Malmö Universitet

Professor in Organisation Studies

2024-01-07 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Malmö University is an innovative, urban, and internationally-oriented academic institution that, thanks to its committed and experienced staff, contributes to societal development. Here, teachers, researchers, and other employees with various competencies work together to conduct high-quality education and research. All professional categories and roles are important. You are welcome to apply for a job with us!

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We are looking for 

A Professor in organisation studies at the Faculty of Culture and Society, who can take a leading role in further developing research and education within the interdisciplinary field of organisation studies at Malmö University as an environment based at the Department of Urban Studies that work across institutional and faculty boundaries.

Work duties 

With this professorship we aim to strengthen research and research-based education in the interdisciplinary field of organisation studies. As a professor you will be expected to provide academic leadership in the development of research within organisation studies. Particularly, you are expected to develop new research projects with internal and external partners; actively apply for external research funding, including PhD and post doc positions; take part in the daily activities of the department and contribute to research seminars and workshops. You are also expected to take a leading role in the strategic development of our BA, MA and PhD educations and contribute to sustaining their quality and research-based content.

As a professor at Malmö University, you will participate in furthering university-wide and departmental research, education and collaboration, and contribute to the development of knowledge and research, both independently and together with other researchers. This is in line with the University’s official strategy, which highlights the importance of contributing “to a sustainable and more equal society through research-based knowledge, critical reflection and a readiness to act” the strategy can be found here.

Teaching duties involve planning, lecturing, thesis supervision, examination, seminars, workshops and practical exercises. Responsibilities also include administrative tasks within the department, as well as participation in departmental activities and pedagogical development work.

It is important that the professor is capable of working according to Malmö University’s ambition of working from the spirit of critical thinking, global engagement, sustainability, and inclusion. It is furthermore important that the professor can work in inter- and multidisciplinary research and teaching environments. Organisation Studies at Malmö university is inter- and multidisciplinary in connecting business, political science, humanities, and social science domains. Organisation Studies at Malmö University takes as its starting point how organisations work with regards to societal challenges. Organisation Studies therefore focuses on the public and private sectors as well as NGOs from the spirit of critical thinking, global engagement, sustainability, and inclusion.

The holder of the position is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.


A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise shall be qualified for employment as a professor. 

A teacher at Malmö University is expected to have university teacher training corresponding to at least 15 credits, or corresponding formal university teacher training, which is determined through validation. New staff members lacking this training must, within the scope of their appointment, commence such training within one year of assuming their position. A professor must have undergone university teacher training as well as a formalised teacher training, including supervision of doctoral students in accordance with the university's recommendations. 

In addition to formal competence, University employees must possess the personal capacities necessary to perform the duties of the position well and to represent the University in the best possible way. 

Specific requirements for this position: 

  • A doctoral degree relevant to the field of organisation studies. A relevant degree could be obtained from disciplines such as business administration, psychology, political science and sociology.
  • Documented research and educational experience, including supervision, relevant to the field of organisation studies as it is practiced at Malmö University. Relevant topics include leadership and management, work and work environment studies, sustainability in organizations, gender and diversity in organizations, entrepreneurship and small businesses, and the interplay between private and public organizations and NGOs.
  • A solid track record in research leadership as well as in attracting research funding and participating in international research cooperation
  • Documented proficiency in English

The following would be of benefit for the position: 

  • Documented experience of inter/multi/transdisciplinary work in research and education
  • Original and relevant academic production at international level, including significant contributions to theoretical, methodological, and/or thematic developments within the field of organisation studies
  • Skills related to mentoring, a dedication to fostering research talent, and/or expertise in teaching PhD courses
  • Documented experience of building and sustaining collaborations with wider society

Assessment criteria 

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of research or artistic expertise (Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance). 

A professor must be well established within their scientific field and internationally recognised, taking into account the nature and tradition of the subject specialisation. The level of expertise shall significantly exceed the requirements for an appointment as associate professor.  

