Copenhagen Business School in Denmark invites applications for a PhD Scholarship in Corporate Power and Legitimacy in the 2022/23 academic session.

Project details:

The PhD position is a 3 year full-time contract connected to the Carlsberg Foundation research project “Corporate Subjects: An Intellectual History of the Corporation”.


The project team will consist of a PhD, an assistant professor and the PI for a duration of 3 years. The envisioned starting date of the position is November 1, 2022.

The central objective of the project is to analyze how corporations are and have been given existence

and legitimacy as political subjects through similarities and analogies as well as delineations from human subjects and states, particularly through the notions of personhood, property, rights, citizenship, responsibility, liability and accountability. Applicants are required to develop a theoretically grounded research proposal with a clear empirical focus. We invite candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities, such as intellectual history, history, philosophy, sociology, political science and political theory.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The constitution of the corporation as a responsible and accountable subject and citizen in discourses on corporate social responsibility, corporate accountability and corporate citizenship.
  • The corporation in the history of economic, political and juridical thought of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • The development of the corporation as a subject with human, civil and constitutional rights in different regional or national settings (for instance US, UK, EU or Nordic legislation and political debates).
  • The specific corporate subject of the foundation, for instance in Nordic enterprise foundations.
  • The constitution of the corporation and corporate legitimacy in relation to societal challenges, for instance climate change, sustainability, democratic challenges, or others.

Core research areas of the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy are organized into different research groups: Politics; Business History: Philosophy; Management & Entrepreneurship; and Law. Faculty within these groups have research backgrounds in all areas of law, political science, sociology, philosophy, history, anthropology, literature, theology, aesthetics, design and innovation, tourism and leisure management, cultural economics, leadership and strategy, pedagogic study, and other areas.

The position will be affiliated with the Politics group. What unites faculty is an overriding concern for the organization of the human within its multiple environments: work, nature, economy, civil association, the state, and corporation. MPP also participates in numerous interdisciplinary cross-CBS activities. In line with this concern, the PhD should demonstrate a capacity to bridge across several of these environments.

Worth of Award

  • A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours) to be in large part conducted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing.
  • 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 28,365 up to DKK 34,256 depending on seniority and a pension contribution totaling 17.1%.


To be considered the applicant must

  • have basic education at master’s level (corresponding to the 3 + 2 Bologna process)
  • have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master’s thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale
  • have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the bachelor’s and master’s degree combined or alternatively a weighted grade point average must be at least 9.5 for the master’s degree alone. If the grade point average is not met, documentation for being in the top 40% of the class is also accepted.
  • have an educational background in the humanities or social sciences
  • have completed the master’s programme before starting the PhD programme at CBS
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking

How to Apply

The application must include a five-page project description. The project description must include:

  • a presentation of an original research question
  • a description of the initial theoretical framework and method
  • a presentation of the proposed empirical material
  • a work plan for the three years

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • diploma for bachelor’s and master’s degree or other certificates at an equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts
  • documentation for being in the top 40% of the class (if grade requirements are not met)
  • a concise curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a list of articles and publications (if applicable)
  • one example of a selected written work (e.g. master’s thesis)
  • documentation for English language skills

Deadline: The application closes on August 22, 2022


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