PhD scholarship in Corporate Governance
Copenhagen Business School Department of Accounting

PhD scholarship in Corporate Governance 

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship in Corporate Governance and Board Work at the Center


for Corporate Governance (CCG), which is part of Department of Accounting.


The Center for Corporate Governance is one of the leading corporate

governance centers in Europe. 

Currently, the core research areas of the center are as follows 1)

ownership structures (including industrial foundations) 2) board work and 3)

Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). It is the ambition of the center to be in the

international frontline in these research areas; to publish our research

results in leading international journals; to have an excellent research

environment; to seek synergy between research and teaching, and to have a strong

partnership with the business community. 


Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Auditing.



information about CBS and our department can be found at



In recent years board work, including selecting the right corporate

governance standards, has emerged as an important, new topic for business

practices and research. Board leadership, combined with strong Corporate

Governance principles, is essential in long-term value creation. Boards are

becoming more active in various functions of the business and therefore seen as

proactive value creators. Board complexity, including essential areas like

leadership, compliance and risk management, has increased dramatically. The

strategic dimension of both local and international board work is becoming

exceptionally demanding due to changes in business models, new technology,

globalization, increasing regulation and unpredictable market conditions.

Hence, the responsibilities of board members are expected to increase. The

environment will require more diversity, different skill sets and different

decision-making patterns. At the same time company stakeholders, including

shareholders, regulators and media, are becoming more demanding and

continuously raise the standards for board members, managers and investors. 



are required to develop a well-specified research proposal, which should relate

to one or more of the following thematic areas:


    Corporate governance drivers in

    M&A transactions among Danish SMEs focussing on long-term and sustainable

    value creation for the corporation, shareholders and employees. It would

    be of particular value of this research proposal could be linked to assessing

    the actual skill base of the acquiring board and/or management team(s)



    and complementarities needed in the boardroom and among top-managers in order

    successfully to activate knowledge synergies and merge firm cultures. 



The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades

from their universities and students with a strong quantitate skill base  


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,


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 Carsten Rohde tel.:

+45 38152338 / e-mail , or Director at CCG Lars Ohnemus, tel.

+45 51241875 / e-mail  More Information about the

department and center is available 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. DDK 27.135 up to DKK 32.771 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 Economics and Management.


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. 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.


Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-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


Closing date: 1 June 2019.


With some 20.422 full and part-time students, 644 full-time faculty members, 192 PhD and 724 administrative staff CBS is a unique business-oriented university with a full portfolio of Bachelor, Masters, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish. Our academic staff includes internationally-recognised experts in classical business disciplines as well as in philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, law, political science, information systems and culture.


The University welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.

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