Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Professor of Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship
Vacant position, full professor of Business Administration with specialization in Entrepreneurship at Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics at Umeå University (USBE). The position includes research and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship.

Position description and work tasks
The appointment involves leading research and developing the research environment within the field of entrepreneurship. This is achieved through own research as well as teaching and supervision, at first-, second-, and third-cycle levels. As a Professor at USBE, you will be expected to build further upon and develop local, national and international research projects being conducted in the department’s entrepreneurship section as well as to interact with the wider community. The department’s entrepreneurship section is mainly conducting research on innovation and entrepreneurial processes in business ecosystems, clusters and networks. Key themes include social innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship, coopetition capabilities, new venture creation, business incubators, and accelerators, internationalization, sustainable business models, and academic entrepreneurship.

The most important task for the professorship is to build and further develop the research environment and coordinate research in business administration with a focus on entrepreneurship.

The applicant should have competence in entrepreneurship research in one or several of the following areas: business development, start-ups, small businesses, entrepreneurial processes, entrepreneurial growth, organizational entrepreneurship, social, and sustainable entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, and research on innovations and innovation processes.

Responsibilities of this position include conducting and initiating research, publishing in leading academic journals, planning for research projects and actively working with applications for external research financing. Responsibilities also include informing about the department’s research activities and contribute to a strong research environment where doctoral students, employees, and students can develop. The workplace is Umeå and the appointment as a professor involves active participation in activities at the department and the USBE.

To be eligible for the position as a professor the candidate must have shown academic and teaching skills according to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and the Appointments Procedure for teachers at Umeå University.

A candidate must be able to display both research and teaching competence within the field of entrepreneurship.

Assessment criteria
The core assessment criterion for an appointment as a Professor shall be the degree of the scientific expertise required as a qualification for appointment. Other assessment criteria comprise pedagogical expertise, administrative expertise, and cooperative skills.

Scientific expertise is demonstrated through independent research work, the capacity to publish research in high quality journals with an high impact, to obtain research funds in competition with other researchers, the ability to plan and lead research activities, documented national and international research cooperation, publications and the ability to communicate research to scientific society. Expertise may also be displayed by the leadership of research projects and successful supervision.

Pedagogical expertise refers to a teacher's work with students, own pedagogical development, and contribution to the pedagogical development of the organisation. Pedagogical expertise also includes participation in third-cycle activities, such as doctoral student supervision and participation in the planning and execution of courses and seminars.

Administrative expertise includes the ability to develop and lead the organization and personnel. This may include assignments as a coordinator for a program, unit or research program. In addition, collaboration with the business community and the public sector is also considered, which includes intellectual contributions to society outside the University.

Cooperative skills comprise skills to formulate, plan, and contribute to projects that include several persons, and take part in joint research projects and other joint activities at the department and the school.

The applicant should be able to carry out administrative and pedagogical work duties which require an understanding and use of English and the Swedish language; greater consideration will be given to applicants with demonstrated abilities to communicate in Swedish and English, both written and spoken.

Grading of assessment criteria
When grading the assessment criteria, scientific expertise shall be assigned the greatest importance. Great importance should also be given to pedagogical expertise. Added to that shall administrative expertise be assigned importance and also cooperative skills. The weighting will be based on the ability to fulfil the assessment criteria as described above.

In the assessment of scientific expertise, great importance shall be given to the research output during the last five-year period and the ability to obtain research funding in competition with other researchers. Further, a professor at USBE needs to be qualified as a scholarly academic in the schools’ quality system. In order to qualify as scholarly academic, among other intellectual contributions, a substantial number of publications are required in highly rated journals in the last five years. Questions around this are answered by the contact person as below.

In the assessment of pedagogical expertise, special importance shall be given to supervision of doctoral students and teaching in doctoral education.

In the assessment of administrative expertise, the focus shall be on skills to lead and develop activities and personnel, experience from non-regulated assignments for the department, faculty or university etc. and well-documented skills for interdisciplinary cooperation both at a home university and abroad.

A large focus will be given to cooperative skills, the capacity to initiate activities and a commitment towards developing the department.

Guidelines on how to formulate the application are given in the Faculty of Social Sciences’ instructions, here. See also the faculty’s guidelines for the assessment of matters concerning professors, here.
Qualification requirements and assessment criteria can be found in the Appointments Procedure for Teachers at Umeå University, here.

In each recruitment process, we aim to increase diversity and therefore we especially welcome female applicants to this position. 

The recruitment process may involve an interview, trial lectures and references.

More about USBE
As an internationally respected, nationally influential, and regionally rooted part of Umeå University, Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics contributes to societal development through education and research of a high international standard.

Through interplay with surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development”.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 150 employees. About 3000 students study in our programs every year and we offer education from the undergraduate to the doctoral program level in all of our main disciplines – Business Administration, Economics, and Statistics.

The Department of Business Administration has about 60 members of staff. We pursue research within four main areas Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing and Accounting/Finance.

USBE is an AACSB and ISO14001 accredited business school. Read more about USBE here:


Type of employment Permanent position with a probation
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1775-19
  • Biträdande prefekt Lars Silver,, +46 907866798
Union representative
  • ST, +46 90 786 54 31
  • SEKO, +46 90 786 52 96
  • ST, +46 90 786 54 31
Published 18.Dec.2019
Last application date 20.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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