Deadline: 2015-05-01
Level Of Study: PhD

PhD candidate in Strategy and Organization

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The University of Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is part of the Faculty of Economics and Business. ABS provides academic courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and strategy, based on international research carried out in these areas.

Within ABS, the strategy and marketing section is involved in teaching at BSc and MSc levels, as well as in executive education. Staff members publish in top-tier journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Marketing Science, Organization Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

Project description

This PhD project will focus on how companies develop value-creating relationships with their stakeholders (among which, employees, prospective employees, customers, suppliers, and investors). By value-creating relationships we mean relationships that benefit society at large by increasing social welfare. The candidate should be interested in studying the intricate linkages between business and society and, in particular, stakeholder management or corporate social responsibility. Specific topics might include, for instance:

  1.  which types of relationship between a stakeholder and the firm best motivate this stakeholder to create value for/with the firm depending on the stakeholders social preference;
  2. how firms can shape stakeholders representation of their relationship with the firm, or
  3. how firms can create welfare for stakeholders that is not monetary (e.g., happiness or freedom). 

However, there is considerable scope for the candidate to help define the more detailed focus within the broader realm of stakeholder management/corporate social responsibility in relation to the expertise of the supervisors. The types of companies considered may vary from small entrepreneurial firms to large and mature ones, and from manufacturing to service firms. The research will require the development of strong academic writing and methodological skills as well as the ability to access and acquire secondary and primary data.

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  • A Masters degree (MSc, MA, or drs) in the area of business (business studies, business administration, management, strategy or marketing) with excellent grades and a demonstrable interest in the area of strategy and stakeholder management/corporate social responsibility;
  • interest (and preferably experience) in field research, including studies focusing on organisations;
  • well-developed analytical skills, creativity, precision, and perseverance;
  • the drive to publish in top-level academic journals in the field of management;
  • mastery of both written and spoken English.

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The PhD position is a fully salaried position, meaning that appointed PhD candidate is an employee (promovendus) of the University of Amsterdam. Successful candidates are appointed on a full-time basis for a total of 4 years. Candidate’s performance is evaluated after 18 months and if positive, the contract is extended for another 2.5 years.

Job application

Applications should be made via Please include job reference number 14-377. Applicants should send a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, information about relevant teaching and research experience, and two reference letters from academics. The closing date is 1 May 2015.

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