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 the Department of Accounting in 2019.

The Center for Corporate Governance is one of the leading corporate governance centres in Europe. It is the ambition of the centre 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.

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.

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). 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.


Applicants 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)
  • Competencies 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.
  • Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join them should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • 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 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.
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