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Two PhD positions in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

Lund University - Deptartment of Business Administration

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Lund - Sweden
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th February 2019
Closes: 1st April 2019

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

Two PhD positions in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

We announce two four-year full-time positions as PhD students at the Department of Business Administration, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund. The PhD students will receive a scholarship for the first year and be employed at the department the last three years.

The PhD students will start 1st September, 2019.

Subject area

We are looking for PhD students in entrepreneurship with an interest in the role of ownership, and the relation between ownership and financing, in entrepreneurship. In line with this, the ownership situation can be assumed to be related to financial opportunities as well as financial decisions. The positions connect to ongoing research at the department focusing on the role of ownership and management in financing new and small firms by exploring the owners’/managers’ interest in the different sources of finance. In addition, the research aims at investigating owners’/managers’ decision process. For the positions interesting research relates to for example more recently established financial opportunities such as crowdfunding and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as well as the more traditional BA and VC. The thesis project will be conducted under the auspices of the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Work tasks

The PhD programme in Business Administration at Lund University is 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 doctoral 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.

Eligibility/Entry requirements

To be qualified the applicant must hold a Master’s degree and have completed 240 ECTS credits of university studies. Of these at least 90 credits must be accomplished in a subject relevant to the PhD programme, including a degree project relevant to the research studies, equivalent to at least 15 credits. A person may also meet the specific entry requirements if he or she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Basis of Assessment

Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1–7 §§ and SFS 1998:80. For appointment to the position, the applicant is required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Business Administration.

The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration. Particular emphasis will be based on the following:

  • Academic results, particularly on the Master’s level.
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
  • Relevance and viability of the research plan.
  • Any other results or distinctions which attest to the applicant’s ability to profit from the doctoral programme.

The PhD positions require a degree in Business Administration, including preferably courses/modules in entrepreneurship/Fintech.

Application Procedure

Your application should be written in English and sent as one pdf file to The application is to contain the following documents:

  • A complete application form, found at:
  • Letter of introduction
  • Research plan of no more than 5 pages (2.500 words) stating the topic to be investigated and sources of data and methodology the candidate aims to use. The topic should be quite specific and belong to one of the areas listed in the subject area section (see above).
  • Degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Copy of your Master’s thesis
  • Executive summary (1.000 words) of your Master’s thesis, and, where appropriate, your Bachelor’s thesis
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  • Copies of certificates and copies of any other documents that you wish to include in your application.

All submitted documents must be attested as to their authenticity.

Last day for applying is: 1st April, 2019

For further information please contact:
Joakim Winborg, associate professor

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

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