PhD scholarship within the maritime research area

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Apr 2021

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the maritime research area at the Department of Strategy and Innovation. Expected starting date is 1 September 2021.

The Department of Strategy and Innovation’s (SI) research is focused on strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and international business. The department’s ambition is to host an internationally leading environment for research and teaching within the broad area of strategy. The department’s research is generally cross-disciplinary. Faculty members have backgrounds in management, economics, sociology and economic geography. The theoretical foundation for research in these areas is eclectic, combining strategy, innovation, and/or internationalization theory with insights from economics, sociology, psychology, and economic geography. The department has 55 faculty members (professors, associate professors, tenure track assistant professors), 7 administrative staff, and 30 members of staff who are hired on temporary contracts as research assistants, post docs or PhD students.

The department puts substantial emphasis on the solid application of scientific research method. The department has a pluralistic approach to research methods that includes, for example, formal theoretical models, quantitative empirical methods such as (lab and field) experiments, econometric applications to register data or survey data, as well as qualitative research methods. PhD project proposals should be based on coherent theoretical arguments and contain well-informed methodological considerations. To find out more about the department please go to .

Project description

The application must include a 5-page PhD project description describing the scientific content of the research project. The theme of the research project concerns customer relations in international shipping regarded from a digitalization perspective. Academically the PhD project will be based on a combination of business model theories and maritime digitalization research. The business model aspect is embedded in a long, solid research tradition within strategic management (According to Zoot, Amit and Massa (2011) at least 1177 business model articles were published in peer-reviewed academic journals between 1995 and 2011.). The fundamental definition of business model is “a customer-based value proposition” and an important aspect of the project will be to understand implications of various types of “value propositions” – that is both in terms of traditional financial value as well as the more alternative understandings such as social, environmental and cultural values.

The maritime digitalization research mirrors a combination of research within digitalization and maritime economics. The latter is a growing research field as illustrated by the recent publication of the book Maritime Informatics (Lind, Michaelides, Ward & Watson (2020)). The research area tends to be focused on a technological understanding of maritime informatics such as vessel design, route planning and port management. This PhD project will contribute by including a rather novel focus on the customer side of maritime informatics. The purpose of the project is thus to investigate and understand how digitalization-processes have – and continuously will - develop innovative relations between shipping companies and existing as well as new customers.

About the PhD program

The three-year PhD program at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The program is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student.

The PhD student will be enrolled in the CBS PhD School. The selected candidate will participate in the SI PhD-cohort, which is a formal research-training program. This includes a package of foundational courses within the main SI research areas and methods courses (econometrics, experiments and qualitative methods).

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 increasingly demanded. Recent SI PhD graduates have been successfully placed at institutions such Pompeu Fabra, Tilburg, IESE, SKEMA, and University of Southern California.


The Department will give priority to applicants with the following qualifications: high grades from their universities, an educational background in the social sciences, and finally, the applicants must be fluent in English.

To be considered for the 3 years program, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process and a total of 180+120 ECTS). However, applicants who hold a one year Master’s degree may also be considered for evaluation. PhD students who enter the PhD program with a one year Master’s degree (60 ECTS) will be offered a 4 years program and will be considered a Master’s student for the first 2 years of the program.

General information

The PhD scholarship includes teaching obligations.

The 3 year scholarship is a 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 28,000 (app. 3,700 euro) up to DKK 31,600 (app. 4,200 euro), depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17.1% 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 application

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices by the application deadline, which is May 10th 2021 at 1.00 PM. Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

The application material must include:

1. Copy of diplomas and grade transcripts from Bachelor’s and Master’s level education

2. Curriculum vitae (CV),

3. If relevant, a list of papers and publications,

4. Sample of a written work (e.g. Master’s thesis),

5. The application must include a 5-page PhD project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question pertaining to the research theme described above. Together with a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.

Please find guidelines and further information on the website of the PhD School:

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee will shortlist a number of 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.

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For further information please contact Martin Jes Iversen .

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