PhD Scholarships in Humanistic Approaches to Entrepreneurship

PhD Scholarships in Humanistic Approaches to Entrepreneurship


Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a number of vacant PhD scholarships (2-4) in Humanistic Approaches to Entrepreneurship Research and Teaching at the Department of Business Humanities and Law. Expected starting date is September 1, 2023.

The PhD positions are 3-year full-time contracts connected to the Carlsberg Semper Ardens: Advance research environment “The Entrepreneurial Age: Rethinking Entrepreneurship in Society” with principal investigator Professor Christina Lubinski. Successful candidates will be affiliated with the Entrepreneurship, Ethics & Leadership Unit of the department.

The Rethinking Entrepreneurship project examines how entrepreneurship discourse shapes society. As managers urge their employees to become more entrepreneurial and newspapers debate the controversial role of the entrepreneurial “gig economy”, we look at entrepreneurship not just as a business activity but also as a narrative and a set of ideals that shape what we perceive as valuable and meaningful. The project group explores in which historical contexts our current understanding of entrepreneurship first emerged, how entrepreneurial discourse assigns value and legitimacy to some forms of behaviour over others, and by which mechanisms it affects social change. How we think and talk about entrepreneurship shapes a critical view of entrepreneurship and creates possibilities for reframing, which provide novel impulses for the future. We explore these questions in areas as diverse as founder-investor relations, labour policy, entrepreneurship education, diversity initiatives and tax law in an interdisciplinary and internationally comparative perspective.

We invite candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences, including entrepreneurship, history, law, sociology, political science, philosophy, innovation management and organisation studies. Candidates should apply with a first outline of an empirically specific and theoretically grounded research proposal. Applications will be judged by the qualifications and motivation of the candidate, the originality and rigor of the outlined project, the feasibility of the empirical work, and the relevance and suitability of the proposal for the Rethinking Entrepreneurship research environment.

Possible topics for PhD projects include (but are not limited to):

  • The role of language and discourse in founder-investor relations
  • The impact of entrepreneurship ideals on labour relations and policy
  • Entrepreneurship in the context of Danish and international tax law and policy
  • Entrepreneurial ideals at stock markets and exchanges, e.g. Nasdaq First North in Denmark
  • Conceptual history of entrepreneurship and related concepts
  • Evolutionary and historical perspectives of entrepreneurial actors in the maritime sector
  • Understandings of diversity, equity and inclusion in entrepreneurial narratives
  • Uses and abuses of entrepreneurship ideals in education

We invite PhD projects pertaining broadly to these topics. We are also open to alternative suggestions by candidates within the scope of the Rethinking Entrepreneurship research environment. Please articulate clearly how your project contributes to this research environment and the Department of Business Humanities and Law.

The Department of Business Humanities and Law is dedicated to an integrated approach to the contemporary challenges facing business and society drawing on the humanities, interdisciplinary social sciences and law. It emphasizes both problem-oriented research to understand those challenges and learning to build the life-long capabilities necessary to address them. Faculty within the Department of Business Humanities and Law have research backgrounds in all areas of law, politics, sociology, philosophy, history, anthropology, literature, theology, aesthetics, design and innovation, tourism and leisure management, cultural economics, leadership and strategy, pedagogic study, and other areas. What unites faculty is an overriding concern for the organization of the human within its multiple environments and, by implication, a research interest in the interdisciplinary “conversation” between humanities and social sciences. BHL also participates in numerous interdisciplinary cross-CBS activities. In line with this concern, the PhD should demonstrate a capacity to bridge across several of these environments.

The three-year PhD programme at CBS gives you the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of CBS’s associate professors and professors, supported by research related PhD courses. The programme is highly international, and every PhD student is expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time at another research institution as a visiting scholar. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme:  

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 in high demand.

CBS is committed to ensuring excellence, transformative and relevant teaching and research. Candidates who wish to join us must be interested in working in an organisation of this type and it is expected that the applicant shows an interest in joining the department’s research environment. You can read more about the department’s research here:

Application and admission requirements

Applicants must

  • have a basic education at master’s level (corresponding 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. Candidates 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.
  • have received the grade of 10 (or above) for the master’s thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale (
  • have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the bachelor’s and master’s degree combined, or alternatively a weighted grade point average of at least 9.5 for the master’s degree alone. If the grade point average is not met, documentation for being in the top 40% of the class is also accepted. 
  • have an educational background in the humanities or social sciences. 
  • have completed the master’s programme before starting the PhD programme at CBS.
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking.

The application (see link below) must include a research proposal of three to five-pages. The project description must include:

  • a presentation of an original research question.
  • a description of the initial theoretical framework and method.
  • a presentation of the proposed empirical material.
  • a work plan for the three years.

More information can be found here:

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • diploma for bachelor’s and master’s degree or other certificates at an equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts.
  • documentation for being in the top 40% of the class (if grade requirements are not met).
  • a concise curriculum vitae (CV).
  • a list of articles and publications (if applicable).
  • one example of a selected written work (e.g. master’s thesis)

The PhD student is enrolled in the CBS PhD School. Further information about PhD scholarships and the PhD programme can be found at

Employment and salary
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of three years. The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The monthly salary is currently approximately DKK 28,365 up to DKK 34,256 depending on seniority and a pension contribution totalling 17.1%. The scholarship includes tuition fees, office space, course and travel costs (according to the current CBS agreement). 

Salary level and employment take place in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Academics’ Central Organization.

Recruitment procedure 
The Recruitment Committee shortlists applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. Applicants are informed whether their application has proceeded for assessment.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and will receive their personal assessment later. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that a positive assessment does not automatically result in an interview. Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application. 

The application must be sent via the online link below. 

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see above), by the application deadline.

Information meeting

Should you have any further questions about the call and how it is to be a PhD student at BHL, you are welcome to join our online information meeting regarding this call on February 28, 2023, 16:30-18:00. There will be a presentation of the Rethinking Entrepreneurship research environment, the Department of Business Humanities and Law, and an opportunity to ask questions. Please sign up to receive access information using this link.

For further information please contact: Professor Christina Lubinski, email:; or Head of Department Professor Mitchell Dean, e-mail: Information about the department may be found at

Details about Copenhagen Business School are available at


Deadline: 2023-04-16 at 23:59
Unit: Social Sciences/Economics

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Sunday April 16th, 2023