Two PhD student positions in platform strategy

Ref REF 2023-0174

Digital platforms have proven to be powerful engines of transformation in a number of industries, and they are currently entering new economic sectors. While the potential of digital platforms is large, the introduction and growth of platforms are related to several challenges that need to be strategically managed. We now look for two new PhD Candidates who will contribute to develop our understanding of the strategic management and governance of digital platforms.

Healthcare is a sector that we are especially interested in. Digital platforms are increasingly used to improve the access, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare. However, unlike in many sectors that have shaped our current understanding of platform strategy, digital healthcare platforms cannot fully replace the existing healthcare system but must typically be integrated with existing solutions. This creates new strategy challenges related to, on the one hand, managing the introduction and growth of digital platforms, and, on the other hand, governing the surrounding healthcare ecosystem in such way that the value of platforms can be realized. These challenges must be strategically managed by both new platform firms and incumbent organizations to unlock the full potential of digital platforms in healthcare. We collaborate with both private platform firms and public healthcare providers in this important research, and strive to conduct research of relevance to management and policy. While one sector of interest is indeed healthcare, we believe that the research will have more general implications across industries. 

In these two PhD Candidate Positions you will get the opportunity to become an expert in strategy. Together with your supervisors you will design and conduct a research project aimed to develop the strategic management and governance of digital platforms. Besides your research, around 20% of your time will be spent on contributing to teaching.
We look forward to welcoming you to a group of researchers with a strong track-record of conducting cutting edge research that is published in leading international journals and used by academics, students and executives worldwide. We have a big international network of collaborators at leading universities worldwide. We anticipate that you will benefit from our network, and — if you want — spend time internationally as a visiting scholar during your PhD studies, besides presenting your research at international conferences. After finishing your PhD you will have a solid foundation for an international career in academia and/or industry and consulting.

Information about the department and the project 
You will be part of the Department of Technology Management and Economics and the Division of Entrepreneurship and Strategy. The division conducts research and education in strategy, innovation management, and entrepreneurship.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student your major responsibility is to pursue doctoral studies in relation to the research aim. Overall, PhD studies include a number of doctoral courses, reviewing literature, designing research studies, interacting with industrial companies, collecting and analysing empirical data, and reporting research results.

As a PhD student you will also, to a maximum of 20%, be involved in teaching bachelor and master courses in the area of innovation economics and strategic management of IP, and/or other departmental tasks. 

To qualify for the position you must have (or be close to finishing) a master’s degree in industrial engineering, management, economics, medicine, or similar, corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits. You should have strong analytical abilities as well as an interest in working closely with practitioners on practically relevant problems. English fluency is required, both in written and verbal communication.

Contract terms
The position is a full-time temporary employment limited to a maximum of five years.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230138 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work, previous employments, and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 15 April, 2023

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Marcus Holgersson, Entrepreneurship and Strategy


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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Post expires on Saturday April 15th, 2023