Deadline: May 1, 2012
Asia Research Centre, Department of International Economics and Management, invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within Chinese business studies, in particular on Chinese business groups – their role function and global reach.
In spite of significant development of the private sector in China, the strategic sectors of the economy are still dominated by a number of large state-owned companies. Although these business groups increasingly have made their presence felt on the global-level playing field, little is understood about how they were formed and how they operate in China as well as globally. There is also only little research on the relationship between business groups and the Party and state in China. Of particular interest is sectoral studies of the management and function of Chinese SOEs, e.g. in the energy field or in the oil- and gas sector.
The PhD project will be associated with a research project on “Business groups and Public Sector Reform in China” conducted at the Asia Research Centre and affiliated with the social science theme under the new Sino-Danish University Centre for Research and Education in Beijing.
The Asia Research Centre (ARC) is a specialized research centre within Copenhagen Business School, offering research and research dissemination in the field of Asian Studies.
The core focus areas of research undertaken at ARC are to:
• Provide comprehensible analyses of the contextual complexities in Asian business and economics
• Understand the social, political, and cultural bases behind the opportunities and challenges faced by Asian economies
• Identify the various economic, political, social and institutional linkages among Asian countries and how these relate to the world
• Identify key contemporary themes that have a special bearing on Asia such as demography, diaspora, environment, education, and urbanization
• Understand Asian institutions for economic and social governance
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, http://uk.cbs.dk/phd .
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 Niels Mygind, tel.: +45 3815 3032, e-mail email@example.com or Director of ARC, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, tel.: +45 3815 5758, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) monthly 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.
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). The applicant must have successfully completed the Master’s degree before commencing the PhD program at CBS. The applicant must be fluent in English. The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities. Knowledge of the Chinese language is an advantage.
The application 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 preliminary 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 a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis). Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills if not mother tongue.
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.
The PhD student will be enrolled in the CBS PhD School in Economics and Management.
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 www.cbs.dk.
Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.