A professor must demonstrate: 

  • Documented competence in their field
  • Documented ability to lead and develop academic environments, as well as management experience
  • Documented ability to communicate and collaborate with actors in other parts of society with a clear connection to education and research

Teaching expertise relates to: 

  • Documented ability to - and with a high degree of quality - plan, develop, carry out and lead education using various teaching methods at the first-, second- and third-cycle level
  • Documented experience in pedagogical development work and a reflective presentation of their own pedagogical outlook and practices
  • Documented ability to link research and education at the first-, second- and third-cycle level with regards to both content and teaching
  • Documented extensive experience in third-cycle education. This may include proven experience within planning, admission, work with study plans and course development, examination, supervision leading up to public defence, and experience as a principal supervisor

Scientific proficiency relates to: 

  • Research within fields relevant to the appointment in question
  • Documented ability to initiate, plan, develop, carry out and lead research of a high quality and with international impact
  • Documented ability to communicate research within and beyond the scientific community
  • Documented ability to engage in international research collaborations
  • Documented ability to attract external research funding in competition with consideration given to the nature and tradition of the discipline
  • Documented anchoring within the scientific community

Faculty, Department and Research environment 


The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes three departments: the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies, and the Department of Urban Studies. The Faculty offers doctoral studies in the following subjects: Global Politics, Interaction Design, International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), Media and Communication Studies and Urban Studies. The Faculty hosts two of the university’s five research centres. Read more about the Faculty of Culture and Society here.


The department of Urban Studies is characterised by three core features: dynamic interdisciplinary research; a professional organisation; and a highly qualified faculty. The Department comprises around 95 teachers and researchers, as well as 2000 students. We have a strong emphasis on theory-driven empirical research and teaching informed by the social sciences. Our research centres around the fields Urban Studies and Organisation Studies. Across these fields, we unite around cultural, economic, material, social and discursive processes of change. We collaborate with well-established networks within the public sector, the corporate sector and civil society. The department offers a doctoral programme and master’s programmes in Urban Studies, and a doctoral programme in Organisation Studies is initiated in 2024. The department further offers bachelor’s programmes encompassing organisation studies, built environment, environmental studies, transport and logistics, and real estate science, as well as both master’s and bachelor’s level studies in organisation and leadership. Read more about the Department of Urban Studies here.

Organisation Studies at Malmö University covers a range of different topics from leadership and management and its consequences, work and work environment, sustainability in organisations, gender and intersectionality in organisations, entrepreneurship and small businesses, and the interplay between private and public organisations and NGOs. Organisation Studies at MaU encourages the interaction between theorizing and empirical-based research. The subject has a broad ontological and epistemological base and comprises therefore also a wide spectrum of methodological perspectives and research methods.

Strong benefits for the Department of Urban Studies are that we exist in a city and a region where key social and environmental processes and challenges are clearly visible and that we collaborate with public actors – not least the City of Malmö – that have taken leadership in promoting a sustainable development, in both environmental, social, and economic terms. Furthermore, Malmö is an ethnically and culturally diverse city, aware of the challenges this poses and working to form measures for strengthening integration, with a sensitivity to environmental and economic challenges and the significance of the built environment.

Further information 

Kerstin Sandell, Head of the Department of Urban Studies,

For information about the research environment in organisation studies contact professor Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen

For general employment and procedural questions, contact Elin Tegnestedt, Human Resources,

In our recruitment work, Malmö University has taken a stand regarding recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement. 

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You apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the job advertisement, and that it is submitted to the University no later than 2024-01-07. The application must be written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages. As an applicant, you are responsible for the application and its appendices being translated. 

According to Malmö University’s qualifications portfolio, the application must include: 

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of pedagogical expertise incl. the pedagogical work to be considered (maximum ten). The pedagogical works are uploaded on selection question 6.
  • Documentation of scientific expertise incl. the primary scientific work to be considered (maximum ten). The scientific works are uploaded on selection question 7.
  • Documentation of expertise in engagement with wider society
  • Documentation of leadership and administrative expertise

The application must also include: 

  • Copies of degree certificates and other relevant certificates
  • A brief account of research, teaching and other activities relevant to the position to which the application pertains, including a description of how the applicant envisions their future research and teaching

The rules for appointment of teaching staff at Malmö University are regulated in the Appointment Rules at Malmö University. 

Merits and qualifications must be documented according to Qualifications portfolio for lecturers/researchers at Malmö University.

Application documents 

We accept application documents digitally. Physical documents are accepted only in exceptional cases. Contact if you have books and any other documents that cannot be sent electronically. 


This is a permanent full-time position.

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities. 

Malmö University applies individual salary setting. 

According to the working time agreement, professors have at least 30 percent time for their own research within the employment. The content of the duties as well as the distribution between research, teaching and administration may change over time. 

Start date 

 1 September 2024 or by earliest convenience and agreement.

Union representatives 

SACO-s Rebecka Johansson,

OFR, Martin Reissner,

We are looking forward to receiving your application! 

You apply no later than 07/01/2024 by clicking the apply button.

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Professor in Organisation Studies
Matrosgatan 1 Malmö, Sverige
Sista ansökningsdag
2024-01-07 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-01-07 23:59 (CET)
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