Department : Department of Management
Regime : Full-time
The Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics is looking for a full-time (100%)
Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Organization- and Management Sciences
- You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of Organization- and Management Sciences.
Title: Avoiding repetitive reform injury in the public sector. Can leadership behaviour reduce the damaging effect of repetitive reforms?
In response to today’s hectic and complex society, waves of reforms have been implemented in OECD countries to modernize the public sector. This reform appetite has caused many public organizations to be involved in near-endless cycles of reforms. Recent findings indicate that the ambiguity and uncertainty that intense reforms bring about may drastically increase employee work stress. Structural reforms therefore may paradoxically undermine the very performance and adaptability of public sector organizations they seek to improve, a process that has been labelled repetitive reform injury. The question then becomes: how can government reap the benefits of reforms (flexibility, adaptability,…) without negatively affecting employee work stress? Given the continued interest in, and necessity of, reforming public organizations, it is crucial to deepen our understanding on how to avoid repetitive reform injury.
This project addresses this question by theorizing and testing the influence of the full-range of leadership behaviors (transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership) on employee work stress in settings of varying reform intensity.
- You publish scientific articles related to the research project.
- You contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Management.
- You hold a master degree in a relevant field (holders of diploma’s in applied economics, public management, (organizational- or industrial) psychology, organizational sociology, organizational science or management science are particularly encouraged to apply).
- You can submit outstanding academic results.
- Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
- Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
- You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
- You are capable of transcending the boundaries of qualitative and quantitative research; training and/or experience in quantitative methods is an asset.
- You communicate well, possess presentation skills, at least speak fluent Dutch and English and possess excellent academic writing skills in Dutch and English.
What we offer
- We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
- The planned start date is 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible after that date.
- Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
- You will do most of your work at stadscampus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
- Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.
Want to apply?
- You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform until 10 august 2020. Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV, a brief research proposal in which you indicate how you would approach the research (approx. 2 pages, do not be afraid to give your own interpretation to the proposal, pay particular attention to the problem, research questions, theory and methodology, written in English), Copies of the diplomas and list of credits for your Bachelor and Masters; A recent paper by you (e.g. Master's thesis) as an example for your analytical and academic writing talent and a referee who can be contacted by us. Please also send these documents to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org on the same date.
- The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
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