Professor Bo T. Christensen


Academic degrees

19/08-2005 PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Aarhus, Denmark. Project entitled: ‘Creative cognition: Analogy and Incubation’.


  • 2022- Professor of Design Research, Dept. of Marketing, Copenhagen Business School
  • 2016-2022 Professor (MSO), Dept. of Marketing, Copenhagen Business School
  • 2009-2016 Associate Professor, Dept. of Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • 2006-2008 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • 2002-2005 PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Aarhus, Denmark


In 2009 and again in 2013: Awarded the Design Studies Award by the Design Research Society for best paper published in the international peer-reviewed journal Design Studies (both co-authored w/Prof Linden Ball). Design Studies is ranked as the top international scientific journal focusing on Design. It is the only time the Design Studies Award has been awarded twice to the same scholar. The Design Studies award is given for: contribution to the development of the field of design research, originality of research or scholarship, breadth of relevance, clarity and style of presentation. The past winners of the award include such key domain scholars as Donald Schön, Gabriella Goldschmidt, Kees Dorst, and Eric Stolterman.

Research management and fundraising

  • Designerly ways of Teaching for Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (DEED 2019-2022), sponsored by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DKK 5.5 mio). Principal investigator.
  • DTRS11 (2015-2018). Organized and chaired the Design Thinking Research Symposium 11, with grants from DFF-FKK (DKK 79.200), the Carlsberg Foundation (DKK 60.000), and Otto Mønsteds Fond (DKK 40.000).
  • CIBIS (2014-2018). ‘Creativity in Blended Interaction Spaces’, sponsored by Innovationsfonden (DKK 16 million). Main applicant is AU/Kim Halskov. Co-applicant and manager of the CBS part of CIBIS, involving 2 post doc positions and 1 scientific assistant at CBS.
  • FLUENTBRAND (2012-2014). Co-applicant and supervision of an international post doc position sponsored by EU 7th Framework/marie Curie (EUR 228.000)
  • DESIRE (2007-2012) He headed the CBS part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the EU 7th framework program (EUR 3 million). He was responsible for managing international coordination with 5 European University partners led by Lancaster University (ref: Corina Sas), the CBS hiring and supervision of 2 PhD students and 1 post doc, planning and chairing an international conference, and PhD courses.
  • CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS (2006-2012) Co-applicant, funded by the Strategic Danish Research Counsel (DKK 13 million). His activity included design and gastronomy field studies, and organizing international workshops, leading to a Cambridge University Press book he co-edited.
  • Mental simulation in design (2006-2008), Post Doc (Carlsberg foundation, DKK 900.000).

International collaboration

Notable collaborators: Prof. Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh; Prof. Linden Ball, University of Central Lancashire; Prof. Rolf Reber, University of Oslo.

He organized and chaired the Design Thinking Research Symposium 11 (DTRS11). In a unique data-sharing format, the symposium involved that he collected longitudinal video data from a design team at a European Car Manufacturer in Scandinavia and China for 4 months (approx. 150 hours of video). A selection of the videos, along with transcription, an extensive technical report, and interviews constituted the dataset. All the material was then distributed to 106 leading international Design researchers who analyzed the data set with each their own set of methodological approaches and theoretical framing, and submitted papers for the symposium (held at CBS, November 2016). Publications from DTRS11 include a 29 chapter edited book (Taylor & Francis), and two journal special issues (Design Studies and CoDesign, both published in 2018).

PhD and Post doc supervision

Post Doc supervision: Morten Friis-Olivarius (CBS), Antonia Erz (CBS), Suzan Boztepe (CBS). PhD supervison: Main supervisor of Bader Onarheim (CBS), Morten Friis-Olivarius (CBS), Stefan Wiltschnig (CBS), Sille Julie Jøhnk Abildgaard (CBS), Kasper Skou Arendt (CBS, ongoing). Co-supervisor of Claus-Cramer Petersen (DTU), Malene Leerberg (Kolding School of Design).

Editorial board membership

Design Studies; Co-Design; She Ji: The journal of Design, Economic, and Innovation; Journal of Cognitive Psychology.


He has a well‐established position in the interdisciplinary research fields of creativity studies, and design studies. The impact of his contribution to various scientific fields is evidenced in a total of >2400 citations; h-index:22; i10-index:36 (Google Scholar).