Assistant Professor in Organization Theory and the impact of funding on organizational forms

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Feb 2024

30 Jan 2024
Job Information

Copenhagen Business School

The Department of Organization
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

29 Feb 2024 - 00:00 (Europe/Copenhagen)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Offer Starting Date

1 Sep 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant Assistant Professor in Organization Theory and the impact of funding on organizational forms at the Department of Organization. The position has a duration of three years, including six months of teaching. The candidate is expected to start no later than September 1, 2024.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Professor to contribute to a substantive collaborative research program, titled “The Impact of Big Funding on the Outcomes and Institutionalized Form of the University” (details available upon request), under the supervision of Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel. The research program, which is funded by a Novo Nordisk Foundation grant, explores how field-level changes in financial structures affect organizations’ institutionalized outcomes and form. The program has an empirical focus on the field of higher education and how the rise of large-scale grants for research affects institutionalized practices and structures in universities. This Assistant Professor candidate will be responsible for studying how the impacts of a large-scale research center on a university unfold over time.

The Assistant Professor candidate should have substantial training in Organization Theory and familiarity with institutional theory. Other relevant areas of expertise include time and temporality, professions and expertise, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Since the research program relies on extensive qualitative data, the position requires experience with in-depth qualitative research (mainly interviews and archical methods) and willingness to reside in the Copenhagen area. Moreover, the candidate should be willing to participate in data collection in Australia and the Netherlands for shorter periods of time. The work involves close collaboration within an existing research team that includes the PI, two postdocs and one PhD candidate.

The Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and organizational life. Our research is focused upon organizing processes and their outcomes, and driven by an interest in organization and management as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. Our approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, ethnography, political economy, and social psychology. Methodologically, our research is predominantly qualitative and often involves case study and fieldwork methodology.

The Assistant Professorship is a position with research and teaching obligations (6 months).

To fulfill the research requirements of the position, the applicant(s) chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department. The successful applicant is obliged to participate in the Assistant Professor program at CBS on teaching principles and methods in order to fulfill the pedagogical requirements made at the end of the term of employment as Assistant Professor.


  • Teaching and associated examination in existing CBS programs, including Executive Education 
  • Individual and group based research meeting high international standards 
  • Promoting CBS’s academic reputation 
  • Initiating, fund raising and coordinating research projects 
  • Promoting the teaching and research capabilities of Copenhagen Business School and other relevant assignments at Copenhagen Business School 
  • Contributing to the administrative responsibilities of the department and to CBS-wide tasks 
  • Communicating findings to the public in general and to CBS’s stakeholders in particular 
  • Research, including responsibility for the academic development of the relevant discipline 
  • Responsibility for publishing, scientific communication and research-based teaching 
  • Active participation in the regular research activities, such as research seminars, workshops and conferences. 

The Assistant Professor is expected to contribute to the development and application of the research of the department’s research areas and to maintain and strengthen CBS’s international research position.

The applicant must hold a PhD or the equivalent. Emphasis is placed on the applicant’s research potential, which means that a researcher with a large research potential may be preferred to a researcher with a large research production.
The applicant must have professional proficiency in English (written and spoken).

Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programs. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organization of this type.

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel, e-mail [email protected] . Information about the department may be found at .

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
Application must include:

  • A statement of application with a summary of the candidate’s main strengths and abilities to contribute to the position
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV. 
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level, including publications in the field’s internationally recognized journals and citations in the Social Science Citation Index and/or Google Scholar.  
  • A teaching portfolio documenting teaching qualifications and pedagogical development. The portfolio must include an overview of the applicants past teaching achievements and practice and its impact on the students, reflections on pedagogical competencies and core strengths, the educational competencies the applicant would like to develop, and the teaching opportu-nities they would like to pursue in the nearest future. Internal applicants must use the CBS Teaching Portfolio format. Please make a pdf of each of the spreadsheets from part B of the portfolio. 
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation. 
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement. 
  • Copies of the publications marked with an *. Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration. 
  • Recruitment procedure 
    The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.
    The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

    Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.
    Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.
    Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position. An appointment committee will review the applications and invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview.

    One of CBS’ strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to ensure a recruitment process that reduces potential bias. Applicants are therefore encouraged not to include a photo or unnecessary personal information in their application.
    Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at .

    Closing date: February 29, 2024

    Application due: 2/29/2024



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    Research Field
    Education Level
    PhD or equivalent

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