PhD The changing nature of teams: unstable, part-time, ill-defined (1.0 FTE)

PhD The changing nature of teams: unstable, part-time, ill-defined (1.0 FTE)

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24 Apr 20 May Groningen

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Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business offers an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.

FEBRI, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has one PhD position in the field of The changing nature of teams: unstable, part-time, ill-defined available.

Project description
Over 90% of today’s organizations utilize teams, investing billions of euros in their development each year. Most of the knowledge undergirding these activities rests upon research on archetypical (i.e., stable, full-time, and well-defined) teams. Most of today’s teams, however, are better characterized as unstable (employees leave and join teams), part-time (employees work in multiple teams), and ill-defined (team boundaries are unclear). This challenges our understanding of the nature and effective management of contemporary teamwork. Therefore, the objective of the PhD project is to develop insights into the dynamics of and experiences within modern team arrangements and provide evidence-based recommendations to organizational practice.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme Organizational Behaviour of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Prof. Gerben van der Vegt, Dr Stefan Berger, and Dr Joost van de Brake.


University of Groningen


The ideal candidate is ambitious, highly motivated and wishes to make a career in research. You have a thorough training in research skills, speaks and writes English fluently and has obtained excellent results in the Master phase.
The PhD candidate should have a background (MSc, Research Master) in business administration, organizational behaviour, human resource management, work/organizational psychology, or a related discipline within the social sciences (e.g., sociology, economics). In the selection process, particular emphasis is placed on scientific writing skills, and the ability and motivation to work with large datasets (quantitative methodology).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a gross monthly salary from a minimum of € 2,770 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,539
• an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December
• a temporary full-time appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. PhD candidates contribute 20% of their time to teaching in years 2-4.

Starting date: Preferably per 1 September 2024


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • V24.0237


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