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Anne Merete Lyngroes Fladmose
The project examines the interlink between organizational development, storytelling and sense-making. More specifically it explores organizational narratives in relation to organizational development in a qualitative single-case study. The case study is the transformation process of University of Southern Denmark (SDU) towards becoming a sustainable university with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as the primary organizational strategy. The narratives are ethnographically explored through interviews, observation and field study of the material culture.   
Keywords: organizational change, organizational development, organizational culture, change process, sense-making, communication, storytelling, narratives, neo institutionalism, sustainable leadership.  
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Jessica Sorensen
Jessica’s PhD research project centers on the theoretical concepts of collaborative learning and phronesis. Using a using a mixed-methods and grounded theory approach, Jessica will study ethical decision-making in interdisciplinary design collaborations among ethnographers and engineers. The three-year project will include a period of ethnographic fieldwork among ethnographer-engineer collaborators, followed by a qualitative survey and expert interviews. Working from sociomaterial and social ethics perspectives, she aims to analyze the negotiation of cultural values and situated knowledge as processes of collaborative learning, and to describe the social arrangements key to effective phronetic decision-making.
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Kristian Møhler Sørensen
Kristian is conducting his dissertation within Library and Information Science. His project examines how the awareness and knowledge of library values can support the strategical development of library activities and library evaluation. An essential step in his project is to establish a reliable and robust foundation of how critical stakeholders understand library value and how values appear at libraries. Consequently, such knowledge will take us closer to understanding how library values can act as valuable assets to public library institutions.  Kristian can be contacted at

Kristian Roland Larsen
Kristian undersøger i sit ph.d projekt, hvordan dansk møbeldesign i et historisk perspektiv er medieret i reklamer, udstillinger og salgsmesser.Han er uddannet cand.mag i Designstudier og har haft forskellige studiejobs på Kunstmuseet Trapholt og SDU. Derudover har Kristian en auktionsuddannelse fra Bruun Rasmussens Kunstauktioner, hvor han beskæftigede sig i afdelingen for moderne kunst og design. Kristian kan kontaktes på

Merja Ryöppy  
For two years I have been affiliated with the interdisciplinary research group Theatre Lab, at SDU Design Research, where I am supporting students and researchers with theatre methods in exploring design processes. Employed under the institute of Entrepreneurship and Relationship management, I have been sitting in Kolding for the whole time.In my work I draw from the expertise I have from two very different fields as I hold a M.Sc. (tech) from Tampere University of Technology as well as a B.A. in applied theatre. In Theatre Lab, we apply improvised theatre as a means to research human interaction in social relations, for instance in Prometheus project we explore ways to improve doctor-patient communication together with healthcare professionals, patients and relatives. My PhD study lies at the intersection of object theatre and design, with a focus on understanding objects as material and relational entities in social interaction, where new product ideas emerge. Object theatre emphasises material sensation and storytelling with objects, as well as urges to take multiple perspectives on the relational nature of objects and stakeholders. Merja can be be reached at

Rosalyn Melissa Langedijk
Rosalyn received her Master’s degree in Business Communication and Communication Design from the University of Southern Denmark. In her Ph.D., she investigates persuasive dialog design in human-robot interaction and factors influencing persuasiveness in communication in general. Through controlled experiments and ethnographic field work she investigates different aspects of human-robot interaction, user engagement, and dialog design. Rosalyn can be reached at

Safinaz Büyükgüzel 
Safinaz has an MA and a Ph.D in French Language Teaching where she investigated avoidance strategies in political news interviews from a conversation analytic perspective. Currently, she is a PhD fellow at the Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. She is conducting a research project on micro-organisation of collaborative encounters in innovative workspaces under the supervision of Johannes Wagner. Her research draws on Conversation Analysis and Ethnomethodology and aims to unpack how the professional, interactional, material, and spatial settings of the workplace contribute to the innovation process, creativity, and eventually to the production of new technologies in high tech software companies. Safinaz can be reached at

Susanne Bruhn
My research project Between art and mass production - Axel Salto and the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory examines the artist’s role and the collaboration with the company during the 1950s. I explore mainly the media discourse and the visual mediations of this partnership and the interlink between branding, sales promotion and strategic marketing campaigns in connection with international exhibitions such as Triennale di Milano, Design in Scandinavia, 1954-57, and The Arts of Denmark, 1960-61. Theoretically and methodically, this project enrolls in a design cultural context and a central aim is to investigate how the partnership between Axel Salto and the manufactory is mediated to the consumers through different types of written and visual material, as well as through the networks of actors involved in the mediation.
Keywords: Danish Modern, branding, mediation, mass production, designer culture.
The PhD project is generously funded by New Carlsberg Foundation and CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art.
Susanne can be reached at

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Sidst opdateret: 04.08.2020