New assistant professor: Guro Refsum Sanden

New assistant professor: Guro Refsum Sanden

As of 1 September 2017 Crossing Organisational Boundaries (COB) and Communication And Culture In Professional Contexts (ProCom) has a new assistant professor!

My research focuses on issues related to language and linguistic diversity in international business. I’m particularly interested in the role of corporate language strategies in international management, and the relationship between national language policies and corporate law in Scandinavia.

In my PhD dissertation entitled ‘Language strategies in multinational corporations: a cross-sector study of financial service companies and manufacturing companies’ I examined the effect of industry sectors on corporate language management. Situated at the intersection of sociolinguistics and international business and management studies, my dissertation focused on language management in two different industry sectors, namely the financial service sector and the manufacturing sector. Employing a multiple case study design consisting of two matched pair cases, the study examined the means by which language was managed, i.e. language management tools, in the two financial service companies Nordea and Saxo Bank and the two manufacturing companies Grundfos and ECCO.

In continuation of my PhD project, I have taken an interest in the impact of national and supranational legislation on corporate law, especially in relation to the language rights of employees in linguistically diverse workplaces. By adopting a legal perspective on national language policies, my research examines firstly, how and to what extent corporate legislation in the Scandinavian countries supports the objectives of national language policies, and secondly, how and to what extent companies in the Scandinavian countries comply with the legal provisions concerning language choice and language practices.

I’m excited to join CGS and I’m looking forward to the many interesting discussions and inspiring collaborations going forward. 

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