Call for Applications for the Laurits Andersen PhD position in Business and Organizational Anthropology
The Laurits Andersen Foundation has granted funds to the Department of Anthropology for a three-year fully financed PhD position in the field of business and organizational anthropology. Applicants are now invited to submit proposals for doctoral research that must fall within one or more of the areas mentioned below. In accordance with the remits of the foundation, the general expectation is also that the research proposed will place special emphasis on its practical significance and value to Danish business. This means that successful proposals must reflect a clear academic interest in seeking general insights of a theoretical nature within the field of business and organizational anthropology, as well as pointing to the practical significance of the research.
4. Studying practical business problems of a general nature
The original anthropological interest in the internal functioning of companies – including their ‘organizational cultures’ – has gradually been complimented by a stronger interest in how companies interact with society: not just relationships with other companies, customers and suppliers, but also with other ‘stakeholders' in civil society and politics on a local, national, and global scale. As businesses become more clearly visible as social actors, what are currently the most pressing ‘practical business problems of a general nature’, and how may anthropology help explore, challenge, and rethink the manner in which problems and solutions are defined and handled in this field?
5. Studying markets abroad and how to prepare them for the introduction of Danish products
The study of social and cultural variation across the world is fundamental to anthropology and of obvious relevance to Danish businesses in the global marketplace. The ‘globalization’ of business is itself a theme for anthropological exploration; this may involve following value and production chains through their many stages and localities, the changing practices of global financial services and products, examining the importance of the global movement of labour, and new forms of cultural diversity in the workforce. Studies in this field is of growing relevance, both theoretically and practically.
Qualifications and terms of employment
At the time of application, applicants must possess a postgraduate degree in anthropology or a closely related discipline from a Danish or international university. In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study program the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree program, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level. Prior knowledge of Danish language, society, and business is an advantage, but not a requirement. Work experience from business or other relevant professional practice will also be considered an advantage.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.
PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation may include for instance teaching.
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