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PhD student position in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (f/m)
Luleå University of Technology
PhD student position in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The research group Entrepreneurship and Innovation now seeks one to two PhD students in a project focusing on
sustainable business model innovation and digitalization in Swedish industries. Established in 2006 the
Entrepreneurship and Innovation group at Luleå University of Technology undertakes research on organizational
development with a specific focus on firm development based on innovative products, services, production solutions
or management modes. Hosting close to 25 academics in entrepreneurship and innovation, the group offers a broad
competence base. Our vision is to be an international centre for developing and disseminating ideas of the future
in entrepreneurship and innovation". With high individual strengths and developed methods for forming smaller
work teams, the group is flexible in taking on a wide range of research projects. The group partners with large
national and global companies, SMEs, policy communities and research groups. Research findings are developed in
close cooperation with well reputed industry partners and communicated through academic publications, conferences,
Entrepreneurship and Innovation comprises organizational development with a specific focus on firm development based
on innovative products, services, production solutions or management modes.
Sustainability and new forms of collaboration are of great importance for increased competitiveness in Swedish business.
Digitization brings new forms of value creation, but many companies lack the necessary business knowledge to transform
new digital solutions into commercially attractive offers. A key challenge is therefore to take advantage of digital
opportunities. This can be achieved by creating new sustainable business models for advanced services in networks of
This project aims at developing, testing and spreading methods for developing sustainable business models in networks
within Swedish business. The project group includes researchers and 20 companies such as Boliden, Volvo, ABB and Ericsson.
The companies are found in networks in several different areas of Swedish business, all aimed at more sustainable business
relations. All networks include leading companies and their customers. Visions and ideas exist, but the actors currently
lack commercially attractive and sustainable business models to commercialize solutions in collaboration.
A significant part of the project is focused on addressing business needs by mapping challenges and deficiencies as well
as proposing methods for improvement. The mission is to create a basis for industrial development and communicate this
with participating companies through workshops, education and manuals.
You will work in a research project that involves close collaboration between researchers and business.
Your duties will be to plan and conduct research that deals with sustainable business model innovation within the Swedish business community.
You will be planning and conducting empirical studies over time, writing both scientific and popular science articles.
You will be responsible for relationship building, interaction and analysis to support practical development work with companies.
During your education you will also participate in research courses, both in scientific methodology and theoretical perspectives in entrepreneurship, innovation and business development.
Completed postgraduate studies after the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education (consisting of approved doctoral programs
as well as an independent doctoral dissertation) results in a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The appointment will be evaluated based on the ability to successfully undertake postgraduate education (Higher Education Ordinance 5 ch.
5). Appropriate background is an master’s degree in business administration, a master's degree or an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management or equivalent.
We assume that you have a good ability to express yourself well in English in spoken and written terms, good knowledge of the Swedish language is meritorious.
As a PhD student, you are expected to be able to work independently and take responsibility and have the drive to complete your work. It is
beneficial if you have good social skills and are good at managing the interests of different stakeholders.
Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment.
The University’s core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.
In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.
We prefer that you search for the position through the application button where you attach
CV / qualification and diploma
A link to an approximately five-minute video presentation of yourself and how you look at the PhD student role, and why you are a suitable candidate for this position
An essay / report or other text that you have written that shows your scientific competence
A personal letter reflecting on the topic of the project (about an A4 page) and why you are a suitable doctoral student for this project.
Final day to apply: June 6th, 2017 Reference number: 1755-2017
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