Copenhagen Business School 4 PhD Scholarships in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology 2017, Denmark

Publish Date: May 19, 2017

Deadline: Jun 01, 2017

4 PhD scholarships in Blockchain and distributed ledger technology

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for 4 vacant PhD scholarships within the fields of Blockchain and distributed ledger technology at the departments of Accounting & Auditing, Law, Operations Management and Digitalisation.

Teaching responsibilities of the departments comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching at CBS.

Applicants must state clearly which department they are applying to;

  • Blockchain in Accounting & Auditing

  • Blockchain in Tax Law and International Tax Law

  • Blockchain in  Value Chains and Operations Management

  • Blockchain in Digitalization

Examples of research areas that a scholarship might cover:

The cohort will purse interdisciplinary research projects with explicit attention to accounting, digitalization, law, and operation management. For example, 

-Study the advocated benefits of blockchain based information systems and further research its strategic ramifications on a national and international level, as well as associated risks and benefits including its long term economic and societal impacts. 

- Develop analytical capability of the contribution of blockchain to the prevailing value chains and operation management.

- Examine the application of blockchain to the tracking of products and its potential impact on operational practices.

- Examine the application of blockchain within the shipping industry for more efficient and more transparent tracking of products flow while reducing the administrative burden.

- Examine the application of blockchain within manufacturing and the potential impact of decentralized items tracking from raw materials to finished goods in complex production systems.

- Explore the legal ramifications of smart contracts in the context of the current regulatory environment and the work practices of key industries.

- Investigate the tension between the risk of losing enormous amounts of tax revenue due to blockchain technology related restructuring of work, and the potential to gain significant tax revenue may be generated by successful digital businesses. 

- Apply blockchain and distributed ledger technology to record and accounting management systems and assess how the audit profession might adapt professional services to accommodate blockchain technology.

- Explore how blockchain technology can be implemented for performance measurement and budgeting purposes as well as how it may change the way firms report performance to key stakeholders.

- Examine how blockchain ecosystem can provide the foundation for the development of grassroots-powered technology that enables new forms of organizing and unprecedented distributed scale-free human cooperation.

- Build capacity and expertise to provide advice to legacy organizations about how they can leverage on smart contracts and distributed ledger technologies to become more efficient as well as to anticipate potential disruption of their prevailing business models caused by blockchain. 

- Explore further the integration of new digital payment platforms and crypto currencies

The Departments 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.

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:  Troels Michael Lilja, Head of PhD school for Business & Management, tel.: +45 3815 3829, 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 the PhD School of Business and Management.

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. Documentation of GRE and/or GMAT scores is strongly encouraged. For submitting GMAT scores, look up Copenhagen Business School in the GMAT register and choose the PhD Program.

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.

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.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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