PhD scholarships in Performance Management and Operations Management Studies at the Department of Operations Management

Updated: 6 days ago
Deadline: 24 May 2023

PhD scholarships in Performance Management and Operations Management Studies at the Department of Operations Management  

The Department of Operations Management at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for vacant PhD scholarships in in Performance Management and Operations Management Studies. The expected starting date is September 2023.   

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has over 22,000 students and more than 600 full-time professors on all levels. Being one of the largest business schools in Northern Europe, CBS covers a wide range of business-related academic disciplines. CBS is highly-ranked amongst business schools across the world. Based in architecturally beautiful buildings close to the center of Copenhagen, one of the world’s most exciting cities known for its striking spires, cutting-edge design and cycle-friendly streets, the Department of Operations Management is a leading provider of top-notch research-based education.   

The Department of Operations Management covers and integrates five academic research areas: Supply Chain Management (design and management of flows of goods, services, knowledge and information between firms); Management Accounting (design, use and effects of financial and non-financial measures in strategy development and implementation); Innovation Management (deployment of management tools and mechanisms to connect technology, organization and markets); Operations Management (relation between production, organization and strategy in manufacturing and service industries); Managerial Economics (decision modelling around pricing, costing, production planning and forecasting).   

Our vision is to be bold in ideas and strong in practice. It is the ambition of the Department to nurture a fruitful debate among research areas. This allows cross-disciplinary exchange of research ideas and helps fostering a strong intellectual environment. The Department understands management in relation to managerial tools and instruments that help to frame and make business issues visible and amenable to intervention, development, and control.  

The Department wishes to develop research and teaching in close connection with practice. Candidates who are able to add to the academic research areas of Management Accounting, Managerial Economics, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management and work among two or more of these areas will have an advantage. Competency and skill in empirical research (any method) is an advantage as is the ability to bridge the Department´s research areas.  

The Department of Operations Management supplies teaching and supervision to undergraduate, graduate, masters, executive and PhD programmes in managerial economics, organizational economics, performance management and business administration. Examples of research areas supported by the department include: 

  • Accounting, Organizations and Decision-Making:
  • Performance Evaluation and Reward Systems
  • Pricing and Management Accounting  
  • Sustainable Procurement 
  • Sustainability as a Service Offering
  • Supply Chain Responsiveness, Resilience and Sustainability

We encourage candidates to apply by submitting interdisciplinary PhD proposals that link to, or ideally combine, different research areas of the Department. Proposals encompassing the above mentioned areas will have an advantage. In order to fulfill teaching obligations, the selected candidate will be expected to teach within the areas of Managerial Economics, Organizational Economics and Operations Management. Therefore, applicants with interest or previous experience in these fields have an advantage.

For more information about the Department, its research areas and projects please visit:    

Applications will be assessed based on the quality of the proposed project, as well as the skills of the candidate. Only project proposals that are clearly within the areas of the Department will be considered. 

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. It is required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the department’s research environment, see: . The programme is highly international, and you can participate in international research conferences and spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme:   

CBS’s 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.

CBS has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).  

For further information please contact: Head of Department Carsten Ørts Hansen, phone +45 3815 2483, e-mail Information about the Department can be found at   

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) in total. 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 DKK 28.448 (app. EUR 3,690) up to DKK 34.357 (app. EUR 4461) depending on experience, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.  

The salary level and appointment is determined by the Danish Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation. The PhD student will be enrolled at the PhD School of Business and Management:   

At the time of enrolment, the applicant must have completed an academically relevant master degree according to the Bologna process (3-year bachelor degree (180 ECTS points) and 2-year master degree (120 ECTS points)) or equivalent qualifications. The applicant must be fluent in English.  

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project in line with the department research profile. The research proposal should contain a relevant and clearly stated research question, a preliminary description of the theoretical framework and methodology, and an explanation of how the project contributes to the existing literature. The project description should also include a presentation of the suggested empirical material, as well as a work-plan, and a statement on how the candidate plans to engage with the teaching activities of the department.  

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of a master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level, a brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. master’s thesis).  

Recruitment procedure  

The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two to five applicants for each position 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 Programme at:   

Closing date: 24 May 2023 (expected starting date September 2023)

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 are available at:

Closing date: 24 May 2023.

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CBS is a globally recognised business school with deep roots in the Nordic socio-economic model. We have a broad focus on business and societal challenges of the 21st century. As such we have a full portfolio of high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education that has equipped generations of professionals and leaders in the private sector and beyond.

Located at Frederiksberg, Denmark, the school has approx. 21.000 full and part-time students, 760 full-time faculty members, 210 PhD students and 680 administrative staff, and a full portfolio of Bachelor, Master’s, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish.

Our global profile carries the obligation to develop the transformational capabilities of students, graduates and business leaders via our educational activities and opportunities for lifelong learning. Complex challenges call for joint action, and therefore our strategy focuses on strengthening current and starting new partnerships with other sciences, the business community, authorities and civil society.

CBS is working continuously on becoming a diverse and inclusive organization, and we encourage all regardless of gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religious beliefs, LGBT+ status, cultural background etc. to apply.
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