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Postdoc position on crowd work and quality of working life

A two-year position as a postdoc on crowd work and the quality of working life is available at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg. The position is available from 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible after that.

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management (IER) is a dynamic and entrepreneurial work environment, where the abilities to form relationships and to work within teams are a historical and fundamental part of the department culture. The department has activities in Kolding, Sønderborg, and Slagelse with approx. 50 employees engaged in research and teaching in entrepreneurship, B2B marketing, supply chain management and business networks, and organization studies.

The postdoc will be affiliated with the Entrepreneurship and Organization research group, which is among the leading research groups in this area in Northern Europe. The research group focuses on four general themes: Nascent entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, SME management and growth, and design and entrepreneurship. Further information about the department and the research group

In addition, the postdoc will be affiliated with the Organizing Social Sustainability research program, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on standards and processes of organized fairness and inclusion within the frame of the sustainability paradigm. Further information about the research program

The position is within an externally funded project related to crowd work and quality of working life. The postdoc will be required to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research and to present the findings in scientific outlets as well as to communicate to a practitioner audience. The research will be done in close collaboration with associate professor Simon Jebsen. The postdoc position is a research position, but some teaching may also be part of the workload.

It is a requirement for the position that the candidate has a Ph.D. degree within business, organization, management or associated fields of research as well as experience with designing and conducting qualitative research. As part of the funded project, the position requires at least 3 workdays a week on campus Sønderborg. Danish language skills and a general understanding of the industrial structure in Denmark are an advantage but not a requirement for the position.

The applicant should possess good interpersonal skills and be willing to engage in and contribute to the everyday academic and social environment at the department.

Further information can be obtained from project leader and Head of Research Program, Simon Jebsen (, Head of Department, Steffen Korsgaard ( or Head of Research Group, Associate Professor, Majbritt R. Evald ( Note that applications cannot be sent to these e-mails; see the section on Application below.

Application, salary, language etc.

If you are a non-Danish speaking applicant, please make sure to enter the English version of the webpage in order to receive information in English when applying.

The assessment will be based on the criteria laid out in this advertisement text, under existing Appointment Order for Universities as well as the department’s Scholarly Qualification Matrix. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the department’s Scholarly Qualification Matrix. Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

The International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of information and services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at SDU.

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication, if the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf
  • Information on teaching experience or other forms of knowledge communication
  • References

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

The primary language at SDU, both in teaching and in administrative processes, is Danish.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) Word format.

Read the guideline for the applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.


Call for Papers: Necessary Condition Analysis. Method and Applications (EURAM Conference 2019: “Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado”, June 26-28, Lisbon, Portugal)

Track 06_13 – Necessary Condition Analysis. Method and Applications
Necessary Condition Analysis is a novel and promising empirical research methodology that
can be applied in all disciplines. NCA understands cause-effect relations in terms of
“necessary but not sufficient”; this means that without the right level of the condition a certain
effect cannot occur. This is independent of other causes, thus the necessary condition can
be a bottleneck, critical factor, constraint, disqualifier, etc. In practice, the right level of
necessary condition must be put and kept in place to avoid guaranteed failure. Other causes
cannot compensate for this factor. By adding a different logic and data analysis approach,
NCA adds both rigor and relevance to theory, data analysis, and publications.

The aim of this track is to bring together researchers who are already applying the method
or interested in using it. NCA is a user-friendly method that requires no advanced
statistical or methodological knowledge beforehand. However, since NCA is a
rather newmethodology, several questions remain. This track will provide the opportunity for
methodology focused discussions and exchange of experience. We will focus on the
foundations of the method, its application in different disciplines, and its advantages in
comparison to other methods (e.g., regression-based methods, QCA). Therewith, the track
will not only help to advance ongoing research projects but also serves as a multidisciplinary
forum to explore the latest research, applications, and developments surrounding the use of

We encourage submissions of advanced research projects (full paper, competitive sessions)
as well as work in progress (extended abstract, paper and idea development sessions).
Papers are welcome from any field as long as they use NCA either as core method or a
complement to other methods.

For more information on NCA please visit the NCA website ( or read NCA’s
core paper (free access): Dul, J. (2016) Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA): Logic and
methodology of “necessary but not sufficient” causality, Organizational Research Methods,
19(1), 10-52.

Sven Hauff, Helmut Schmidt University;
Jan Dul, Rotterdam School of Management;
Florence Allard-Poesi, Université Paris-Est;
Nicole Richter, University of Southern Denmark

SDU Koldning: Social Network Analysis (13.-17.02.2017)

Institution: University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management

Responsible/coordinator: Professor Thomas Schøtt, Dept. of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark.

