Assistant Professorship in International Business-to-Business Relations and Supply Chain Management

Job description

At the Department of Border Region Studies (IFG), University of Southern Denmark, Campus Sønderborg, applications are invited for a position as Assistant Professor within the priority area Business-to-Business Relations & Supply Chain Management. The position has a time limit of three years. Expected start is autumn 2011.

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 monographs, in national as well as international peer reviewed journals, and to the general public in the regional and national printed and digital media.

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 welcome from candidates working in any area of relevance to International Business-to-Business Relations and Supply Chain Management, but preference will be given to candidates with competence and interest to stimulate and strengthen collaboration with the other research groups at the department.

The successful candidate will be expected to

  • engage in research of an international standard corresponding to his or her position
  • contribute to the further development of the priority area,
  • play an active role in securing 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, including but not restricted to the candidate’s area of specialisation.
  • 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 monographs and refereed publications;
  • 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 programmes;
  • the ability to contribute to course development, including but not restricted to his or hers 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 will be started. 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 Research Director Svend Hollensen, e-mail or phone +45 6550 1221.

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