PhD scholarships in SCM Studies at the Department of Operations Management

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 May 2021

The Department of Operations Management at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for two vacant PhD scholarships in SCM and procurement. The starting date is expected to be September 2021.   

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 economics and business administration. Currently, the Department hosts focus on five broad research programs:  

  • Servitization  
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Procurement 
  • Pricing and Management Accounting  
  • Decarbonization/Power to X

We encourage candidates to apply by submitting interdisciplinary PhD proposals that link to, or ideally combine, different research areas of the Department. Proposals with particular focus on decarbonization, sustainable procurement and the green transitioning of society 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 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. See the CBS website for more information about the PhD program:

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

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. One third of our PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.  

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). 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 27.568 up to DKK 33.293 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 %. The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the master’s level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in economics and business administration is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the master’s degree before commencing the PhD at CBS. For enrollment in the PhD School, applicants must have received a grade 10 or higher on the Danish 7-point grading scale on their master’s thesis (see info on equivalents: ). The applicants must be fluent in English.

The applicant may apply for enrolment before the completion of a master’s degree. In this case, the decision of enrolment will be conditional upon the master’s degree having been successfully completed by the time of enrolment.

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description within SCM studies and/or the five research programs in the department. 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).  

The application must include:

  • A project description (max. 5 pages).
  • 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).   
  • A work plan (brief), which describes the main phases in the project including scheduling the elements of the PhD programme.
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two to five 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 Programme 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 .  

Deadline: 26. maj 2021.

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