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The Department of Business Administration at the Nijmegen School of Management is offering up to two PhD positions, each on a contract for 4-5 years, starting at the candidates' earliest convenience. Each PhD position is part of an ERC-funded research project of international excellence on the 'gig economy', studying online labour markets and their institutional foundations. Enabling the hiring of service workers through internet-based platforms, the gig economy is revolutionising traditional employment. The socio-economic consequences are massive, ranging from increased work autonomy to the possible erosion of labour standards. Interestingly, the opportunities and threats of the gig economy are distributed unevenly across countries, also depending on national regulation of dependent employment. To better understand how the gig economy operates (e.g. with regard to its institutional foundations, its impacts on national labour markets and needs for regulation), each of the two PhD candidates will collect and analyse large-N data of (1) gig requesters and (2) online platforms. Possible analyses include, but are not limited to, advanced regression techniques, discrete choice experiments and sequence analyses.
You will become part of the ERC project team and its international research network, including distinct scholars in the field as well as representatives of platforms and international organizations, such as the OECD and the ILO. A three to six month research stay at a foreign university or research institute of international excellence is envisaged as part of the project. The PhD candidates will be supervised by Prof. Andrea Herrmann in collaboration with colleagues providing expert knowledge to the project, most notably Assistant-Prof. Julia Bartosch and Assistant-Prof. Matthijs Punt.
Teaching obligations are limited. Each doctoral candidate will be given the opportunity to gain teaching experience for about 10% of their working time. All teaching duties are organised in consultation with the PhD candidate and in a way that facilitates his/her thesis progress.
Fixed-term contract: You will be employed 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) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions, companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. In doing so, the faculty is committed to Radboud University's mission of contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. In the context of our 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies' mission, we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond Economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. On topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty, we contribute to innovation and sustainable growth. Furthermore, we address environmental and climate challenges, seeking to contribute towards resolving them. Academic research and teaching at the Nijmegen School of Management are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in Business Administration; Economics and Business Economics; Geography, Planning and Environment; Political Science; and Public Administration. Academic research takes place at the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above-mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hotspots. The Nijmegen School of Management currently has 400 FTEs of staff and about 5,000 students.
The three vacant PhD positions are affiliated to the Chair of Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Prof. Andrea Herrmann and are located within the Group of Organisational Development and Design (OD&D), which is part of the Department of Business Administration. The OD&D group consists of 25 members and several internal and external PhD candidates. In research and teaching, the group combines interests in the institutional foundations and structural conditions of organisations. Current OD&D research involves new forms of work, entrepreneurship, organisations in dynamic contexts, transitional change towards sustainability and circular economy, implications of new technology and Industry 4.0, as well as changes in the development of ecosystems. Members of the group have published in high-impact journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Strategic Organization, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Research Policy, and Socio-Economic Review.
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