We regret to inform you that 11th March the government in Denmark closed all non-critical public institutions for at least 14 days and prohibited gatherings of more than a 100 participants. Furthermore, Aalborg University has banned all travel activities to foreign countries for staff. Together with our Head of Department we have decided that we, under these circumstances cannot host the OLKC conference in April this year. Thus, we are sorry to inform you that the PhD course:  Organizational learning in a changing world – Tomorrows’ solutions for the problems of today hereby is canceled. We are so sad that we have to cancel but we cannot guarantee your safety and we will most like not be able or even allowed to accommodate so many people from all over the World in the midst of April. Furthermore, still more countries are setting up restrictions for entering and leaving the country and nobody can foresee where this is heading in the forthcoming months.

Organizational learning in a changing world – Tomorrows’ solutions for the problems of today


This course is part of the International Conference on Organizational Learning and Knowledge Capabilities hosted by Aalborg University. The theme of the conference is “Bridging research and practice through Organizational Learning - Collaboration and Co-production in the 21st Century” (More information regarding the conference: In this Ph.D. course we will focus on how organizations need to change in order to address the challenges of tomorrow and how research can help promote this change.

 The challenge of tomorrow truly calls for inter-disciplinary approaches and understandings. The course will primarily focus on how concrete action and processes can bring about actual organizational change through participative, inter-disciplinary research. This PhD course intends to introduce, explore and critically reflect upon different methodological approaches to study organizational change. The course will take up discussions and explorations into how one can include understandings of global challenges and organizational change in inter-disciplinary research   

 The learning objectives of the course are:

  • to provide the PhD students with knowledge about the theoretical resources and heritage of action oriented and participatory research theories and strategies as well as processual perspectives on organizational learning and development.
  • to provide the PhD students with practical skills and know-how that will enable them to conduct their PhD studies and reflect on the role of action oriented and processual approaches in relation to the field of their studies.
  • to provide the PhD students with expertise that enables them to critically reflect on and assess the strengths and limitations of empirical studies that are guided by the theoretical and methodological assumptions of action oriented and processual approaches to organizational change


Anja Overgaard Thomassen, Department of Culture & Learning, Capacity Building and Evaluation

Nikolaj Stegeager, Department of Culture & Learning, Processes and Learning in Organizations

Søren Frimann, Department of Culture & Learning, Processes and Learning in Organizations


Barbara Simpson, Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Hilary Bradbury, Professor, Division of Management, The Taos Institute, Ohio, USA

Anja Overgaard Thomassen, Associate Professor, Aalborg University

Nikolaj Stegeager, Associate Professor, Aalborg University

Søren Frimann, Associate Professor, Aalborg University

21st, 22nd April 2020

AAU Copenhagen, A.C.Meyers Vænge 15,

Zip code:
Copenhagen SV
Number of seats:
15 march 2020

How to register.

Click on the link below. If you don´t have a AAU password, please choose ”Users with other affiliation/Brugere med anden tilknytning” and sign up. Click on the course and scroll to the buttom af the page and press “enroll me in this course/tilmeld mig dette kursus. You are now enrolled and will shortly receive a confirmation e-mail.

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 500 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted before deadline. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.