Department of Management

Jesper Rosenberg Hansen


Profile photoJesper Rosenberg Hansen
Department of Management
Postal address:
Fuglesangs Allé 4
2628, 436
8210 Aarhus V

Phone: +4587165521

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD in Economics and Management, Aarhus University, 2010
  • MA in Business Administration and Philosophy, 2004

Jesper Rosenberg Hansen is Professor (from 2018). His research focuses on application of management theory in relation to public organizations and differences between public and private organizations. Among other things he has studied strategic management, organizational behavior, leadership, contracting out and sector switching. Jesper has paper published in journals such as Administration & Society, British Journal of Management, Industrial Marketing Management, International Public Management Journal and Public Management Review. Formerly, he has been working for the County of Aarhus.


Work experience

  • Professor, Department of Management, Aarhus University, 2018-
  • Associate Professor, Department of Management, Aarhus University, 2015-2018
  • Associate Professor, joint beween Department of Economics and Business and Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University, 2013-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, 2010-2012
  • Postdoc, School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, 2009-2010
  • PhD student, School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, 2006-2010
  • Administrative Officer/Business Controller, County of Aarhus, 2004-2006
  • Parti-time Lecturer, School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, 2005-2006


PhD dissertation

"Essays on Application of Management Theory in Public Organizations - Changes due to New Public Management" handed in at School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University. Public defence March 4th 2010.

Research Interests

  • Differences between public organizations and private companies
  • Application of management theory in public organizations
  • Sector switching
  • Strategic Management in public organizations
  • Contracting out in public organizations
  • Organizational behavior and leadership in public organizations

Teaching Interests

  • Strategy and Management in Public and Public-Private Organizations (Project based master course)
  • Strategy (Bachelor course)


Recent publications

Long-Term Absenteeism From Work: Disentangling the Impact of Sector, Occupational Groups and Gender

Hansen, J. R., Møller, A-K. L. & Sørensen, K. L., 2019, In : International Journal of Public Administration. 42, 8, p. 628-641 14 p.

Senior Public Managers’ Organizational Commitment: Do Private Sector Experience and Tenure Make a Difference?

Andrews, R., Hansen, J. R. & Huxley, K., 2019, In : International Public Management Journal.

A Two-Pronged Approach? Combined Leadership Styles and Innovative Behavior

Günzel-Jensen, F., Hansen, J. R., Jakobsen, M. L. & Wulff, J., 2018, In : International Journal of Public Administration. 41, 12, p. 957-970

Comparing affective commitment in the public and private sectors: A comprehensive test of multiple mediation effects

Hansen, J. R. & Kjeldsen, A. M., 2018, In : International Public Management Journal. 21, 4, p. 558-588 31 p.

Sector Differences in Employee's Perceived Importance of Income and Job Security: Can These Be Found across the Contexts of Countries, Cultures and Occupations?

Bullock, J. B., Hansen, J. R. & Houston, D. J., 2018, In : International Public Management Journal. 21, 2, p. 243–271 29 p.

Sector Differences in the Public Service Motivation-Job Satisfaction Relationship: Exploring the Role of Organizational Characteristics

Kjeldsen, A. M. & Hansen, J. R., 2018, In : Review of Public Personnel Administration. 38, 1, p. 24-48 25 p.

Work Engagement in the Public Service Context: The Dual Perceptions of Job Characteristics

Noesgaard, M. S. & Hansen, J. R., 2018, In : International Journal of Public Administration. 41, 13, p. 1047-1060 14 p.

The increased importance of sector switching: A study of trends over a 27 year period

Frederiksen, A. & Hansen, J. R., 2017, In : Administration & Society. 49, 7, p. 1015–1042 28 p.

Applying strategic management theories in public sector organizations: Developing a typology

Hansen, J. R. & Ewan, F., 2016, In : Public Management Review . 18, 1, p. 1-19 19 p.

Changing strategy processes and strategy content in public sector organizations? A longitudinal case study of NPM reforms' influence on strategic management

Hansen, J. R. & Jacobsen, C. B., 2016, In : British Journal of Management. 27, 2, p. 373-389 17 p.

Contracting to improve public service provision: A typology for concurrent sourcing strategies

Poulsen, S. M. & Hansen, J. R., 2016, In : Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation. 2, 3, p. 187-205 19 p.

Comparing public and private sector employees' innovative behaviour: Understanding the role of job and organizational characteristics, job types and subsectors

Bysted, R. & Hansen, J. R., 2015, In : Public Management Review (Print). 17, 5, p. 698-717 22 p.

From Public to Private Sector: Motives and Explanations for Sector Switching

Hansen, J. R., 2014, In : Public Management Review (Print). 16, 4, p. 590-607 20 p.