, No. 05-16, 2005. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Andersen, Poul Houman (2005): Bridges over troubled water: suppliers as connective nodes in global supply networks, Journal of Business Research, vol. 58, no. 9, pp 1261-1273. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, Poul Rind: Kompetenceudvikling i den rustfri stålindustri. Prioriteringsanalyse. Udarbejdet for Stålcentrum, Kolding, 2004.

Christensen, Poul Rind; Damgaard, Torben; Munksgaard, Kristin B.: Organising for Learning - Adaptive and Innovative Learning in Customer-Supplier Relationships, Research in Entrepreneurship XVII (RENT), November, 2004. Peer reviewed conference contribution.

Christensen, P.R. og Munksgaard, K.B. (2002): Når mælk bliver til stål - Den rustfri stålklynge i Trekantområdet. Syddansk Universitetsforlag, Kolding.

Christensen, P. R. (2001): Internationalisering af kompetenceklynger, Bidrag til CESFOs Årsrapport, 2000/2001.

Christensen, P. R. and Andersen, P. H (2000): Inter-partner learning in global supply Chains: Lessons from Novo Nordisk. European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 105-116. Peer reviewed.

Andersen, P. H. & Christensen, P. R. (1999): The Pen & the Needle: Technological development and interpartner diversity in international subcontracting. Asian Journal of Case Research, No. 3 vol. 2, pp. 25-40. Peer reviewed.

Christensen, P. R. (1999): Ono Design. 'Iværksætter-case' i: Christensen, P. R. (red.) Godt Begyndt - Casesamling om danske iværksættere og deres erfaringer. Systime, Århus.