Are you interested in studying various forms of interorganizational collaboration through innovative, collaborative, qualitative research approaches? Would you like to be part of a transformation of qualitative research in management and collaborate with renowned national and international qualitative management scholars? Please apply for a PhD position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam's KIN research group.
FTE: 0.8 - 1
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is offering two fully funded, four-year PhD-positions on new methods for a more open and collaborative approach to qualitative research in management research. These are part of the NWO funded project “OPEN-QUAL: Innovating Methods for Open Science in Qualitative Management Research”.
Studying the interorganizational collaborations that are required to address societal challenges is time-consuming, meaning that individual researchers can only make limited progress. OPEN-QUAL advances an open science approach to enable collaborative analyses of qualitative datasets collected by multiple researchers. Because of privacy and confidentiality, qualitative data cannot just be shared openly. OPEN-QUAL develops methodological principles for an innovative, decentralized approach to data reuse without needing to share raw data. Decentralized analysis makes it possible to leverage the versatility of qualitative data and enables comparison across cases and datasets. We facilitate future data reuse by developing a discovery platform for finding relevant qualitative datasets and disseminating protocols.
As PhD candidate, you will experiment with the collaborative decentralized approach in multiple projects related to interorganizational collaboration and collaborative innovation, using various qualitative methods. One project focuses on theory development (e.g. using grounded theory methods), the other on theory elaboration (e.g. using Qualitative Comparative Analysis).
You will be part of a core team of eight researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (two PhD candidates, four experienced management researchers, two data management experts) who will jointly participate in project workshops throughout your PhD project. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to interact with OPEN-QUAL’s esteemed international advisory board and group of national and international researchers who will participate in OPEN-QUAL.
The project can start after January 1, 2023.
You will need to develop a thorough understanding of qualitative research methods as well as of management theories on interorganizational collaboration and collaborative innovation, facilitated by the PhD training program of ABRI (Amsterdam Business Research Institute). You use the collaborative approach to data reuse in subprojects that research interorganizational collaboration and collaborative innovation. Expected outcomes are articles on the specific topics studied as well as on methodological insights that are gained. PhD candidates will give a modest contribution to the department’s teaching program, with the opportunity to obtain a basic qualification teaching certificate (shortened BKO).
- Motivated to conduct high quality research with the aim of publishing top-level articles;
- Research Master or MSc in business administration, organizational studies, sociology, or a related field;
- Expertise and interest in qualitative research methods;
- Interest in topics of interorganizational collaboration and collaborative innovation;
- Academic writing skills;
- Proficiency in English;
What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,541 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,247 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 4 years.
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), possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave, contribution to commuting expenses
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.
KIN Center for Digital Innovation (KIN) (https://vu.nl/en/about-vu/research-institutes/kin-center-for-digital-innovation ) is one of the departments of the School of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. KIN conducts research on the development, use and business value of innovative organizational processes and technologies. The research contributes to an international field that is relatively new and multi-disciplinary. We work closely together with faculty and researchers from other universities and cooperate with an extensive network of business partners. The KIN research group is also responsible for several courses in the Business Administration curriculum at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and facilitates the Master Digital Business and Innovation.
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload a short letter (maximum one page) in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and two references (names and e-mail addresses) until07/10/2022
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends
Position: Professor of Innovation & Organization
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