PhD Position in Alliance Network Dynamics in the Airline Industry

VU University of Amsterdam School of Business and Economics

Netherlands

Do you have  a keen research orientation, are you strongly committed to research quality and productivity, do you proactively pursue educational innovation, and are you stimulating teamwork? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Apply for the position of:

PhD Candidate for the project “alliance network dynamics in the airline industry”

Location: AMSTERDAM
FTE: 1

Job description

Since the early nineties strategic alliances among global airline companies have increased in frequency and scope. The prevalence of these alliances and the dynamic nature of the industry make it a very interesting research context. At the same time, studying alliance dynamics in a very turbulent industry such as the airline industry is very challenging. In order to better understand the complex relationships between interconnected firms, strategy scholars have increasingly shifted their interest to a network level of analysis. It is of practical and theoretical significance to understand how organizational networks develop and change over time.
The PhD position is a full-time position for a period of four years, during which the candidate will design and conduct research about network dynamics in the airline industry. In the first year, we expect the candidate to systematically review the existing literature on alliance and network dynamics, also for a better understanding of the main theories and schools of thought in this stream of research. In addition, the candidate will write a proposal that contains concrete research questions, potential hypotheses, and an overarching model that accommodates the empirical research to work on in the next three years. In the second year and the third year, the candidate will focus on data collection, data analysis, and discussing preliminary findings of the research. The candidate is expected to prepare the first drafts of empirical research papers to submit to conferences and journals from the second year onwards. In the fourth year, research will continue, and the candidate will write and submit her/his final PhD dissertation. During these four years, the PhD candidate will also follow PhD-level coursework and she/he will be expected to teach.
Starting date of the position: TBD but no later than September 1, 2022.

Your duties

  • Perform high-quality research in the field of strategic management
  • Teach courses at the bachelor level (e.g., the SBE International Business Administration and the SBE Bedrijfskunde programs) and supervise bachelor and master theses
  • Be committed to follow relevant PhD-level courses

Requirements

Candidates are required to have an MPhil-degree in Research in Management or MSc-degrees in Business Administration, Business Economics, Sociology, or related disciplines, with a keen research orientation and quantitative and qualitative research skills as is revealed, e.g., in the quality and depth of their Master Thesis. Although we are eclectic in terms of research methodology, demonstrated expertise in quantitative methods (e.g., social network analysis) has a preference. Moreover, candidates that enjoy scholarly teamwork and appreciate publishing in top journals are invited to apply.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,434 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,111 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 7,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 600 people.

The Department of Management & Organization

The Department of Management and Organization comprises a large, diverse group of micro and macro scholars who seek to combine research excellence with passion in teaching. The department has a strong research tradition, manifested in top tier publication records (Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies etc.) well as in success in attracting external funding for research. The Department has a collaborative ethos with members actively working together on research and teaching projects. Our Department is highly diverse in terms of cultural backgrounds and we enjoy working in an international environment. We offer an active PhD program, Master programs in Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership Change Management and Strategy & Organization and a broad range of courses in several Bachelor programs. The PhD candidate will enhance and contribute to the Department’s teaching and research activities and be member of the Strategic Management section. Members of the group publish in journals like Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Long Range Planning, International Journal of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organisation Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Management International Review, and International Business Review among others. For more information about the department and the strategic management research group, see our website: Management and Organisation — Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl)

Project description

Since the early nineties strategic alliances among global airline companies have increased in frequency and scope. The prevalence of these alliances and the dynamic nature of the industry make it a very interesting research context. At the same time, studying alliance dynamics in a very turbulent industry such as the airline industry is very challenging (Kleymann & Seristö, 2001). In order to better understand the complex relationships between interconnected firms, strategy scholars have increasingly shifted their interest to a network level of analysis (Koka & Prescott, 2002). As Berends, Van Burg and Van Raaij (2007, p. 2) already argue, it is of “practical and theoretical significance to understand how organizational networks develop and change over time”.
Data on alliances among international airline companies have already been (partly) collected from yearly issues of the Airline Business. As Gimeno (2004, p. 18) posits, this is “the most comprehensive source of information on international airline alliances”. Airline Business collected data from multiple sources such as company self-reports and press releases collected by industry experts. These data have been complemented with various organization-level performance variables.
References
Berends, J. J., Burg, van J. C., & Raaij, van E. M. (2007). Contacts and contracts: Network dynamics in the development of an aircraft material. In Proceedings of the 67th Academy of Management Annual Meeting: Doing Well by Doing Good, August 3-8, 2007 Academy of Management.
Gimeno, J. (2004). Competition within and between networks: The contingent effect of competitive embeddedness on alliance formation. Academy of Management Journal, 47, 820–842
Kleymann, B., & Seristö, H. (2001). Levels of airline alliance membership: balancing risks and benefits. Journal of Air Transport Management, 7, 303–310.
Koka, B., & Prescott, J. (2002). Strategic alliances as social capital: a multidimensional view. Strategic Management Journal, 23, 795–816.

Application

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until May 31, 2022. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: dr. David Kroon
Position: Associate Professor
E-mail: d.p.kroon@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 5982515

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