Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen

Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen, PhD and Professor at Copenhagen Business School, where he serves as Director of imagine .. Creative Industries Research Centre. He graduated (M.Sc.) in political science and public administration from Copenhagen University and received his PhD from Copenhagen Business School in 1991. He has been visiting professor at SCANCOR, Stanford University, Harvard University, Boston College and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE). 

Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen’s research interests focus on organizational and institutional change, institutional action and agency, industry emergence and field structuring and organizational identity construction and legitimacy. Studies include cultural transformation processes in innovative firms, mergers and acquisitions in high-tech firms, diffusion and institutionalization of managerial ideas and practices in creative and knowledge-intensive firms. Recent research on changes and strategies for organizing and managing creative enterprises in the film and media field, is published in international journals and in the co-authored book: The Negotiation of Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events, (2011) Cambridge University Press.

Current Research Projects

ABC-NETWORK: An Interpretive Approach to Institutional Entrepreneurship in Organizational Analysis. Headed by associate professor Eva Boxenbaum in collaboration with professors Renate Meyer, Ann Westenholz and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen (CBS). ABC is funded by The Research Council for Society and Business (2009- 2012).

The MEDICI project (‘Mediation, Evaluation and Digitization of Creative Industries) is concerned with the study of how existing evaluative mechanisms work within the cultural-creative industries and on how digitization and the emergence of new digital creatives are affecting this system. (2012-.

Selected publications:

Moeran, B. and Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (eds.) (2011). Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Svejenova, S., Strandgaard Pedersen, J., and Vives, L. (2011), Projects of Passion: Lessons for Strategy from Temporary Art, in Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen, Florian Täube (ed.) Project-Based Organizing and Strategic Management (Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 28), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.501-527

Strandgaard Pedersen, J. and Mazza, C. (2011). International Film Festivals: For the Benefit of Whom? Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research. (Vol. 3, 2011: 139-165).

Ooi, Can Seng and Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (2010). City Branding and film festivals. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. (6) 316-332.

Rüling, C. C. and Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (2010). ‘Film Festival Research From an Organizational Studies Perspective. Scandinavian Journal of Management. 26(3) 318-323.

Boxenbaum, E. and J. Strandgaard Pedersen (2009) Scandinavian Institutionalism – a case of institutional work. In Lawrence, T., R. Suddaby, & B. Leca,  (Eds.), Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organizations (‘the work’). pp. 178-204.  Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Mathieu, C. og Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (red.) (2009). Dansk film i krydsfeltet mellem konkurrence og samarbejde. pp. 1-200. Arkiv Förlag. Lund.

Lorenzen, M, Kristensen, T. Skov, L. and Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (eds.). (2008). Når oplevelser møder økonomi. Kreative virksomheder, brancher og steder. pp. 1-269. Forlaget Klim. Århus.

Reff Pedersen, A. and Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (2008). The Role of Media in the Co-Production of Identities in a Filmmaking Company. Tamara: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science. 7 (7.1): 91-208

Strandgaard Pedersen, J., Svejenova, S.. Jones, C. and de Weerd-Nederhof, P. (eds.) (2006). Editorial introduction to: Transforming Creative industries: Strategies of and Structures around Creative Entrepreneurs. Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management, 15 (3): 221-223.

Strandgaard Pedersen, J. and Dobbin, F. (2006). In Search of Identity and Legitimation - Bridging Organizational Culture and Neoinstitutionalism. American Behavioral Scientist. Special issue, 49 (7) March: 897-907.

Westenholz, A., Strangaard Pedersen, J., and Dobbin, F. (eds) (2006). Editorial Introduction to: Institutions in the Making: Identity, Power and the Emergence of New Organizational Forms. American Behaviorial Scientist. Special issue, 49 (7) March: 889-996.

Alvarez, J.L., C. Mazza, J. Strandgaard Pedersen and S. Svejenova (2005). Shielding Idiosyncrasy from Isomorphic Pressures: Towards Optimal Distinctiveness in European Film Making. Organization. 12 (6): 863-888.

Mazza, C., K. Sahlin Andersson and J. Strandgaard Pedersen (2005). European Constructions of an American Model. Journal of Management Learning. 36 (4): 471-491.

Alvarez, J.L., C. Mazza and J. Strandgaard Pedersen (2005). Editorial introduction to: The Role of the Mass Media in the Consumption of Management Knowledge. Special Issue. Scandinavian Journal of Management. 21 (2): 127-132.

Mazza, C. and J. Strandgaard Pedersen, (2004) From Press to E-Media? The Transformation of an Organizational Field. Organization Studies. 25 (6): 875-896.