International Research Management Course

CBS Executive

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  • 7 days
  • blended

CBS Executive


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Who should attend

The course is specifically designed for non-Scandinavian speaking research managers working in Scandinavian research institutions (universities, university colleges, hospitals, etc. both public and private).

The course is aimed at younger researchers with emerging leadership responsibilities, PostDocs, P.I.’s etc., as well as active research managers who are either staff responsible or responsible for a research activity (a large project, a team, a center, etc.).

Participant profiles: Post Docs, P. I.’s, Senior Researchers, Research Leaders, Directors of Research, Professors, Ass. Professors, Ass. Research Professors, Staff Scientists, Deputy Deans, Chief Consultants, etc.

About the course

Intensive course for research managers

An increasing number of non-Scandinavian research managers are working in the Scandinavian countries. This very intensive course addresses the principles of research management and leadership as well as the challenges met by international research managers working in Scandinavian research institutions.

The programme is also offered in Danish as a 9-day course for Scandinavian-speaking research managers.

Why choose this course?

This course will give participants insights into practical and theoretical aspects on research management and organisation.

Research managers today navigate an increasingly complex context. They face diverse challenges such as organisational changes, increasing demands for scientific production and impact, funding issues, mergers, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaborations, building research environments, strategic processes, diversity issues etc. etc. This requires a new level of professionalism from research managers and for the international research manager – who may be faced with language barriers and cultural differences as well – this is even more pressing.

Many research managers are leading groups of fellow international researchers which requires multi-cultural management skills. This course will increase your cross-cultural awareness and competence to lead multi-cultural research teams in a Scandinavian context.

Most research institutions are busy work places leaving only limited time for the research managers to build social networks. This course will expand your network. These are only a few of the topics addressed on the International Research Management Course.

Key benefits

  • Theoretical perspectives on research management
  • Increased cross-cultural awareness and competences to lead multi-cultural research teams in a Scandinavian context
  • Reflection on the research manager’s role
  • Benefits from personalised feedback from group members
  • Skills and insights into a number of leadership tools
  • Professional and personal relationships with a diverse group of researchers who face similar challenges and opportunities
  • Expand your network

Course content and approach

3 modules of 1½-2½ days each + online sessions

Module 1: Research Leadership Basics

Module 2: Academic Leadership Culture

Module 3: Strategic Research Leadership

The course consists of a combination of lectures, intensive group work, and online session between modules. Each module requires approximately 1-2 days of homework. Participants are asked to prepare a home assignment based on their own situation/leadership practice. Participants’ own experiences are brought into play through extensive group work during course modules as well as online between modules.

Course Leader is Lars Christian Lassen, experienced research leader and former SVP (HR) at Novo Nordisk A/S including additional experienced lecturers from universities and industry.


Alan Irwin

Presentation Alan Irwin is a Professor in the Department of Organization and Vice-President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation since 2015, both at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). From 2007-14, he was Dean of Research at CBS. He was also Acting President during 2011. Previously, he was Professo...

Kristian Strømgaard

Professor of Chemical Biology, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology , University of Copenhagen. Kristian is the director for Center for Biopharmaceuticals and he is leading the Strømgaard lab that currently counts ca. 15 people with expertise in applying chemistry and biology in studies of ...

Lars Christian Lassen

Lars Christian Lassen (born 1957), originally a medical doctor, was until 2015 SVP Human Resources at Novo Nordisk A/S. Lars brings with him a significant experience with the needs and requirements for executive education from one of Denmark’s leading companies and demanding industries. Along wi...

Merle Jacob

Merle Jacob is Professor in Research Policy at Lund University and the UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems. She is currently Director of the Research Policy Institute at Lund University. Merle has previously been Director of the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture...

Soren Barlebo Rasmus­sen

Søren is the Managing Partner of Mobilize Strategy Consulting A/S, a management consulting company that was established in August 2015. He has been in charge of various public and private boards of Directors and has led the Danish Accreditation Institution for six years while also working as an i...

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