PhD position in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

Updated: 25 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 May 2021

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

One PhD position in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

We announce one four-year full-time positions as PhD student at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund. The PhD students will receive a scholarship for the first year and be employed at the department the last three years.

The PhD student will start 1st September, 2021.

Subject area

We are looking for a PhD student in entrepreneurship with an interest in the relationship between ownership and innovative forms of finance in the context of technological firms. The broad focus of the research is on the role played by the technological background of the entrepreneurs and managers of high-tech start-ups in the choice of financing of their venture. We hence welcome candidates with an interest in innovative forms of finance, such as initial coin offerings and tokenisation, but also in more established ones, like debt and equity crowdfunding. An interest in human capital theory in the context of entrepreneurship will also be appreciated. The position is connected to ongoing research at the department, which focuses on the role of ownership and management in financing new and small firms. Here a specific focus will be dedicated to exploring the owners’/managers’ interest in the different sources of finance.

The thesis project will be conducted under the auspices of the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Work tasks

The PhD programme in Business Administration at Lund University is a four-year programme for a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree consists of two parts, courses (90 ECTS credits) and a thesis (150 ECTS credits).

As a doctoral student you will mainly be working with your research project, but you can also be given more general tasks at the department, e.g. teaching, research or administrative work, in accordance with the regulations.

Eligibility/Entry requirements

To be qualified the applicant must hold a Master’s degree and have completed 240 ECTS credits of university studies. Of these at least 90 credits must be accomplished in a subject relevant to the PhD programme, including a degree project relevant to the research studies, equivalent to at least 15 credits. A person may also meet the specific entry requirements if he or she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Basis of Assessment

Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1–7 §§ and SFS 1998:80. For appointment to the position, the applicant is required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Business Administration.

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration.

Particular emphasis will be based on the following:

  • Academic results, particularly on the Master’s level.
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
  • Relevance and viability of the research plan.
  • Any other results or distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to profit from the doctoral programme.

The PhD position require a degree in the broad field of Social Sciences or in other disciplinary fields (e.g. engineering or computer science). However, the candidate should have a background in business (with at least two modules/courses in the area of business). Students that attended courses/modules in entrepreneurship/Fintech are very much welcomed.

Application procedure

Your application should be written in English and sent as one pdf file to .

The application is to contain the following documents:

  • A complete application form, found at:
  • Letter of introduction
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages (2.000 words) stating the topic to be investigated and sources of data and methodology the candidate aims to use. The topic should be quite specific and belong to one of the areas listed in the subject area section (see above).
  • Degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Copy of your Master’s thesis
  • Executive summary (1.000 words) of your Master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  • Copies of certificates and copies of any other documents that you wish to include in your application.

All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity.
Last day for applying is Friday 14th May, 2020

We plan to interviewed shortlisted candidates at the beginning of June and notify the accepted candidate by the end of June at the latest.

For further information please contact:
Claudio Fassio, associate professor  

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