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School of Business and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral position in knowledge integration at Aarhus BSS 967029

The Department of Management at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on knowledge integration aimed at advancing practice and process agenda in the context of open innovation.

The starting date for the successful candidate is the June 1 2018 or subject to mutual agreement.
The research project
The project aims at investigating how external knowledge is assimilated and absorbed into the firm. The project focuses at the individual level of analysis, zooming in on the work practices of individuals who are seconded to external innovation projects or internal corporate ventures and who are therefore the main connectors between the external knowledge and the firm.

The project aims to strengthen companies’ ability to assimilate and absorb external knowledge. It will contribute to the innovation management and knowledge transfer fields, but it also aims at generating a deeper understanding and clarity on how to theorize from process and practice research.
Who are you?
Candidates must hold a PhD relevant to the academic areas of the Department of Management, preferably with experience within one or more of the following areas: Innovation management, Knowledge transfer, Organisation studies, and Management Information Systems.

It is an advantage if the candidate has experience in conducting qualitative research (e.g. practice research, process research, and ethnography).

The successful candidate demonstrates strong verbal and written English skills. Danish language skills are an advantage as some of the case companies of this project will be Danish companies.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project by being involved in the research design, data collection (field studies in Denmark and around the world, e.g., interviews, observation), data analysis, writing of articles and the development of knowledge related to theorizing based on process and practice research. The position is research-oriented but may involve teaching assignments.

Who we are
The Department of Management is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the research fields of business and social sciences bringing them closer together to reflect  the  close  relationship  between  society  and  the  business  community.  As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations. 

The department’s research and teaching environment is highly international and culturally diverse with a mix of  Danish and international academic staff members and PhD students. We employ more than 160 academic staff including researchers, PhD students, research associates and cover a broad range of disciplines within     management, e.g. marketing, corporate communication, international business, organization, HR, strategy, management accounting, innovation management, entrepreneurship, project management, and information systems. We aim to conduct high-quality research, and we give high priority to publishing our research in leading academic journals and presenting it at recognised conferences. In addition, we have a dynamic exchange of international researchers, who stay at the department for short or long periods of time.

The department also has an interdisciplinary research group of scholars who share an interest in (qualitative) practice and process research. For more information please visit: http://mgmt.au.dk/management-practice-and-process-research-community/

For more information about the Department of Management, please visit: http://mgmt.au.dk/.

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark.


For further information about the position and the project, please contact Pernille Smith, Tel.: +45 6013 8547, E-mail: pernille.smith@mgmt.au.dk.

For further information about the department and its activities, please contact Head of Department, Professor Jacob Kjær Eskildsen, Tel.: +45 2429 3238, E-mail: eskildsen@mgmt.au.dk  

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Frederik Sørensen, Tel.: +45 87153445 , Email: fso@au.dk.

Terms of employment
The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

• Application
• Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
• Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
• List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
• Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form can be used for the purpose
• Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


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