Michael Abildgaard


Afdeling: Medieproduktion og ledelse
Telefon: 77 40 50 67
Mobil: 51 36 53 25
Email: map@dmjx.dk


Became a member of the Steering Committee for the Swedish education in "Prepress and Print Technician - Packaging Production"
This program focuses on training people for the packaging industry and is offered by The University College Brobygrafiska in Sunne, Värmland, north of Karlstad.
Among the other members of this Steering Committee you will find business people from TETRA PAK, STORA ENSO, ESKO and SMURFIT KAPPA.

Participated in the International Flexo-workshop in Milan, Italy
Network with GRAKOM, INTERGRAF and FTA (Flexographic Technical Association)
A unique new collaborative project that brings together international cross-industry expertise to provide a relevant and practical best practice reference for printers and suppliers to improve flexo performance.
Kick-Off Meeting for Flexo Best Practice Toolbox

Held an X-talk (lecture) on Change Management, which was filmed, recorded and live-streamed to 150 students.

Convened in Copenhagen City Court as an expert witness regarding a dispute between customer and supplier. Regarding the image quality of a book.

Gave a lecture at the Media Conference organized by the trade organization Danish Media regarding costs and cost structure in the Danish magazine publishing industry.
Approximately 80 participants

Participated in the international IARIGAI conference at Ryerson University in Toronto where I presented my research paper regarding Brand Color Management. 
Title: "Why most Brand Manuals fail when it comes to defining Brand Colors; And how to determine acceptable color deviations for specific Brand Colors"
IARIGAI is The International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries. http://iarigaitoronto.com/

Taught at my 6-week international course in "Continuous Improvement".
This years class included 8 international students from USA, Canada and Holland.

2015-12 to 2016-01
Taught at my 6-week course in Print Media Production, which focuses on Brand Color Management in relation to production of different physical Event and Promotional Products. 50 students



  • Brand Color Management
  • Brand Enhancement & Security Printing
  • Event and Promotional Print Products
  • Graphic Print Production
  • Print Quality Analysis
  • Continuous Improvement (Lean Management)
  • Quality Management & Process Standardization
  • Environmental Management & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Operations Management & Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation Management & Change Management

2008- now: Associate Professor at Danish School of Media and Journalism
1998-2007: Teacher, Researcher & Consultant at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark
1996-1998: External Lecturer, at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark
1996-1998: Project Manager at Schultz Grafisk A/S
1992-1993: Press Operator at Thule Air Base, Greenland
1986-1991: Self-employed/Co-owner at Erik Møller Bogtryk/Offset ApS
1984-1986: Press Operator at Sondrestrom Air Base, Greenland
1981-1984: Press Operator at Athene Bogtryk & Offset A/S

MA in Management of Technology – Executive MBA MMT
Aalborg University (2013)
MMT is a Management Education focusing on business creation, innovation and change management.
The education is based on Technology in a broad sense and focuses on managerial and organizational framework for the application and development for business creation.

BA in Media Production and Management
The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark (MPL 2007)
A middle Management education with focus on Project Management in Print Media Production.

The Education in Printing Technology and Business Administration
The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark (GTØ 1996)
A Management education with focus on Print Production planning and organization.

Print Technician / Press Operator
Four years of Basic Vocational Education with apprenticeship (1981)



Double Blind Peer Reviewed:
Pedersen, Michael Abildgaard 2016 "Why most Brand Manuals fail when it comes to defining Brand Colors; And how to determine acceptable color deviations for specific Brand Colors"
Proceedings of the 43rd International Research Conference of iarigai, Toronto, Canada, August 2016 
Advances in Printing and Media Technology, Vol. XLIII(III) – 4: Design, 91–100
ISBN 978-3-9870704-2-6, ISSN 2409-4021

Pedersen, Michael Abildgaard (2009) ”Den gode bog” (medforfatter), kapitlet ”Det gode tryk” side 49–52
(eng. "The good book" (coauthor), the chapter "The good print")
Bogvennen 2007, Forening for Boghaandværk 2009,  udgivet  05/2009,
ISBN: 87-7442-043-7

Pedersen, Michael Abildgaard (2008) ”Internationalt Standardiseret Grafisk Produktion - ISO 12647”
(eng. "Internationally Standardized Print Production - ISO 12647")
Forlaget Grafisk Litteratur i samarbejde med Grafisk Arbejdsgiverforening.
ISBN: 978-87-91171-96-3

Pedersen, Michael Abildgaard (2002) ”Kopisikring af tryksager – 31 ideer der vanskeliggør kopiering”
(eng. "Copy protected printed matter - 31 ideas that complicates copying")
Forlaget Grafisk Litteratur, udgivet 04/2002,
ISBN 87-88263-77-0

and numerous of articles in different trade magazines.

Flere oplysninger


2013-14: Temporarily appointed Head of Education (MPL)

2011: Recipient of The Aller Foundation Travelling Scholarship
to Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

2010-15: Member of Danish Standards Technical Committee
DS/S-473 Graphic Technology

2010-15: Member of ISO's Technical Committee
ISO-TC130 Graphic Technology

2005-12: Member of The Procurement Association of the Danish Press:
DDPFF The Standardization Group

2010-12: Member of The Board of The Danish Media Museum


I have developed and conducted the following external courses, organized in collaboration with the customer:

The Danish National Police College (Politiskolen):
Course in Security Printing.

Novo Nordisk A/S:
Course in Graphic Production and Quality Management

Danish Label Association:
Introduction to Label Production

The Graphic Association of Denmark (Grafisk Arbejdsgiverforening):
a series of lectures about ISO 12647

Copenhagen Business School (CBS):
The Publisher Education: Course in Book Production

Danapak (Packaging Company):
Course in Packaging Production and Quality Management

Glunz & Jensen (Prepress Supplier):
Course in Graphic Production and Future Trends

Grey Århus (Advertising Agency):
Course in Graphic Production and Quality Management

Kunde & Co (Advertising Agency):
Course in Graphic Production and Quality Management

Envision (Advertising Agency):
Course in Graphic Production and Quality Management

HK Medie & Kommunikation (Trade Union):
Lectures for an International Network of Heatset Printers

Heidelberg Druckmachinen DK:
Course in Graphic Production and Quality Management

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