Thursday, April 12, 2012

Denmark : PhD scholarship in Business and Politics

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for 3 PhD scholarships within the research profile of the Department of Business and Politics, and in particular on the role of agency in the reorganization and contestation of business and politics’ relations.
For decades, the study of the relationship between business and politics has been concerned with the institutional context that shapes these interactions at the national level and the tensions and opportunities that emerge from an increasingly globalized economy. More recently, however, scholars have been paying growing attention to the specific processes by which agents are reorganizing those institutional contexts at the national and international levels simultaneously (herby including processes of resilience) and to the deep political contestation behind those.
Scholars of international and comparative political economy, sociology and political science, are starting to provide theoretical and empirically-based understanding of institutional reorganization, as well as the contestation that surrounds it, in what seems to be a new agency-based research agenda. In contrast with an eminently structural focus on the role of institutions in the economy, this new agenda examines reorganization and contestation from the analytical perspective of agent’s role in institutional change. ‘Institutional reorganization’ refers essentially to new organizational forms, new modes of governance, public-private partnerships, co-construction processes, and multi-level institutional nesting, that foster change in areas central to business and politics’ relations (i.e. technology, finance, production, labor, energy, public management, etc). The contestation of such institutional reorganization deals with social responsibility, political controversies, and the distribution of risk. Agency refers here to individual and collective agents of change like firms’ active role as agents of change, firms’ networks, civil society-elite interactions, public managers, professionals, and agents of political communication.
The Department encourages PhD proposals for projects that study one or several aspects of this new research agenda in the specific topics that concern the Department:
· The Business and Politics of Technology and Innovation

· International Political Economy of Finance

· The Changing Relationship Among Public Institutions, Business and Civil Society

· Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness
Networks, Rhetoric, and Culture: The Political Economy of Élites

· Global Economic Governance and Geopolitics

· The Co-creation of Organizational and Institutional Fields in a Global Economy

· European Governance and Integration

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.
The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS 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 abroad as a visiting PhD student. . See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme, It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see
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. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.
Copenhagen Business School 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 Susana Borrás, tel.: +45 3815 3590, e-mail or Head of Administration Bo Bøgeskov, tel.: +45 3815 3583, e-mail
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.
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 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 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.
The PhD student will be enrolled at PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies.
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 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.
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, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis). Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills if not mother tongue.
A committee of experts in the field in question will assess the applications. The assessment of the applicants will be based on the quality and relevance of the project, including an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to accomplish it. Following this assessment, the management of the department will select the winners of the scholarships.
Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at
Closing date: 30th of April 2012
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

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 Application Deadline : 30 April 2012

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