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PhD position in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship – ERIM, Netherlands – Jan 2022

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PhD research within the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group at the Rotterdam School of Management, at Erasmus Research Institute of Management, in the Netherlands – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Workplace:
Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERiM)
Rotterdam The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of studying strategic management and entrepreneurship topics, PhD candidates typically have diverse backgrounds. The group welcomes applications from excellent candidates from diverse disciplinary and national backgrounds who share a passion for academic research on strategy-relevant topics and who have strong academic credentials. The ideal candidate for the PhD programme in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship has a strong research orientation, including good analytical skills and a demonstrated competence in the use of diverse empirical techniques, as evidenced by an MSc thesis or other research papers (co)authored by the candidate.

PhD research within the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group at the Rotterdam School of Management will typically take place in teams of which the composition is contingent on the focus of the individual research projects that together make up a PhD thesis. In addition, researchers in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group collaborate with renowned scholars from leading business schools around the world. In order to secure placements of PhD graduates at top business schools around the world, the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group encourages PhD candidates to build an international network through collaborative projects with, and research visits to, leading scholars in the field.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship focuses on understanding why some firms perform better than others, how firms behave, and what determines success in international competition. Given its broad scope, the field is highly integrative and multi-disciplinary, and feeds on insights from a wide range of disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, law, finance, and economics. The field focuses on actions associated with changing the firm's scope and profile of business lines, including vertical integration, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate diversification strategy/organization, implementation, and performance. The field also addresses questions of how decision-makers can best leverage knowledge and innovation in order to foster competitive advantage for their firms as well as how cultural, social, political, economic, technological, and environmental forces influence firms, entrepreneurs, and corporate strategies in a global context and in societies that expect firms to deploy more socially and environmentally sustainable strategies. Other topics include entrepreneurial behavior in new ventures, scale-ups, and established organizations. Moreover, the field focuses on how strategic leadership and governance shape firms, firm behavior, and outcomes.

Current themes that have the focus of our faculty and PhD candidates

  1. Strategy, Organization, and Governance. A combination of economic, political, and social forces gives rise to a wide range of organizational forms. Research in strategy, organization, and governance aims to explain and identify the mechanisms through which modern firms shape and align their organizational structures, governance and ownership with the strategies, resource dependencies, and business models through which they create and capture value. Research in our group is highly versatile, including projects investigating the re-emergence of craft organizations and state capitalism on the world stage, the competitive advantage and strategic resilience of business groups, owner-managed firms, family firms, and professional partnerships, and how active owners shape the strategies and the organizational and governance structures of listed firms across different national contexts. Our research often takes up a comparative perspective, involving both comparisons between different institutional contexts and comparisons between different organizational forms.
  2. Strategic Entrepreneurship. In today’s fast-paced environments, wealth creation demands proficiency in identifying and generating new opportunities for growth. At the nexus of entrepreneurship and strategic management, research on strategic entrepreneurship is concerned with understanding how organizations link entrepreneurial behaviour and strategic advantage-seeking actions to create and capture wealth. The work in our group focuses on new venture creation, scaling-up, corporate entrepreneurship, ambidexterity, and new strategy implementation. Exemplary research addresses such aspects as: how organizations strengthen their core business while also developing new businesses; how organizations become more entrepreneurial through the generation of new businesses within established systems and through strategic renewal; how young organizations can ignite rapid growth and scale up successfully by leveraging new technologies, establishing platforms, redefining boundaries, and developing new and scalable business models; and how new practices and technologies enable firms to implement strategies which focus on venturing into new businesses as well as strengthening their core.
  3. Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation. New technologies and new business models reshape the way firms do business. This calls for new insights into how managers and entrepreneurs can best innovate and leverage knowledge to build competitive advantages for their firms. The field of strategy, knowledge, and innovation focuses on how managers and entrepreneurs build and renew the technological, social, and relational capital to shape such innovations. It addresses such issues as strategic renewal, innovation management, management innovation and the rise of new organizational forms, collaborative and open innovation, innovation ecosystems, and corporate venturing. Our group covers a wide range of topics in this area, such as: micro-foundations of absorptive capacity and dynamic capabilities that enable innovation; the origins of business model innovations; the implications of technological disruptions; the mechanisms of effective collaborations to achieve innovation by large incumbent firms and new ventures; and the governance and assessment of the impact of such collaborations.
  4. Global Strategy. The competitive landscape of firms is increasingly dynamic, diverse, and global. The field of global strategy aims to enrich our understanding of how internationally operating firms form and implement their strategies, and how firms shape, and are shaped by, their global context. It focuses on foreign-entry strategies in culturally, politically, and economically heterogeneous contexts, and ultimately on the determinants of success or failure in international arenas. Our group typically adopts an institutions-based perspective, which argues that international firms are constrained and enabled by widely diverse, durable rules of the game, as illustrated by the diverse societal expectations around competitive behaviour and sustainability performance. Exemplary research projects in our group include novel views on culture, cross-border knowledge transfer, strategic responses to institutional voids, influences of governments and other stakeholders on corporate environmental practices, cross-country and within-country variance in institutions, and international strategies of the largest companies, born-globals, and emerging-market multinationals.

Behavioural Strategy and Entrepreneurial Behaviour. Influential strategic and entrepreneurial decisions result from extraordinary human effort. Behavioural strategy and entrepreneurial behaviour inform us about the psychology behind these high-impact and complex decisions. It takes a micro-level perspective to understanding how managers and entrepreneurs create and sustain value for their organizations and stakeholders, enriching strategy and entrepreneurship theory through forefront research on human cognition, emotions, and social and innovative behaviour of entrepreneurs, executives, and their teams. Seminal research in the field comprises the behavioural theory of the firm and the upper echelons perspective, as well as pivotal work from cognitive and social psychology. Exemplary group projects explore: how top managers, boards, and shareholders embrace uncertainty; how gender affects entrepreneurial behaviour; how disinhibition (ADHD) fuels entrepreneurial orientation; how CEO personality drives firm decisions, behaviour, and outcomes; how emotion influences idea generation and exploitation; and how biases and heuristics impact strategic decisions.

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About the Project

To develop world-class academics pursuing high-impact research in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, we have developed a doctoral programme that combines deep-level understanding in core topics and thorough grounding in methodological design and analytical skills. Joining the PhD programme means joining a Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group with a highly collaborative and cutting-edge research culture. The group harbours expertise in a broad range of topics: faculty members and PhD candidates work across nearly all relevant areas of the strategic management and entrepreneurship fields.

Collaboration with expert faculty: Throughout the programme, candidates work closely with faculty on joint and supervised research.  Teamwork offers candidates the opportunity to learn diverse research skills and become familiar with a range of debates in the field before selecting the focus of subsequent doctoral work.

Excellent job opportunities: Alumni of the PhD programme hold academic positions in renowned academic institutes around the world, including Cambridge, Copenhagen Business School, ETH Zurich, HEC Paris, INSEAD, Kellogg, McGill, the University of South Carolina, Renmin University, and WHU.

More information is on the “PhD in Strategic Management” website: https://www.rsm.nl/research/departments/strategic-management-and-entrepreneurship/phd-in-strategic-management/.

About the Employer: Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERiM)

Note or Other details

ERIM offers fully-funded and salaried PhD positions, which means that accepted PhD candidates become employees (promovendi) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO).

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Contact details

For questions regarding the PhD application and selection procedure, please check the Admissions or send us an e-mail via phdadmissions@erim.eur.nl.

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