Robert Gavin Strand
Room 2-210 CarlSMgmt

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Robert Strand

Teaching Specialist, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School
Carlson Global Institute


  • Ph.D. 2012
    Corporate Social Responsibility Copenhagen Business School

  • MBA 2005
    International Business University of Minnesota

  • Bachelors of Science 1999
    Industrial Engineering University of Wisconsin

  • Fulbright Scholar 2005-06
    Sustainability & Social Responsibility Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU)


  • Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Leadership, Top Management Teams, Scandinavia-U.S. comparisons
While my primary appointment is with the Copenhagen Business School, I  appreciate the opportunity to continue my close relationship with the University of Minnesota through which I instruct courses related to sustainability & corporate social responsibility and strategic management.  At the Copenhagen Business School, I also instruct coursework in leadership.

I enjoy running courses at the bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., executive and professorial levels and have a particular interest in spanning between academia and industry.  From a research perspective I am drawn to the Engaged Scholarship approach.

In addition to my appointment as Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability with the Copenhagen Business School, I am Director of the Nordic Network for Sustainability based in Copenhagen.  Through this, I have aspirations to better connect U.S. researchers and practitioners to Scandinavia.  I feel a great deal of inspiration can be drawn from the cooperative approach that is more commonly found in a Scandinavian context to address our greatest social and environmental challenges.   Cooperation between business, government, and civil society is desperately needed where I see the ability to cross traditional boundaries and cooperatively address issues of poverty, disease, human rights abuses, worker safety, water shortages, resource depletion, environmental degradation, climate change and the vast suite of associated "wicked problems" as our great leadership challenge and opportunity.

When we are not in Scandinavia, my wife Sarah and I are happy to call Minneapolis our home.

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