Intercultural Communication and Management PhD Programme, Denmark

Publish Date: Aug 25, 2016

Deadline: Sep 04, 2016


The Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM) invites applications for one Ph.D. position exploring the relationship between corporate sustainability and governance.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified students intending to explore:

  1. the relationship between sustainability and corporations; particularly how corporations can undermine or contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainability,
  2. how corporations’ sustainability impacts are regulated by markets, civil society and governmental actors, and
  3. how corporations contribute to, and extend, wider governance systems for sustainability.

There is no restriction on possible issue areas but the Department is particularly interested in research on issues which reflect the interaction of more than one dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. Equally there is no restriction on organisational focus, but the Department is particularly interested in research which examines the impact of new ethical, responsible and sustainable business standards and organisations (e.g. Ethical Trading Initiative, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, stewardship councils, fair trade organizations) on corporations and their wider impacts. Here the research could explore the roles of corporations and other actors in forming and developing these organisations; the operations and impacts of the organisations; or how corporations manage their relationships with them.

ICM’s contribution to the study of responsible business and governance is organised around CBS’ World‐Class Research Environments (WCRE) initiative, drawing on each ICM’s already existing research-groups, and an ICM-based research programme dedicated to this field. More broadly, the ICM’s research is enriched by the cbsCSR, an internationally recognised academic knowledge hub. This research will be supervised by Jeremy Moon, Velux Professor of Corporate Sustainability.

ICM carries out multidisciplinary research on the relationship between business and society. Its members study the interaction and intersection between organisational forms and practices in the socio-economic contexts in which they occur, using the lens of culture and communication to investigate organisations and the effect of organisations on society

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.

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment.
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: Head of Department Dorte Salskov-Iversen, e-mail

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 24.480 (app. 3,284 euro) up to DKK 29.829,76 (app. 4,000 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 (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.

A committee of experts in the field in question will assess the applications. The assessment of the applicants will be based on the quality and relevance of the project, including an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to accomplish it. Following this assessment, the management of the department will select the winner of the scholarship.

To APPLY click "Further official information" link below and fill the online form.


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