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The management at Aarhus BSS

On this page, you can find out more about the management at Aarhus BSS. You can get an insight into the school’s strategic initiatives, read the latest management news and find the minutes from the meetings in the faculty management team.


Hear Dean Thomas Pallesen introduce the new management page.

The dean's autumn 2019 semester greeting

Dear employees,

Aarhus BSS’ most important task is to deliver research-based degree programmes of a high quality in order to ensure the employability of our graduates.

Among other things, this means that we must continuously adapt to new frameworks and conditions. These years, particularly in terms of financing where we are increasingly dependent on external funding. Apart from delivering high-quality research and teaching, our researchers must also formulate interesting research projects that external funders will also find interesting enough to finance.

Read the entire semester greeting from the dean

Many of our researchers have already secured large and prestigious grants, and at school level, we wish to support our researchers in their efforts to secure external research funding. For that reason, we appointed Niels Mejlgaard as the school’s Associate Dean for EU Funding last year. Niels’ task is to offer various kinds of support to researchers who plan to apply for EU funding. We have also appointed a new research committee with members from all of the school’s departments. One of the tasks of the committee is to strengthen the internal peer review process of the applications. In the research committee, the applicants will receive feedback from many different angles just as they would in an external evaluation.

We have already received great feedback from the applicants involved, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the research committee for their efforts.

In terms of our degree programmes, our role in society requires us to continuously adapt our programme portfolio to meet the political demands as well as society’s need for knowledge and employees in the future. In the spring, we thus had to discontinue two degree programmes as a result of the international degree programme resizing. However, due to the tireless efforts of committed staff - and I thank you for that -, I believe that we have found good solutions for the affected students and employees.

To keep up with the developments in society, we also need to continuously develop new degree programmes and interdisciplinary collaborations. With our strong core academic fields and academic breadth, we are able meet the business community’s increasing demand for degree programmes and research that combine strong academic fields and collaboration across disciplines.

I am thus delighted that the first cand.oecon specialising in Public Policy has just graduated - congratulations, I might add - and that, before long, we will be offering elective clusters in psychology and politics on the MSc in Economics and Management. I look forward to the establishment of our future interdisciplinary Business Psychology Centre and to our brand new degree programme in Commercial and Retail Management. The programme has been developed in close collaboration with employers, who have also donated a significant amount of money for us to appoint a number of professors in the field. Finally, I am delighted that the Department of Business Development and Technology can now offer its own PhD programme giving students the opportunity to study business development and engineering – or their intersection.

The AACSB accreditation process has just been extended by one year. Within this period, we have to strengthen the quality assurance of the degree programme learning goals. We have had a constructive dialogue with AACSB on how to do so, but there is work to be done in relation to the degree programme quality assurance processes if we are to maintain the AACSB accreditation after 2020.

The Campus 2.0 process is also in full swing, and we have just completed a report clarifying the school’s wishes and needs in the new University City. I would like to thank you all again for the input you provided during last’s autumn’s consultation process.

Among other things, this spring's WPA survey showed us that as employees, you would like to know more about the work carried out in the faculty management team. For that reason, the school’s joint staff portal will from now on include news on the school’s focus areas as well as agendas and minutes from the meetings in the faculty management team.

I wish you all a great semester!

Best,

Thomas Pallesen

News from the faculty management team


News

The benchmark meeting in October was the first joint meeting between the three institutions. Photo: Karin de Roo (FEB Groningen)

2019.10.22 | News from management

Strength through collaboration

In early October, the first joint benchmarking meeting between Aarhus BSS, HGU and FEB Groningen took place. Here the schools exchanged experiences within international recruitment and laid the foundation for a greater collaboration on assessment committees, says Head of Department Jacob Kjær Eskildsen.

Aarhus BSS hold the three international accreditations AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

2019.08.22 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

Aarhus BSS still AACSB accredited - process extended by one year

AACSB has just informed Aarhus BSS that the accreditation process has been extended until spring 2020. Aarhus BSS needs to document and further systematise the process for following up on the learning goals of the degree programmes. This means that Aarhus BSS continues to hold the international AACSB accreditation, but that AACSB will re-evaluate…

Photo: Aarhus BSS Communication

2019.05.13 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

Associate Dean Niels Mejlgaard: We need to target our efforts

Since 1 September 2018, Niels Mejlgaard from the Department of Political Science has been the school’s Associate Dean for EU Financing. International competition for EU funding is fierce, and we need to avoid half-hearted applications written out of a sense of obligation, he says. This calls for targeted efforts and fair working conditions for…

Photo: Aarhus BSS Communication

2019.03.27 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

Associate Dean Andrea Carugati: Digitalisation may disrupt all academic disciplines

Since 1 September 2018, Professor Andrea Carugati from the Department of Management has been the school’s Associate Dean for digitisation. He will work towards making digitalisation an integrated part of the school’s degree programmes. The aim is to ensure that our students obtain the digital skills that are in demand on the labour market. As a…

Vice-dean Per Baltzer Overgaard is looking forward to collaborating with the new research committee. Photo: Aarhus BSS Kommunikation

2019.02.04 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

New research committee at Aarhus BSS

Aarhus BSS has just appointed a new interdisciplinary research committee to advise the Dean's Office and the faculty management team on key research-related issues. The committee will also be a forum for exchanging experiences across the school, says Vice-dean for Research Per Baltzer Overgaard.

