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Postdoc (2y) position in Resilience, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

The ideal candidate conducts research into (a) (the leadership of) resilient, innovative and/or entrepreneurial behaviors and mindsets amid uncertainty (be it inside or outside the organization), and (b) organizational design that supports such behaviors ...

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2588 - € 4757 per maand


The ideal candidate conducts research into (a) (the leadership of) resilient, innovative and/or entrepreneurial behaviors and mindsets amid uncertainty (be it inside or outside the organization), and (b) organizational design that supports such behaviors, while (c) considering the wider role and responsibility of business in society. Nonetheless, we certainly welcome applicants that focus on two of these three domains, and have specific research expertise in the area of resilience.

We are open to various conceptualizations of resilience, such as: organizational responses to external threats, organizational reliability, employee strengths, the adaptability of business models, or design principles that reduce vulnerabilities and disruptions (Linnenluecke, 2017; International Journal of Management Reviews; also see Williams et al. 2017; Academy of Management Annals). Examples of current and completed department projects at the crossroads of resilience, innovation, and entrepreneurship are: influence of entrepreneurial leaders’ personality on organizational resilience, innovation team resilience, resilience and integrity in the financial sector, entrepreneurs (non-)inclusion of disabled people, resilient online campaigning for nonprofits, resilient new organizational forms for small business, resilient organizing of IT infrastructures, entrepreneurs’ mental health as a source of resilience, entrepreneurs use of imagination for dealing with uncertainty, overcoming of market barriers for healthy ageing technology, and resilient university-industry collaborations.

You will be working closely with the chair in Organization Studies & Innovation and the two associate professors in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategic Entrepreneurship; we strongly value personal initiative in identifying interesting research opportunities in relation to resilience, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Next to your main task in designing, executing, and publishing research, you are expected to apply and/or assist in applying for (inter)national research funding at for example the Dutch Science Foundation NWO or the European Union. In particular, applications for personal talent schemes are encouraged by the department and supported by the school and university. Your teaching will be limited to a part of the core master course Entrepreneurial Leadership & Responsible Organizational Design and the supervision of bachelor and master students in the research area of your interest. Willingness to obtain (parts of) the Dutch University Teaching Qualification during the post doc period is a plus.


We are looking for a highly motivated, proactive, and creative team player with a PhD in Business Administration or a related discipline such as Innovation Studies, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Sociology, Technology Management, Management Information Systems, Health Care Management, and the like. We will also consider candidates that are close to or have submitted but not yet defended their PhD thesis. You have excellent analytical and conceptual skills and outstanding track record, and are highly proficient in spoken and written English; command of the Dutch language is not a requirement. We expect you to provide evidence

of your skills in either qualitative or quantitative methods (or both), your publication plans and pipeline, and your specific motivation for this vacancy.

You should submit your application via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en before January 8, 2018 h. 23:59 (CET). Applications should include: (1) a motivation letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas, and (4) email and telephone contact information of at least two referees. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed. Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

Interviews will take place in January 2018. In case needed, a second round of interviews will be conducted. The University of Twente reserves the right to make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual. For more information on this position, please contact dr. M.L. Ehrenhard, email: m.l.ehrenhard@utwente.nl , phone: +31-53-4895535 or prof. dr. ir. P.C. de Weerd-Nederhof, email: p.c.deweerd@utwente.nl (chair of NIKOS/ESIM), phone +31-53-4893499.


We offer a very challenging position in an inspiring environment. You will be appointed as postdoc, preferably in a full-time position and at least for 32 hours a week for a period of two years. The department and faculty support excellence and growth in research and teaching. We are committed to supporting your career development. The salary scale, depending on your actual experience, ranges from € 2.588,- to € 4.757,- gross per month, based upon the job profile of Researcher level 4 or 3. You are entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary plus an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Next to this, the University of Twente offers several attractive conditions, like extensive professional development opportunities and a high degree of responsibility.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).