10. september 2015

Phd Scholarship - Buddhism, Business and Believers

Corporate Buddhism – Secularized Buddhist practices and value creation in the corporate world

The global spread of mindfulness, a contemporary and more palatable offshoot of Buddhism, not only among a general public but also among corporations, attests to the conceived benefits that Buddhism mediates within various spheres – both public and private. Holistic approaches such as ‘company karma’ (Hildebrandt & Stadil 2007) are being advocated in the work place directed at both consumers and employees, while also mediating the idea that Buddhist-related services benefit business through a more ethical and profitable way. Acknowledging that the question of value has transgressed previous boundaries by integrating consumption with the personal self within both work and private life (Lazzarato 2004; Thrift 2007; Reisinger 2013), the study will ask into how corporations utilize spiritual methods and images in their multi-stakeholder management: How are businesses integrating aspects of Buddhism into their corporate practices? And in doing so, in which ways does Buddhism mediate value within corporate practices which aim to optimize the value and effectiveness of goods and services?

We are looking for a candidate who is able to design and undertake a research project which addresses the above research statement. The candidate should submit a detailed project proposal in which she/he includes: (1) project description (2) the intended theoretical framework and analytical concepts, (3) the questions asked and the methods applied in order to answer these questions, (4) the site/sites for the study, (5) the selection and access to data, (6) ethical considerations, (7) work plan for the project, including milestones for the three-year period, (8) expected results and plan for dissemination of results, (9) the candidate’s qualifications for undertaking the study.

Maximum length of the project proposal is 12,000 characters (excluding bibliography). Guidelines on how to write a PhD project proposal intended for the University of Copenhagen can be found here.

 Buddhism, Business and Believers

The PhD project will be part of the international collaborative research project Buddhism, Business and Believers, which is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities over four years, from February 2016 to February 2020. The objective of this collaborative research project is to inquire into contemporary relations between business and Buddhism through bridging language-based area studies, religious studies, anthropology and economics. With a particular focus on value creation, the aim is to gain novel insights into the manner that Buddhism becomes an agent mediating distinctions between virtue and value, spirituality and materiality, gifts and commodities – and therefore also subscribes meaning to objects, actions and human relations.

 The PhD scholar will furthermore be part of a research team working from the interdisciplinary research environment at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. As part of a team of researchers coming from language-based area studies, religious studies, and anthropology, the candidate must be willing and able to participate in regular research- and outreach activities where we engage in cross-disciplinary discussion concerning themes of shared concern. The candidate should be aware that there is a mandatory three-year plan for the PhD which also includes 30 ECTS of PhD Programme courses and one semester of teaching obligations.

Questions regarding application procedures or rules can be directed to the PhD school.

Questions regarding Buddhism, Business and Believers and the PhD research project within this overall collaborative research project can be directed to the project manager Associate Professor Trine Brox trinebrox@hum.ku.dk.

Application deadline: Tuesday November 24, 2015 at 23.59 (CET).

Application procedure:

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent. Applicants shall have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university that declares that you have been awarded the master degree.

Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system (you may find the link in the above call for applications).

The following enclosures to the application must be submitted:

  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma and transcript of records
  • Bachelor degree diploma and transcript of records
  • If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
  • Documentation of English proficiency. (You may find more information below.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Project proposal (must not exceed 12,000 characters. For further information see below)

Do not upload ZIP files and do not submit any publications, recommendations or your Master thesis.

The Faculty will dismiss applications, which do not adhere to the formal requirements.

Diploma and transcript of records: The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts may be made by or approved by either:

  • a state-authorized translator and interpreter
  • the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made
  • a Danish consulate/embassy

The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. For more information, click here.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Read more at the website of The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation.

Project proposal requirements: Please note that the research proposal must not exceed 12,000 characters in Microsoft Word (including spacing, punctuation, footnotes and references, title, study plan, figures etc., but excluding bibliography). Please specify the amount of characters used at the top (left/right) of your research proposal. Guidelines on how to make a research proposal and information about required enclosures are available here.

Documentation of proficiency in English: You need to document proficiency in English. For information about the specific language requirements and applicants who are exempt from these requirements, please read more on the PhD website. Applicants who have not submitted documentation of English proficiency (and who are not subject to the exemptions listed on our website) will be dismissed. Read more about language requirements here.

Further information: Employment as a PhD scholar occurs pursuant to the applicable rules of the Faculty of Humanities, as well as between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Under this agreement, the PhD student is obliged - without further remuneration - to carry out allotted work to an extent corresponding to a total of 840 working hours in the course of a three-year contract.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.

For further information on employment terms please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) as well the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (in Danish). Read more here.

Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar: For more information about the PhD School, click here.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Application deadline: Tuesday November 24, 2015 at 23.59 (CET). No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized. For further information read here.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

For any further questions, please contact the PhD administration by e-mail phdadmission@hum.ku.dk. If you have specific questions concerning your submitted PhD application please use the following e-mail address: jobvacancy@pxs.hum.ku.dk.