PhD scholarship in The Possibilities and Limits of Corporate Responsibility: Corporate Power, Authority and Legitimacy in an Era of Anti-Globalization
MNC activities have spread widely across the globe, connecting with millions of smaller firms that supply to or connect with their work in global production networks. They thus exercise a significant economic power. At the same time, an increasing number of MNCs has engaged in social initiatives, thus extending their political authority vis-à-vis the public sector. To be sure, corporate engagement in social and societal issues is not new. Yet, the current high attention paid to this area can be referred back to the shifting of political responsibilities in an increasingly complex world.
Responsibility is often generally evoked in debates, for instance as in a responsibility to combat world poverty or to tackle global environmental problems. It is exactly a call for responsibility in such situations of global challenges that reveal the governance gaps that the transnational sphere is facing. The increased mobility of companies and the absence or limits of regulations beyond national borders lead to unregulated spaces where neither nation states nor other actors, such as international organizations have the regulatory capacity or authority to intervene. Earlier, this has been recognized as a lack of legitimate decision-makers at the global level as well as a missing transnational political community and, in an analogy to the nation state, pointed at a lack of democratic legitimacy at the international level. Ever since, debates have developed and focused on different degrees of the “public-private mix”. Companies are now explicitly conceptualized as political actors too, e.g. as ‘rule-makers’ and ‘regulators’.
This PhD project would explore corporate responsibility from such a broad understanding, going beyond the perspective of CSR as a business case. How can we conceptualize the relations between the state, market and society? Does anti-globalization lead to a new agenda of ‘responsibility’ for MNCs? And how are these new responsibilities negotiated amongst relevant actors? How do social and environmental responsibilities shift between actors such as states, MNCs, NGOs, IOs and also citizens in an era of fragmented governance? How can companies be held accountable in a global economy? How does accountability relate to moral responsibility? And can companies be perceived as moral agents? These are potential questions that could be addressed. In order to do so, applications are invited from multiple disciplinary backgrounds such as political science, international relations, sociology, organizational studies, and management.
For further information please contact: Associate Professor Antje Vetterlein, tel.: +45-38153558, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Head of Secretariat Bo Bøgeskov, tel. +45 38153583, email email@example.com
General information: A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of 1⁄2 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 totaling 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 Organization.
The PhD student will be enrolled at PhD School in Organization and Management Studies (OMS). 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 political science or sociology is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Master’s degree before commencing a 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 if not mother tongue.
The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.
The 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.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices, by the application deadline.
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