PhD Position in Management, Sociology – DTU, Denmark

    PhD Position in Management, Sociology - DTU, Denmark

    PhD scholarship in Managing Virtual Team Collaboration on Enterprise Social Platforms is available at DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

    Deadline to Apply

    May 31, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Management
    Scholarship “According to standard norms”
    WorkplaceDTU Management,
    Technical University of Denmark,
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateSept 2021 or ASAP


    A two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.


    The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Christine Ipsen and Associate Professor Kathrin Kirchner.


    As a PhD student, you will: 

    • Be responsible for conducting your own research project
    • Have the opportunity to teach and supervise engineering students at both DTU and Technion
    • Contribute to new knowledge about virtual team collaboration
    • Strive to publish your work worldwide in recognised journals
    • Work in close collaboration with researchers from the Innovation division and Technion
    • Present your work at international conferences and seminars
    • Discuss exciting research with IPM colleagues at weekly research meetings

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

    Documents Required

    Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

    About the project/department

    The PhD project answers to scholarly calls of further research into virtual team work support with technologies, by looking especially on enterprise social platforms. By combining qualitative and quantitative research, the PhD project should address questions such as: 

    • How virtual collaboration in (temporary) distance work can be supported, for example, in knowledge work?
    • How technology can help to build trust and belongingness (social capital) in virtual teams and between virtual teams?
    • How can digital social platforms help to support building a sense of shared goals and expectations?

    The outcome of the PhD project will be a new research model that relates platform affordances with in-team and in-between-team capabilities (e.g. belongingness, trust, knowledge sharing) that are strengthened by digital social platforms.

    The position is part of a joint alliance research project between Technion (Israel) and DTU. The PhD student will be part of the division of Innovation at DTU Management. The position is affiliated to the Implementation and Performance Management (IPM) section that aims to advance knowledge on the implementation of new technology and work processes, integrating organizational performance and employee well-being.

    During the pandemic, many people, especially knowledge workers, experienced working from home and new ways of virtual collaboration with their colleagues with all the advantages and disadvantages. Many companies consider establishing a hybrid working culture in the future, which requires that employees work virtually in teams, and different teams work together (e.g. in the form of virtual communities of practice). The PhD project conducted at DTU will investigate how virtual collaboration, especially within and between teams can be supported on digital social platforms and which affordances are needed for an optimal support of teams and communities of practice in order to form a group identity.


    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
    • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
    • This PhD project will be supervised by Associate Professor Christine Ipsen and Associate Professor Kathrin Kirchner with Assistant Professor Dina Tsybulski from Technion as co-supervisor. The project includes recurrent visits to, and an extended research exchange stay at Technion, Israel.


    Associate Professor Kathrin Kirchner,
    Tel. +45 4525 6032, or
    Associate Professor Christine Ipsen,
    Tel. +45 4525 6014.

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    PhD scholarship in Managing Virtual Team Collaboration on Enterprise Social Platforms

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