Do you have a passion for academic research? Would you like to work on your PhD in an open, international, and dynamic environment with a close link to the business world? And are you ready to deep-dive into the science and practice of effective teamwork and high team performance? Let’s talk!
PhD Researcher on Team Membership Change, Boundary Spanning, and Performance
The hosting institute Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, top-ranked international business school at the heart of Europe – with a solid scientific foundation that provides the backbone for knowledge with lasting impact.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven PhD Researcher with a passion for the topic of teamwork and team performance.
This four-year PhD project is funded by the Academic Research Fund (ARF) at Vlerick Business School. It is aimed to look into how team membership change (i.e., teams’ adding, replacing, losing members) affects team performance and what roles team boundary spanning (i.e., teams’ managing external stakeholders) plays in this process. This project consists of three empirical studies. Outputs of the project are aimed to publish in leading management journals (e.g., FT50 Journals) and magazines (e.g., Harvard Business Review). As we encourage international experiences and collaborations, a 6-month research visit will be arranged in the leading schools in the US in the 3rd or 4th year of the project. The start date of the project is expected to be Sep. 1st, 2023, the latest.
- Complete a PhD journey on the topic of teamwork and team performance.
- Conduct research on utilizing the benefits of team membership change for team performance. This includes archival research, data collection and analysis.
- Disseminate knowledge by writing papers, reports, and articles, communicating on social media, organizing workshops for practitioners, and presenting research findings to both business and academic audiences.
- Conduct research in collaboration with faculty and other researchers.
- Provide support for teaching activities, both in executive education and in MBA/Master courses.
- Have a master’s degree (in organizational behaviour, HRM, work and organizational psychology, management, or other related subjects) with a level of distinction in at least one of your years, and a research mind-set.
- Are passionate about the research topic and have good analytical skills.
- Want to conduct rigorous academic research relevant to business.
- Are fluent in English and have excellent writing skills (e.g., TOEFL 600/100 or IELTS 7; GMAT/GRE 80th percentile).
- Can work autonomously but also a good team player.
- Have a proactive attitude.
- Will be based on our campus in Ghent, Brussels, or Leuven in combination with your home office.
The Supervisory Team
The supervisory team consists of three highly experienced researchers, Jia Li (Vlerick), Thom de Vries (University of Groningen), and Gerben van der Vegt (University of Groningen). They are among the leading scholars on team membership change and team boundary spanning. Their research has been published in top-tier management journals, including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and so forth. The team is seeking a motivated and talented PhD student to move forward the boundary of team science and produce impactful guidelines for real-life work teams with.
- Autonomy and responsibility in a challenging work environment.
- A dynamic, open, and international company culture.
- Opportunities for professional and personal growth.
- A team of enthusiastic, driven colleagues, passionate about learning.
- The chance to build content expertise as well as an interesting network.
- You’ll have a real impact and inspire people to live, learn and leap!
At Vlerick, openness to the world is part of our DNA. We are continuously working towards being a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive place to work and learn at. So, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your dreams are, we are looking forward to receiving your application.
With Vlerick being the PhD hosting institute, you will become part of the Vlerick team. KUL will be your PhD granting institute. Here you can find an overview of the salary package (scale 43).
Take the Leap!
If you think you meet these criteria, please apply with your resume, motivation letter and transcripts on our website no later than April 30th, 2023. If you have English test scores available (i.e., TOEFL or IELTS, GMAT or GRE), please also include them in your application.
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