Lars Esbjerg

Associate professor

Lars Esbjerg
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Research areas

Profile

Director of Studies, Associate professor
PhD, Aarhus School of Business, 2004
MSc in International Business Administration and Modern Languages, Aarhus School of Business, 1996

Lars Esbjerg is associate professor at Department of Management and affiliated with MAPP – Centre for research on customer relations in the food sector.

Research areas

Lars Esbjerg has studied collaborative innovation, inter-organisational relations, retailer decision-making and transnational value chains in the food sector. He has participated in more than 20 national and international research projects and has experience organising research conferences and workshops with practitioners, as well as extensive project management experience from both Danish and European research projects. 

Recent projects are related to developing business models for producers of local foods (EU-funded), collaborative innovation in the food sector (one EU-financed and two Danish projects), development of strategies and business models for serving base-of-the-pyramid markets (internally financed), transnational supply chains for organically produced food products (financed by DANIDA), and market practices for animal welfare (one financed by Svineafgiftsfonden, one Inter-Reg financed). 

Academic experience
2008–: Associate professor, Department of Business Administration, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University
2005–2008: Assistant professor, Department of Marketing and Statistics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University 
2004–2005: Researcher, MAPP, Aarhus School of Business 
2000–2004: Doctoral student, MAPP, Aarhus School of Business
1998–2000: Researcher, MAPP, Aarhus School of Business

Administrative experience
2010–: Member of the steering committee of the Future Food Innovation (FFI) consortium, operator of the innovation platform for the food sector in Region Midtjylland
2009–2013: Member of Region Midtjylland’s advisory board on renewal and growth in the food sector (Fødevarerådet)
2010–2013: Member of the board of Videncenter for Fødevareudvikling (VIFU)
2008–2010: MAPP representative in Videncenter for Fødevareudvikling (VIFU)
2008: Member of the steering committee of the project on renewal and growth in the food sector in Region Midtjylland (Vækstforum)

2007–2008: Steering committee member of CitrusNet (EU research project)
2007: Member of expert working group on renewal and growth in the food sector in Region Midtjylland (Vækstforum)
2003: Convener of a workshop on food safety and food quality
2001–2005: Member of the Board for Doctoral Education at the Faculty of Business Administration at Aarhus School of Business 
2001–2003: President of the Association of Doctoral Researchers at the Faculty of Business Administration at Aarhus School of Business 
2001: Co-convener of the 6th Danish Marketing Conference 

Teaching areas
Lars Esbjerg is Director of Studies for the MSc in Economics and Business Administration.

Currently Lars teaches courses on marketing channels and networks (MSc in Economics and Business Administration and MBA)

In addition, he acts as an advisor for students writing projects and theses (MSc in Economics and Business Administration and MBA).

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