Lecturer and PhD researcher Corporate Philanthropy

Lecturer and PhD researcher Corporate Philanthropy

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14 Jan 11 Feb Rotterdam

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) invites applications for a Research and Teaching Associate with a part-time PhD position, starting in March or April 2020. The position is a four-year appointment in RSM’s Department of Business-Society Management and part of the Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity.

Job description

In this position, you will conduct research on the project “The Influence of the Institutional Context on Corporate Philanthropy” that is part of a part-time PhD trajectory (0.6 FTE). Corporate philanthropy – investment of corporate resources such as employees’ time, money, network, technology and means – has become more of a norm than an exception in the current global marketplace to create positive social change. But we have little understanding of how these practices differ among various countries, regions and communities.

A good understanding of how the institutional context may shape corporate philanthropic behaviour and more specifically, how this context influences managerial decision-making, is lacking. So, together with you, we aim to develop a new research agenda guided by the central question: “How does the institutional context influence corporate philanthropy in Europe?”. The specifics of the research agenda will be determined by you and your supervisors. Yet to illustrate potential questions, here are some examples:

o   Regulatory context: What is the influence of laws, rules, regulations and sanctions on decision-making in corporate philanthropy?

o   Cultural cognitive context: What is the influence of common beliefs, convictions and shared logic on decision-making in corporate philanthropy?

o   Normative context: How and to what extent do moral (or social) obligations help fostering and influencing decision-making in corporate philanthropy?

You will also be expected to:

  • work on contract research in related areas, such as corporate volunteering, corporate social investments, corporate social responsibility, service learning, volunteering or philanthropy (0.2 FTE).
  • support teaching activities of the department (0.2 FTE), such as guiding students in their bachelor theses, providing workshops to students and co-ordinating courses with professors.



Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We look forward to your application if you have:

  • A master degree in business administration, law, sociology or other field, focusing on corporate social responsibility (CSR) or (corporate) philanthropy. Current master students are welcome to apply. You can apply without having proof of obtaining your master degree, but bear in mind that proof of a master degree is a formal requirement for employment, which will only be possible if the master degree is obtained before the start of the appointment. We prefer candidates with an average grade of 8.0 or cum laude. Depending on the educational background, GMAT and an English-level check may be part of the procedure.
  • Soft skills such as empathy, a positive attitude, teamwork, resilience, ability to adapt and learn from criticism, good communication skills and perseverance.
  • A proven interest in corporate social responsibility or corporate philanthropy.
  • An interest in empirical research and interdisciplinary research.
  • An appreciation for academic research linked to real-world problems to create impact both to the academic community and the business community.
  • Willingness to develop a small teaching portfolio.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English. Speaking Dutch is preferred as you will work closely with local organisations.

Conditions of employment

  • The position is a 1 FTE research and teaching position (0,8 FTE negotiable), in which you will work on your PhD thesis, as well as on diverse smaller research projects and teaching activities. We will support you in your professional development by facilitating you through a state-of-the-art, part-time PhD programme which allows you to develop excellent research skills. We also facilitate obtaining your University Teaching Qualification which is needed or preferred by any high-quality university in Europe and beyond.  
  • The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 12 months. After successful completion, you are eligible for a three-year contract.
  • We offer attractive employment conditions with good terms of employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).
  • The attractive benefits package includes an end-of-year bonus of 8,3 per cent, holiday allowance of 8 per cent, extensive leave facilities for a healthy work-life balance (41 days a year based on a 40-hour workweek), and a good pension fund. Staff are also entitled to use various facilities, such as sport facilities, a theatre and a library.
  • The monthly salary is €2,709 gross for a full-time position of 38 hours a week during the first year (CAO NU scale 10 lecturer). This increases during the years according to the CAO NU scales.



Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)

is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl

RSM is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.


The Business-Society Management department at RSM was established more than 20 years ago as one of the first business and society departments in a leading European business school. It still ranks among the best in Europe in terms of research productivity and societal impact. Faculty members have published in top-tier journals, such as the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Studies. Faculty members are also actively involved in the academic leadership of scholarly associations (such as IABS, AOM and SAMS) and serve on editorial teams and boards of leading journals in the field. The department offers a master programme in Global Business and Sustainability, and contributes to all bachelor, master, MBA, MPhil and PhD programmes at RSM.


  • PhD; Education
  • Economics
  • RSM/Dept 8


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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