PhD within the fields of economic sociology, political economy, and the sociology of professions

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for two vacant PhD fellowships within the fields of economic sociology, political economy, and the sociology of professions, at the Department of Organization.

    The Department of Organization pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and organizational life. Our approach combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, political economy, sociology, social psychology and ethnography. Core research areas of the Department of Organization are (1) organization studies, (2) economic sociology, (3) public administration, and (4) political economy.

    Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate, graduate and doctoral teaching. IOA teaches core courses in organizational analysis, strategy, organizational behavior, and qualitative methods. The Department is especially active in teaching in the HA i Almen Erhvervsøkonomi, HA i Projektledelse, HA i Erhvervsøkonomi og psykologi, and BSc in Business Administration and Service Management. IOA faculty also teach in the International Business and Politics (BSc and MSc), European Business (BSC), and Business Administration and Sociology (BSC) programmes.

    We encourage applications on any research area falling broadly within the theme of expert networks and market creation. The two doctoral fellowships are in connection with the new project “Expert Niches: How Local Networks Leverage Markets”, funded by the Velux Foundation. Information on the project can be found here:   It is anticipated that the doctoral students will contribute in the empirical areas of enzyme production and, separately, fine dining. The project is led by Leonard Seabrooke and Eleni Tsingou, both in the Department of Organization.

    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 organization of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

For further information please contact: Professor Leonard Seabrooke, 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 Master’s 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).

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 on admission 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, which is March 1, 2019.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

Closing date: 1 March 2019.

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