PhD Position in Human-Centered Digital Transformation Design

Catholic University of Leuven Vlerick Business School


You will conduct your research within the Digital Transformation and Information Systems Management (DTIS) team at Vlerick Business School (Brussels, Belgium) in collaboration with the Research Centre for Information Systems Engineering (LIRIS) at KU Leuven. Both teams have an excellent reputation in conducting applied scientific research at the highest level related to value creation with digital technologies for private and public organizations. The team at Vlerick Business School prides itself on its expertise in conducting research for business and society in the areas of digital transformation and leadership, digital innovation, management and process design for digital-age organizational agility, and business and IT alignment. You will find a dynamic and pleasant working environment and colleagues that are actively involved in applied scientific research at the highest international level.


Digital transformations are about making businesses future-proof by investing in digital opportunities. More than technology adoption, the real organisational puzzle in digital transformations is discovering a new relationship between people and technology. This act of discovery is integral to a collaborative learning journey of practicing digital-age organizational agility—a capacity of an organisation to explore and exploit opportunities faster than its rivals.

Your research will be part of the Carglass Germany Research Chair: Meaningful Human-Centered Digital Transformation. You will investigate how digital transformations can be made more meaningful with a focus on the human dimension of sustainability, by engaging in action-design research in collaboration with Carglass Germany. Your goal is to study and experiment with information, technology and management artefacts that allow organisations to put humans at the centre of their digital transformations.

As a PhD-student, you are expected, next to your main research tasks, to participate in seminars and conferences, to enrol in the PhD program of the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven, and to perform a limited amount of educational duties (e.g. supporting classes, supervising exams, writing teaching cases). For more information about the PhD programme in Business Economics, see here. As a researcher associated with the Carglass Germany Research Chair, you will regularly participate in meetings with the sponsor and occasionally travel to Germany.


Candidates have a master’s degree and a strong interest in conducting scientific research about how to create people and organisational transformation with the use of digital technologies. Excellent (honors-level or better) results in prior studies are required. Candidates must satisfy the prerequisites for admission to the PhD programme of our Faculty. For international candidates in particular, a GRE or GMAT result above the 75th percentile on the quantitative part and an English TOEFL (minimum score 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 internet-based), or IELTS (minimum score 7) test, both not older than 5 years are required to enter the program.
In addition, we require:

•    Passion for research, willingness to go the extra mile, creativity
•    Good communication and interpersonal skills
•    Fluency in spoken and written English
•    Excellent writing skills
•    Keen interest in teaching and learning
•    Ability to work autonomously and efficiently in a research setting, i.e. be able to investigate new research questions and solutions


We offer an employment as full-time doctoral scholar for 1 year, renewable until max. 4 years after positive evaluation.
You will work under the supervision of Prof. dr. Stijn Viaene (Vlerick Business School & KU Leuven), and co-supervision of Prof. dr. Karlien Vanderheyden (Vlerick Business School).
You will be located on the Vlerick Business School campus in Brussels, Belgium. Start date for this vacancy is January 2023


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Stijn Viaene, tel.: +32 16 32 68 91, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than October 14, 2022 via the
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  • Location: Brussel
  • Apply before: October 14, 2022
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