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Professor of Management Innovation

Martin is an undisciplined mind: he received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Vienna in 2002 and since has held positions in strategy, organization theory, marketing and design at Universities in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and France. With one foot in the library and the other in the laboratory, his research and teaching focuses on discovery of ideas and practices that stretch the imagination of managers and scholars alike.


  1. Magister (Master) in Philosophie, University of Vienna
  2. Dissertation (PhD), Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, and Institute for Organization and Learning, University of Innsbruck


  1. 2012 Innovative Teaching Award, Vienna University of Economics and Business                 
  2. 2011 FUHU Education Prize, Copenhagen Business School
  3. 2010 Innovative Teaching Award, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  4. Strategic Organization! Award for best essay published in 2008


Academic experience

  1. Professor for Strategy and Organization at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  2. Associate Professor in Design and Business at the University of TechnologySydney, Australia
  3. Director for Research, Australian Creative Industry Innovation Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia  
  4. Visiting positions at the WU Vienna, University of Innsbruck, University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, Stockholm University, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), SWOCC/Giep Franzen Fellow, Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research on Brand Communications, University of Amsterdam.


Business Experience

  1. Co-founder and co-director of the Sydney-based brand consultancy PLAY (see www.playcomms.com). Client experience includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, Freehills, ISS, MINI, Adobe, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellog’s, Subaru, Jaguar, The Sydney Opera House and others. PLAY has received numerous marketing awards in Australia and was bought 2012 by WPP.
  2. Research consultant, public speaker and advisor to global organizations such as Tetra Pak, Deloitte, Deutsche Bahn, public organizations (City of Sydney) and entrepreneurial creative firms

Scientific CommitteesTop

  1. Reviewer for Academy of Management Review; Accounting, Organization and Society; American Journal of Sociology; Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography; Human Relations; Organization Studies; Organization; Theory, Culture and Society, Strategic Management Journal, Sociological Theory, Long Range Planning, Social Studies of Science and others.
  2. Member of editorial board of Organization Studies and Strategic Organization


  1. Innovative strategy development
  2. Organizational design in open ecosystems
  3. Management innovation  

Courses taughtTop

  1. EMBA Program Strategy
  2. PhD Seminar on Strategic Management (with Zied Guedri)

Research InterestTop

  1. Strategy, practice, innovation
  2. Design, open ecosystems, co-creation
  3. Conceptual infrastructure of management thought

Communications & SeminarsTop

  1. 2016 Strategy Practices and Performativity: Understanding Strategy as Performative Practice. Laure Cabantous, Martin Kornberger and David Seidl, stream organized at EGOS colloquium July 7-9, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
  2. 2016 Symposium on Albert Hirschman, keynote speaker: Prof Jeremy Adelman, Princeton, at Copenhagen Business School, March 11 2016
  3. 2015 Workshop on Thinking Infrastructures, CBS, September  
  4. 2013 Travelling with Branding: Exploring the Kaleidoscopic Nature of Branding, Viviane Sergi, Martin Kornberger and Majken Schultz, stream organized at EGOS colloquium July 4-6 2013, HEC Montréal, Canada
  5. 2012 Early PhD workshop at EGOS colloquium July 5-7 2012, Aalto University & Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
  6. 2012 Workshop on the Urban Commons, CBS November
  7. 2012 Workshop on the Making Things Valuable, CBS November
  8. 2011 The Works of Branding: Shaping Organizational Identities and Practices, Martin Kornberger, Dan Kärreman and Majken Schultz, stream organized at the EGOS colloquium July 7-9 2011, University of Göteborg, Sweden
  9. 2012 Workshop on Strategy, Organization and Society, CBS, November
  10. 2010 Organizing and disorganizing resilience in the globalizing city, Kees Borsma, Stewart Clegg and Martin Kornberger, stream organized at the EGOS colloquium July 1-3 2010, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal
  11. 2009 Making brands come alive: how organizations, stakeholders and customers mobilize their identity, Martin Kornberger, Majken Schultz and Jonathan Schroeder, stream organized at the EGOS colloquium, July 2–4 2009, 
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
  12. 2008 Conceptualizing, Organizing, and Managing Cities, Martin Kornberger, Kees Boersma, Stewart R. Clegg, and Barbara Czarniawska, stream organized at EGOS 2008, July 10-12, The Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  13. 2007 Challenges in Organizing and Managing in Rapidly Emerging Economies: Learning to Organize in the Global World, Chris Carter, Stewart R. Clegg, Barbara Czarniawska, and Martin Kornberger, stream organized at APROS (Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies) Dec 9-12 2007, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India
  14. 2007 A fairly short, very interesting and reasonably cheap workshop about strategy, two-day workshop organized by C. Carter, S. Clegg and M. Kornberger, Aston Business School, UK, September 3-4,
  15. 2007 Open Track, convened by S. Gueldenberg, C. Carter, A. McKinley, W. Hoffmann, M. Kornberger and R. Meyer, stream organized at EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies) 2007, July 3-7, Vienna, Austria
  16. 2005 Strategy as Practice: How Do Ideas Travel Through an Organization Until They Turn Into Strategies?, M. Kornberger and C. Carter, stream organized at APROS (Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies) 2005, Dec 7-10, Melbourne, Australia
  17. 2005 Performing Ethics, S. Clegg, M. Kornberger, C. Rhodes, stream organized at APROS 2005, Dec 7-10, Melbourne
  18. 2005 Ethics at work: exploring the dynamic relationships between ethics and organizational processes and practices, C. Carter, M. Kornberger and S. Clegg, stream organized at EURAM (European Academy of Management) 2005, May 4-7, Munich, Germany
  19. 2004 Professions in Travail? Governance, Power and Ethics, G. Hanlon, M. Kornberger and F Mueller, stream organized at EURAM 2004, May 5-8, St Andrews, Scotland
  20. 2004 Being Relevant? Working between the academic comfort zone and the combat zone of practice, M. Kornberger and C. Rhodes, Symposium organized at the American Academy of Management Conference 2004, August 6-11, New Orleans, USA
  21. 2004 Only Connect: Neat words, networks, organizational identities, relations and language, S. Clegg, S. Gudergan and M. Kornberger, stream organized at EGOS 2004, July 3-5 Ljubljana
  22. 2003 Language, change and organization: management as discursive practice, M. Kornberger, Stream organized at APROS 2003, December 7-10, Oaxca, Mexico  
  23. 2003 Space and management, M. Kornberger and S. Clegg, Stream organized at EGOS 2003, July 3-5, Copenhagen, Denmark