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PhD Research Scholar positions - Department of Strategy and Management

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

Application deadline: 1 February 2017

NHH Norwegian School of Economics is pleased to announce vacancies within the following areas: (1) Accounting, Auditing and Law, (2) Business and Management Science, (3) Economics, (4) Finance, (5) Strategy and Management. Candidates admitted to the PhD Programme at NHH will be entitled PhD Research Scholar.

NHH is one of the leading business schools in Scandinavia. In close cooperation with the business community and the government administration, we are contributing new knowledge and creating values for a sustainable future. NHH has an international profile and cooperates with 170 universities and business schools in more than 50 countries. We have 3,400 students and 400 employees.

Department of Strategy and Management

Relevant topics are:

Strategic alliances and innovations
How can strategic alliances and B2B relationships spur innovations? Research questions include: (i) efficient contracting strategies for innovative projects, (ii) identification of performance implications of contracting strategies, and (iii) monitoring and relationship management during cooperation.
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Business Process Management and Digitalization
We are interested in the widespread growth of digital technologies like smartphones, tablets, internet of things, robotic process automation, app-platforms, and how these technologies enable competent users to innovate business processes.
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Service Innovation Research
Researching issues pertaining to customers' perception of firms' innovativeness is relevant and interesting in service innovation research.
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Business models in an international context
Research topic can include but are not limited to i) business model innovation at the base of the pyramid in developing countries, ii) understanding internationalization strategies of digital / e-commerce ventures, iii) the intersection between business models, entrepreneurship and internationalization.
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We are interested in understanding the origins of performance differences between firms and industries, and the implications of this for decision-makers. Within this wider research agenda, we put particular emphasis on strategy and the business cycle, strategic human capital, the theory of the firm, and entrepreneurship.
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Team and cooperation research
What makes teams work more effectively and how do relationships within teams form and develop over time? In particular, how do team start-ups and dynamics influence team performance?
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Nudging: Long-term thinking and decisions involving time
"Everyone" agrees that it is wise to think long-term, but we often choose the short-term option nonetheless? With experiments as method, we study what determines the decisions people make, and what can be done to “nudge” people to think long-term.
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Please find further information about the Department of Strategy and Management here.

The PhD Programme

The PhD Programme at NHH is a four year fully funded programme, which combines an intensive course component with active research and teaching/work experience, preparing the school's graduates for competitive careers at national and international academic institutions and industry.

PhD Research Scholars receive their own office space within their department and enjoy a highly stimulating and rewarding research environment. The PhD Research Scholars receive feedback on their work through close interaction with their supervisor/s, and faculty during regular seminars.

PhD Research Scholars are required to combine their studies and research with 25% work as a teaching and/or research assistant during their employment period.

Preference will be given qualified applicants with research proposals that fit best with the research interests of the Department of Strategy and Management. Preference will also be given to female applicants in the event of equivalent qualifications.

The annual salary is currently 435 100 NOK gross (equivalent to approximately € 48 000 or US dollar 50 500). This salary ensures a fair standard of living in Norway, and is subject to Norwegian taxes and benefits, including health care provision.

Start date in August 2017.


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the PhD Programme. It is necessary that academic and English language criteria are met. The Department of Strategy and Management does not require GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS tests to apply. You will find further information about our PhD Programme here. If you do not find answers to your questions, you may send an email to:

Information about education, prior positions and work experience, statement of purpose, tentative research proposal (5-10 pages), certificates with grades and other relevant documentation, including a complete CV, should be attached with the application.

Please provide us contact details of two reference persons. Letters of recommendation may also strengthen your application, but this is not mandatory. Such letters should be submitted by email directly to NHH () from the referees, by latest 15 February 2017.

Applications must be submitted online. For opening the application, please use the link ‘Apply for this job' on the top right side.

Please submit your application here

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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