Assistant professor of organizational theory (tenure track)

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Job description

As part of our growth ambitions, we seek a new colleague who is passionate about high-quality research and education on organizational theory. Our work includes a variety of topics related to organizational theory, and we apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Do you have experience or interest in topics such as organizational change, new organizational forms, organization design, and organizing with purpose? Then we would especially like to hear from you. 

You play a key role in strengthening our Organizational Theory section and expanding our research and teaching programs. You have built a promising research portfolio or pipeline, so you can publish at the highest level. You are eager to create a motivating learning environment in the Business Administration Bachelor and Master programmes. You also participate in executive education, specifically in MBA programmes and inhouse company education. The position is embedded in a supportive international work environment, in the Management and Organization Department of the School of Business and Economics. We are strongly committed to research quality and productivity, teaching innovation, and teamwork.

Your duties

  • you initiate, perform, and support high-quality research in the field of organizational theory. Your research results in top tier publications and grant acquisitions
  • you design and teach courses at the bachelor, master, and postgraduate level. You also supervise bachelor and master theses
  • you contribute to the management of the section/department/committees
  • you engage with partners outside academia. For example, you share research results with a broader audience to make a contribution to a better world

  • you hold a PhD in Organization Studies, Management, or a related field in the social sciences
  • you do research in the field of management and organization theory
  • you have a strong track record of, or pipeline with, research publications in top journals
  • you are fluent in English. Dutch language skills, for teaching in Dutch undergraduate programs, are an asset 
  • you are committed to work on obtaining research grants
  • you have a university teaching qualification (BKO), or you are committed to obtaining one 

Do you already have a proven research record, but not (yet) a completed PhD? Then you are also encouraged to apply. And if you are currently an assistant professor with a few years of experience, we would like to hear from you too. There is an option to complete the tenure track early.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11)

and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • good growth opportunities

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 7,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 600 people.

The Department of Management & Organization 
The Department of Management and Organization comprises a large, diverse group of micro and macro scholars who seek to combine research excellence with passion in teaching in a collaborative fashion. The department has a strong research tradition, manifested in top tier publication records (Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies etc.) as well as in success in attracting external funding for research. The Department has a collaborative ethos with members actively working together on research and teaching projects. Our Department is highly diverse in terms of cultural backgrounds and we enjoy working in an international environment. We offer an active PhD program, Master programs in Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership Change Management and Strategy & Organization and a broad range of courses in several Bachelor programs. The Assistant Professor will enhance and contribute to the Department’s teaching, research, and outreach activities. The Assistant Professor will be part of a team that focuses on organizational theory that addresses topics like organizing with purpose (e.g., focusing on values), idealtypes of organizational transformation (e.g., new organizational forms), conditions for organizational transformation, and transformers of organizations like consultants. While having a strong tradition in qualitative research, the group is interdisciplinary and appreciates multimodality in research designs. For more information about the Management & Organization department and the Organizational Theory section, see the M&O website .


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Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Elco van Burg
Position: Section Head Organizational Theory

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