Danish Defence Research Database


Therese Heltberg


Svanemøllens Kaserne

Building: 7


Phone: +45 6166 8412

    Research and development areas

  • Military Leadership and Organization
  • Military Operations
  • Operative Planning
  • Military sociology
  • Creativity
  • Military Innovation
  • Communication in organisations
  • Future War
  • Leadership
  • Intelligence
  • Action research

Research areas

My main research interests concern the relationship between the construction and practicing of knowledge, particularly in relation to military planning, leadership, and command. I am currently involved in projects concerning operations planning, military leadership and design thinking, and development of military doctrine. Furthermore, I am working on questions relating to how technology may impact on military planning, creativity, command, and military professional identities.  

Central questions and concerns include: 

- How can we observe our taken-for-granted understandings and narratives; and how can we create new perspectives that allow for new approaches and solutions? 

- How can we ensure the continuous inclusion of ethical reflections in our work? 

- How do we make space for new practices and perspectives in 'strong' organizations?

- How can we continuously seek to include other perspectives and realities in our work, in order to see and seek better and more sustainable solutions?

My previous work involved empirical fields such as operative evaluation and crime prevention in the Danish Police, treatment of substance misuse in prisons, and - while working in Kathmandu and in the European Commission in Brussels - topics related to human rights, indigenous peoples' rights, international migration, development, and cooperation.

I am a skilled tango dancer and instructor, and I generally seek in my academic work to draw on experience from other life spheres.


Latest research outputs

  1. Published

    Militær ledelse: Kunst, håndværk eller videnskab?

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Course of Action Development: Brainstorm or Brickstorm?

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    How Innovation Theory Can Contribute to the Military Operations Planning Process

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Albatross

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

  2. Taktik og terninger

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Lectures on complexity, design, and innovation

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

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