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Jonkoping International Business School Doctoral Students Opportunities in Business Administration and Economics

Jönköping International Business School is looking for at least six Doctoral Students in Business Administration and Economics with placement at one of the three research centers.

JIBS (Jönköping International Business School) is one of four schools within Jönköping University (JU). It is recognized as the most international business school in Sweden and one of the most international in the world. For more information please visit

In 2015, JIBS was the first business school in Sweden to receive double accreditation from both AACSB and EQUIS. In March 2018, JIBS was awarded a 5-year EQUIS accreditation. Recent assessments of research productivity and impact ranks JIBS first in Sweden in business administration and economics and first in Europe and second in the world in entrepreneurship. Previous rankings also put JIBS as world leading in media, management and family business research.
JIBS mission is to advance the theory and practice of business, with specific focus on Entrepreneurship, Ownership, and Renewal. In line with this mission, we are looking for at least six doctoral students who are interested in pursuing their doctoral studies in one or more of these three areas. The doctoral students will be admitted to either the doctoral program in business administration (at least 4 positions) or the program in economics (at least 2 positions). The doctoral student will be affiliated to one of JIBS’ three centers; CeFEO (Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership), CEnSE (Centre of Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics) or MMTC (Media, Management and Transformation Centre) depending on her/his preliminary research interest.

CeFEO is the largest research center on family business and ownership in the world. Our research, education and outreach activities are oriented towards JIBS’ profile areas entrepreneurship, ownership and business renewal. More specifically, research in our center concentrates on family business, corporate governance and strategic management, and the relationships between these areas and entrepreneurship, ownership, innovation and internationalization.

CEnSE is a multi-disciplinary centre that performs applied research relating to issues of entrepreneurship and business renewal, regional development and growth and interrelation between urban and rural areas.

A substantial part of CEnSE research addresses policy relevant problems, for example, how accessibility affects regional growth and the way entrepreneurial and innovative processes in business and society are dependent on knowledge and creativity.

At MMTC we take interest in the business and industry implications triggered by the driving forces of digitalization, sustainability and globalization. This includes the study of digital entrepreneurship, issues related to social media, (sustainable) innovation as well as strategic responses to different challenges in the media and other industries. The center aims at conducting high-quality research relevant to society in interaction with external stakeholders.

As a doctoral student we offer you full-time employment. Most of your time will be devoted to your doctoral studies (80%) which includes coursework and writing a doctoral thesis. The remaining time is allocated for teaching and administrative tasks. We seek candidates who have a strong wish to conduct high-quality academic scholarship on important topics within entrepreneurship, ownership and renewal.

The main language of research and teaching at JIBS is English. You must be fluent in both written and spoken English to be eligible for our doctoral program. Skills in other languages, including Swedish, are an advantage. An international outlook as well as prior research, teaching and/or professional experience are also advantageous, as is an ability to communicate effectively with different stakeholders in and around the university environment. Eligible applicants must have completed their MSc in a relevant discipline for the PhD program.

We seek candidates who have the ambition to pursue an international research career and wish to combine a high level of scholarship with policy-making and/or practical relevance.

For more information about the positions, please contact Lucia Naldi (Director of PhD candidates). The union representatives are Olof Brunninge Saco-S and Barbara Eklöf, ST. Contact phone number for all of them is +46 36-10 1000.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in early June, 2018.

Your application must include:
• A letter-of-intent explaining why you are applying to the position, what you expect from the doctoral programme and why you are interested in JIBS. You should also specify which of the
three areas or centers you see your doctoral research mostly linked to.
• A description of yourself including your background and main interests.
• A statement about whether you are applying for the business administration program or the economics program.
• A preliminary research proposal (max. 3000 words), expressing your present research interest in the field.
• CV and attested documents (transcript, diploma).
• Copy of your Master Thesis and other publications.
• The name and phone numbers of at least 2 references.

Send in your application electronically via the following address: 204946/ by the latest on May 20th, 2018.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

[Please quote reference number 2018/1688-221 clearly on your application].

Jönköping University is a modern institution, characterized by internationalization and an entrepreneurial spirit. We attract highly qualified, inventive and enterprising people from all around the world. We develop new knowledge and share our expertise through solid collaborations with industry and business, the public sector and other higher education institutions. We offer an equal and inclusive workplace and we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit

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