PhD Candidate/Junior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Governance in the Digital Age

PhD Candidate/Junior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Governance in the Digital Age

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15 Sep 30 Sep Nijmegen

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Job description

Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are taking on more prominent roles in society. This increasingly leads to questions concerning their responsibility and accountability and how these platforms should be regulated. As a PhD Candidate, you will work towards laying the foundation for a governance system for organizations and regulatory institutions in today’s digital society.

As a PhD Candidate/Junior Lecturer you will have both research (50%) and teaching (50%) duties for a 6-year period. You will work on a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Hans van Kranenburg and Dr. Stephanie Koornneef. The PhD project focuses on the impact of digitalisation, datafication, and platformisation on organisations and existing regulatory institutions and processes in the media sector. Furthermore, the project will address what kind of regulation would be necessary and how to create a smart regulatory regime and process for the sector. Questions concerning the responsibility and accountability of media platforms and how those platforms should or should not be regulated are increasingly raised as platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram take on more prominent roles in society. For instance, Facebook has taken it up themselves to delete posts with fake news and accompany posts regarding COVID-19 and its vaccines by a disclaimer in an effort to take responsibility.

The PhD project aims to lay the foundation for an effective governance system for organisations and regulatory institutions in the digital society by developing knowledge at the crossroads of (common) public values, platform-ecosystem mechanisms, datafication, and new institutional arrangements. A more detailed project description is available upon request from Prof. Hans van Kranenburg ( 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 IMR Doctoral School.

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 programmes in Strategic Management and/or International Business. Whilst holding this position, you will be given the opportunity to obtain your university teaching qualification.


Radboud University


  • You hold a Master's degree in a relevant field of Business Administration or Communication or equivalent.
  • You have academic excellence, as demonstrated by your grade transcripts and CV.
  • You have excellent writing skills, as evidenced by a chapter from your Master's thesis, a forthcoming or published article or a presented conference paper.
  • You have the ability to develop a research proposal in the area of strategic management, governance and digitalisation, datafication, or platformisation.
  • You have the ability to teach in English; Dutch teaching skills would be an advantage.
  • You are enthusiastic and highly motivated.
  • You have the ability to finish your PhD thesis in time, i.e. strong skills in project management, flexibility and proactive behaviour.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

  • Employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 and a maximum of €4,474 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 6 years.
  • 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.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
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.


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. NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach. NSM employs 330 FTEs, 75% of whom are academics. Currently, NSM has approximately 5,000 students.

NSM's research activities fall under the responsibility of the interdisciplinary Institute for Management Research (IMR). Under the motto 'Creating Knowledge for Society', IMR focuses on academic research into the development, design and effectiveness of the public and private structures that regulate, govern or manage human interactions.

As a PhD Candidate/Junior Lecturer you will join the Strategic Management group, which is part of the Department of Business Administration. The 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 an organisation and its surroundings. Its research contributes to the Responsible Organisation research programme of the Department of Business Administration.

More specifically, the group's research interests centre on market and non-market strategic behaviour, transitions, business models, strategic decision making, governance, networks, and performance of organisations. Members of the Strategic Management chair group 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, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, Journal of Law and Economics, Organization Studies, and Research Policy.

Radboud University
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 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Behaviour and society
  • €2836—€4474 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1169542



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