PhD Scholarship in Strategy with a Focus on Competition and Accountability in Seaborne Shipping

PhD scholarship in strategy with a focus on competition and accountability in seaborne shipping
The Centre for Shipping Economics and Innovation (CENSEI) at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics (INO) and the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP) invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship in ”Competition and Accountability in the Seaborne Shipping Industry”.

New challenges arising as a result of increasing globalization and a stronger general concern for the impact of sea transports on communities and the environment are prompting shipping companies to reassess and change their community position and accountability. The seaborne shipping industry faces major challenges in terms of pollution and relevant issues in relation to safety at sea and ashore. The question is how these challenges may be translated into concrete requirements for the shipping companies to comply with and how the shipping industry can develop the new skills and competencies necessary to handle these challenges in a long-term strategic perspective.

The project can be carried out at the PhD school of either one of the departments, depending on the relevance to the project (INO is part of the PhD School in Economics and Business Administration and MPP is part of the Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management).

The scholarship is co-funded by DS-Norden and CBS.

As a distinctive research entity at CBS the Centre for Shipping Economics and Innovation focuses broadly on the relationship between shipping industry dynamics and globalization. Within this broad field, the centre carries out research resting on a combination of ‘’shipping economics” and the ”economics of innovation”, the latter as applied to shipping and related industries. ”Shipping economics” refers broadly to economic and comparative-institutional analysis of the functioning and underlying mechanisms of the shipping industry as well as of the internal organization and boundaries of the shipping firm. Thus defined, shipping economics includes (but is not limited to) the study of the industrial organization of shipping; the dynamics of shipping markets; the socio-economic principles of seaborne trade; the global division of labour in seaborne trade; maritime clusters; maritime regulation and policy; the micro-economics of firm decision-making; as well as the strategy, structure and boundaries of the shipping firm. ”Economics of innovation” refers to issues related to innovation and the replication of new products, processes, technologies and organizational forms.

We strongly encourage applicants to focus research design, methodology and theory choice within the core area of the center, as described above.

Closing date: April 1, 2009 at 12.00 noon.

For further information please contact associate professor Martin J. Iversen ( or associate professor Henrik Sornn-Friese ( Potential applicants are encouraged to make contact early on before the application deadline in order to formulate an appropriate project description. Applicants may wish to visit the following websites:

- DS-Norden:

- INO:

- MPP:

General information:

To be awarded the scholarship, one must be enrolled as a PhD student. To be considered for enrolment, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level, and must be fluent in Danish and/or English. Enrolment in the PhD programme furthermore depends on the acceptance of the application, which must include a short project description, usually prepared in co-operation with the Department. This research proposal should contain a presentation of the intended research question, including the theory and methodology expected to be used.

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include a completed compulsory form, 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).

All parts of the application must be submitted in four copies, except the selected written work, which may be submitted in only one copy. Electronic submissions are not accepted.

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours).

The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

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 winner of the scholarship.

Please find compulsory application form, guidelines, and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme ( ).

The application must be submitted to:

Copenhagen Business School
Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics
Kilevej 14A, 3rd floor
DK-2000 Frederiksberg

Marked ”PhD – 33-3425”

Applications received by e-mail or discs will not be taken into consideration.

All interested researchers irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, or nationality are invited to apply for the position.

CBS focuses on innovation, partnership with the business community and internationalisation. As a Learning University CBS demands high quality in teaching, research and staff. CBS has around 15.000 students distributed among a wide range of degrees in social science and humanities including a very dynamic environment for executive programmes. CBS has around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees.