PhD scholarship in the organizational consequences of large-scale funding

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 08 Aug 2022

Copenhagen Business School’s Department of Organization (IOA) invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of organization theory. The PhD scholarship is part of a collaborative research project, led by Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel as Principal Investigator (PI). The project is entitled “The implications of large-scale grants for the university as an institutionalized organization” (details available upon request) and is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

The selected PhD candidate is expected to investigate how organizations (universities, in particular) deal with the consequences of field-level changes related to funding and how these changes, in turn, affect the organizations’ form. In particular, they will investigate the processes through which large-scale grants impact universities’ organizational form, educational offering and researchers’ careers, as well as the production of knowledge.

Candidates should be familiar with organizational theory (e.g., institutional theory and studies in organization and time) and qualitative research, and have a keen interest in studying the broader implications of funding on organization(s). Familiarity with Science and Technology Studies (STS) (e.g., the anthropology of knowledge) is considered an asset. The PhD scholarship involves extensive qualitative research in Denmark and collaboration with the PI and two post-docs in an integrated project team structure at IOA. Hence, residence in the Copenhagen area for the main part of the scholarship is expected.

Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and institutions. Our research is driven by an interest in organization as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. Our approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, science and technology studies, political economy, and social psychology in the analysis of organizing processes and their outcomes. Methodologically, we value qualitative research methods highly and often adopt case study, field work methodology or social network analysis.

The teaching responsibilities associated with the scholarship comprise undergraduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as organization theory, organizational analysis, and qualitative methodology.

The three-year PhD program at CBS gives you the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of CBS’s associate professors and professors, supported by research related PhD courses. The program is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time at another research institution as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD program: https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programme .

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are in high demand.

CBS is committed to ensuring excellence, transformative and relevant teaching and research. Candidates who wish to join us must be interested in working in an organization of this type and it is expected that the applicant shows an interest in joining the department's research environment. You can read more about the department's research here: http://uk.cbs.dk/ioa .

Application and admission requirements

The department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

To be considered the applicant must

  • have a basic education at master's level (corresponding to the 3 + 2 Bologna process)
  • have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master's thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale (https://ufm.dk/en/education/the-danish-education-system/grading-system )
  • have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the bachelor's and master's degree combined or alternatively a weighted grade point average must be at least 9.5 for the master's degree alone
  • have an educational background in the social sciences
  • have completed the master's program before starting the PhD program at CBS
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking

The application (see link below) must include a five-page project description. The project description must include:

  • a presentation of an original research question
  • a description of the initial theoretical framework and method
  • a presentation of the proposed empirical material
  • a work-plan in form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.

More information can be found here: https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes/admission .

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • diploma for bachelor's and master's degree or other certificates at an equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts
  • a concise curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a list of articles and publications (if applicable)
  • one example of a selected written work (e.g., master's thesis)
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

The PhD student is enrolled in the CBS PhD School. Further information about PhD scholarships and the PhD program can be found at https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programme .

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel (PI), e-mail: jbv.ioa@cbs.dk . Information about the department can be found at www.cbs.dk/ioa .

Employment and salary

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of three years and includes teaching obligations equivalent to six months’ work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The monthly salary is currently approximately DKK 28,365 up to DKK 34,256 depending on seniority and a pension contribution totaling 17.1%. The scholarship includes tuition fees, office space, course and travel costs (according to the current CBS agreement).

Salary level and employment take place in accordance with the Ministry of Finance's agreement with the Academics' Central Organization.

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee shortlists at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. Applicants are informed whether their application has proceeded for assessment.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and will receive their personal assessment later. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that a positive assessment does not automatically result in an interview.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

The application must be sent via the online link below.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School are available at www.cbs.dk/en .

The envisaged starting date of the position is November 1, 2022.

Closing date: August 8, 2022

Closing date: 8 August 2022.

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