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Lars Frederiksen


Lars Frederiksen
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Lars is Professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Dept. of Management, BSS, AU. He serves also as Deputy Head and Director of Research at the Department. This job includes both daily operations, recruitment and talent development, and developing the department’s research strategy and activities, such as idea generation, publishing and funding.

Lars supervises PhD students. He teaches MBA courses on technology management, strategy, data-driven decision-making, and sustainability, PhD and Master courses on innovation, organization, digital transformation as well as on theory development and use.

Lars publishes his work in international peer-reviewed journal such as: Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Management Review, Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, Advances in Strategic Management, Research Policy, IEEE, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and Construction Management and Economics. He has also published a number of book chapters and presents his work regularly at international conferences. 

Lars was awarded his PhD from Department of Strategy and Innovation (https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/department-of-strategy-and-innovation), at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark based on his thesis entitled: “Open Innovation Business Models”.

Lars undertakes consultancy activities for various firms in Europe. 


Lars specializes in: 1) the management of innovation and technology, 2) entrepreneurship and 3) digital transformation and data-driven decision-making. He explores mechanisms, activities and performance in instances where processes of innovation and entrepreneurship are distributed among individuals in projects, teams, organizations, crowds and communities. 

Lars is engaged in three parallel but converging streams of research:

First, he studies how and why individuals generate and select ideas, formulate and solve problems, and collaborate to modify and develop new products and services in social networks and digital platforms. He also investigates the accompanying process of how firms gain access to and productively employ such external sources of knowledge. Methods such as, text mining (e.g. supervised and unsupervised), machine learning, statistical analysis and qualitative approaches are employed in these research activities.

Second, Lars examines innovation in project-based organizations. This research seeks to improve our understanding of how capabilities and new business models emerge and evolve to create and capture value. This research stream is oriented towards digital transformations in design, integrated solutions, development and delivery of infrastructure, for example, in sectors like: energy, roads, water, and sustainable urban design. 

Third, Lars investigates how individuals together create and discover opportunities, mobilize resources and venture into entrepreneurship. He is interested in processes of entry into entrepreneurship as well as the survival and growth over time of the newly founded ventures. In particular, Lars focuses on team-based entrepreneurship, labor mobility and entrepreneurship, the role of boards in start-up firms and the aspect of emotions in fostering entrepreneurship.

Teaching (Executive, MBA and masters level)
Innovation and technology management
Data-driven decision-making

Strategic management
Sustainability and business development
Project management and new product development
Social networks
Theory and methods

Innovation and technology management
Innovation strategy
Digital transformation

User innovation
Social networks
Idea management
Organizational theory
Innovation and sustainable development



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