Copenhagen Business School invites applications for
a number of vacant PhD scholarships (3-5) at the Department of Strategy
and Innovation. Expected starting date is 1 September 2020
The Department of Strategy and Innovation’s (SI) research is focused
on strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and international business.
The department’s ambition is to host an internationally leading
environment for research and teaching within the broad area of strategy.
The department’s research is generally cross-disciplinary. Faculty
members have backgrounds in management, economics, sociology and
economic geography. The theoretical foundation for research in these
areas is eclectic, combining strategy, innovation, and/or
internationalization theory with insights from economics, sociology,
psychology, and economic geography. The department has 55 faculty
members (professors, associate professors, tenure track assistant
professors), 7 administrative staff, and 30 members of staff who are
hired on temporary contracts as research assistants, post docs or PhD
The department puts substantial emphasis on the solid application of
scientific research method. The department has a pluralistic approach to
research methods that includes, for example, formal theoretical models,
quantitative empirical methods such as (lab and field) experiments,
econometric applications to register data or survey data, as well as
qualitative research methods. PhD project proposals should be based on
coherent theoretical arguments and contain well-informed methodological
considerations. To find out more about the department please go to http://www.cbs.dk/si.
SI particularly invites for PhD project applications pertaining to
the following broad topics, although applications that address other
topics within the research scope of the department will also be
ESG and firm innovation: Meeting environmental,
social, and governance (ESG) requirements has become strategically
important for firms. How do firms devise innovation strategies that live
up to ESG requirements, and how do they consider stakeholder concerns
while leveraging stakeholder collaboration?
Human Capital and the Future of Work: Many firms
face fundamental changes, e.g. through digitalization, that constrain
the strategic value of human capital acquired in the same firm or
industry. New skills and experiences are required to rethink products
and processes. How can firms find such human capital by hiring
individuals from new organizational contexts for revealing and building
human capital that is transferable to firms facing fundamental changes?
This project will rely on large-scale data analyses of Danish linked
The Evolution of Organizational Networks: The
analysis of organizational social networks has attracted the attention
of scholars, business professionals, and policymakers. The project
centers on the value of connections in a network, and causally links the
strategic positioning of nodes in the social space to performance. It
will investigate how such structures and positions are formed and evolve
and conduct longitudinal analyses of relational (network) data with the
intent to shed new light on the microfoundations of network change.
Digital Platforms and Ecosystems: How do they
transform existing value chains? Digital platforms are shaking up
industries by introducing innovations in market architecture – i.e., new
marketplace infrastructures that offer new ways products and services
are connected, accessed and consumed. This can represent new
opportunities for incumbent firms in a sector, but alter significantly
existing value chains and erode the value of incumbents’ assets and
their sources of competitive advantage. One question in this context
concerns how platform market architecture innovations affect the value
of incumbents’ core and complementary assets.
The role of human capital in new forms of open and distributed innovation:
New technologies – specifically rapid advances in information and
communication technologies – and their extensive use, increased customer
demands and shorter product life cycles have triggered new forms of
creation and innovative practices. The project studies the nature and
role of human capital in these new forms of open and distributed
innovation, and identifies relevant characteristics and processes that
can eventually be translated into innovative leadership models, human
resource management practices and related educational trainings.
How do entrepreneurs mobilize human capital resources for their ventures? Founders
and startups get most of the attention in academic, public, and policy
debates. However, for every founder there is often several early
employees taking nearly equal risks by joining an early-stage company.
Mobilizing human resources to startups is nevertheless challenging. This
project focuses on particular factors that may explain how
entrepreneurs mobilize personnel for their ventures and the implications
of hiring strategies for new venture performance. It will rely on
quantitative methods using Danish register data.
What influences user innovators to start their own firms?
The case of patient/caregiver innovators: Patient innovators are user
innovators who come up with novel treatments and medical/non-medical
devices to help them cope with their own disease/health-condition.
Sometimes user innovators realize that their innovative solutions have a
significant market potential and decide to become producers, i.e. they
are “user entrepreneurs.” This study will focus on healthcare users and
investigate the factors that influence the decision of patient/caregiver
innovators to develop their own ventures. The project will build on
data from patient-innovation.com, a repository of about 2000 medical
innovations developed by patients/caregivers for their own use.
The MNC and inequality: The purpose of the project
is to understand the relationship between the width and depth of
different multinational corporation (MNC) activities and the prevalence
of inequality in different forms (primarily in host, but also home,
Parenthood and Gender Inequality in Science: What
are the effects on scientific productivity and subsequent career
progression for women compared to men after they become parents? And how
does the interaction between family structure, social norms and
attitudes influence the effect of parenthood on scientific work? These
questions will be answered using a combination of qualitative and
quantitative (registry, publications, etc.) data on scientists
affiliated to Danish universities. More details about this project can
be found at https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/department-of-strategy-and-innovation/research/parenthood-and-inequality-in-science
About the program
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.
The PhD student will be enrolled in the CBS PhD School. The selected
candidates will participate in the SI PhD cohort, which is a formal
research-training program. This includes a package of foundational
courses within the main SI research areas and methods courses
(econometrics, experiments and qualitative methods).
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. Recent SI PhD
graduates have been successfully placed at institutions such Pompeu
Fabra, Tilburg, IESE, SKEMA, and University of Southern California.
The Department will give priority to applicants with the following qualifications:
- high grades from their university studies,
- an educational background in the social sciences, and finally,
- the applicant must be fluent in English.
To be considered for the 3 years program, the candidate should
have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna
process and a total of 180+120 ECTS). However, applicants who hold a
one year Master’s degree may also be considered for evaluation. PhD
students who enter the PhD program with a one year Master’s degree (60
ECTS) will be offered a 4 years program and will be considered a
Master’s student for the first 2 years of the program.
The PhD scholarship includes teaching obligations.
The 3 years 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 28,000 (app. 3,700 euro) up to DKK
31,600 (app. 4,200 euro), depending on seniority, plus a pension
contribution totaling 17.1% of the base salary.
The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of
Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organization.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices by the application deadline.
Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
The application must include a 5-page PhD project description. This
research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research
question preferably pertaining to one of the projects listed above, a
description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a
presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a
In addition to the research proposal, the application must include:
- Relevant diplomas,
- Transcripts from Bachelor’s and Master’s level education, or documentation of enrolment as a Master student,
- Curriculum vitae (CV),
- A list of papers and publications, and if relevant one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).
Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Program at http://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes.
The Recruitment Committee will shortlist a number of applicants to be
assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified
of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application
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.
To find out more about working and living in Denmark, please go to http://www.cbs.dk/en/about-cbs/jobs-cbs.
There will be an information meeting regarding this call on March 19, 2020, from 15-16.
There will be a presentation of the SI Department and an opportunity to
ask questions. The meeting will take place at CBS, Kilevej 14A,
Frederiksberg, in the 2nd floor seminar room 2.53.
For further information please contact: PhD coordinator, Professor H.C. Kongsted, e-mail: email@example.com.
Closing date: 15 April 2020.
Read the job description at the university homepage
With some 20.422 full and part-time students, 644
full-time faculty members, 192 PhD and 724 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 and
The University welcomes applications from suitably qualified
candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic
Post expires on Wednesday April 15th, 2020