PhD scholarship with a focus on the future of business and management education in the context of digital transformation of education

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of the future of universities in the context of digital transformation of education.    

The successful applicant will be part of the project Research in Blended Learning (RiBL), which will run until the end of 2022. The aim of the project is the construction of new knowledge about the future of technology-supported teaching and learning in Higher Education and its consequences and prospects for student learning in the context of business and management studies. Besides being part of RiBL, the applicant will be affiliated with the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy.   

The PhD scholarship will focus on the exploration of the transformational impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning in business and management education. In recent years, we have witnessed how the introduction of digital technologies are changing the mode of teaching and learning in higher education. Classrooms are flipped, which means that knowledge transmission including lecturing is increasingly provided online. This transformation frees up time in the classroom for dialogue and interactive learning, thereby potentially facilitating active student engagement and interaction. While several studies have looked at technology-enhanced learning, less focus has been put on how the possibilities brought about by digitalization transforms the face-to-face teaching and learning situation.   
The topic for this PhD is how pedagogy and learning philosophy can inform learning in the digital context, and how digital technologies can help to create a more relation-based and interactive learning environment in business and management learning. Applicants are moreover expected to focus on exploring the future development and understanding of teaching and learning that the digital transformation of education capacitates as well as how the future of education will change the university as institution.    

Research topics   
Relevant research topics that may be pursued include: 

  • How can digital transformation of education in business and management prepare students (skills, competences, mindsets) to become part of the future digital workforce of the 21st century? 
  • What will be the focus of the learning process in the future and what changes to the role of the teacher will this imply? 
  • How can new digital technologies facilitate and constrain learning in business and management education? 
  • What will be the role, business model, and value proposition of business and management education in a digital society in which there is free access to knowledge? 
  • How can business and management education better integrate formal, non-formal, and informal learning modes in the digital age? 
  • How can business and management education change its role as a gatekeeper of knowledge to facilitator of learning? 
  • How can we rethink the link between business and management education and industry in the digital age (lifelong learning)? 
  • How can business and management education support the integration of non-human capabilities (learning algorithms, AI, big data analytics) with human capabilities (judgment, prediction, decision-making)? 

To learn more about the research and education profile of the department, please visit mpp’s homepage.   

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).    

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 must include:

  • A project description (5 pages): 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 form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a very brief outline of how the project would fit in with the core areas of the department.     
  • 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).      
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.    

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.    

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   

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Rasmus Johnsen,, Professor mso Annemette Kjærgaard, or Department Manager Henrik Hermansen, tel.: +45 3815 3656, e-mail Information about the department may be found at     

Application due: 3/28/2019


Read the job description at the university homepage

With some 21.500 full and part-time students, 630 full-time faculty members, 200 PhD and 680 administrative staff CBS is a unique business-oriented university with a full portfolio of Bachelor, Masters, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish. Our academic staff includes internationally-recognised experts in classical business disciplines as well as in philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, law, political science, information systems, culture and languages.

Post expires on Thursday March 28th, 2019