Aalborg University (AAU)

Position as PhD Fellow in Sustainable Innovation in Multinational Enterprises

2024-08-13 (Europe/Copenhagen)
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We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated individual who has a deep interest and passion for the research area, combined with intellectual curiosity and a strong desire to learn, as well as contribute to new knowledge, to join our team as a Doctoral Researcher. This PhD position presents a unique opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research focused on sustainable innovation in multinational enterprises(MNEs) and global value chains(GVCs). The research aims to enlighten practitioners, academics, and policymakers about the intricacies and prospects presented by eco-centric international business model innovation in MNEs. The goal is to generate practical recommendations that bolster the sustainability of international business practices, thereby enhancing economic, environmental, and social performance across MNEs and their extensive GVCs.

The project can explore a range of issues related to sustainable innovation, including but not limited to:

  • MNEs’ sustainability-driven business model innovation, with a specific on emerging economies.
  • Barriers to the adoption and implementation of sustainability-driven business models in international markets and the strategies employed by MNEs to overcome these.
  • The role of technological innovation and digitalization in enabling green transition and sustainable innovation.
  • Sustainable innovation in global value chains and ecosystems.
  • The role of human resources, incentives, rewards, and performance evaluation mechanisms in sustainable innovation.

The candidate will enjoy the autonomy to tailor their PhD research topic within the broader topic of sustainable innovation in MNEs, affording a unique opportunity to marry personal academic interests and expertise with the overarching objectives of the project.

During the period of enrolment, the candidate is required to stay in China for a total period of 12 months(with the possibility to divide the 12 months stay into shorter stays over the period of three years). During the stay in China the candidate is expected to contribute to teaching at the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing, to conduct field work and other research activities while also engaging with the research environment at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences(UCAS).

As per the SDC framework agreement, this particular position, as outlined in this announcement, is not open to Chinese citizens. Instead, Chinese citizens are invited to apply for available SDC PhD positions through UCAS.

The selected candidates will be part of the International Business Group at Aalborg University Business School:https://www.business.aau.dk/research/research-groups/international-business 

Key responsibilities:

Your main tasks will be to:

  • Conduct original research under the guidance of a supervisory team.
  • Prepare and publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Present and share research discoveries at both national and international forums, including conferences and seminars, specifically designed to engage and inform a diverse audience of academics, practitioners, and policymakers.
  • Assist in the teaching and supervision of undergraduate and master’s students.
  • Engage actively in the research community at both Aalborg University and UCAS

Qualification requirements
PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree, or expect to have obtained the Master’s degree before the employment date(Statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, thesis contract and documentation of the date of the exam must be enclosed). 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.

General information
It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at The Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Humanities, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of 27 August 2013(PhD Order). According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

Please visit the website of the doctoral school for further information on the PhD programme, application procedure, and admission requirements.

The application must include the following and be written in English or Danish:
 -Application for enrolment
 - Copy of diplomas/transcripts
 - Curriculum vitae(CV)
 -Project description
 - List of written work(optional)
 - Sample of written work, e.g. Master's thesis(optional)
 - Applicants WHO are planning to complete a doctoral thesis in English and who do not have English as a first language or WHO have not completed an English language-based Master's programme (or an equivalent educational achievement in English) shall provide documentation that they have passed one of the following official tests with the respective minimum score: IELTS(band score): 7, TOEFL(paper-based): 600, TOEFL(internet-based): 100. The language test must be no more than five years old at the time of the application.

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 application can only be submitted by using the link on AAU’s job-portal https://www.stillinger.aau.dk/(not other online job portals that may have reposted the position). Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.
For further information on the doctoral research programme, please visit the website:https://www.phd.aau.dk/ssh

For further information on the PhD stipend, please contact Associate Professor Jonas Eduarsen, phone +45 9940 8364, e-mail:jse@business.aau.dk or Associate Professor Yimei Hu, phone +45 9940 8360, e-mail:yimei@business.aau.dk

For general information about the application process etc., please contact Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, e-mail: vkns@adm.aau.dk, phone:+45 9940 7408.

Wages and employment

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 15 December 2021, on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities. AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

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Position as PhD Fellow in Sustainable Innovation in Multinational Enterprises
Fredrik Bajers Vej 5 Aalborg, Danmark
2024-08-13 23:59 (Europe/Copenhagen)
2024-08-13 23:59 (CET)
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