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Digitalisation of Project Management: Qualitative studies of change (4+4 or 5+3), 2019-18

PhD fellowship in the Digitalisation of Project Management: Qualitative studies of change (4+4 or 5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with IT-vest, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Digitalisation of Project Management. Qualitative studies of change provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 February 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3) and of up to four years (4+4). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 February 2020. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The Center for IT Project Management and Innovation and the Department for Digital Design and Information Studies offers a PhD fellowship in the field of project management (PM).

The aim of the position is to research the impact of digitalisation on project management through qualitative methods. Applicants should engage in a project conducting empirical studies on the question how digital tools, processes and methods impact project management (PM). Like many other areas at the moment project management experiences an increasing number of new possibilities based on digital means. This covers a broad range from digital simulation tools to learn project management over different types of project management software (including classical and agile PM tools but also Building Information Modelling tools) up to the use of data analytics to improve for example estimation methods. Currently, there is a growing gap between the growing diffusion of IT on the one hand and the academic research on it on the other. In particular a lack of research on the consequences of digitalisation for and co-constitution of PM in practice. The overall objective of the project is to generate insight into the usage of digital tools, processes and methods and how they change the practices of project managers. The applicants are encouraged to develop and introduce their own project on the digitalisation of PM in the application.

Applicants should be acquainted with qualitative methods and/or ethnographic fieldwork. Knowledge of at least one of the fields of project management, Science-Technology-Studies, critical management studies or a strong qualitative research basis (e.g. ethnography, anthropology, computer-supported cooperative work, or other relevant areas) is required.

The project will be based at the Department for Digital Design and Information Studies, Arts, Aarhus University. The successful applicant will be expected to get involved in the department as well as in the Center for STS Studies. Further, the project is part of the Center for IT Project Management and Innovation, which is a cooperation between the Center for STS Studies and INEIS, Business and Social Science, Aarhus University, in whose activities the applicant is also expected to take part.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Communication and Culture’s research programme:
http://cc.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

4+4 programme
When you apply for a SU PhD scholarship (4+4), you must be able to document relevant qualifications in the academic area of the PhD project in the form of a Bachelor’s degree and one year of Master’s degree studies or equivalent qualifications. A prerequisite for allocation of SU PhD scholarships is that these qualifications are acquired no later than 31 January 2020.

Applicants who have acquired 60 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination and applicants who will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application can apply for a combined SU and PhD scholarship in the 4+4 scheme. Applicants who have already earned 90 ECTS credits at the time of application should apply for the 5+3 PhD fellowship as long as the Master’s degree programme is completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.

The duration of Part A of the PhD degree programme depends on the number of ECTS credits earned at the commencement of study. The duration is estimated based on the information in the application about the number of ECTS credits earned and those to be awarded upon satisfactory completion of current courses.

A condition for being allocated a combined SU and PhD scholarship is that the applicant passes this examination prior to the commencement of studies.

SU PhD scholarships are allocated in accordance with the Ministerial Order regarding state educational support (SU), section II: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=192525  (Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority – only in Danish. Please see this page for further information http://www.su.dk/english/).

In connection with the SU PhD scholarship, a PhD scholar can undertake paid work amounting to 280 hours distributed over part A of the studies. Employment in accordance with protocol regarding PhD scholars; agreement regarding payment of PhD students for work carried out in connection with the PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

SU PhD-points and hourly pay: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/#SU

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 January 2020.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism:  http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Claus Bossen, School of Communication and Culture, clausbossen@cc.au.dk, Phone + 45 87 16 19 83.

The application can be written in both Danish and English.    

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/

 

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2019 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2019-18

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.