Department of Business Administration

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Vacant PhD positions

PhD student in Business Administration, Strategic Management

Four-year full-time employment. Limit of tenure: four years. First day of employment: 1st September, 2019

About the position

The Department of Business Administration is looking for a PhD student in strategic management with a research interest in economic organization and new institutional economics. The announced position is part of the Swedish Research Council funded project Asymmetric Contracting Capabilities: The Economic and Organizational Impact of Firms’ Learning to Contract. The aim of the project is to empirically examine the nature of learning processes in commercial contractual relationships and the potential economic, strategic and organizational implications of differences in learning among contracting organizations.

The PhD student is expected to actively participate in the research project by doing independent research (with supervision) and thereby contribute to the project objectives by writing and publishing research articles based on the empirical results obtained in the project.

The empirical research in the project will primarily be conducted in Sweden through case-studies of commercial contractual relationships and analysis of contractual data. Hence, knowledge of Swedish is a strong merit.


For information on eligibility, assessment and how to apply, visit Varbi where you also submit your application.

Application deadline: 1st April, 2019

Two PhD students in Business Administration: Marketing or Social entrepreneurship

Two four-year full-time employments. Limit of tenure: four years. First day of employment: 1st September, 2019

We are looking for two PhD students to the graduate school Agenda 2030.

About the graduate school Agenda 2030

Agenda 2030 is the framework for sustainable development that the world's nations have signed to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, solve the climate crisis, promote peace and equity and much more. In order to achieve the goals, research has several important roles: to identify challenges and conflicting objectives, contribute new solutions, generate dialogue and learning between different societal stakeholders and critically analyse the goals. Lund University aspires to be a part of the solution and has therefore started a graduate school focusing on research on societal challenges, sustainability issues and Agenda 2030. We seek applicants from various disciplinary backgrounds who want to take an active role in Agenda 2030 research. The graduate school offers a unique opportunity to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on global challenges and contribute to current research while deepening your subject knowledge. The graduate school will have at least 12 doctoral students from all faculties of Lund University. You will be associated with a specific research studies programme, and simultaneously take part in the university-wide interdisciplinary research studies courses, developed on the basis of the issues defined by the global goals. The courses will provide the possibility to develop new forms of collaboration and work for change across disciplinary boundaries. Besides the research studies courses, you will participate in several activities linked to the graduate school in order to take an active part in the global sustainability agenda and to advance the research front on issues concerning Agenda 2030, for example through seminars, conferences, study trips and collaboration with various societal stakeholders.

About the project marketing of new business models in transport

With the developments in electrification and digitalization many new business models for individual and public transportation are being developed that have the potential to reduce environmental harms from the mobility sector. The questions in this project revolve around how these new business models are marketed and how they are perceived and used by travelers, and also, what potential they have to gain wide acceptance and use so that demand for current emission intensive personal transportation can decrease. The project is expected to use quantitative and/or experimental methods to draw generalizable conclusions that will benefit researchers, practitioners and decision makers inside and outside academia. In addition to connecton to the 2030 gradute school the doctoral candidate will have the possibility of participating in K2, Sweden's national center for research and education on public transport at Lund University.

About the project social entrepreneurship and monetary grassroots innovations

Growing inequality, apocalyptic environmental damage, and the protracted effects of a global financial crisis have resulted in a discussion on the role of our monetary system for the organization of society. At the same time, new technological and financial developments are giving rise to much experimentation on new forms of money. From community currencies to blockchain-based systems, a new breed of social and grassroots entrepreneurs build on the possibilities of new monetary technologies to address some of today’s global challenges. This PhD position is to look at how social entrepreneurs re-imagine, re-organize and re-claim money to address social, ecological and economic challenges. Applications are welcome for PhD projects that focus on the institutional arrangements, practices and social norms communities develop as they govern and manage grassroots innovations for inclusive economic growth in informal urban settlements.


For information on eligibility, assessment and how to apply, visit Varbi where you also submit your application.

Application deadline: 3rd April, 2019

Being a PhD student

If appointed to the PhD position, you will be admitted to the PhD programme in Business Administration,  a four-year programme for a doctoral degree. The doctoral degree consists of two parts, courses (90 ECTS credits) and a thesis (150 ECTS credits). As a PhD student you will mainly be working with your research project, but you can also be given more general tasks at the department, e.g. teaching, research or administrative work, in accordance with the regulations. Rules for employment as a PhD student are stated in The Higher Education Ordnance (SFS 1998:80), Chapter 5.


General questions
Merle Jacob, Director of Research and PhD Programme
+46 46 222 42 24

PhD student in Strategic Management
Niklas Hallberg
Associate professor, project leader
+46 46 222 30 07

PhD student in marketing of new business models in transport
Johan Jansson
Associate senior lecturer

PhD student in social entrepreneurship and monetary grassroots innovations
Ester Barinaga