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Leading research and educational institutes require constant innovation on all organisational levels. As a PhD Candidate, your research will actively contribute to the reorganisation of Radboud Services, the department that supports and facilitates research and education. This way, you help to create an innovative and inspiring work environment at Radboud University.
This participatory action research project takes the reorganisation of Radboud Services as a case study of the implementation of strategic decisions on changing a support organisation within a higher education institute. While being part of the Radboud Services organisation, you will actively and proactively contribute to and reflect on the reorganisation using applicable theoretical perspectives. Reflection between academic and non-academic actors, as part of a transdisciplinary approach, is the process that critically examines the epistemological principles and normative assumptions underlying the scientific theories and methods used as well as the status and role of scientific knowledge amidst other values and forms of knowing. While aiming for active interventions and advice for the organisational change of the case study organisation and for a contribution to related theories on organisational change in public organisations, this PhD project consists of a literature study and data gathering while being part of the organisational change process of the Radboud Services organisation.
We expect you to organise workshops and presentations for Radboud Services, conduct research, write scientific articles, and complete a PhD thesis in time. You will also participate in conferences and other scholarly and valorisation activities. A more detailed project description is available upon request from Dr Sjors Witjes (firstname.lastname@example.org). On the basis of this project description you will be expected to develop a more elaborate research proposal in this area in the first and second year of your appointment. This proposal will have to be approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Nijmegen School of Management. You will enrol in the PhD programme at the Doctoral School of the Institute for Management Research (IMR).
As a PhD candidate, you will also have some teaching duties. Your teaching responsibilities include giving tutorials/lectures in the Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by the Department of Business Administration, as well as in the Master’s degree programme in Strategic Management. Whilst holding this position, you will be given the opportunity to obtain your university teaching qualification.
- A Master’s degree in Strategic Management, Organisational Psychology or a related field in the social sciences.
- Academic excellence, as demonstrated by grade transcripts and CV.
- A solid understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as transdisciplinary approaches.
- Excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English.
- The ability to work both independently, entrepreneurially and as part of a team.
- The ability to finish your PhD thesis in time, which requires strong skills in project management, creativity, proactive behaviour, resilience, and excellent academic writing skills.
The Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) is an academic centre of research and higher education, focusing on institutional and managerial issues within complex organisations. There are seven disciplines within NSM: Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics and Business Economics, Social and Political Sciences of the Environment, Human Geography, and Spatial Planning. The faculty has four departments: Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration and Political Science, and Geography, Planning and Environment.
NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach. Its educational programme is characterised by small-scale teaching and provides a stimulating learning environment with an emphasis on the development of academic skills. NSM employs 300 FTEs, 75% of whom are academics. Currently, NSM has approximately 5,000 students.
The Department of Business Administration consists of five chairs: Strategic Management, Organisational Design and Development, Marketing, Methods, and Strategic Human Resource Management. The Department of Business Administration is responsible for the BSc programme in Business Administration (including a full track in English, and a track in International Business Administration) as well as eight specialisations within the MSc programme in Business Administration (all in English).
Our interdisciplinary Responsible Organisation research programme addresses the multiple values underlying organisational responsibility, the conditions required to realise those values and the interventions geared to the transition of organisations towards responsible organisations. We co-create knowledge with multiple stakeholders in the wider community to ensure the impact of our scholarly work. Our research activities fall under the responsibility of the interdisciplinary Institute for Management Research (IMR).
The Strategic Management group focuses on strategy processes in relation to the dynamic and complex environment that organisations are confronted with and the competencies and skills required to deal with the diversity and plurality of stakeholders to create multiple values for organisations and their surroundings. Members of the Strategic Management department have published in high-impact journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Journal of Law and Economics, Organization Studies, and Research Policy.
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
- Employment: 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
- The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
- In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
- Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
- The intended start date is 1 October 2021.
- You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
Additional employment conditions Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University’s primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Would you like more information?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. Hans van Kranenburg, Professor of Strategic Management
Dr Sjors Witjes, Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Please address your application to Prof. Hans van Kranenburg and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 August 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.
Your application should include the following attachments:
- Motivation letter, stating your motivation, your interest in the project, and your competencies.
- CV including qualifications, grades, a list of academic publications (if applicable), and an academic reference supporting your application.
- Proof of academic writing skills such as a chapter from your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or an academic paper.
The first round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 31 August 2021 between 10:00 -11:30 Amsterdam Time Zone. The second round of interviews will take place on Monday 6 September 2021 between 09:30 -11:00 Amsterdam Time Zone.