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Head of the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School


Frederiksberg, Storkøbenhavn


This position is being re-advertised.

Lead a thriving, longstanding, and internationally well-reputed academic environment within organization studies. The Copenhagen Business School is looking for a committed and collaborative academic leader as Head of Department.

Founded in 1953, the Department of Organization (IOA) is one of the oldest departments at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Throughout the years, IOA has managed to remain a stronghold of organizational research and education and the department has a strong reputation, identity and a distinct culture both within CBS and in the international research and business school environments on organization studies and related areas. Today IOAs primary research and educational areas comprise organization studies, organization theory, public management and governance, political economy, economic sociology, and science and technology studies.

The department comprises 55 faculty, 35 PhD students, 11 administrative staff and more than 120 external lecturers. It is a thriving international work environment with 30 pct. international staff, and the departments working languages are Danish and English.

We are looking for an academic leader with leadership experience and/or strong leadership potential as well as solid scholarly knowledge within the departments research and educational activities. You must be curious, ambitious, collaborative and open in your leadership style. You are able to set a strategic direction for the department, based on the department's strong position in research and education, and interdisciplinary identity, as well as aligning the departments strategy with CBSs overall strategic ambitions.

We expect you to develop and promote one of the strongest and most diverse and distinct organizational studies environments in the university sector while at the same time contributing to creating a robust and inclusive work environment at all levels of the department. In this you will be able to, and expected to, draw on the competencies of a management team currently comprising a Vice-Head of Department and a Head of Administration.

As Head of Department, you will participate not only in the strategic leadership of IOA but also in the strategic leadership of CBS. The Heads of Department at CBS are part of the management group reporting to the Deputy President and participate in the general management of CBS via regular meetings with Senior Management on strategy development and central institutional policies. Consequently, you will be expected not only to bridge the overall CBS strategy and the department strategy, but also to contribute to the development of CBS strategy and collaborate with other departments at CBS, as well as external partners.

The CBS strategy can be found here, and the IOA strategy can be found here.

The position

As Head of Department at IOA your management, academic and administrative responsibilities include, among other duties:

  • Facilitating the production of research, and delivery of education and dissemination of the highest quality within the areas of organization studies, organization theory, public management and governance, political economy, economic sociology, and science and technology studies.

  • Ensuring the recruitment of a highly qualified body of researchers, lecturers, and administrators through focused recruitment and talent development.

  • People management and administration personnel management of faculty, including Annual Staff Performance Conversation (MUS), HR matters, and salary negotiations.

  • Actively enabling a motivating, inclusive work environment and ensuring diversity among staff.

  • Developing and implementing the IOA strategy as a part of the overall CBS strategy.

  • Maintaining a well-run department, including financial performance, administration, and collaboration with other units at CBS.

  • Maintaining and strengthening the conditions for a strong external funding base to support research activities.

  • Contributing to IOAs and CBS national and international recognition and value-creation for society.

  • Contributing to a collaborative and collegial environment among the 11 Heads of Department and Senior Management at CBS.

  • Participating in CBS-wide strategic planning and development, in close collaboration with the CBS Deputy-President.


Your experience and qualifications

Although the perfect candidate may not exist, a decisive factor for CBS is that you have leadership ambitions and are willing to commit to academic leadership and personal development for an extended period of time.

You must have specific experience with:

  • Research and education within the area of organization studies, comprising the sub-areas of, among others, organization theory, organization and management studies and political economy. The capacity to engage across these scholarly fields is an advantage.

  • Management/leadership in a research and educational institution, allowing you to lead a large and diverse department.

  • Navigating and shaping a complex organization, where you have been guided by your personal integrity and have developed an ability to handle ambiguity as a core competence.


Emphasis will also be put on whether you can and will:

  • Exercise a leadership style where listening to the many voices of the department is important to you, allowing development to take place continuously in dialogue with the department faculty.

  • Be able to engage within the organization and between the different fields of study of the department, even though you are not a scholarly expert in all fields.

  • Inspire and motivate staff, colleagues and partners, promoting teamwork, collaboration and shared engagement within the department.

  • Demonstrate decisiveness and drive in the implementation of departmental and institutional strategies.

  • Reflect on and adjust your own management approach since we must be able to continually develop and evolve jointly as an organization and as individuals.

  • Be courageous and curious, two competences we wish to promote in the CBS strategy.

  • Engage, support and provide constructive contributions in deliberations with the rest of the management groups of CBS (Heads of Departments and Senior Management).


Finally, mandatory requirements are that you:

  • Have an academic background as an internationally recognized researcher at least at the associate professor level within areas relating to the research and educational activities at IOA.

  • Oral and written fluency in English and a willingness to learn Danish, if you are not already a Danish speaker.


Recruitment process

Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position as Head of the Department of Organization.

An appointment committee chaired by the Deputy President will review and interview a selection of qualified candidates.

One of CBS strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to facilitate a recruitment process that aids in reducing potential bias during recruitment.

We therefore encourage applicants not to include photos or more personal information than absolutely necessary in their application.

To minimize bias in the selection process applicants invited for first round interviews will not undergo one interview with the entire appointment committee (ie. a traditional group interview) but will be interviewed by each individual committee member via short online interviews.

Job interviews are expected to take place 7 October 2021 (round 1) and 15 October 2021 (round 2).

Tests will be administered between rounds 1 and 2.

Terms of employment

The position as Head of Department is a term-limited tenure depending on prior experience. Salary, duration, and terms of appointment are open for negotiation.

The position is filled in accordance with the Danish collective agreement for academics, as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), and in accordance with the Danish University Act and CBS' bylaws.

Application and contact information

Application deadline: 15 September 2021. CBS wishes to fill the position as soon as possible.

Please upload your application via the electronic recruitment system, by following the link below. Please include a CV and any relevant documentation of research and educational related qualifications as well as experience and results pertaining to academic leadership.

For more information, please contact:

  • Regarding process and leadership expectations: Inger Askehave, Deputy President, at email:

  • Regarding the department: Lise Justesen, Vice Head of Department, at e-mail:


Additional information: CBS Human Resources Policy and CBS Leadership Codex.

Closing date: 15 September 2021.

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