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PhD Research Fellowship in digital transformation

Deadline: 26.05.020

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally.

We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

The position

The Inland School of Business and Social Sciences, PhD programme Innovation in Services - Public and Private (INSEPP) invites candidates to apply for a 4-year PhD research fellowship to work with the broad field of innovation studies with particular focus on digital transformation. 25% teaching related duties are integrated in this position.

The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship for the admitted candidate is to undergo a research training programme that leads to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The selected applicant will be expected to complete the PhD programme within four years (three years of research and one year of teaching activities).

The successful candidate is required to apply for admission to the PhD programme INSEPP no later than three months after the date of commencement. The application has to include a proposal of a doctoral research training program that is approved and agreed upon no later than three months after the date of commencement. The University will assist the selected candidate in forming the agreement.

The PhD student will be a part of the growing innovation team at INSEPP during the PhD period.

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The project

PhD research fellow in digital transformation

Technology, like the Internet, is a platform that supports marketplaces for goods and services. Hence, a firm’s and its network's ability to leverage digital technologies are an increasingly important source of competitive advantage because businesses must respond to market dynamics (Kumar and Reinartz 2016). Digital technologies are changing market behavior, and how firms and networks are organized becomes blurred. Digital technologies can provide a highly personalized and immersive environment that allows for interactivity and rich information exchange between the network and customers. Business managers and researchers need to rethink theory and practice to adjust to the consequences of digitalization, such as increasing complexity, high information availability, high reach, frequent interactions, and faster speeds of transactions (Wedel and Kannan 2016).

Digitalization can provide strategic benefits such as increasing sales and productivity, inspiring innovations, and enabling new forms of customer interaction. To do so, modifications of critical components of business models are needed; thus, digitalization is likely to disrupt existing business models and create new ones. More specifically, digitalization is intertwined with the general shift of the firm must do transforming from product-oriented to more service-oriented business models (Tronvoll et al. 2020; Kindström, 2010). To succeed, firms have to master digitalization, which is defined as the use of digital technology to change a business model and provide new value-creating and revenue-generating opportunities, thereby moving to a digital business. Accordingly, digitalization enables the process of recreating and reinventing business models and organizational transformation. The Ph.D. position will focus on how digital servitization will influence business model configurations in the service ecosystems and how this affects the firm’s digital transformation.

Qualifications and personal skills

  • The person to be appointed must have a master's of science degree in business administration, 120 ECTS, including a master's thesis of at least 30 ECT cf. NOKUT’s (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s) requirements for admission to PhD-education at Norwegian universities. Applicants with a master’s degree from universities abroad, have to attach “Recognition of foreign higher education” from NOKUT. Instructions on how to get this master’s degree assessed and approved are given by NOKUT, cf. https://www.nokut.no/en/services/recognition-of-foreign-higher-education/
  • The candidate should have a professional foundation in marketing, digital management, or other relevant specializations. It is an advantage to have interest or experience or interest in digitization, digital transformation or digitization of business models either within the service sector or industry where digitization is matured.
  • The work assumes that the candidate has mastered both quantitative and qualitative methods, but the methodological emphasis is dependent on the academic depth of the project.
  • Expertise in relevant ICT software program
  • Language proficiency: Good oral and written English is required. In addition, it is required to command one of the Scandinavian languages. The candidate must expect to conduct interviews in Norwegian, as well as be able to transcribe these.
  • Candidates who are motivated to conduct research that contribute to innovation, value creation and business strategies are being sought.
  • Ability to work independently and purposefully but also have a command of cooperation on research tasks and publishing

For information on PhD position in general, see: Regulations on employment conditions for positions as postdoctoral, fellow, scientific assistent.

How to apply

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:

  • Application letter
  • Project description and progress plan (4-5 pages) for the work to be undertaken, where academic relevance and different challenges and possibilities within the project is being outlined.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation (if any)
  • A complete list of publications (if any)

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even if the applicant hasrequested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

We offer

  • An academically stimulating work environment with engaged colleagues and a growing institution
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Good pension benefits, under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds
  • A pay grade of 54 (NOK 479 600,- p.a). If 4 years with 25 % teaching duties is agreed upon, 25 % will be remunerated according to the appropriate level for a teaching position, on the basis of an evaluation of relevant qualifications.

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