Associate Professor in Strategic Organization Design

open until filled
Social Sciences, Business studies, Marketing
University of Southern Denmark
Odense, Denmark

The Department of Marketing & Management invites applications for one or more positions as Associate Professor in Strategic Organization Design. The Department of Marketing & Management invites applications for one or more positions as Associate Professor in Strategic Organization Design. The positions are mainly located in Odense, but teaching may be required at the campuses in Slagelse and Sønderborg. The positions are vacant from 1 March 2017 or soon after.

Job description

Research in Strategic Organization Design is focused on the academic fields of strategy and organization science. Our agenda addresses important and interesting unsolved research questions such as:

1) The aggregation problem: How do micro-processes influence the macro-behavior of organizations?
2) The adaptation problem: How does multi-level adaptation enable organizations to succeed in dynamic environments?
3) The strategic design problem: Which design rules and which schemes of adaptation generate superior performance?
4) The heterogeneity problem: What are the sources of heterogeneity in populations of business organizations?

We are looking for candidates with the potential to decisively add to this research agenda. Successful candidates will have an international profile and a strong record of research publications in globally top-ranked journals, preferably in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, or Strategic Management Journal. If the candidates have not published in top-ranked journals, they should have demonstrated a willingness to aim for the most recognized academic outlets internationally, and have a strategy where such aims are realistically planned for and realizable within the next few years.

Also, successful candidates will have substantial teaching experience in relevant areas. The candidates must document pedagogical qualifications and competences at development and innovation in the pedagogical domain.

We expect the successful applicants to actively engage in the development of the research unit as well as contribute positively to the department as a whole. As senior scholars, candidates are expected to contribute actively to the social and academic lives at the department as well as participate in the guidance of doctoral students and junior faculty. Also, we expect active and constructive participation in the university's academic administration. Furthermore, the right applicants should thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment that seeks to contribute to a broad academic dialogue. To fulfill the requirements of the position, the candidates chosen are expected to be physically present on a regular basis.

Candidates are furthermore expected to have an interest in (and preferably experience of) knowledge exchange with society in relation to the field of research. In addition to the above mentioned requirements, it is an advantage if candidates have experience of interdisciplinary cooperation and fundraising, as well as the desire and competence to play a whole-hearted role in an interdisciplinary and enthusiastic research environment.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree within the mentioned research area and will be expected to teach and instruct students who participate in bachelor and master courses in business strategy and organization theory. Owing to the increasingly international focus of the degree programs, applicants must demonstrate ability to teach in English. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

Research within the Department is anchored in an understanding of the cooperation between markets, organizations and individuals. It encompasses a variety of areas from evolutionary models of organization to new exotic forms of consumption. Research at the Department is organized in five research units. See the Department website for more details.

For further information, please contact Professor Thorbjørn Knudsen, telephone: +45 65503148 or email: or Head of Department Jeanette Lemmergaard, email:

Application, salary, etc.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:
- Detailed CV
- Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
- Teaching portfolio (please see below)
- Information on knowledge communication
- Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
- Up to 10 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication.
If the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration.
All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applicants applying for an associate professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the committee will assess whether you are qualified to be an Associate Professor.

The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete the job interviews, should such be conducted.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be conducted. Appointment may also include observation of the applicants’ teaching abilities in regard to related degree programs.

Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Read the guideline for applicants.

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

You can only apply for the position through our website

Your application must be registered in our system on the 30/09/2016 at 23.59.59 CET at the latest.

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