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The Governance of Responsible/Sustainable Business - Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships, 2018 - 2019

Copenhagen Business School and The VELUX Chair for Corporate Sustainability invites applications for two vacant postdoctoral fellowships for up to twelve months each at the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC).

MSC brings together scholars from a range of research areas within management, communication and the broader social sciences and humanities, studying organizations in global environments and the interaction and interdependencies of business, society and government. They share a common interest in studying organizations in global environments and the relations of organizations to the wider society.

MSC is a significant supplier of research based teaching to a broad portfolio of programmes, which includes undergraduate, graduate and doctoral teaching and supervision as well as executive education in the fields of

  • (Responsible) Management/Leadership/Governance
  • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Business and Development (with an emphasis on the emerging/growth economies context dimension as well as (social) entrepreneurship & innovation)
  • Organizational Communication (Corporate Communication, Strategic Communication, Leadership Communication, Marketing Communication, International Business Communication)

The post doc. is a non-tenured position for up to twelve months with research obligation.

To fulfill the research requirements of the position, the applicant chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in research activities of the Department.

The research field for the fellowships is ‘The Governance of Responsible / Sustainable Business’ and candidates will be expect to work with Jeremy Moon, the holder of the VELUX Chair.

They will also be expected to make an application for further post-doctoral study to one of the following:
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme – European Fellowships in the case of non-Danes, or Danes who have lived outside Denmark (please note that the nationality and mobility rules vary by the kind of fellowship) – applications to be made in September 2018.
  • A Danish grant authority (e.g. The Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Denmark; Innovation Fund Denmark - Industrial post.doc) in the case of Danes – applications to be made in September or October 2018.

Candidates who succeeded in one of the above external applications would then continue to work at CBS with Jeremy Moon, and with CBS as the host institution, funded by the respective external grant.

The field
‘The Governance of Responsible/Sustainable Business’ field refers to:
  • the roles of corporations in being governed;
  • the ways in which corporations are governed;
  • the interactions between CSR and other forms of governance.

The following concepts are indicative of the emergent field on ‘The Governance of Responsible / Sustainable Business’:
  • corporate citizenship (e.g. Crane, Matten and Moon 2008; Moon, Crane and Matten 2004; Whelan, Moon and Grant 2013)
  • political CSR (Frynas and Stevens 2014; Rasche 2014) Scherer and Palazzo 2011; Scherer, Rasche, Spicer and Palazzo 2016, Whelan 2017);
  • CSR and government (Knudsen and Moon 2017; Knudsen, Moon and Slager 2015; Moon 2002; Steurer 2014)
  • governance making, taking and breaking (Rasche, Morsing and Moon 2017)
  • non-state market governance (Bernstein and Cashore 2007, 2012; Cashore 2002).

The issue and geographical focus is open.

  • The applicant must hold a PhD or the equivalent.
  • The applicant must have professional proficiency in English (written and spoken).
  • At the point of application, candidates should already be qualified (and see their respective criteria) to apply for one of the public post-doctoral fellowships listed above.

It would be preferred for the successful candidates for these VELUX posts would take up their positions in May 2018. They would initially prioritize preparing their applications for autumn 2018.

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 more information
For further information, please contact Professor Jeremy Moon, email:

Information is also available at:
  • Jeremy Moon -
  • The VELUX Chair for Corporate Sustainability -
  • The Department of Management, Society and Communication -
  • Copenhagen Business School -
  • The Marie Curie Individual Fellowship programme -
  • The Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Denmark -
  • Innovation Fund Denmark - Industrial post.doc -

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

How to apply
Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Application must include:
  • A letter of application which should include details of the plans for the external post-doctoral studies application as well as for the one year study with the VELUX Chair.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 5 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • Copies of the publications marked with an *. Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration)
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level.
  • Transcript(s) and a full CV.

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Deadline: 14 February 2018.

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

  • Bernstein, S. , and Cashore, B. (2007)
    ‘Can Non- state Global Governance Be Legitimate? An Analytical Framework.’ Regulation& Governance 1 (4): 347–371.
  • Bernstein , S. , and Cashore , B. (2012)
    ‘Complex Global Governance and Domestic Policies: Four Pathways of Influence.’ International Affairs 88 (3): 585– 604.
  • Cashore, B. (2002).
    Legitimacy and the privatization of environmental governance: how non-state market-driven (NSMD) governance systems gain rule-making authority. Governance 15 (4), 503–29.
  • Crane, A., Matten, D., & Moon, J. (2008)
    Corporations and Citizenship Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Frynas, J. G., & Stephens, S. (2014)
    ’Political corporate social responsibility: Reviewing theories and setting new agendas’ International Journal of Management Reviews.
  • Knudsen, J.S. and J Moon (2017)
    Visible Hands: National Government and International CSR Cambridge University Press.
  • Moon, J. (2014)
    Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press.
  • Crane, A, D Matten and J Moon (2008)
    Corporations and Citizenship Cambridge University Press.
  • Knudsen, J.S., J Moon and R Slager (2015)
    ‘Government Policies for Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Institutionalisation and Structured Convergence?’ Policy and Politics 43: 1 81–99.
  • Moon, J (2002)
    ‘Business Social Responsibility and New Governance’ Government and Opposition 37 (3) 385–408.
  • Moon, J., A Crane and D Matten (2004)
    ‘Can Corporations be Citizens: Corporate Citizenship as a Metaphor for Business Participation in Society’ Business Ethics Quarterly 15 (3) 429-454.
  • Rasche, A. (2014)
    ‘The corporation as a political actor – European and North American perspectives’ European Management Journal, 33 (1), 4–8.
  • A Rasche, M Morsing and J Moon (2017)
    ‘The Changing Role of Business in Global Society: CSR and Beyond in Rasche, A., M Morsing and J Moon eds (2017) Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication and Governance Cambridge University Press.
  • Scherer, A. G., & Palazzo, G. (2011)
    ‘The New Political role of Business in a Globalized world: A Review of a New perspective on CSR and its Implications for the Firm, Governance, and Democracy’ Journal of Management Studies, 48(4), 899–931.
  • Scherer, A. G., Rasche, A., Palazzo, G., & Spicer, A. (2016)
    ‘Managing for Political Corporate Social Responsibility: New Challenges and Directions for PCSR 2.0’ Journal of Management Studies, 53 (3), 273–298.
  • Steurer , R. (2010)
    ‘The Role of Governments in Corporate Social Responsibility: Characterising Public Policies on CSR in Europe.’ Policy Sciences, 43 (1): 49–72.
  • Whelan, G. (2012)
    ‘The political perspective of corporate social responsibility: A critical research agenda’ Business Ethics Quarterly, 22 (4), 709–737.
  • Whelan, G. (2017)
    ‘Political CSR: The Corporation as a Political Actor’ in Rasche, A., M Morsing and J Moon eds (2017) Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication and Governance Cambridge University Press.
  • Whelan, G., J Moon and B Grant (2013)
    ‘Corporations and Citizenship Arenas in the Age of Social Media’ Journal of Business Ethics 118:777–790.

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