Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Leadership and Business Ethics

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The Department of Business Humanities and Law at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant tenure track Assistant Professorship in Leadership and Business Ethics. The starting date is expected to be before May 2024, or as agreed upon during consultation.

The position is intended to build capacity in leadership and business ethics and integrate these core research and teaching areas. The candidate is expected to take a business humanities perspective on leadership and ethical concerns in contemporary organizations, i.e., exploring links between the humanities and social sciences to advance this research area.

For more information about the position, please contact Sverre Spoelstra (

The advertised job as Assistant Professor (tenure track) is a non-tenured position of max. 6 years leading to a tenured position as Associate Professor if the requirements are met. Assessment for tenure is based on a holistic evaluation of the candidate’s profile and track record, in line with the CBS-wide and departmental REEAD model. Key elements include publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed outlets (AJG 3/4/4*, FT 50, and books with renowned publishing houses), applications for external funding and success in this area, satisfactory teaching evaluations, and participation in the assistant professor pedagogical program at CBS. It is important to us and in line with CBS values that TT assistant professors engage in academic citizenship, including being physically present, engaging with their colleagues, and participating in the department’s activities on a regular basis. Finally, candidates should be able demonstrate impact of their research on practice and engage in dissemination towards academic and non-academic audiences. The detailed tenure requirements and process information are available upon request. The detailed tenure requirements and process information are available upon request.

Research Environment The Department of Business Humanities and Law is dedicated to an integrated approach to the contemporary challenges facing business and society drawing on the humanities, interdisciplinary social sciences, and law. It emphasizes problem-oriented research to understand those challenges and to build the lifelong capabilities necessary to address them. Faculty within the Department of Business Humanities and Law have diverse research backgrounds and research foci including but not limited to leadership, entrepreneurship, ethics, strategy, law, politics, economics, sociology, philosophy, history, anthropology, diversity, equity and inclusion, culture and leisure management. What unites faculty is an overriding concern for the organization of the human within its multiple environments and, by implication, a research interest in the interdisciplinary “conversation” between humanities and social sciences.

Within the Department of Business Humanities and Law, the position will be located in the Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership Unit, an interdisciplinary research environment connecting leadership to business ethics and entrepreneurship. The candidate will also be invited to join the research group Leadership and Contemporary Challenges, which explores leadership in relation to the major challenges that organizations and society face in the twenty-first century, including the role of ethics in a changing global environment. The group asks how these grand challenges influence the practice and construction of contemporary leadership. By adopting a relational and processual understanding of leadership, it examines how societal challenges put different demands on leadership, and how these challenges demand us to reconsider inherited understandings of the relation between leadership and action.

Across CBS, the Department of Business Humanities and Law participates in numerous interdisciplinary activities, including the CBS Leadership Centre. Combining business economics with a deep understanding of societal challenges, the CBS Leadership Centre equips present and future leaders to set direction and create responsible results. It provides a meeting place for leaders and leadership development in Denmark and beyond and fosters inspiring interaction between researchers and leadership practitioners in organizations of all kinds. Given the interdisciplinary outlook of the Department of Business Humanities and Law and the department’s engagement with other research environments, the candidate should demonstrate a capacity to bridge across disciplines and research groups. Group overview available at:

Qualifications The ideal candidate will have completed a PhD in an area related to leadership and business ethics broadly construed. The candidate will be committed to an academic career, have the capabilities to conduct internationally recognized research and be able to communicate findings clearly. The candidate will show an interest in connecting humanities and social sciences. We especially welcome applications from candidates whose work is interdisciplinary and who are interested in combining discussions of leadership and business ethics with investigations of practical applications, using qualitative and/or quantitative methods.

The assessment of the candidate will be based primarily on the following qualifications:

  • Excellent academic track record and/or a promising pipeline, and an ability to clearly articulate a research agenda in Business Humanities and Law,
  • Enthusiasm for empirical and theoretical interdisciplinary research,
  • Ability to work autonomously, and as part of a team,
  • Ability to teach, develop and coordinate courses, and conduct exams at educational programs at Copenhagen Business School
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (both oral and written); proficiency in English is required, knowledge of a further Nordic language/willing to learn Danish a plus,
  • Ability to engage with others in a way that reflects our collective commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.

Application procedure All applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below. The application must include:

  • Cover letter describing the motivations to apply and fit with the research and teaching environment at CBS and BHL.
  • A full CV and proof of qualifications.
  • Any relevant information indicating experience in research management, industry cooperation and international collaborations.
  • 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.  A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize their publications or working papers in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications and work in progress (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review.
  • Documentation of pedagogical qualifications or related material.

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

Recruitment procedure The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible 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.An appointment committee will invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview. Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Appointment Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at Information about the department may be found at

For further information, please contact: Professor Mitchell Dean, Head of Department, or Associate Professor in Leadership Sverre Spoelstra (

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. 

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.

Closing date: November 1, 2023.