PhD in the sociology of organizations with a focus on digitalization in the public sector – CBS

PhD in the sociology of organizations with a focus on digitalization in the public sector

Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of organization studies, with a particular focus on digitalization in the public sector. The scholarship is part of the collaborative research project “Valuing invisible work: Efficiency and digitalization projects in practice” funded by DFF. The project has a special focus on the relations between work practices and digital technologies in two specific public sector organizations, and the aim is to investigate and theorize the ‘invisible work’ involved in digitalization projects. We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in sociology, anthropology, sociology of science and technology (STS), or organization studies. The scholarship requires the conduct of empirical fieldwork in two Danish organizations, so the candidate must be able to understand and communicate in Danish/Scandinavian.

Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and institutions. Our research is driven by an interest in organization as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. Our approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, science and technology studies, political economy, and social psychology in the analysis of organizing processes and their outcomes. Methodologically, we value qualitative research methods highly and often adopt case study, field work methodology or social network analysis.

The teaching responsibilities associated with the scholarship comprise undergraduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as organization theory, organizational analysis and qualitative methodology.

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

The three-year PhD program at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The program is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. For this specific project we have an agreement with Royal Holloway in London. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD program,

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see

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: Associate Professor Lise Justesen, or Associate Professor, Ursula Plesner, 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 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 Organisation.

The PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD School at CBS.

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 must include:

A project description (max. 3 pages): We expect candidates to ask for the general project description and write up a research proposal that relates to the overall project, but shows how the candidate will contribute with his/her ideas, theoretical perspectives and methodological reflections.

Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level.

Brief curriculum vitae (CV).

A list of papers and publications.

One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).

Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

Recruitment procedure:

The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least 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 at

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.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

The envisaged starting date of the position is March 1, 2020.

Ansøgningsfrist: 10. januar 2020.

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