PhD Student in Business Administration, Strategic Management

Company:Lund University, Dept of Business Administration

Location:Sweden / Lund

Discipline:Business Administration, Strategic Management

Employment Type:Temporary position longer than 6 months


PhD Student in Business Administration, Strategic Management

Lund University, Department of Business Administration

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

Work tasks

The Department of Business Administration is looking for a PhD student in strategic management with a research interest in economic organization and new institutional economics.

The PhD program in Business Administration at Lund University is a four-year program for a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree consists of two parts, courses (90 ECTS credits) and a thesis (150 ECTS credits). The main work task for a PhD student is active participation in the PhD program, which involves independent research and taking courses that are part of the program. The announced position is part of the Swedish Research Council funded project Asymmetric Contracting Capabilities: The Economic and Organizational Impact of Firms’ Learning to Contract. The aim of the project is to empirically examine the nature of learning processes in commercial contractual relationships and the potential economic, strategic and organizational implications of differences in learning among contracting organizations. The PhD student is expected to actively participate in the research project by doing independent research (with supervision) and thereby contribute to the project objectives by writing and publishing research articles based on the empirical results obtained in the project. More information about the project may be found below by following the inserted link. The empirical research in the project will primarily be conducted in Sweden through case-studies of commercial contractual relationships and analysis of contractual data. Hence, knowledge of Swedish is a strong merit.

The PhD student will be provided with necessary equipment and an office space at the department.

Eligibility / Entry requirements

To be qualified the applicant must hold a master’s degree and have completed 240 ECTS credits of university studies, including at least 60 second-cycle credits. Of these at least 90 credits must be accomplished in a subject relevant to the third-cycle study programme, including a degree project relevant to the research studies, equivalent to at least 15 credits. A person may also meet the specific entry requirements if he or she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants must possess very high proficiency in English, in speech and writing. Knowledge in Swedish is a strong merit.

Basis of assessment

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration. Particular emphasis will be on the following:

  • Academic merits, particularly at the Master’s level
  • Bachelor and Master theses (with special importance attached to the master thesis)
  • The submitted research plan
  • Other merits and distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to perform in the PhD programme

The PhD student will be expected to conduct research in the context of the Swedish Research Council Project, so PhD projects within the same general area as the project will be given preference.

Type of employment

The salaried position as PhD student is a four-year fulltime employment at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund. Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Regulations concerning appointment as a PhD student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1–7 §§ and SFS 1998:80. For appointment to the position, the applicant is required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Business Administration.

Application procedure

Only online applications are accepted. Your application should be written in English and contain the following documents:

  • A complete application form, found at:
  • Letter of introduction.
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages that includes a review of the relevant literature in strategic management and economic organization.
  • Degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
  • Copy of your Master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copies of certificates and copies of any other documents that you wish to include in your application.

All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employment : Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment : 2019-09-01
Salary : Monthly salary
Number of positions : 1
Working hours : 100
City : Lund
County : Skåne län
Country : Sweden
Reference number : PA2018/4405

  • Niklas Hallberg, Associate Prof, project leader, +46 46 222 3007,
  • Charlotta Levay, Head of department, + 46 46 222 9851,

Union representative

  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66

Last application date : 01.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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