Doctoral studentship in Business Administration within the project "Digital platforms and structural transformation of retail"
University of Gothenburg

Doctoral studentship in Business Administration within the project "Digital platforms and structural transformation of retail"

Sweden 01 Mar 2021


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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

With its more than 4000 full-time students, 475 employees, 150 international partner universities, its main subject areas – Economics and Law – and four departments, the School of Business, Economics and Law has unique breadth. The School’s close collaborations with the business sector and the public sector are also unique. The School of Business, Economics and Law holds EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditations and is thus the only school of its kind in Sweden to hold Triple Crown accreditation.

The Department of Business Administration with over 140 employees of which 15 are employed doctoral students, is the largest department at the School of Business, Economics and Law. The Department consists of the sections Accounting, Marketing, Management and Organisation, and Industrial and Financial Economics and Logistics. We are one of the leading research departments in the country and our research has a strong tradition in empirically based research aiming for publications in well-recognized scientific journals.

We are looking for one doctoral students in Business Administration within the project "Digital platforms and structural transformation of retail", who will be employed on a fully funded Doctoral studentship ("doktorandanställning"), with placement at the Department of Business Administration 

Job assignments

The PhD programme in Business Administration is equivalent to four year full-time and lead to a Degree of Doctor in Business Administration. The study programme consists of coursework comprising 90 credits and a thesis part comprising 150 credits, for a total of 240 credits. A general study plan for doctoral studies in Business Administration is available at

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their doctoral studies. They may however work to a limited extent with teaching, research and administration (departmental duties). Departmental duties may amount to a maximum of 20 per cent of full time spread over the period of study and should result in a corresponding extension of the studentship.


The position is linked to a specific research initiative within the Center for Retailing (CFR) ( at the Department of Business Administration. The research within CFR covers different perspectives of retail with particular focus on digitalization, sustainability and mobility.  

Retailing is undergoing an extensive structural and digital transformation that entails major changes within the industry, which makes it an important and interesting field of research. The planned PhD project will be linked to an emerging research theme around digital platforms, which includes questions about business models, consumer behavior, and market changes. The doctoral student is expected to formulate a specific project within this research theme.


To be eligible for admission to doctoral studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements below. Furthermore, the applicant must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme.

General entry requirements:

The applicant meets the general entry requirements if he or she:

Specific entry requirements:

The applicant must have completed at least 90 credits in Business Administration, which includes a degree project of at least 15 credits or equivalent knowledge acquired by other means. The specific entry requirements are also met if the equivalent knowledge has essentially been acquired by other means within or outside Sweden.


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from the study programme is taken into account. Applicants are assessed based on the following criteria:


Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in the Higher Education Ordinance SFS 1993:100. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years. 

Employment: Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years
Extent: 100%
Location: Department of Business Administration, Gothenburg
Starting date: 1 September 2021

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University of Gothenburg.

Appointment procedure

Selected applicants will be called to an interview (preliminary in April 2021). A written assignment may be arranged. 

The admission decisions are made by the Head of Department (preliminary in June 2021), upon recommendation from the Department’s Committee for Research and PhD Education (FFK).

For further information regarding the position

Associate professor Stefan Sjögren
Deputy head of Department of Business Administration
+46 (0)31-786 1499

Professor Johan Hagberg, Head of research at the Centre for Retailing,
Department of Business Administration
+46 (0)31-786 1493


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The application must include:

All attachments are to be named appropriately for their content.

If your documents are not issued in Swedish or English they must be translated into English or Swedish by an authorized translator.

Closing date: 1 March, 2021

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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