We are seeking a highly motivated and curious researcher who will work on the interplay between trust and vulnerability in technology-immersed work settings, such as hybrid work and virtual learning environments, advanced analytics ecosystems, or employee-leader-algorithms triads. You will benefit from an interdisciplinary team of people management, organization- and communication studies experts conducting innovative research on technology and work relationships, such as people analytics, algorithmic management, innovation ecosystems, and "robots as new team members". As such, you will join the IEBIS section of the High-tech Business & Entrepreneurship Department (HBE) at the Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences.
- Are you enthusiastic about exploring the dynamics of interpersonal trust and vulnerability in the landscape of technology-immersed work settings?
- Are you curious about pushing beyond theoretical boundaries and initiating a qualitative inquiry?
- Do you want to immerse in purpose-driven work settings (e.g., NGOs, learning environments) to address real-world challenges?
- Do you have a desire to make an impact on the design and management of workplace technology for the greater good of organizations and employees?
If so, we invite you to join our team and embark on an intellectually stimulating PhD adventure! The challenge
This Ph.D. research strives to deepen our understanding of vulnerability and trust as crucial aspects of interpersonal relationships at work. Scholars across domains have unanimously recognized that vulnerability lies at the heart of trust, grounded in positive expectations of another party. Nevertheless, despite its pivotal role, the precise nuances of vulnerability within the context of trust remain under-explored. This shortage of knowledge becomes even more worrisome as growing levels of technological sophistication in the workplace highlight human vulnerability and "reshuffle" the foundation on which trust was believed to be built.