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Ph.D. Position in Global Strategy and Innovation, Amsterdam Business School (U. of Amsterdam)

  • 1.  Ph.D. Position in Global Strategy and Innovation, Amsterdam Business School (U. of Amsterdam)

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    Ph.D. Position in Global Strategy and Innovation
    Amsterdam Business School (U. of Amsterdam)

     

    Topic

    Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are among the leading global players able to promote sustainable development via both direct and indirect strategic actions. A key area for future research is the investigation of how complex organizations, such as MNEs, may contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by:

    • designing green-oriented innovation processes,
    • adopting digital technologies to redistribute innovation activities more equally across the global value chains,
    • changing hiring and collaboration practices to improve diversity and inclusion.

    This project will focus on one or more of the interrelated research themes described above.

     

    Closing date

    14 August 2022

     

    More information at https://vacatures.uva.nl/UvA/job/PhD-Position-in-Global-Strategy-and-Innovation/749238402/. For questions, please contact dr. Vittoria G. Scalera (v.g.scalera@uva.nl

     

    What you are going to do

    • pursue and complete a Ph.D. thesis within the appointed duration of four years, during which you will follow Ph.D. level coursework, plan and conduct your Ph.D. research;
    • actively collaborate with the researchers from Amsterdam Business School;
    • present research findings at international conferences;
    • submit your work to prestigious management science journals;
    • assist in teaching activities, such as tutorials, BSc and MSc thesis supervision

     

    What we offer

    • The employment contract will be for an initial period of 18 months, with an intermediate evaluation after 18 months with a possibility to extend it for 30 months (in total 4 years). End-result should be a Ph.D. thesis. An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) conferences.
    • The gross monthly salary will range from €2443 in the first year to €3122 in the last year, plus an additional 16% of holiday and end-of-year payments. The Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable.

     

    Also,

    • a university that is consistently ranked among the world's best universities in global rankings. It is a top-100 university in the Times Higher Education Rankings and QS Rankings;
    • a research environment that is inspiring, collaborative, and international (around 50% of our staff is international and the fraction of international staff is increasing);
    • the campus is located in the heart of Amsterdam;
    • Amsterdam offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan living environment, and is appreciated by our international staff, especially for the high quality of living, the village-like charm, the easy commuting, cultural and social life, English as business language, and the excellent connections to the rest of the world;

     

    What we are looking for

    • Formal requirements:
      • Masters' degree (preferably a Research Master´s) in Business Administration, Business Economics, Strategy, International Business, Economics of Innovation, Environmental economics, or a related field (also candidates with a degree in other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply).
    • Task-related requirements:
      • excellent speaking and writing ability in English, ideally with experience writing for a scientific audience;
      • willingness and motivation to independently formulate research projects and carry them through to completion;
      • statistical skills and command of standard software packages for analyzing quantitative data (e.g., STATA, R), and a willingness to develop these skills further;
      • programming and analytical skills, including knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Phyton), and a strong willingness to develop these skills further;
      • command of empirical software packages (e.g., Qualtrics) and a strong willingness to develop these skills further.
    • Additional requirements:
      • Strong motivation to pursue an international career as a leading scholar;
      • strong commitment to methodological rigor and scientific integrity;
      • intellectual curiosity, eagerness to learn, and openness to criticism.

     

    Research description

    Despite stark evidence and mounting pressures from public opinion and stakeholders, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the related policies vary substantially across countries and firms. As dominant players in the global economy, multinational enterprises (MNEs) have been called to take a more active role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and recently their strategy has been increasingly influenced by the UN's 2030 Agenda. MNEs' managers are pressured by their stakeholders to integrate policies and practices which have a clear connection to sustainable development. Yet this represents a major managerial challenge, as the MNEs' actions and strategic decisions may exacerbate rather than alleviate global challenges such as climate change, poverty, gender discrimination, and unsustainable consumption, among others.
     

    MNEs are among the leading global players able to promote sustainable development via both direct and indirect strategic actions. MNEs are the main organizational channel for the mobility of people, knowledge, capital, and goods across countries and play a primary role in the creation, diffusion, and utilization of technological innovation. A key area for future research is the investigation of how complex organizations, such as MNEs, may contribute to the achievement of SDGs by:

    • designing green-oriented innovation processes,
    • adopting digital technologies to redistribute innovation activities more equally across the global value chains,
    • changing hiring and collaboration practices to improve diversity and inclusion.

    This project will focus on one or more of the interrelated research themes described above. Searching for a setting representing a (quasi-)natural experiment is preferred to gauge causality. The research setting also points toward a multi-level theoretical and empirical approach that involves different levels of the firms from individuals, teams, top-management teams, and subsidiaries. A variety of data sources can be adopted, including patent- and individual-level data.

     

    About us

     

    About UvA Economics and Business

    Education and research at UvA Economics and Business (EB) cover a wide range of fields that includes economics, data science, business administration, business analytics, accountancy, control, econometrics, finance, and entrepreneurship. This is organized in 2 Schools: the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). Over 7,000 students are enrolled in our UvA Economics and Business programs and around 500 employees provide education and support.

     

    Find more information about Economics and Business on uva.nl/eb.

    Find more information about the Amsterdam Business School on abs.uva.nl.

    Find more information about the Amsterdam School of Economics on ase.uva.nl.

     

    Department

    At our Strategy & International Business section, managers in organizations are considered the central actors. One of our main areas of focus in both research and education is examining the role of business and organizations in regards to corporate governance, social responsibility, and sustainability. Another increasingly important focus is digital transformation and innovation strategy. Links to data science initiatives play an increasingly important role. The section is committed to providing high-quality education at all levels, from undergraduate (BSc) to Ph.D. level and Executive Education. 

      

    Job application

     Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application before August 14, 2022. You may apply online by using this link https://vacatures.uva.nl/UvA/job/PhD-Position-in-Global-Strategy-and-Innovation/749238402/.

     Applications in one pdf should include:

    • a curriculum vitae;
    • a letter of motivation.

     

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.



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    Vittoria Giada Scalera
    University of Amsterdam Business School
    Netherlands
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