PhD Scholarship: Studying high performance organizations in China

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Aug 2021

The Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of organizational and management studies (cross-disciplinary sociology/anthropology/politics/political economy). Scholars from Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen, and The Sino-Danish University Center are in the process of developing a major research project titled: Politics of Comparison: When Human Beings Compare. This PhD-project is a part of the subproject “When States compare and compete in Sport - Nations and systems of innovations competing in the world of table tennis”.
The PhD-candidate is expected to investigate why and how some national organizations (such as China, Germany, and Sweden) continue to innovate and produce a number of high performing table tennis players. China is totally dominating table tennis these years but during the last 30-40 years, Sweden has now and again been able to replace China as the world’s number one, in particular from 1989 to 2001. It is expected that the candidate will do a comparative study between China and another country (such as Sweden, Germany, Japan, Hungary or Korea). The research project is hosted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing.

If you interested in applying for this scholarship you can ask for the Research Paper titled Politics of Comparison When Human Beings Compare. The paper provides information about the main project and various sub-projects. This PhD-scholarship is linked to one of the sub-projects. Send an email to Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen, and you will receive the research proposal.

Applications are encouraged from those with some experience of organization studies and comparative political economy including the political economy of China. Chinese language ability is preferred, although not essential. The selection of the PhDstipend will not be based on prior methodological or theoretical preferences. However, applications should outline and reflect upon theoretical and methodological preferences. The holder of the scholarship will work within the field of organizational studies and comparative political economy broadly conceived and may choose to draw upon a selection among a range of related fields and approaches. These include, not exhaustively, sociology, organization studies, politics, anthropology and China studies.

Chinese citizens (includes Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) cannot apply for PhD scholarships funded by the Danish SDC office but must apply through University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in accordance with Chinese national regulations. Applications from all other nationalities can apply.
MPP is an internationally recognized humanities and social science department within CBS that offers creative and innovative pedagogy and research based on intellectual depth and critical theory that crosses boundaries and connects diverse perspectives. Our faculty has earned a reputation for high quality disciplinary, interdisciplinary as well as transdisciplinary research and education. They are recognized as leaders in theoretically inspired but empirically grounded research within and across history, philosophy, management, politics, law, sociology, anthropology and cultural economics. 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. This includes studies of private companies, public organizations, professional societies as well as NGOs. We investigate and discuss topics such as change and innovation processes, work and human resources, public management and governance, project management, institutional dynamics, market creation, expertise and power.

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows candidates to conduct research under the co-supervision of CBS and University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time in China. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD program, .

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see

Please be aware, that the PhD project involves funding from Sino Danish Center/SDC, and therefore the PhD student:

  • is required to spend time in a Chinese research environment. The specific period depends on the funding model, in this PhD case it is a full SDC scholarship which requires 12 months in a SDC/Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) research environment.
  • is expected to contribute to the educational activities on the SDC Master's programs in Beijing during their stay in China.

See the SDC’s website on the specific requirements: .

Please note that it is not possible to get exemption from these conditions.

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 (highlighting, for example, relevant educational and dissemination activities)

For details of the formal requirements for applicants, please see the CBS PhD School Handbook.

For further information please contact: Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen, tel.: +45 31246161 e-mail: .  

Information about the department may be found at .

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

General information:
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours) to be in large part conducted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing.
The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.363 (app. 3.648 Euro) up to DKK 33.045 (app. 4.400 Euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.
The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organization.
The PhD student will be enrolled at the CBS PhD School. The candidate will have the possibility of obtaining a double degree from Copenhagen Business School and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The candidate is obliged to spend 12 of the 36 months of the stipend in China.
To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing a PhD at CBS. The applicant must be fluent in English. See the PhD Handbook (link above) for details)

The application must include:

  • A project description (max. 5 pages): This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and research methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan in the form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.  
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level.   
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV).   
  • A list of papers and publications.   
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).   
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

Recruitment procedure :
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.
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.
Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Program at .
Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at .
The envisaged starting date of the position is November 1, 2021. This date is open to some negotiation but note the stipend must commence in 2021.

Closing date: August 15, 2021.

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