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PhD students (research and teaching associates) in Strategic Management/Organizational Design

Posted on: 
Jun 29, 2012

PhD students (research and teaching associates) in Strategic Management/Organizational Design

Posted on: 
Jun 29, 2012

Type of position

Faculty Graduate



The Institute of Business at the University of Vienna invites applications for

PhD students (research and teaching associates)

in Strategic Management/Organizational Design


The Department of Business Administration at the University of Vienna is one of the most internationally focused and visible management departments in Europe – currently ranking first in management research among all universities in the German-speaking world, and belonging to the finest institutions in its field internationally. As of August 2012, the newly founded subject area for Strategic Management within the Department will commence its operations. Within a team of researchers, we investigate questions pertaining to the differences in strategic decision-making of organizations and related performance implications. We are particularly interested in early-stage (organizational design) decisions relevant to firms operating in (technologically) innovative environments. Topics we work on include (but are not limited to): mechanisms of rent appropriation in technology intensive industries, trade-offs between value creation and value capturing in systemic industries (e.g. telecoms), organizing for distributed innovation (e.g. open source software), and behavioural aspects of evolutionary strategy and organizational design. We are agnostic to methods, however, most of our work so far has been either formally analytical or large-scale empirical in nature; that said, we increasingly adopt simulation-based as well as experimental techniques, too. As of the summer/fall of 2012, we seek to grow our young team by hiring several PhD students.


We look for candidates who have completed their Master/Diploma degrees (or be very near completion) by the time of their application. In this call we solicit applications from both top graduates of management programs and graduates of adjacent disciplines (economics, industrial engineering, information management, and psychology) who have demonstrated a clear interest in pursuing academic research in the social sciences. An appetite for the field of strategy and organizational design is expected, however, specific prior training is not necessarily a prerequisite. We are, however, solely interested in candidates who bring methodological skills in at least one of the following areas: formal (mathematical) modelling of agent behaviour (closed form and simulation-based) and (quantitative) empirical testing (conducting experimental research and/or large-scale field studies). As an international group of researchers seeking to publish in the leading outlets, we expect candidates to be fluent in English (written and spoken). Relevant study experience in a (native) English speaking environment is therefore a requirement. Prior teaching experience will be a plus. Knowledge of German is no requirement.


Successful candidates will join the Strategy Area as research and teaching associates (on a 30 hours/week contract), and they will be enrolled in the Department’s PhD program in Management – which is modelled after leading US business schools’ doctoral programs. The program – comprising intensive course work at the postgraduate level, research presentations, as well as the drafting of the actual dissertational thesis – is intended to optimally prepare candidates for a career in international academe should they wish to pursue it, while at the same time increasing the candidates’ attractiveness to employers in the private sector, too. Outside the core doctoral program, the Strategy Area will additionally actively nurture and foster research by its members that is aimed at making a contribution at the highest international levels.


On the teaching and administrative side, candidates are expected to assist and participate in the related activities of the area at all levels.


The deadline for applications is rolling; i.e. we will continue to hire until all positions are being filled. 


For further information please contact Dr Kurt Kinast (Faculty Manager) via phone (+43-1-4277-37039) or Professor Markus Reitzig (Strategy subject area chair) via email (


Applications – including a letter of motivation, transcripts of prior university course work (including grades), GPA (and if available GRE) scores – should be submitted to Professor Markus Reitzig ( 

The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration. Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna


Identification number of advertisement: 3149

Degree of Employment: 30.0 hours/week

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