*Please note that this is a Taiwan-EUR Scholarship project. For more information on the scholarship programme, please visit the website of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Taiwan (www.scholarship.moe.gov.tw/top100 ). Applications must be submitted to MOE and also to ERIM/RSM by 8 December; however, additional documents for ERIM/RSM can be submitted until 16 December. You are strongly encouraged to contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in applying (see Contact Information below).*
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/ .
Strategic management, (corporate) entrepreneurship, corporate governance, business model innovation, global strategy, strategy and organization, sustainable strategy
Strategic Managementand 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
During the first 18 months, PhD candidates follow an intensive trajectory of courses to build the theoretical knowledge and develop methodological skills needed to become successful researchers. Through a series of content-oriented courses, PhD candidates examine foundational works, current debates, forward-looking insights, and common and novel methods to study core topics in the field, such as strategic organization, strategic decision-making, strategy implementation, strategy and innovation, corporate governance, start-ups and scale-ups, global strategy, and sustainable strategies. Methods courses include quantitative techniques, qualitative methods, as well as critical analytical techniques. In addition to coursework, candidates work on research papers coached by faculty members. Progress of candidates is assessed through coursework, research papers, and appraisal presentation. PhD candidates will also join ongoing research projects to acquire hands-on experience.
After 10 months of coursework and socialization, candidates choose a supervising team among the SME faculty. Within 12 months, candidates submit their research proposal in collaboration with their supervising team. The research proposal describes research question(s), intended contributions, positioning in the field, and methodological approach of the research they will carry out during the remainder of the trajectory. This second stage will build on the research proposal with a focus on implementing and writing up the various studies that together make up the dissertation.
The complete PhD programme in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship typically takes five years.
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.
*Required by ERIM/RSM
The required entrance level is a Master's degree (MSc, MA, or MPhil) equivalent to a Dutch scientific university education Master's degree.
Below are the test scores required by ERIM/RSM:
- GMAT/GRE scores above the 85th percentile, not older than 5 years. Please note that GMAT/GRE cannot be waived under any circumstances.
- IELTS/TOEFL test scores, not older than 2 years (may be waived for candidates whose native language is English, or whose entire university education [Bachelor's and Master's] was taught in English):
IELTS: minimum overall band score 7.5; no band score lower than 6.5
Internet-based TOEFL: minimum total score 100, no sub-score lower than 23
Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score 600
*Required by Ministry of Education (MOE, Taiwan)
Candidates also need to submit an application to the MOE and meet the requirements set by them. Please consult the following website for more information: www.scholarship.moe.gov.tw/top100
In the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group, a Ph.D. thesis will typically consist of a number of high quality papers that have either been published or that aim for publication in the field’s leading journals. The Strategy and Entrepreneurship group has a strong focus on publications in the field’s top journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Strategic Management Journal.
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.
The Strategy and Entrepreneurship group has a strong ambition to develop and carry out research that matters to managers, practitioners, firms, and (global) society at large. The group actively encourages valorization of research findings through various research-related outreach activities, including publications and seminars for practitioners, executive education, media interventions, and the development of cases and other teaching materials that translate academic knowledge into actionable insights.
The Strategy and Entrepreneurship group aims to contribute to ongoing research streams in the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship as well as to pioneer and define new research areas in these fields.
If you are interested in applying to this Taiwan-EUR scholarship project, please contact Dr Phoebe Mui . For more information on the scholarship programme, please consult the website of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Taiwan .
Erasmus Research Institute of Management
ERIM is the research institute of management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, founded by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), both of which excel in their research and teaching programmes. The level and international character of their research and teaching programmes has put both schools at the forefront of academic excellence. They offer a diversified portfolio of accredited teaching and research programmes, ranging from pre-experience MSc to postgraduate Masters and executive development, and from fundamental research to applied research and business support, which are renowned throughout the world. RSM is one of the few schools worldwide that holds a triple accreditation from the AMBAs, EQUIS and the AASCB, and is positioned among the top European business schools. The scientific staff of both schools plays a major role in the schools’ interaction with the international business community.
ERIM distinguishes itself by the high-level and international character of its research and has repeatedly been ranked among top 3 research institutes in Europe. ERIM’s key aims are top-quality academic research with impact both on academia and managerial practice, and the advancement of international academic careers and high-level support for both research and doctoral education. For more information about ERIM please visit [link:https://www.erim.eur.nl].
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