Research assistant(s) on learning in regional organizational networks

Research assistant(s) on learning in regional organizational networks

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15 Nov 4 Dec Amsterdam

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Are you a motivated (research) master student who would like to learn more about doing academic research and are you interested in the topic of organizational learning and knowledge exchange in regional networks?
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Job description

As research assistant, you will help conducting quantitative research on understanding the extent to which an organization’s embeddedness in a regional network will pay off in terms of organizational learning, and how leaders within these organizations may maximize the learning potential of their regional networks.

Digital and technological developments (e.g., Artificial Intelligence) are changing the nature of work and the way we do our day-to-day jobs. This continuously requires new knowledge and skills, making learning more important than ever. To live up to these new requirements, organizations are increasingly seeking collaboration within regional networks to exchange knowledge and learn from each other. Yet, while such networks are potentially a powerful source of knowledge, it remains unknown whether and when these regional networks actually contribute to learning. This project aims to uncover how organizations can seize the potential of their regional networks to foster learning.

As research-assistant, you will help with designing and developing surveys, contact with organizations, and data collection (surveys). You will help in preparing and analyzing the data (statistical analyses) and creating feedback benchmark reports.

Depending on availability, we are looking for two research assistants. Due to the external contact with organizations, the ability to speak Dutch is required.

Your duties
  • Execute literature review
  • Help in developing and designing survey
  • Contact organizations for survey distribution
  • Help in collecting data (via surveys)
  • Analyzing data and reporting back results
  • Developing and writing (automated) benchmark feedback reports.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • Currently pursuing a (research) master in the field Business administration, organizational studies, psychology, entrepreneurship or organizational sciences more broadly
  • Is motivated, conscientious, independent, and has good communication skills (ideally both Dutch and English)
  • Strong interest in academic research in general and in the above described topic in particular
  • Affinity with quantitative research (e.g., R, SPSS, JASP)
  • Has expertise with (or interested in) developing benchmark feedback reports

Conditions of employment

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,618 (SA)
and a maximum €2,846 (SA), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.2 FTE.

The employment contract will affect a period of 8 months with the starting date of 1 January 2024.

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)


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 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 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.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • 7.6—15.2 hours per week
  • €2618—€2846 per month
  • University graduate
  • 16500


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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