Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

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Postdoc positions in Business Administration with a focus on organizational routines, leadership or risk

The Department of Business Administration at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, is looking for two postdocs interested in organizational routines, leadership, or risk. Apply 2021-05-05 at the latest.

The postdoc positions are based at the Department of Business administration, specifically at the management section and the research environment "Extreme Environments - Everyday Decisions (". We offer an interdisciplinary, internationally competitive research environment interested in extreme contexts - settings where people risk getting hurt or killed. More precisely, TripleED explores organizational routines, leadership, and group and organizing processes in such settings. Examples of research projects in which an applicant may contribute include but are not limited to the response to Covid-19 among organizations critical to society's resilience, decision making in avalanche terrain, and the commercialization of risk in extreme sports. 

Work description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the research environment by planning and conducting independent and collaborative research with researchers in TripleED. Examples of activities include publications, conference presentations, data collection, and analysis. The research has to be relevant to understanding and developing organizational routines, leadership, or risk in extreme contexts (see Hällgren et al, 2018 for a more precise description). The positions include up to 20% of teaching on basic and advanced levels in business administration. The successful applicant will spend the time in Umeå at the unit of Business Administration. The successful applicant will be employed by Umeå University and receive a competitive salary for a period of two years fulltime.

The starting date for the position is upon agreement, but no later than September 1, 2021. 

Requirements and qualifications 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Business Administration (or related area). Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree before this may be considered if special circumstances apply. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances.

The main assessment criteria for the appointment is research capabilities. In order of importance:  

  • a demonstrated interest in organizational routines, leadership, or risk research (preferably in extreme contexts)
  • publish or have the potential to publish internationally competitive research demonstrated by publications, or texts in a well-advanced stage of the peer review process, in internationally renowned journals, books, and book chapters. 
  • using qualitative methods suitable to the exploration of phenomena associated with the position
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a research group.

Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required. Experience of international networks and collaboration with researchers at other universities are meritorious, so is earlier research on extreme contexts. The applicant must have good interpersonal skills. Since we appreciate an equal gender balance, we would like to see female applicants for these positions. 

How to apply
The application should include:

  • a personal letter with motivation to why you apply to the position (max one page) 
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a report on past and ongoing research interest with relevance for the position (max two pages)
  • a publication list
  • copies of the Ph.D. thesis and a maximum of five publications relevant to the position
  • copies of relevant degree certificates and other documentation the applicant wishes to include in support of the application.
  • The names, with contact details and e-mail addresses, of at least two reference persons.

The application is to be submitted to the University recruitment system no later than 2021-05-05.

For further information, please contact the Head of Research and responsible of TripleED, professor Markus Hällgren at or Deputy Head of Business Administration professor Johan Jansson at +4690 - 786 78 72,


Hällgren, M., Rouleau, L., & De Rond, M. (2018). A matter of life or death: How extreme context research matters for management and organization studies. Academy of Management Annals12(1), 111-153.

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.

In collaboration with our surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to individuals' understanding, ability and responsibility in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development. We are AACSB-accredited and sustainability certified according to the environmental management standard ISO14001.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 140 employees. About 3300 students follow 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 sections Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing and Accounting/Finance.

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Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-542-21
  • Markus Hällgren, professor, +46 (0)90-786 5885,
  • Johan Jansson, professor, +46 (0)90 7867872,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 14.Apr.2021
Last application date 05.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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