Assistant/Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership, Board Dynamics, and Corporate Governance (Tenure Track)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership, Board Dynamics, and Corporate Governance (Tenure Track)

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23 Feb 15 May Amsterdam

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Are you doing qualitative research on strategic leadership, board dynamics, and corporate governance? Are you inspired by a high-quality research community, and motivated for academic teaching? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) would like to get t...

Job description

As part of our ambition to develop our expertise in board dynamics and corporate governance, the Management and Organisation department of the School of Business and Economics is seeking to recruit a new colleague. Specifically, we are looking for a qualitative researcher who has a background in conducting inductive studies on various topics related to strategic leadership, board dynamics, and corporate governance.
The department of Management & Organisation at the School of Business and Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, committed to the study of organisations and organising, and relevant grand challenges associated with sustainability, responsibility, and equity.
In doing so, we draw on multiple perspectives, encompassing entrepreneurship, organisational behavior/HRM, strategy, organisational theory, and a diversity of methodological approaches. We are driven by our mission to do "science with purpose", that inspires us to do relevant and rigorous research, enables us to offer innovative education, and equips us with evidence-based tools and approaches to help organisations to operate effectively, while also serving society.
With a strong track record of publishing in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, and Organisation Science, the department has a strong voice in the leading management and organization science communities and also through serving on the boards of the Academy of Management, European Group for Organisational Studies, and the European Academy of Management. As part of the Department, we host specialized VU Knowledge Hubs focused on developing research and education on contemporary themes, such as board dynamics, business and society, diversity and inclusion, and business ecosystems.
Next to offering high ranked Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate education programs, we also collaborate with organisations in offering tailor-made programs concerned with the strategy execution, board dynamics, change and leadership development.

Your duties
  • initiating and performing high-quality research in the field of Corporate Governance and Board Dynamics. Your research results in top tier publications and grant acquisitions
  • contributing to the VU Knowledge Hub for Boards Research and Leadership
  • teaching and designing courses at the executive level, master level (e.g., MSc Business Administration, and/or MBA and Executive MBA), and bachelor level (e.g., the SBE International Business Administration). You also supervise bachelor and master theses
  • supervising PhD candidates
  • contributing to the Department and School, e.g., by serving on committees


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • you are an experienced qualitative researcher
  • you have a PhD on one of the topics related to corporate governance domain
  • you are fluent in both English and Dutch
  • you have a track record of publishing research in top tier journals
  • you have experience with education at both MSc and executive education levels
  • you have a university teaching qualification (BKO). If not, you are committed to obtain one.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The tenure track position involves research (50%) and teaching (50%). At the end of the second year a performance evaluation will take place. The Tenure Track Committee will review your file including the evaluation and advice on the continuation of your tenure track. In the fifth year, the Tenure Track Committee will review your file in order to decide upon the tenured assignment, based on the assessment criteria of the Tenure Track system at SBE.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), contribution to commuting expenses


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 7,000 Bachelor's and Master's students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 600 people.


  • Assistant professor
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • 14855


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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