PhD Scholarship, Department of Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

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Copenhagen Business School invites applications for vacant PhD scholarships related to the management of operations, performance, supply chains, innovation, and/or business economics.

The scholarships are located at the Department of Operations Management and can address research issues related to one of more of the following core research areas of the department:

  • Business economics - is about cost and price theory – focuses on decision-making concerning pricing, scope of production and resource allocation based on modelling of the activities of the enterprise.
  • Performance Management - is about setting up and using various types of information, planning, accounting, and reporting systems as well as budgeting and follow-up.
  • Supply chain management- concerns the management of the flow of services, products, product development and information through enterprises in chains and networks.
  • Innovation Management – concerns the management of product and process development

Operations management - concerns management and organisation of production activities and issuesThe scholarships are oriented towards all the above research areas. The department prioritises research which has an interest in laying out the roles of management tools and techniques. It will be an advantage if the PhD candidate can relate to more than one of the research areas. The department also prioritises empirical research in order to develop a distinct relation between research and practice.

The Department 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, .

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see 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 Jan Mouritsen, tel.: +45 3815 2420, e-mail Information about the department may be found at

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 PhD School in Language, Law, Informatics, Operations Management, Accounting and Culture.

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 the completed application form, 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 GMAC register and choose the PhD Program.

Furthermore applicants with foreign degrees are encouraged to obtain a recognition of their qualifications by The Danish Agency for International Education that provides assessments of non-Danish degrees, diplomas and certificates and gives information about international recognition of qualifications The recognition of foreign qualifications can take up to 2 months. It is possible to send the recognition after the deadline (max one month) if necessary. Applicants are encouraged to translate their master diplomas.

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 winners of the scholarships.

Please find the compulsory application form, guidelines, and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Closing date: 08.08.2011

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

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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