Lecturer: Prof. Thomas Schøtt.

Location: University of Southern Denmark, campus Kolding, near train station in Kolding, 6th floor Guest Café.

Time: 13-17 February 2017, Monday to Friday, 9:00-18:00 daily.

Teaching language: English.

Application: By 1 December 2016 to: (early registration is recommended, as the course expectedly fills up).

Fee: 5500 DKK.

Purpose and content: Networks can be mapped as relations among actors. An actor may be a person, an organization, a nation, a region or some other entity that can engage in action. For example, we may examine – qualitatively and quantitatively – how networks constrain and enable actors’ thoughts and behaviors. Networks are analyzed in sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, history, geography, communication, and studies of policy, administration and business. Introductions to principles of network analysis can be read via The aim of the course is to empower the participants to analyze networks and to integrate theory and methodology in the analyses of social networks, specifically business networks.

The course will teach the general theoretical and methodological principles and apply them to business networks. The course has two goals. First, the participants will be exposed to, and discuss, a variety of conceptual and theoretical perspectives on the study of business networks, along with methods utilized in these theoretical frameworks. Second, the participants will learn to conduct quantitative analyses of networks. Training will be offered in analyses at the level of the whole system, at the level of subgroups, and at the level of individual actors.

The format combines lectures and discussion with training in analyses. We use SPSS and network analytic software such as UCINET and NETDRAW which each student will have to install. Data on some networks will be made available by the instructor (e.g. some data on interlocking directorates among enterprises in a city), but the participants are also welcome to bring some data on networks (if you have some data on networks, please email prior to the course).


  • Analyzing Social Networks, Stephen Borgatti, Martin Everett (Sage 2013) (read this around the time you register for the course).
  • Doing Social Network Research, Garry Robins (Sage, 2015). (read this around the time you register for the course).
  • UCINET software package, that you buy from (40 $ for students).


  • Introduction to Social Network Methods. Robert Hanneman and Mark Riddle (2005)
  • Social network analysis. John Scott (second edition is preferable)
  • Analysis of social networks. David Knoke et al. (second edition is preferable)
  • Applied network analysis. Ronald Burt et al.
  • Changing organizations: business networks. David Knoke
  • Social capital: theory and research. Nan Lin et al.
  • Achieving success through social capital. Wayne Baker
  • Networking smart. Wayne Baker
  • Networks in the global village. Barry Wellman
  • Social structures: a network approach (second edition). Barry Wellman et al.
  • Social network analysis. Stanley Wasserman et al.
  • Network models of the diffusion of innovations. Thomas Valente
  • Social Networks (journal), see at (click on Publications)
  • Connections (journal), see at (click on Publications)
  • Journal of Social Structure, published at
  • “Network analysis” by Ronald Burt and “Network models” by Thomas Schøtt, in Structure Manual (236 pages) which can be downloaded from


Participants: The course is intended for researchers and PhD students who are studying business networks and who wish to acquire this network analytic tool and the skill to map and analyze networks. The course does not presume any acquaintance with network analysis (although familiarity with quantitative research methods will be useful).


Credits/evaluation: 5 ECTS. Certificates of completion will be issued to those successfully completing all requirements of the course (including full attendance and submission of all required assignments). Requirement: A batch of training exercises and reading in December-January. The many training exercises will be assigned by 1 December 2016, and then solutions must be submitted weekly until meeting in the course. The purpose of the many training exercises is to train a basic understanding of ideas and techniques of network analysis.

Further information: Please contact Thomas Schøtt,

SDU: Theory Building and Conceptual Paper Development in Management and Organization Studies (15.09.-19.09.2015)

Time: Tue, Sep 15 – Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Location: University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark

Lecturers: Sascha Albers (U. Southern Denmark), Jennifer Gibb (U. Waikato)


Good research is based on sound theory. If this claim is true, it is essential for every scholar to understand what theory is, what theory is not, which types of theory there are, how to skillfully apply, extend, build on and connect extant theories and even, how to develop new theory. Every PhD student will attempt to develop theory in at least one of the aforementioned ways. The key purpose of this course is to increase participant understanding on how to identify and read theories and to identify theory building preferences, as well as to apply nonempirical theory building techniques in management.

