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PhD scholarship in ecosystem creation and co-innovation management

At the Faculty of Social Sciences, AAU Business School, a PhD scholarship in ecosystem creation and co-innovation management is open for appointment on 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible.

Job description

The PhD project targets the creation of ecosystems that facilitate the development and evolution of sustainable business models. It is important that the PhD project aims at determining how ecosystem coordination facilitates co-creation and innovation contributing to economic, social, and environmental value within a business community that the individual firm or organisation cannot create by itself. The PhD-project will take place as an engaged scholarship in collaboration with Centre for Logistics & Cooperation (CLS www.logsam.dk) as part of a joint effort between CLS and AAUBS to promote the development and evolution of an eco-industrial park in the Eastern part of Aalborg (DK) and the industrial vicinity of Port of Aalborg.

It is important that the PhD position focusses on the following:

  • Creating a framework for the development and evolution of sustainable business models as part of the creation of ecosystems within eco-industrial parks.
  • Applying the framework to co-innovation and co-creation within the above mentioned designated area.
  • Disseminating the insights and results to firms and organisations within the designated area.
  • Creating a general understanding of the interplay between competitive strategy, interorganizational collaboration, and co-innovation management within the context of eco-industrial parks that has the potential to be applied in other contexts than the designated area.

The PhD student will have a place of work at AAUBS and at CLS, and is expected to spend an average of three days per week at the place of work. Whether the location is at AAUBS or CLS depends on the activities that are carried out as part of the engaged scholarship.

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
  • information on which language the PhD thesis is expected to be written in
  • curriculum vitae
  • diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master degree), including academic transcripts
  • 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. 
  • 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 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.

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 Allan Næs Gjerding, ang@business.aau.dk or 9940 8245.

If you have questions regarding the procedure of applying for the position, please contact Mette Bjerring, mb@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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