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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 (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 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.
Fixed-term contract: 6 years.
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.
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!
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