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Rooting agility: Origins, conceptualisations and practices in and beyond project management (4+4 or 5+3), 2022-7

PhD scholarship/fellowship in the field of Rooting agility: Origins, conceptualisations and practices in and beyond project management (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 scholarship/fellowship in Rooting agility: Origins, conceptualisations and practices in and beyond project management provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD scholarship/fellowship is available as of 1 February 2023 for a period of up to three years (5+3) and of up to four years (4+4). The candidate who is awarded the scholarship/fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 February 2023. 

The PhD scholarship/fellowship is advertised within the field of Rooting agility: Origins, conceptualisations and practices in and beyond project management.

The Center for STS studies and the Center for IT Project Management and Innovation offers a PhD scholarship/fellowship in the field of project management (PM) and science-technology studies (STS).

The aim of the position is to research the evolution of the concept of agility. Originating mainly as a project management methodology, in particular in IT development projects, the concept has experienced a strong push in recent years into other areas beyond business, like for example politics. During this process the concept and particular its use and related practices have experienced a significant broadening. Addressing this, the project firstly aims at identifying and analysing the different roots of the agile concept and its methods/practices and tools, which existed even before its emergence in IT development during the 1990s. Secondly, the subsequent development of the key concept as well as their practices and tools should be explored, e.g. through qualitative studies of agility in practice. In particular, it is of interest how the different methodologies became of importance in project management and how they related to each other. This might also include its interrelations and interdependencies with other trends such as f. e. digitalization. Finally, it should be analysed how the concept emerged from the IT domain again and entered other areas of application in business as well as in society. The overall aim is to generate insights into the conceptualisation of agility, the practices of it including methodologies and tools as well how it relates to other contemporary developments.

Applicants should have knowledge of at least one of the fields of project management, history of science/technology, Science-Technology-Studies, anthropology or design. This also requires a good acquaintance to qualitative methods such as interviews, document analysis or similar from fields like for example historical research, action research or ethnographic fieldwork.

Enrolment and place of work
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 scholar/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 2023.

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 2023.

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 scholarship/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 Timo Leimbach, School of Communication and Culture, timo.leimbach@cc.au.dk, Phone + 45 87 16 28 37.

The application must be submitted in 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 scholarship/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 2022 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CEST).
Reference number: 2022-7

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