PhD Position in the Business Society Management department, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

PhD Position in the Business Society Management department, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Published Deadline Location
27 Jan 15 May Rotterdam

Job description

Institutions for collective action: link between size, heterogeneity, resilience

*(up to) 5-year fully-funded projects & state-of-the-art facilities*

Project summary

Remarkable about the growth of new Institutions for collective action (also collectivities, “commons”) today is their omnipresence in various sectors, and their tendency to utilise similar types of rules and mechanisms to achieve resilience - regardless of differences in resource types. There are subtle varieties in both their rules and adjustments that took place over time and how these try to mediate the effect of changes in the size and heterogeneity of both resources and members of these institutions. For this project, the PhD-student will analyse the internal functioning (such as member loyalty, rules, values) of a specific type of collectivities aimed at (natural) resource management in the European past (from the early-modern period to today) some of which were originally organised as guilds and then moved on as cooperatives after the dissolution of the guilds. Collective action was essential for the functioning of these communities – back then and now – for various reasons, ranging from creating more security to economic benefits generated by working closely together. Understanding how they did so, which rules they devised and how they prevented freeriding within the collectivity, and this in relationship with constant changes in the group size and heterogeneity is important to understand how an institution for collective action can be(come) resilient in the long run. The exact time frame for the study and the geographical area within Europe which the study will focus on will be decided jointly by the PhD-student and supervisors.

More information about the PhD Project can be found here:

·         Institutions for collective action: link between size, heterogeneity, resilience


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


Admission Requirements

To be considered for a PhD position in management at ERIM, you are expected to:

  • hold an MSc, MA or MPhil degree in business or economics, or from related fields such as psychology, sociology, engineering, or mathematics (depending on PhD project)
  • have excellent results in your first degree or graduate study
  • show explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research
  • have a GMAT or GRE test result that is not older than five years, and an indication of the required score is 85 per cent (required for all entering PhD students
  • have TOEFL or IELTS test results. For internet-based TOEFL test, ERIM requires a total score of at least 100 and all section scores (writing, speaking, reading, and listening) should be at least 23. A minimum score of 600 is required on paper-based TOEFL test. For IELTS, the minimum overall band score is 7.5 and all section scores (writing, speaking, reading, and listening) should be at least 6.5. The language test results should not be older than two years.

In addition to these formal requirements, candidates for the programme are selected on the basis of their CVs, academic references, and interviews with the potential supervisors.

Project team composition

Prof. Dr. Tine de Moor, Rotterdam School of Management.

Dr. Fijnanda van Klingeren, Rotterdam School of Management.

Dr. Thomas Bauwens, Rotterdam School of Management.

Conditions of employment

Conditions of employment

Our PhD projects are fully funded and salaried positions, meaning that appointed PhD candidates are employees (promovendi) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Fixed, gross monthly salaries are € 2,541 in the first year, € 2,960 in the second year, € 3,098 in the third year, and € 3,247 in the fourth and fifth year. EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8 per cent, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 per cent, and a generous number of vacation days.

Successful candidates are appointed on a full-time basis for a duration up to five years. The PhD position is intended to start a.s.a.p.

PhD candidates also benefit from the state-of-the-art research facilities and financial support programme (ERIM Support Programmes - ESP), which ERIM set up for a wide range of research-related activities such as conference participation, international job markets, external courses, scientific and educational literature, visits to international supervisors, and international research studies.

Additional information

How to apply

All applicants are required to follow our online application process. The application deadline is 15 May 2023.

Additional information can be obtained from:

ERIM Doctoral Office


Organisation / Department

ERIM is the research institute of management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, founded by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), both of which excel in their research and teaching programmes. The level and international character of their research and teaching programmes has put both schools at the forefront of academic excellence. They offer a diversified portfolio of accredited teaching and research programmes, ranging from pre-experience MSc to postgraduate Masters and executive development, and from fundamental research to applied research and business support, which are renowned throughout the world. RSM is one of the few schools worldwide that holds a triple accreditation from the AMBAs, EQUIS and the AASCB, and is positioned among the top European business schools. The scientific staff of both schools plays a major role in the schools’ interaction with the international business community.

ERIM distinguishes itself by the high-level and international character of its research and has repeatedly been ranked among top 3 research institutes in Europe. ERIM’s key aims are top-quality academic research with impact both on academia and managerial practice, and the advancement of international academic careers and high-level support for both research and doctoral education. For more information about ERIM please visit


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • University graduate


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 15 May 2023 23:58 (Europe/Amsterdam).