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PhD position within SFI EarthresQue

Deadline: 15.11.2020

BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School is ranked among the top business schools in Europe combining internationally recognized research and a wide range of educational offerings from bachelor to master and doctoral degree programmes as well as executive programmes. BI’s mission is to build the knowledge economy by empowering people and improving business. BI has 20 000 students, more than 300 000 alumni, and a number of academic and business partnerships and networks both nationally and internationally. BI holds the three most prestigious international quality accreditations – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. BI is organised as an independent foundation whose purpose is teaching and research. All profits are used to strengthen BI's academic- and learning environment.

BI Norwegian Business School is academic partner in Rescue of Earth Materials and Waste in the Circular Economy (EarthresQue), which is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI), financed by the Norwegian Research Council and partners in the Centre.

The ambition of EarthresQue is to become the nationally leading and internationally renowned research and innovation centre for sustainable use of earth materials. The primary objective is to develop technologies, systems innovation, and a governance framework for the most sustainable management and treatment of wastes and earth materials, building on science-based education and information.

The SFI is hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Science in collaboration with the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). In addition, the Centre involves partners from different sectors, concerned about developing and implementing solutions for a sustainable use of natural resources.

BI Norwegian Business School is seeking a Ph.D. candidate within EarthresQue for a period of four years. The overall focus of the study will be on strategy development for sustainable use of natural resources, and particularly earth resources, which is the empirical setting for the study. Relevant research topics include:

- New collaborative models, such as cross-sectoral partnerships and networks

- New business models, such as open/circular business models

- New organizational models and processes, such as new value chains

- New capabilities, related to learning and innovation

These topics are not mutually exclusive, but represent central topics that might be studied individually or in relation to each other. Overall, the study will focus on what it takes to develop and implement/make use of new solutions that enable a society to use natural resources in a sustainable way. In a sustainable society, the use of natural resources must be organized and practiced within the earth’s limits. This means that strategic action in this area depends on institutional, juridistical, and social context.

The candidate will be enrolled in the PhD specialization in strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation at BI, and work in the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The candidate will be part of the SFI’s research team, and work closely with the other researchers both at BI and other academic partners in the project. The candidate is also expected to interact with the other partners in the SFI, such as from the industry and public sectors.

The candidate must comply with BI’s overall PhD requirements. BI seeks a candidate who contributes with high-level research and publications on both national and international levels. This is in compliance with BI’s ambition of becoming one of the leading business schools in Europe. In addition, motivation and personal ability will be considered. It is also an advantage if the candidate speaks or understands Norwegian.

PhD positions are 4-years at BI, and includes 25% duty. The candidate will start January 1, 2021.

Questions regarding the position and the study can be directed to Leader of BI’s research centre for the construction industry, Lena E. Bygballe, phone: +47 46410459 or e-mail: [email protected] and/or Head of department Thomas Hoholm, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, phone 46410619, e-mail: [email protected]

All applications must be submitted electronically through the online application form, and not by e-mails. The application must include the following documents:

  • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, please include transcripts of grades
  • Other relevant certificates and transcripts
  • A project/ research proposal (5-10 pages including topic, proposed method, schedule) or sometimes the announcement will ask for a detailed list of research interests instead
  • CV
  • Verification document
  • Minimum 2 letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher
  • A milestone / research plan
  • Certificates from previously completed courses at the doctoral level, if requesting approval of these for the PhD programme at BI Norwegian Business School (see last section of § 3.1.1 in our PhD Regulations)
  • A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities

More information about the doctoral programme at BI and admission rules, please contact the doctoral administration at BI or check our website, www.bi.no.

Application deadline 15. November 2020.

Send application


  • Lena Bygballe, Mobile: +47 46410469
  • Thomas Hoholm, Mobile: +47 46410619


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