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PhD position in Leadership and Digitalization (02284)

At the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business and Management, a PhD scholarship in Leadership and Digitalization is open for appointment on 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible.

Job description

The PhD. position will be an integral part of the department's research and education in the field of leadership and digitalization.

The 21st century is characterized by a hyper complex and increasingly digitized world. This development calls for a need to redefine the way leadership is understood and pursued. This is the focal point for this PhD, which will help strengthen the department's research profile in the following fields:

  • Digitization and its importance for how we think and practice leadership today
  • Empirical exploration of how the relationship between leadership and digitization takes place in practice; What are the new requirements and challenges?
  • Identification and development of concrete processes, methods, business models etc. that can support value-creating and effective interactions between leadership and digitization

The PhD project is expected to work with both empirical, theoretical and methodological issues within the interaction between leadership and digitization.

The research design will primarily be qualitative and build on an engaged scholarship, action research and/or action learning approach. In addition, the program may also relate to and include quantitative aspects.

It is expected that the empirical field being explored lies within a sector or among companies where digitization processes call for a radical rethink of the way in which leadership is conducted and calls for new or changed perspectives.

The PhD scholarship will be affiliated with the business economics PhD program within the department and the research group FIRM (Firm, Innovation, Relations and Management http://www2.business.aau.dk/research/firm/).

Qualification requirements

The PhD scholarship has a duration of three years. Applicants to the PhD scholarship must hold a degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. Applicants enrolled at a Danish Master programme who expect to graduate before the date of appointment must forward statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, a copy of thesis contract and documentation for the date of their final exam.

The completion of the scholarship will be in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities No 1039 of 27 August 2013 (the PhD Order), and it is a prerequisite for allocation of a scholarship that enrolment as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences takes place. According to the PhD Order, the PhD study comprises among other requirements: Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, mainly foreign, research institutions, private research enterprises etc.

Please find information on admission requirements for PhD positions on the website of the Doctoral School.

Application requirements


  • letter of motivation
  • project proposal (approx. 5 pages) containing the research project title, an outline of the course of study and a description of the overall problem areas
  • The project description is expected to be based on the above-mentioned academic clarifications of the scholarship area

  • information on which language the PhD thesis is expected to be written in
  • curriculum vitae
  • diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master degree), including academic transcripts
  • foreign applicants must forward verified IELTS test (International English Language Testing System). Exempted are applicants with at Master Degree from Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Canada
  • Co-author statement. If publications that have been written in cooperation with others are submitted, a declaration from each of the authors must be enclosed. The declaration must state the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the total work and be signed by the authors.
  • Application for credit transfer if relevant.
The complete application including attachments shall be sent electronically by selecting the "apply online" function. Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.

The assessment of the applicants will be undertaken by an expert assessment committee.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications, the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered.

The Faculty draws your attention to the fact that the applicant's project description may be tested for plagiarism in the IT system iThenticate.

You may obtain further information regarding the academic contents of the position from associate professor Jens Holmgren, e-mail: jens@business.aau.dk, Phone: +4561150143

If you have questions regarding the procedure of applying for the position, please contact Anne Lone Bråten e-mail: alb@adm.aau.dk.


Appointment and salary in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities No 242 of 13 March 2012 and The Ministry of Higher Education and Science Circular concerning the job structure for academic staff at universities of 19 August 2015. Salary will be in accordance with the agreements in force.

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