Professorship with special responsibilities (MSO) in Business Administration: Marketing or Management

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

Job description:

At the Department of Border Region Studies (IFG), University of Southern Denmark, Campus Sønderborg, applications are invited for a position as Professor with special responsibilities within the priority area Business-to-Business Relations & Supply Chain Management with particular stress on either marketing or management. The position has a time limit of 5 years. Expected start is January 2012 or soon thereafter.

The Department is situated in the beautiful premises at Alsion on the shore facing Sønderborg and the island of Als. From here there is only 30 minutes by car to the Danish-German border, only 35 minutes by plane to Copenhagen. Hamburg, Kiel, Aarhus and Odense can be reached by car within 1½ - 2 hours. Sønderborg has a rich cultural life and is surrounded by pretty landscapes inviting for recreational activities. The SDU-Campus Sønderborg houses Social Sciences, Humanities as well as Technical Sciences.

The Department of Border Region Studies (IFG) is rooted in the unique history of the Southern Danish border region. At the same time, the department has a close relationship with the business community and the cultural institutions of the region. The comparative aspect including other (border) regions in Europe is particularly strong within the regional studies and within the border region studies. Due to a strong focus on comparative aspects the department has developed a broad international research network within Europe. In addition, the department has a special obligation to carrying out research relating to the German minority in Southern Jutland.

The IFG has three research priority groups: 1) Business-to-Business Relations & Supply Chain Management, 2) Regional Economics and the Spatial Dimension of Economics, and 3) People and Society in Border Regions. Research results disseminate in English, Danish and German in international peer reviewed journals, monographs, and to the general public in the regional and national printed and digital media.

Business Administration:

International Business-to-Business Relations and Supply Chain Management
The research priority group in Business-to-Business (B2B) Relations and Supply Chain Management (SCM) is still in the first phase of being established and manned. Its aim is to create new knowledge as to the interaction of the businesses. The focus is on relations in the total chain of activities from sub-supplier to the end-customer. The research in Supply Chain Management (SCM) is concentrated on international marketing. In order to create the desirable coverage it is therefore necessary to consolidate the competences in B2B marketing and create new competences within especially SCM and Logistics - important subjects at the Master of Science programme in Sønderborg.

The research in B2B as well as in SCM has natural interfaces with the other business-, regional- and macroeconomic research areas at IFG.

Selection Criteria:

Applications are invited from candidates working in any area of relevance to research priority Business-to-Business Relations & Supply Chain Management, with a documented record in project acquisition and funding, research leadership and university related administration. Further, we invite applicants that may have competence and interest to stimulate and strengthen cross-disciplinary collaboration and projects, such as to combine the research field in the larger department framework.

The successful candidate should demonstrate broad knowledge in the Business Administration field, preferably Marketing or Management, as the position includes the development of the whole research group in terms of research and teaching.
Also, the candidate will be expected to

  • present a research agenda that the candidate would like to develop.
  • secure further development of the research group through internal as well as external measures
  • as a chair of the research group strengthen and develop the research groups international, national and regional cooperation
  • engage in research of international standard
  • contribute to the further development of the priority area,
  • play an active role in acquisition of external research funding,
  • publish in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as engage in other forms and levels of research dissemination,
  • participate in the teaching and administrative work of the Department, supervise, or assist in the supervision of students as required,
  • undertake administrative duties as requested by the Head of Department.

The successful candidate will also be expected to satisfy the following selection criteria:
• A doctorate in an appropriate field.
• Proven research ability as judged by, inter alia,
- the number and quality of refereed publications in journals and monographs;
- experience in research and teaching;
- any research grant awards;
• the ability to make an appropriate contribution to graduate teaching, including PhD supervision as well as to contribute to undergraduate programs
• the ability to contribute to course development and lecturing, including but not restricted to his or her area of specialisation.

The department offers teaching at all levels within Business Administration (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration), in Business Relationship Management (Master of Science) and in European Studies. Fall 2012 a new master in Regional economics and development anchored in the research group will be launched. The department is also responsible for teaching the business economics components to the BSc Negot in Chinese in Sønderborg and is engaged in research and teaching collaboration with the Mads Clausen Department (Technical Faculty, Sønderborg, SDU) and with the neighbouring University of Flensburg, Germany.

App. 500 students from 50 countries worldwide are enrolled at the department. Teaching language is English only.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the head of the department, Director Elisabeth Vestergaard email

Read more:

Department of Border Region Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences

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 and in accordance with the job description for instructors and academic personnel at institutions of higher education.

Applicants should submit their application before the closing date together with 1) a detailed CV, 2) teaching portfolio, 3) publication list indicating which publications are most relevant for the position, 4) the most relevant publications (up to 10 publications to be enclosed), 5) a covering letter indicating clearly how the candidate meets the selection criteria for the post outlined above, 6) academic diplomas, and 7) a list of all enclosures. All enclosures must be numbered, signed and, where necessary, assembled in sets. Application and enclosures must be submitted in 4 copies, included publications in 3 copies.

Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio is to be found at:

Applications will be assessed by a committee. The committee may request additional information, and, if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The applicants will receive the part of the completed assessment concerning their own application. An interview may be part of the assessment.

In order to promote equal opportunities to access academic positions, the University encourages all qualified persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Please send 4 copies of the application, CV, teaching portfolio, publication list and diplomas (publications in 3 copies), marked Position No. 341/523-115794 to: University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Social Sciences, Campusvej 55, DK 5230 Odense M, Denmark. The application must reach the University no later than November 21, 2011 at 12:00 noon.

Location: Sønderborg

Mark application Job ID 341/523-115794 and send it to:

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Syddansk Universitet
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M

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