Thorbjørn Knudsen


Thorbjørn Knudsen is a Professor of Organization Design at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) where he is a co-director of the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS). His research interests center around evolutionary and adaptive processes in organizations and the way organization design can shape these processes.


He is a Senior Editor of Organization Science, and member of the Editorial Review Board of Academy of Management Journal and the Strategic Management Journal. 


His research is published in Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly among others, and he is co-author of Darwin's Conjecture: The Search for General Principles of Social and Economic Evolution, published by Chicago University Press.


For more information see Thorbjørn's PURE profile.



University of Southern Denmark
Department of Marketing and Management
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M
Phone: (+45) 6550 3148

Selected publications:

Christensen, M., & Knudsen, T. (2020). Division of roles and endogenous specialization. Industrial and Corporate Change, 29(1), 105-124.


Knudsen, T., Levinthal, D. A., & Puranam, P. (2019). A Model Is a Model. Strategy Science, 4(1), 1-3.



Augier, M., Dew, N., Knudsen, T., & Stieglitz, N. (2018). Organizational persistence in the use of war gaming and scenario planning. Long Range Planning, 51(4), 511-525.


Knudsen, T., & Srikanth, K. (2014). Coordinated Exploration: Organizing Joint Search by Multiple Specialists to Overcome Mutual Confusion and Joint Myopia. Administrative Science Quarterly, 59(3), 409-441.


Knudsen, T., Puranam, P., & Raveendran, M. (2012). Organization Design: The Epistemic Interdependence Perspective. Academy of Management Review, 37(3), 419-440.

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