Dean Thomas Pallesen gives the opening speech at this year's business conference. Photo: AU Foto.

2018.12.13 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

Aarhus BSS opens its doors

A key strategic goal at Aarhus BSS is to be in close dialogue with the surrounding society and strengthen the interplay between theory and practice. For that reason, the school is increasingly focusing on events aimed at the business community and alumni.

Photo: Colourbox

2018.08.21 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

Aarhus BSS sharpens its pen in competition for large grants

Aarhus BSS has just introduced a new internal peer review model with the aim of strengthening the quality of applications to Sapere Aude, ERC and the Danish National Research Foundation. The purpose is to attract more external research funding, says Vice-dean for Research and Talent Development Per Baltzer Overgaard.

Photo: Ingrid Fossum, Aarhus BSS Communication.

2018.08.21 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

It’s all about collaboration and service

On 1 August, Anne Bækby Johansen took over the position as administrative centre manager at Aarhus BSS. Anne will focus on heading a professional administration that can deliver a great service and coherent solutions in close collaboration with the departments.

The four associate deans at Aarhus BSS. Photo: AU Photo. Clockwise from left: Ulrik Federspiel, Niels Mejlgaard, René Rohrbeck, Andrea Carugati.

2018.08.15 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

New associate deans at Aarhus BSS

The Executive Team has just appointed three new associate deans who will each contribute to strengthening the school’s strategic focus areas. They will be responsible for digitisation, EU-funding and the school’s collaboration with external stakeholders including private foundations.

Photo: Lars Kruse (AU Foto)

2018.05.02 | Aarhus BSS, News from management

Aarhus BSS – an important part of the new University City

Aarhus University has just announced one of the most significant development plans in the history of the university. And Aarhus BSS is an important part of this plan. The plan proposes that during 2022-24, the Department of Management and the Department of Economics and Business Economics will relocate from Fuglesangs Allé to the University City,…

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Messages

Thomas Pallesen encourages all employees to vote at this year's university elections. Photo: Lars Kruse (AU Photo).

2019.10.20 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

Use your vote at this year’s university elections

Dear employees, This year, university elections will be held at Aarhus University. Here we must elect representatives for the AU Board and the academic councils - key bodies that contribute to setting the direction at both university and school level. We have to elect three employee representatives for the board - two from the academic staff…

Photo: Sinne Brandt Jakobsen

2018.12.17 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

End-of-year message from Dean Thomas Pallesen

Dean Thomas Pallesen looks back at yet another interesting year with many good prospects for the future. And ahead to 2019 where the first steps towards further collaboration across degree programmes must be taken.

Photo: Sinne Brandt Jakobsen

2018.12.17 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

End-of-year message from Vice-dean Per Baltzer Overgaard

For Vice-dean for Research and Talent Development Per Baltzer Overgaard, 2018 was a year in which Aarhus BSS proved what we are capable of in terms of external funding. However, it was also a year in which a bleak political decision was made.

Photo: Sinne Brandt Jakobsen

2018.12.17 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

End-of-year message from Vice-dean Per Andersen

Accreditation, quality assurance and good solutions for students on the MACC and the BAMCC. These are some of the things that will characterise 2019 for Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen.

Photo: Lars Kruse (AU Foto)

2018.06.14 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

Summer greeting from the dean

Dear employees, The summer holidays are approaching and we have already had a taste of the great summer weather. Before we all take a well-deserved break, it is time to look back - and ahead to some of the things we can look forward to after the holidays. It has been an interesting year at Aarhus BSS. For one thing, I’m very pleased that…

Photo: Ingrid Fossum, Aarhus BSS Communication

2017.12.20 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

“We have a great foundation”

Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen remembers 2017 as a year characterised by accreditation processes. And as a year that confirmed his belief that Aarhus BSS has a great foundation for creating degree programmes of the highest quality.

Photo: Ingrid Fossum, Aarhus BSS Communication

2017.12.20 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

“We must make room for the shining stars”

Vice-dean for Research and Talent Development Per Baltzer Overgaard looks back at a year that offered great experiences at Aarhus BSS. And ahead to 2018, where the school must make room for the shining stars and focus even more on interdisciplinary research.

Photo: Ingrid Fossum, Aarhus BSS Communication

2017.12.20 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

“We need unconventional ideas”

For Dean Thomas Pallesen, 2017 was a year with many highlights. In 2018, he is - among other things -looking forward to working on increasing the school’s external funding - particularly through the more unconventional ideas that can help address the challenges facing society.

Photo: AU Foto

2017.06.20 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

Summer greeting from the dean

Dear staff Summer is here, and soon we can look forward to a well-deserved holiday outside of the school walls. Before that, I would like to thank you all for a good spring semester, and tell you a bit about what we in the faculty management team have been working with during the spring. In April, we started the process of evaluating the…

Photo: Aarhus BSS Communication, Morten Rømer Holm

2016.12.19 | Aarhus BSS, Management messages

The end-of-year message from Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen

Vice-dean for Education Per Andersen looks back at a year where Aarhus BSS has made a lot of progress with the degree programme quality assurance and on to 2017, where increasing the students’ employability will be in focus.

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