PhD position in Industrial economics and management

Ref number: 2017/0815
Employment: Temporary employment
Closing date for application: Full time
Campus location: Västerås
School: EST - Business, Technology and Society

MDH in Eskilstuna and Västerås is one of Sweden’s biggest university colleges with its 15 000 students and 900 employees. It has a long tradition of cooperating with society and has entered strategic agreements with both the public and the private sector. Most study programmes fall into four main areas: economy, health and welfare, education, and technology. With its research, which often takes the form of co-production on the regional, national and global levels, MDH aims to generate useful solutions for societal development. In 1999, MDH was the world’s first university to be environmentally certified, and in 2006, it was the first higher education institution in Sweden to be certified for its work environment.

Mälardalen university, School of Business, Society and Technology (EST), is now offering a position as PhD student in Industrial economics and organization within the international research program Digitized management - what can we learn from England and Sweden?
The research program will develop knowledge on digitalisation and its consequences for managing in organizations in Sweden and the United Kingdom. The research will have impact for public and private organisations undergoing digital transformation. In addition, the program will  contribute, conceptually and methodologically, to the development of what has been termed ‘sociomateriality’ - theories where the social and the technological are viewed as mutually constituting and as equally important for organisational change. The program includes four projects: projectification, leadership, flexibilization and the experience of technology and engages in total 6 researchers at Mälardalen University, Västerås and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Position description  

  • The PhD student will work with empirical cases using ethnographic methods. Considerable presence at the case study sites, to allow ongoing observation, will be required.
  • The PhD student will also be expected to develop a deeper understanding of the sociomaterial perspective and to contribute to knowledge production in one or more of the four projects in the program.
  •  The PhD student will work in an internationally collaborative context with close relations to researchers in Sweden and in the UK. The program also includes yearly program-meetings in the UK and travelling to conferences in Sweden and abroad.
  • The PhD student will also take PhD level research training - adding up to 90 ECTS in Industrial economics and organization,
  • and s/he will work for the Division of Business and Social Sciences at MDH, EST School, 20% of the time, undertaking of teaching and/or administrative duties.


The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive a degree within one of the following:

  • master of science in industrial engineering and management (or another engineering master with at least 60 ECTS in industrial engineering and management or business administration)
  • a four-year Business degree with a specialisation in Business Administration (equivalent to master or magister) or
  • largely equivalent knowledge acquired in any other way within or outside the country

In addition, the following requirements are posed for this position:

  • experience of qualitative research, for instance gained through writing of bachelor and/or master thesis
  • ability to communicate fluently in writing and orally in Swedish as well as in English

The selection criteria is based upon the ability of the candidate to undertake PhD education within the area. Earlier study results, research merits, the quality of previous scientific or investigation work carried out by the applicantwill therefore be taken into account.. The applicant's relevant work experience and personal qualities, as they relate to the ability to undertake PhD education, will also be considered.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. For futher information see Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100).


Importance is also given:

  • documented experience of, or interest in, the area of study as well as the methods to be applied and/or other related areas of study
  • work experience of situations that include social as well as technical dimensions
  • experience of research work with ethnographic method
  • knowledge of some of the following theoretical approaches: Science and Technology Studies, sociomateriality, practice-based approaches (in organization studies), performativity (in organization studies), or critical management studies.


Information can be provided by Associate Professor Lucia Crevani, +46 (0)21 15 17 47,

The union representatives are Susanne Meijer, (OFR), +46 (0) 21 10 14 89 and Michaël Le Duc, (SACO), +46 (0) 21-10 14 02.

We decline all contact with recruiters and salespersons of advertisements. We have made our strategic choices for this recruitment.


An application prepared in English should contain:

1. Short CV: data about yourself including date of birth, sex, address, e-mail address if possible.

2. Copy of official documents indicating the grades from your undergraduate degree(s) or studies.

3. A brief description of:
a) an area of interest within the described reserach program
b) previous work and teaching experience if any, specifically in relation to the focus for this position
c) previous PhD studies, if any, also in other subjects, specifically in relation to the focus for this position

4. Documents indicating previous employments and/or recommendation letters from someone that has known you as a student

5. Name and telefonnumber to two reference persons, one from the university and one from another context in which you have been active (as an employee, a volunteer or similar)

6. A copy of a completed scientific work (bachelor thesis, master thesis, project report, etc). If this work has been done in collaboration with others, please specify your contribution to the work

7. Other relevant information with regards to the requirements for the position and the merits specified above.

To apply, please send your application by e-mail to the address Application sent electronically should be in Word or PDF format.

You can also send your application to the following address:

Mälardalens högskola (Mälardalen University)
Personalsektionen (Division of Human Resources)
Jan Romedahl
Box 883
721 23 Västerås

Please state the reference number 2017/0815 in your application.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and will reach the University no later than 2017-05-07.

We look forward to receiving your application.