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PhD Scholarship-Innovation in Healtcare

Do you want to study innovation in medical technologies? New technologies are being developed to facilitate remote healthcare services, particularly those that can be transferred from hospitals to people’s homes. The scaling of such businesses are challenging as they typically require changes in practices among healthcare personnel, as well as new business models for the companies that develop them.

BI Norwegian Business School, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, has one vacant four-year position as a PhD-scholar within the area of healthcare innovation. The start date is August 1, 2019.

The Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship has about 40 faculty and 11 PhD students.  Our faculty is highly international (currently including 13 nationalities) with PhDs from some of the world’s best business schools (Harvard, Stanford, among others). The department hosts research centers in Healthcare, IT, Construction, and Ocean Industries, which arrange workshops and seminars, and generate data supporting faculty research. The doctoral program is an important part of BI’s vision of being one of the leading business schools in Europe. The accepted candidate will be offered close supervision and follow-up by the research faculty.

The position is partly funded by the Research Council of Norway through Centre for Connected Care (C3, https://c3connectedcare.org/en/). This is a center for research driven innovation (SFI) hosted by Oslo University Hospital and BI is a major research partner. C3 connects academics, clinicians, health care sector employees and life science- and other health industry related developers, to innovate, develop and accelerate a variety of patient centric healthcare solutions. The center includes 17 major partners, of which 5 are research institutions and the others are hospitals, municipalities, global technology providers like Siemens and Cerner, and a number of Norwegian technology based companies and start-ups.

The research group at BI working at C3 is interdisciplinary comprising both strategy/entrepreneurship research and marketing/public procurement research and using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Main tasks

The research of the PhD-candidate must be relevant for work package 4 of C3, Healthcare Technology Service Innovation. In the coming years, work package 4 seeks to explore three overall questions:

  • What are the conditions and challenges for scaling distributed homebased medical and care services?
  • How may high-quality practices of such services be effectively shared and distributed across multiple sites and organizations?
  • What are viable business models for scaling such business cases? 

To pursue these questions, the candidate will undertake research that satisfies criteria for publishing in high-ranking international scientific journals. The PhD-student will participate actively in the research group at BI and C3.

Academic qualifications

For this position, we seek candidates with an interest in technology based innovation in healthcare. In particular, we look for candidates with skills and interests in qualitative research, including comparative case studies, and we welcome applications from students with a strong background in disciplines such as business, management, sociology, anthropology, political science, and geography.

Eligible applicants must have completed a Master of Science degree with thesis work, a research masters/Master of Philosophy degree, or a comparable degree relevant for the specialization in Strategy and Entrepreneurship by the early autumn of 2019, with a grade point average of B or higher. Final year Master of Science students are encouraged to apply.

Additional information about the doctoral program, admission requirements and the application can be obtained from the Doctoral Administration at BI Norwegian Business School (Email: phd@bi.no) and the department’s website (https://www.bi.edu/programmes-and-individual-courses/phd/strategic-management/). For further information about the C3 project, please contact Associate Professor Thomas Hoholm (thomas.hoholm@bi.no).

The PhD-specialization in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As a PhD-student in the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, the student will follow the PhD specialization in Strategy, which focuses on developing doctoral students’ theoretical knowledge and methodological skills required to become a successful researcher within this area.


The four-year scholarships are currently NOK 479 300,- per year (will be adjusted during 2019). The positions provide for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse). The scholarship requires 25% of the teaching responsibilities of a full time professor position. Workplace will be BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, and at Oslo University Hospital. Some international travel will be expected for fieldwork purposes. 


You are required to upload the following with your application:

  • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, including transcripts of grades
  • Certificate of a Bachelor degree or equivalent, including transcript of grades
  • A Diploma Supplement or a similar document describing in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree (https://www.nokut.no/en/about-nokut/international-cooperation/diploma-supplement/)
  • Other relevant certificates and transcripts
  • A project proposal (5-10 pages including topic, proposed method, schedule)
  • CV
  • A research plan with milestones and a list of the courses you plan to take. Template to be found here: https://www.bi.edu/globalassets/studier-og-kurs/phd/milestoneplan.doc
  • Letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher (a minimum of 2 letters)
  • Certificates from previously completed courses at the doctoral level, if requesting approval of these for the PhD programme at BI Norwegian Business School (see section 2 in our PhD Regulations)
  • A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities
  • Signed verification document. Template to be found here:  https://www.bi.edu/globalassets/jason/verification-document-to-be-filled-out.doc

Please note that all documents must be uploaded in the electronic application. Documents may not be submitted by e-mail. Furthermore, note that any documents forwarded after the application deadline will not be considered. Exceptions will only be made for students who are completing their Master’s Degree in 2019 and do not have a final certificate when applying. Please note that you will not be able to revise your application once it has been submitted.

Candidates may, at a later stage, be asked to forward further information and/or be called in for an interview.

Candidates who are accepted for the program, must provide a more detailed progress plan with milestones and courses for the four years of study.

Send application

Read the job description at the university homepage

Application deadline:


Expected Start Date:



Campus Oslo

Post expires on Monday April 1st, 2019