PhD student in business administration

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

19 Mar 2024
Job Information

Linnaeus University
Research Field

Economics » Business economics
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

30 Apr 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Welcome to Linnaeus University! Here you'll meet 2 200 staff members and 40 000 students, all united in following the vision to set knowledge in motion for a sustainable societal development. With us, research and education are conducted with an eye towards the future. Our proximity to the business world, both locally and globally, gives us a wide reach and the ability to create change that makes an impact. All that's needed is a place where ideas have the space to meet and grow. That's what we've created – and you are invited.

Change starts here!

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Linnaeus University conducts research and education in business administration, economics, statistics, and tourism studies. Our task is to make people grow with the help of knowledge that researchers, teachers, and students co-create. We contribute with entrepreneurial thinking and sustainable solutions to complex organizational and societal problems. We are proud of our long tradition of collaboration with the surrounding community. AACSB accredited us in November 2022


The subject area of the position: Business administration

Location until further notice: Växjö. Trips between the campuses, Växjö-Kalmar, occur.

Scope of employment: 100%

The Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 5, Section 2) states that those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their doctoral studies.

Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research, and administration. Before a Ph.D. or a doctorate degree has been awarded, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of full-time doctoral studies. 

Starting date: September 2024. 


Job description

This position requires that the doctoral dissertation work is conducted within the area of corporate governance.

This link below provides further information about our research and education:  

Doctoral studies in business administration at Linnaeus University encompass four years of full-time, funded studies. Students will complete 240 credits, of which 90 are courses, and the dissertation corresponds to 150 credits. Compulsory courses include 30 credits in methodology.

Please find further information about our doctoral education at this link:

The applicant who is appointed to doctoral studies will participate in the research school and work closely with companies in the Kronoberg region. The research school is a unique interdisciplinary initiative of the School of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Technology at Linnaeus University. Its aim is to address challenges posed by globalization, new technologies such as automation, digitalization, and AI, and the environmental and climate problems. The Kronoberg region is well known for its small and medium-sized companies, as well as large companies. An example is Södra, a leading company in the forest industry ( ). The practical relevance of the dissertation topic and research questions will be discussed in collaboration with one or more companies in the Kronoberg region.


Eligibility requirements

General entry requirements:

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant

  • Has been awarded a second-cycle qualification (master's degree), or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

    Specific entry requirements:

  • A minimum of 90 credits in the subject of Business Administration or in subjects linked to third-cycle studies in Business Administration or equivalent knowledge acquired otherwise in Sweden or abroad
  • at least 15 credits in second-cycle and third-cycle studies in the subject of Business Administration or subjects linked to third-cycle studies in Business Administration, including an independent academic project at first or second-cycle level
  • a good knowledge of English and Swedish.

    Additional requirements


    This position requires that the applicant has good written and oral knowledge of Swedish.


    Assessment criteria

    The choice of a doctoral student relies on the applicant’s abilities to carry out the doctoral studies successfully. The assessments pay attention to demonstrated scientific skills, course grades, abilities to cooperate with others, and oral and written proficiency in English and Swedish. 


    Contact persons:

    Ph.D Programme Director: Dr. Viktorija Kalonaityte ([email protected] )

    Research Secretary: Ms. Ivana Tomic-Kokic ([email protected] )

    HR-partner: Mr. Kristofer Stahl (kristofer.stahl


    The application

    The application should contain: (i) a short description of yourself and your interests, motivation for why you are applying, and relevant achievements and experiences; (ii) a CV; (iii) certified copies of previous degree certificates and transcripts; (iv) two reference letters and names and contact information of two academic reference persons; (v) a copy of thesis works on the Master’s level or similar; (vi) a completed form for application to the doctoral education and (vii) applicants should also provide a preliminary research plan covering 3-5 pages. It should discuss your planned research and be linked to the research that explores the synergies between corporate governance and technology at the School of Business and Economics.

    For applicants with non-Swedish Master’s education, we recommend the GRE- and TOEFL/IELTS-tests. The results of the tests should be attached to the application.  


    You are most welcome to apply at the latest 1st May 2024.



    Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

    Please apply by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.

    Research Field
    Education Level
    Master Degree or equivalent



    Research Field
    Economics » Business economics
    Years of Research Experience
    1 - 4

    Additional Information
    Work Location(s)
    Number of offers available
    Linnaeus University
    Postal Code
    Box 451

    Where to apply



    Box 451
    Postal Code



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