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PhD position Coordination and collaboration to handle disruptions

SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has available a PhD position Coordination and collaboration to handle disruptions (1.0 FTE).

In this PhD project, the goal is ...

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Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has available a PhD position Coordination and collaboration to handle disruptions (1.0 FTE).

In this PhD project, the goal is to identify the structures and decision-making processes that facilitate coordination and collaboration between teams and organizations to handle disruptions (e.g., machine breakdowns, infrastructure problems). Building on insights from organizational behaviour and organizational theory, we will examine how management structures and decision-making processes can be adapted to meet the requirements of specific situations. We subdivide this project into two parts that are closely interrelated. In the first part the focus is on the management of multi-team and multi-organizational coordination and collaboration mechanisms using information from real-life cases. The second part of the project focuses on how we can change the management structures used to tune the decision-making and coordination processes of the teams and organizations involved using an intervention study. The position will be part of the SOM research programme on Organizational Behaviour (see https://www.rug.nl/research/hrm-ob/) and is financed by a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and NGInfra. The position offers the unique opportunity to work with a team of top scholars on a scientifically important and practically relevant problem.


For this project we are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in Business Administration, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, or Social Psychology and a specific interest in organizational and/or team processes.

Candidates should have excellent skills in research methods, academic writing, and should be able to cooperate in a multi-disciplinary team.


If you are interested, we invite you to apply until 19 March 23.59 h / before 20 March 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on the "Apply" button below on the advertisement on the university website).

The application package consists of the following separate documents:
1. your CV and scan of your passport
2. a motivation letter (1 A4 max) and a short study proposal for the PhD project (2 A4 max)
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents.
The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and relevant work experience, with a minimum of € 2,222 gross per month which increases yearly to a maximum of € 2,840 gross per month. In addition there are an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end of year bonus.

The full-time appointment is temporary for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Starting date: 1 September 2018

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

For more information on the procedure, and to obtain an elaborate project description, please send an email to somvacancies@rug.nl

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Additional information

Prof. Dirk Pieter van Donk (about the project)

Prof. G. van der Vegt (about the project)


Faculty of Economics and Business Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
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