Term Research Professor Karsten Jonsen

International Management, Organizational Behaviour, Research Methodology, Cosmopolitanism


Dr. Karsten Jonsen has been with IMD since 2002. His research interests and publications include cross-cultural management, workforce diversity & inclusion, team performance, virtual teams, organizational values, cosmopolitanism, career mobility as well as research methodology. His most recent work on research methodology and cosmopolitanism was published in Organizational Research Methods, International Studies of Management & Organization, and Journal of Management.

Dr. Jonsen is the winner of the coveted Carolyn Dexter award for best international paper at the Academy of Management (2010) and has won a high number of highly regarded academic research awards throughout his tenure as a part of IMD’s research community. Dr. Jonsen has served as an advisor to large corporations in his fields of research since 2006.

Karsten is a Danish national, established in Switzerland since 1997. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Jonsen was a European manager in the IT industry. He holds a PhD in social sciences from the University of Geneva, a M.Sc. in economics from CBS, Copenhagen, and an MBA from ESCP in Paris.


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Levy, O., Lee, H. J., Jonsen, K., & Peiperl, M. A. (2018). Transcultural brokerage: the role of cosmopolitans in bridging structural and cultural holes. Journal of Management, in press.

Jonsen, K., Fendt, J., & Point, S. (2018). Convincing Qualitative Research: What Constitutes Persuasive Writing? Organizational Research Methods, 21(1), 30-67.

Jonsen et al. Cross-cultural management education rebooted:Creating positive value through scientific mindfulness. 2017. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Vol 24(1).

Windscheid, L., Bowes-Sperry, L., Jonsen, K. & Morner, M. 2016. Managing Organizational Gender Diversity Images: A Content Analysis of German Corporate Websites. Journal of Business Ethics. doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3292-6

Toegel, G. & Jonsen, K. 2016. Shared Leadership: Challenges of Transferring Control to Team Members Advances in Global Leadership (vol. 9).

Jonsen, K., Galunic, C., Weeks, J., & Braga, T. 2015. Evaluating espoused values: Does articulating values pay off? European Management Journal, 33(5), 332-340.

Klitmøller,A. Schneider, K. & Jonsen, K. 2015. Speaking of Global Virtual Teams: Language Differences, Social Categorization and Media Choice. Personnel Review Vol.44, no 2.

Cording, M, Hoskinson, R.E., Harrison, J., & Jonsen, K. 2014. Organizational authenticity during post-merger integration: employee productivity and firm performance. Academy of Management Perspectives, AMP – Februar/March.    Jonsen et al. 2013. The tragedy of the Uncommons. Human Relations, Vol. 66(2)2: 271-294

De Janasz, S., Lankau, M., Behson, S., & Jonsen, K, 2012. Dual sources of support for dual roles: How mentoring and work-family climate influence work-family conflict and job attitudes. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24(7), 1435-1453.

Jonsen et al. 2011. Diversity and its Not so Diverse Literature.   International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp. 35-62.

Stahl, G., Maznevski, M., Voigt, A, & Jonsen, K. 2010. Unraveling the Diversity-Performance Link in Multicultural Teams: Meta-analysis of Studies on the Impact of Cultural Diversity in Teams. Journal of International Business Studies, JIBS, 2010, 41(4), pp. 690-709.   

Jonsen, K. & Jehn, K. 2009. Using Triangulation to Validate Themes in Qualitative Studies. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, QROM, Vol. 4, Issue 2.