The 2015 CBS Elections are over - lowest voter turnout in 5 years

Skrevet af Bjørn HyldkrogJesper Snedker Adamsen, (versioning) - Foto: Lise Søstrøm - 24. november 2015 - 15:383 kommentarer
Professor Mette Morsing from the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management received 188 votes and thereby took one of the faculty representative seats on CBS' Board of Directors.

Preliminary results of the 2015 CBS Elections are in and the seats – when not taking into account possible objections, the upcoming results of the election committee’s revision of the elections, and the drawing of lots on December 3rd – are distributed. Final overall voter turnout stands at 20.74, which is the lowest voter turnout in an election at CBS since 2010. 

Candidates for the 2 faculty staff (VIP) seats on CBS’ Board of Directors were engaged in a contested election and 413 out of 655 faculty staff members cast their votes, which resulted in a voter turnout of 63 percent.

The result of the faculty vote is that Professor Mette Morsing (188 votes) and Professor David Lando (96 votes) grab the two faculty seats on the board of directors, while Professor Majken Schultz is the substitute.

And the election for the faculty seats actually turned out to be a bit of a nail biter as Professor Majken Schultz (70 votes) and Professor Mette Morsing had opted to form an electoral pact and in the end they only needed another 10 votes to secure both seats on the board of directors.

As the only representative for the technical-administrative staff (TAP), chief consultant and director of CBS Teaching & Learning, Jakob Ravn, ran for re-election for the board of directors, which, obviously, resulted in an uncontested election.

Kristian Mols Rasmussen from CBS Students’ list of candidates won the student representative seat on the board of directors by a landslide as he received 1,292 votes, and maybe his victory was partly achieved due to the fact that he was the only student candidate to write an election manifesto, which was published in CBS OBSERVER.

All preliminary results have been published and are available to employees on CBSshare , and to students on e-campus

Final election results will be published on December 3rd. 


I fail to see the adequacy of the headline of the article, not least given the photo illustration. I would assume that a VIP turnout of 63% is actually not so bad, considered how low it goes on other universities. Also, its not specified how this number is reached, probably by summing every possible voters from students, TAP and VIP, which, then, seems rather stretched to me.

In my view Mette Morsing headed a land slide election, and there would, quite on the contrary to the angle of this article, be reasons to ask why just now it seems that a new interest can be sensed in CBS corporate politics and employee influence.

I should add that I presumably got elected for the Academic Counsel on a list that was also supportive of Mette Morsing’s candidacy.

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Bent Meier Sørensen
Professor MSO, CBS

Dear Bent

This was a quick preliminary election result article, nothing more. 

The voter turnout at CBS overall has fallen from 29,59 percent in 2012 to 20,74 percent here in 2015. CBS' TAP were not included in the calculations, as they had only the one candidate to vote for, making it unneccessary to actually vote.

Regarding Mette Morsing's landslide victory, well, I agree with you, and if a story expressing this angle can actually be written - WITH sources willing to actually give voice to the renewed interest that "can be sensed in CBS corporate politics and employee influence" - it will.

Best regards
Bjørn Hyldkrog

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To me, a low voter turnout would be no surprise. Me and many of my colleagues I talked to were unable to find relevant information about most of the candidates: What do the candidates stand for? What would change if I vote for a candidate? My suggestion for the next elections would be to provide a central hub, maybe a webpage with videos etc., which contains information about the central positions of the candidates. Also, if more than 50% of CBS's faculty are hired from abroad, shouldn't English then become the working language of important academic boards and councils? I sensed in some of the discussions I had that foreign faculty members might otherwise feel excluded, especially as they were hired with the promise that English is CBS's working language.

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