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PhD Scholarships in Responsible Business and Governance


The Department of Management, Society, and Communication (MSC) invites applications for between two to five Ph.D. positions exploring the relationship between different aspects of governance – governance broadly understood as systematic attempts to shape behavior – as well as corporate responsibility and sustainability. The final number of scholarships depends on the extent to which well-qualified applications include an element of co-financing (see below under general information).

Applications are invited from suitably qualified students intending to explore:
1. how corporations can undermine or contribute to governance efforts supporting economic, social and environmental sustainability,
2. how corporations’ sustainability impacts are regulated by markets, media, civil society and governmental actors, and
3. how corporations contribute to, and extend, wider governance systems for sustainability.

We invite interested students from different disciplinary backgrounds, such as, but not limited to: management and organization studies, development studies, communication studies, culture studies, and political science. There is no restriction on possible issue areas but the Department is particularly interested in research on issues which reflect the interaction of more than one dimension of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.  Equally there is no restriction on organizational focus, but the Department is particularly interested in research which examines the impact of new sustainable business standards and organizations (e.g., Ethical Trading Initiative, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Fairtrade) on corporations and their wider impacts. Here the research could explore the roles of corporations and other actors in forming and developing these organizations; the operations and impacts of the organizations; or how corporations manage their relationships with them.

MSC carries out multidisciplinary research on the relationship between business and society. Its members study the interaction and intersection between organizational forms and practices in the socio-economic contexts in which they occur, using the lens of culture and communication to investigate organizations and the effect of organizations on society (http://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/department-of-intercultural-communication-and-management/research/research-groups).

MSC’s contribution to the study of responsible business and governance is organized around CBS’ World‐Class Research Environments (WCRE) initiative, drawing on some of MSC’s already existing research-groups, and a MSC-based research program dedicated to this field. Further information is available here: http://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/department-of-intercultural-communication-and-management/governing-responsible-business-research-environment

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 homepage for more information about the PhD program, http://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes.

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

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 business, educational and dissemination activities).

For further information please contact: HR Coordinator Majbritt Vendelbo at mv.msc@cbs.dk Information about the department may be found at http://www.cbs.dk/en/msc

General information:
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (624 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 24.480 (app. 3,284 euro) up to DKK 29.829,76 (app. 4,000 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 Organisation.

CBS welcomes applications that include an element of co-financing, which could for instance be in the shape of a partnership with one or several private or public organizations sharing an interest in the topic – in the spirit of the Danish Industrial PhD scheme. It should, however, be stressed that co-financing is not a requirement. Successful applications are solely selected based on the excellence and relevance of the proposals submitted and the qualifications and potential of the applicants.

The PhD student will be enrolled at PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies (http://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes/phd-schools)

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 applicants must be fluent in English.

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan. Applications without a proposal will not be considered.

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include 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), and a statement on co-financing (when applicable) Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills.

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-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.

Closing date: April 23, 2017  

Closing date: 04/23/2017

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How to apply

1. Enter the vacant position you wish to apply for
Click on the link Apply online at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed to an external webpage which is the recruitment system.

2. Application form
Fill in the online form with your personal data and upload the relevant documentation (see guide to required documentation below).

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4. After sending your application
You are now registered in the system and within 24 hours you will receive an e-mail confirming your application. In the e-mail you have the possibility of making sure that your application and attached documents are correct. If you do not receive an e-mail please contact HR Services, Tel.: +45 3815 2022. Once the deadline for applications has expired all submitted applications will be read and you will hear from us.


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