PhD in Project Management

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Deadline: PhD in Project Management PhD in Project Management - Institutt for maskinteknikk og produksjonTrondheimTemporary30. mai 2022

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About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in Project Management at the Project and Quality Management (PKL) Research Group.

The PKL Research Group is involved in research related to various aspects of project management, including digitalization of project management, industrialized project production, shorter project execution time, performance measurement of project processes, etc. Much of the work is done in collaboration with the partner businesses at the centre Project Norway, see www.prosjektnorge.no.

Friction and conflicts between organisations often lead to cost escalations in projects. As a result, project organisations typically invest significant resources, both prior to- and after contract signing, to safeguard their own interests against potential opportunistic counterparts.

While project production costs have received significant attention among researchers worldwide, existing research on costs associated with friction- and safeguarding has received less attention. Both industry actors and researchers have identified a need for more research in this area to overcome the problem with high friction- and safeguarding costs to deliver more successful projects.


We are therefore looking for a candidate who wants to focus research on this topic. The research should lead to a model/method/tool that can be applied by project organisations in the industry. Several industry sectors, both public and private, are relevant to the doctoral work.

You are expected to be an active and integrated part of the academic environment at the department and to participate in cooperation with a number of different industries in the private and public sectors. You are expected to obtain data from delivery projects in the industry, either in Norway or elsewhere.  It is desired that you have specific ideas and thoughts of the relevant topic for the doctoral research. You must include a brief description and proposal that indicates thoughts of research questions and methodology for the PhD research.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

You will report to Associate Professor.


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