Netherlands: PhD Student for Organizational Networks, Diversity and Innovation

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The research project “Organizational Networks, Diversity and Innovation” is partly funded by Technology Foundation STW, whose main aim is to facilitate knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users by bringing scientific researchers and potential users together and by funding top-flight research in the technical and applied sciences. You will examine the relation between networks and diversity in STW- projects. Successful projects produce scientific as well as technological and societal yields. To achieve success in this field, multiple stakeholders are required that come from various backgrounds. Networks entail formal and informal organizational processes as network relations are formed in opportunity structures (e.g. collaborations) but are also subject to choice (e.g. preference for certain network contacts). Research has shown a relation between diversity and networks as people prefer social interactions with like-minded people. Therefore, networks play an important part in the development of inequalities. To come to a better understanding of inclusion and exclusion processes in networks, this research examines how the various stakeholders function in networks. The project will pay attention to a wide variety of social categories (gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical ability) and their intersections in networks. You will use social network analysis (SNA) to map the network structures of selected projects as well as qualitative research (interviews and observations) to examine how stakeholders build, use and maintain these networks.

Requirements

You must have a Master’s degree in Management or Social Sciences and should be interested in both organizational network research and issues of gender and diversity. You should have excellent skills in research, planning, writing and presentation, and a firm grasp of Dutch and English language. Experience with qualitative as well as quantitative research methods is recommendable.

Conditions of employment

You will be conditionally appointed as a PhD student (1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months. Your performance will be evaluated after a year. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2,5 years. PhD Scale. The gross starting salary is € 2,024 per month and will increase to € 2,612 (fourth year).

Contract type

Temporary

Organisation

Radboud University Nijmegen

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.

Department

Nijmegen School of Management

You will be appointed to the Chair of Strategic Human Resource Management at the Institute for Management Research. You will be part of the Business Administration research programme ‘Relational Enterprise’ which examines how social processes and relationships determine the ways in which organizations perform. Relational Enterprise is one of the core themes of the Institute for Management Research (IMR) which conducts fundamental and applied research on the development, design and effectiveness of the public and private structures that regulate, govern and manage human interaction. These structures exist at various levels, ranging from societies to urban networks and from macro-economic systems to individual organizations and businesses.

Additional information

Radboud University Nijmegen

Prof.dr. Y.W.M. Benschop
+ 31 24 3613007
Y.Benschop@fm.ru.nl

http://www.ru.nl/imr/programmes/re/

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