Registration deadline: June 11, 2015

Further information and registration:

SDU BIB: Getting Published in the Social Sciences

Institution: University Library of Southern Denmark, Odense (Denmark)

Lecturer: Emerald Group Publishing

Date: 4 December, 15.00-17.00

Place: University Library of Southern Denmark, Odense (Denmark), Campusvej 55, meeting room ‘BIB Undervisningslokale’

Language of instruction: English

Registration (preferably before 1 December)

Course Overview:

Emerald will introduce the publishing and peer review process of international academic publishers and go into details of what editors and reviewers look for, when evaluating a manuscript. Emerald will also present journal selection strategies, and more hands-on paper structuring and writing tips.

The seminar will enable authors at University of Southern Denmark to give their papers the best possible chances of getting accepted and published.

The seminar is specifically targeted at young researchers, but everyone is welcome.

Doktorandenweiterbildung: Research Designs for Causal Inference in Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Dominik Papies und Prof. Dr. Oliver Schnittka bieten vom 11. bis 13. August 2014 an der University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg einen Doktorandenkurs zum Thema “Research Designs for Causal Inference in Social Sciences” an.

Der Kurs richtet sich vor allem an Doktoranden, die an experimenteller Forschung interessiert sind. Die Teilnahme wird mit 5 ECTS vergütet. Die Teilnahme an dem Doktorandenkurs ist kostenlos.

Nähere Informationen zur Veranstaltung und Anmeldung erhalten Sie unter diesem Link.


SDU: PhD position in Business Administration/Global Business Economics

The Department of Border Region Studies (IFG) at the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Business & Social Sciences, invites applications for a PhD position in Business Administration/Global Business Economics. The position is vacant from 1. February 2013 or soon after. The position is located in Sønderborg.

Job description

This position is one of six full-time academic positions that form the newly established Danfoss Center of Global Business (DCGB) at the Department of Border Region Studies.
The Center is co-financed by a donation from the Bitten & Mads Clausen Fund and funds from the University of Southern Denmark.

The vision of the DCGB is to build a high profile, high quality research and teaching pole in the field ofglobal business (business administration and marketing). Formal and informal relations to similar international research centers are currently being established. The Center’s research focuses on the growing complexity and interdependence of global business tasks and decisions – involving customers, suppliers, government agencies and other actors in different markets and cultures.

Since the center focuses on global business and marketing issues that are related to international business-to-business markets (in contrast to consumer markets), you are expected to be interested in a thesis topic in this area. More specifically, one or several of the following areas should be of interest to you:

  • New ways to configure value chain activities and new types of international business models in a knowledge-based economy/ novel approaches to B2B marketing.
  • Innovation and customer relations/ innovation drivers in B2B markets.
  • Managing global distribution channels and sales forces in B2B markets.
  • Behavioral/ experimental economics applied to B2B markets.

The department is located in Sønderborg and rooted in the unique history of the Southern Danish border region. It has lively relationships with the business community and the cultural institutions of the region. The department constitutes of an international and interdisciplinary unit with scholars organised around three research groups focusing on (a) regional economics, (b) people & society in border regions and (c) global business relationships (GBR). The DCGB is hosted within the Department of Border Region Studies and is most closely related to the GBR research group. See also this website.

The Department offers teaching at all levels within Business administration, Business Relationship Management, European Studies and Regional Economics. There are approximately 800 students from about 50 countries enrolled at the department. Teaching is conducted in English. The department offers one of the most modern office and research facilities in Denmark. For information about Campus Sønderborg, please click here.

Once the PhD project is initiated, you would be enrolled in the relevant PhD programme at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). As part of the PhD study, an individual education programme within the relevant discipline of the candidate has to be completed. You would be expected to complete a six-month stay at a research institution abroad and/or at a project partner, and over the period of the programme, to acquire experience of teaching or dissemination activities. You would also be expected to participate in the various activities at the department and – apart from your stay abroad – to be regularly present at the department.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Bodo Steiner, phone: +45 6550 1221,, or e-mail

Application, salary, etc.

Your employment as a Salaried PhD Research Fellow is governed by the agreement of October 1, 2008 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on PhD Research Fellows. The scholarship runs for three years.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • A certified copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results
  • Application form (please see below)
  • A project description (max 5 pages)
  • An abstract for the above project description of no more than 250 words
  • List of publications
  • MSc Thesis
  • At least two references

When applying for a PhD scholarship, please fill in the application form available on our web page. On the webpage of the PhD-school, you can find the guidelines for preparing your project proposal within the PhD programme in Business Administration.

Certificates for national exams based on a national grade system should be associated by a document that translates the national grade system into the European Credit Transfer System. For further information please click here.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications will be assessed by a committee. When the evaluation committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee. The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background. As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied. Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format. Read the guideline for applicants. Each field can only contain a single file of max 10 Mb.

Application deadline: 06/12/2013

Further information: