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PhD scholarship in Intercultural Business for International Students at Copenhagen Business School

PhD scholarship in Intercultural Business Encounters

The Department of International Business Communication (IBC) at CBS invites applications for a PhD position in intercultural business encounters.

Intercultural and interlingual communication is often quoted as one of the challenges in international business. IBC invites PhD proposals addressing issues which shed light on the nature and development of intercultural and interlingual intelligence and the role it plays in intercultural business encounters. The successful application will:

• explore the interplay of different sets of competencies, e.g. linguistic and cultural;
• propose qualitative research empirically drawing on actual cases of intercultural business encounters.

The Department of International Business Communication is a new department at CBS whose fields of interest include the role of language(-s) in interlingual and intercultural communication, the role of language and culture competences in organizations, the role of language and culture in communication technology and social technologies, as well as the teaching of language skills.

The Department is dedicated to interdisciplinary and problem-oriented research.

The teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching in International Business Communication, Intercultural Market Communication and English and Organizational Communication with focus on integrating English, Spanish, German and French in the curriculum.

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

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, .
It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see .

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: phd-coordinator Merete Borch tel.: +45 3815 3389 Further information about the department may be found at

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. DKK 24.000 (app. 3,200 euro) up to DKK 29.340 (app. 3,910 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 % 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 the PhD School in Language, Law, Informatics, Operations Management, Accounting and Culture

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).

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.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Closing date:  15.08.2012

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

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