Job opportunity: Assistant Professor in the Intellectual History of the Corporation, Copenhaghen Business School

Assistant Professorship in the Intellectual History of the Corporation

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant Assistant Professorship in the intellectual history of the corporation at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP). 

The assistant professor position is a 3-year, full-time contract with research and teaching responsibilities, connected to the Carlsberg Foundation research project “Corporate Subjects: An Intellectual History of the Corporation”. See more information at

The project team will consist of a PhD, an assistant professor and the PI for a duration of 3 years. The envisioned starting date of the position is August 1, 2022.

The central objective of the project is to analyze how corporations are and have been given existenceand legitimacy as political subjects through similarities and analogies as well as delineations from human subjects and states, particularly through the notions of personhood, property, rights, citizenship, responsibility, liability and accountability. Theoretically, the aim is to contribute to an intellectual history of the corporation. Empirically, the candidate may focus on the history of political, economic and/or legal thought in the 20th and 21st century. Of special interest will be projects with an emphasis on the Nordic context and particularly on business foundations.

Applicants are required to develop a theoretically grounded research proposal with a clear empirical focus. We invite candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities, such as intellectual history, history, philosophy, sociology, political science and political theory.

Core research areas of the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy are organized into different research groups: Politics; Business History: Philosophy; Management & Entrepreneurship; and Law. Faculty within these groups have research backgrounds in all areas of law, political science, sociology, philosophy, history, anthropology, literature, theology, aesthetics, design and innovation, tourism and leisure management, cultural economics, leadership and strategy, pedagogic study, and other areas.

The position will be affiliated with the Politics group. What unites faculty is an overriding concern for the organization of the human within its multiple environments: work, nature, economy, civil association, the state, and corporation. MPP also participates in numerous interdisciplinary cross-CBS activities. In line with this concern, the assistant professor should demonstrate a capacity to bridge across several of these environments.

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

CBS and departmental responsibilities

  • Research, including responsibility for the academic development of the relevant discipline.
  • Publishing in highly-ranked international journals relevant to the business school.
  • Publishing, scientific communication and research-based teaching.
  • Active participation in research activities, such as research seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • Teaching and associated examination in CBS programs.
  • Promoting CBS’s academic reputation.
  • Initiating fundraising and coordinating research projects.
  • Contributing to administrative responsibilities of the Department and CBS-wide tasks.
  • Communicating findings to the public in general and to CBS’s stakeholders in particular, including participating in the public debate.


  • The applicant should have a background in either intellectual history, philosophy, history, political theory, political science, sociology, or the humanities or social sciences more broadly.
  • Documented research track record at international level, including publications (or submissions) in recognized journals in one or more of the relevant fields.
  • Documented pedagogical qualifications or other material for the evaluation of the pedagogical level.
  • The applicant must be proficient in English (written and spoken). If the project is on the Nordic case, the applicant must also be proficient in one of these languages (written and spoken).

Copenhagen Business School is committed to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for research, teaching, and dissemination in their field. The successful candidate will be fully supported in the development of their research career profile by the Department; however, no guarantee of future employment after the three years can be made.


For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Mathias Hein Jessen, email, or Head of Department, Professor Mitchell Dean, e-mail Information about the department may be found at Information about Copenhagen Business School is available at


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


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

Applications must include:

  1. Research proposal (maximum 5 pages). The 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. 
  2. A full CV.
  3. Proof of academic qualifications.
  4. Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level, including publications in internationally recognized journals and citations in the Social Science Citation Index and/or Google Scholar.
  5. Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international collaboration.
  6. Complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year), with an * marking of the publications to be considered for the review. A maximum of 5 academic works (journal papers, book chapters, books) published or forthcoming are allowed.
  7. Copies of the academic works to be considered during the review. Only publications written in English or one of the Scandinavian languages will be considered.
  8. Documentation of pedagogical qualifications or related material.


Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee will shortlist applicants; when possible at least two and preferably five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline. The 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.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position. An appointment committee will review the applications and invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview.

One of CBS’ strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to ensure a recruitment process that reduces potential bias.  Applicants are therefore encouraged not to include a photo or unnecessary personal information in their application.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

Closing date: 29 April 2022.

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