PhD Research Scholar Positions

Company:NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Location:Norway / Bergen

Discipline:Strategy and Management

Employment Type:Temporary position (4 years)


PhD Research Scholar positions - Department of Strategy and Management

About NHH

The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) is one of the leading business schools in Europe. NHH has an internationally recognised research environment and is the first choice for students who want to study business administration in Norway.

In close cooperation with the business community and society, we are developing new knowledge and creating values for a sustainable future. NHH has an international profile and cooperates with 170 universities and business schools in more than 50 countries. We have 3,400 students and 400 employees.

The PhD specialisation

NHH is pleased to announce vacancies in the Department of Strategy and Management. Candidates admitted to the PhD programme will receive the title of PhD Research Scholar. The department welcomes applications specialising in several fields of research.

Start date: August 2019

Service innovation research
Building on Center for Service Innovation, NHH is internationally recognized for service innovation research. We are inviting ambitious PhD applicants who would like to do technology-driven service innovation research at the cross point of business and academia. While all innovation research questions/projects are welcomed, we are biased toward empirical research.

We are interested in understanding the origins of performance differences between firms and industries, and the implications of this for decision-makers. Within this wider research agenda, we put particular emphasis on strategic human capital and entrepreneurship.

Managing in the political ecosystem
The role of public managers is to create public value for the citizens. To do this, managers need to manage the political ecosystem. Our interest is on how we define, operationalize and produce public value in the political ecosystem and how leaders in the public sector manage the external stakeholders to maximise public value.

Digitalization and digital transformation
We are looking for a PhD Candidate in the area of emerging digital phenomena and technologies, such as digital ecosystems and platforms, and the growth of lightweight IT; e.g. artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and robotic process automation. Research questions include, what are the drivers, the consequences and implications, and the requirements for effective digitalization or digital transformation.

Consumer behavior
We are interested in a PhD Candidate in the area of marketing and consumer behavior in general, and measuring marketing performance in particular. How could new platforms like Google Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data be a significant contribution to marketing insight and marketing performance?
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Human resource management in the Scandinavian context
We are interested in how changes in the labour market may influence the way organizations recruit, develop, and train their employees. The project takes a cross-national perspective with a particular focus on the institutional setting of Scandinavian countries.

Business ethics and the good life
The new field “Happiness Research” is drawing heavily upon positive psychology and Aristotelian virtue ethics. An interesting contribution would be to corroborate on how excellent leaders may apply elements of virtue ethics in their relationship to important stakeholders.

Sustainable consumer behaviour
We are looking for a PhD Candidate in the area of sustainable consumer behavior. Relevant research questions include: What are the barriers for adopting sustainable consumption practices, and how can we develop and design innovative products and services to increase sustainable practices?

Strategic alliances and networks
We are looking for a PhD Candidate in the area of strategic alliances and networks. Relevant research problems can include: a) efficient contracting strategies for innovative inter-firm projects, b) how can public agencies innovate through partnerships with private suppliers (public-private partnerships), and c) inter-firm cooperation on green or sustainable innovations.

For more information, please visit the Department of Strategy and Management.

The PhD Programme

The PhD Programme at NHH is a 4-year fully funded programme, which combines an intensive course component with research and relevant work experience, preparing the school’s graduates for competitive careers towards national and international academic institutions and industry. Our PhD graduates have been hired by renowned institutions such as University of Oxford, HEC Paris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, RMIT Melbourne, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Norwegian Competition Authority, as well as in the banking and technology industry.

The PhD candidates will be included in a highly stimulating and rewarding research environment, working closely with faculty members and other PhD research scholars at the department. The candidates receive feedback on their work through regular interaction with their supervisor and other faculty members during seminars. PhD research scholars are expected to participate actively in faculty and research seminars, as well as in workshops. The place of work will be at NHH in Bergen where the candidates will receive their own office space in their department.

The scholarship include 25 % teaching and/or research assistance responsibilities. The programme gives preference to applicants who submit relevant research proposals that fit best the research interests of the department’s research interests. Available resources for supervision will be emphasized and considered. As the school aspires gender balance and diversity, female applicants will be given preference if applicants are otherwise equally qualified.

The annual salary for the PhD Research Scholar position is set according to the Norwegian State Salary, which currently is NOK 449 000 (equivalent to approximately EUR 46 200 or USD 52 600). The salary ensures a fair standard of living in Norway and is subject to Norwegian taxes and benefits, including public health care benefits and pension savings.

The city of Bergen offers a mild coastal climate and hosts rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities, as well as a family-friendly environment. To explore the city, go to

Application requirements

General requirements:

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the PhD Programme.

You are required to upload electronically the following documentation with your application:

  • Certificate of a Master of science degree or equivalent including transcripts of grades
  • Certificate of a Bachelor degree or equivalent including transcripts of grades
  • Other relevant certificates or transcripts (e.g. courses completed at the PhD level)
  • If the issuing authority of grades and degrees does not use the ECTS grading scale, please include an official description of the applied grading scale system.
  • Statement of purpose describing your motivation for applying this position (250-300 words)
  • Tentative research proposal (2000-4000 words) describing the aims, objectives, research questions, and elaborating on your motivation for pursuing the proposed area of research. Please note that your research project is tentative and often needs adjustments after acceptance into the programme.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A list of all publications and /or other documented research activities
  • Contact details of two referees

Please upload the documents in separate files, not combined in one single file.

Specific requirements:

The Department of Strategy and Management does not require GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS tests to apply, but this will strengthen the application.

  • If you use GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS test scores to document your skills, you should ask the test centres to send your test scores electronically to NHH before the application deadline. If you have completed tests, upload a scanned copy of your unofficial test results.
  • Please consult the NHH PHD website for detailed information on how to submit test scores.

Letter of recommendation:

A letter of recommendation may also strengthen your application, but is not mandatory. The referees should send their letters of recommendation to by latest 15 January 2019.

General information

For more information on the PhD Programme and the submission procedure, please consult the NHH PHD website. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note that applicants for the PhD research scholar position do not need to apply separately for admission to the PhD programme.

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, note that the list of applicants may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his/her name entered on the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

For questions and inquiries, please contact

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Application deadline: 15 January 2019

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