PhD Research Fellowship available in Digitalization and Entrepreneurship

A PhD Research Fellowship in Digitalization and Entrepreneurship is currently open for applications. The position will be based in the Digitalisation research group.

The position arises from the many uncertainties (e.g. from behavioral changes in markets) faced by digital ventures that operate multi-sided market businesses. This calls for a critical study of different approaches and design principles in order to manage such digital transformation. The position aims to contribute both to the micro-level processes and the macroeconomic implications for the business scale.

“The research can address not only the strategic questions for managing the entrepreneurial digitization process from a resource-based view, but also study the design principles of collective response management that involve behavioral changes towards digitalization for both users and creators.”

The candidate is expected to work with new and industrial digital ventures for data collection, in addition to conducting empirical work in these themes. The position is for a 3-years period, with the possibility of a 1-year extension for teaching, supervision, and research assistance. The application deadline is February 29th.

More information about the position and on how to apply can be obtained through this link and by contacting associate professor Yangyang Zhao.

PhD Research Fellowship available within digital leadership in knowledge organizations

A PhD Research Fellowship within Digital Leadership in Knowledge Organizations is currently open for applications, to be based on the Digitalisation research group. The position combines two ongoing projects: One in higher education and the other in the health sector – both aiming to develop new knowledge in the digitalization of knowledge organizations.

The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment, which combines knowledge primarily from informatics, management, and social science. In addition, there will be access to an international network through established collaboration with other universities and consulting companies.

The position is for a 3-years period, with the possibility of a 1-year extension for teaching and supervision duties. The application deadline is February 29th.

Official advertisement with more information about the position can be obtained through this link (in Norwegian) and by contacting professors Bendik Bygstad or Knut Rolland.

Upcoming 38th PhD Day

The 38th PhD day is coming up on February 12. Organized twice a year since 2001, the PhD Days Workshop is hosted by the Digitalisation Group, and open to PhD candidates from UiO and other European Universities. It aims to provide the candidates with the opportunity to share and discuss work and potential challenges with faculty and fellow PhD candidates. With interesting presentations and discussions, it is a nice occasion to socialize and build an international network.

The program for the 38th PhD day is:

10:00-11:00 – Introduction by Eric Monteiro and presentation “How to respond to review comments” by Elena and Miria (Kristen Nygaards sal)
11:15-12:15 – Working in groups, first session
12:15-13:00 – Lunch
13:00-15:00 – Working in groups, second session
15:00-15:15 – Plenary: Feedbacks, comments, suggestions (Kristen Nygaards sal)

The introductory session (10h to 11h) is open for all and does not require registration.
More information about this event, and previous PhD days, can be found here.

Final SMART Conference: Sustainability is possible

The Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) project is coming to an end. Funded by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 program and coordinated by the Law Faculty of the University of Oslo, the project runs since 2016. It has a strong interdisciplinary nature and involves more than 50 researchers from different fields and countries. From the Digitalisation group, PhD candidates Alice Frantz Schneider and Ines Junge are among the participants, together with associate professor Maja van der Velden, leader of the work package on the lifecycle of mobile phones.

The project has developed over the years a set of policy reform proposals, which can be accessed here. In a video focused on the reform proposals, professor Beate Sjåfjell, the project leader of the SMART project, points out to the need for change in the way business operates:

“The purpose of any European business must be to create sustainable value. […] We propose that the EU takes its responsibility as a global actor, a legislator, and a policymaker – to make it possible and easy for business and finance to create sustainable value, and for products to be produced and consumed in a way that contributes to securing a safe and just place for humanity.”

The video on the reform proposals is found here. Another, on the meaning of sustainability, is here.

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The final SMART Conference – Sustainability is Possible! – will take place in Brussels, on 19 February. The focus will be on ways of transition to sustainability and on how to make European business the market-leaders of tomorrow.

More information about the final conference can be obtained through this link.

PhD Research Fellowship available towards democratizing technology

A PhD Research Fellowship in Sustainable Design is currently open for applications. The fellowship is suitable for candidates interested in exploring ways to enhance sustainability in maker, DIY, and startup cultures.

“The research proposal calls for an interdisciplinary inquiry into such innovation spaces and their potential for creating value for transforming cultures and building of sustainable social entrepreneurship.”

The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment: based in the Sustainability and Design research group, and with co-supervision of faculty from the Design and the Entrepreneurship group.

The position is for a 3-years period, with the possibility of a 1-year extension for teaching, supervision, and research assistance. The application deadline is February 29th.

More information about the position and on how to apply can be obtained here or by contacting professors Alma Leora Culén and Maja van der Velden.

PhD Research Fellowship available in Digital platforms and Sustainability Transitions

A PhD Research Fellowship in Digital platforms and Sustainability Transitions is currently open for applications.

The position is part of the Centre for the Study of Innovation Policy for Industrial Transformation, Sustainability and Digitalization (INTRANSIT), and will be based in the Digitalisation research group.

The focus of this fellowship is on the identification of digital platforms and infrastructures that are significant in specific industrial sectors, as well as to study the implications of these platforms for organizations  – in particular how they may re-shape the relationship between incumbent and entrant firms. The study is connected to Research Stream no. 4 on the role of digitalization for sustainability transitions.

The position is for a 3-years period, with the possibility of a 1-year extension for teaching and supervision duties. The application deadline is February 29th.

More information about the position and on how to apply can be obtained through this link and/or by contacting professor Margunn Aanestad.

PhD defense of Andrea Alessandro Gasparini

Andrea Alessandro Gasparini will be defending his dissertation for the degree of PhD on February 3rd, 2020.

Andrea will hold a trial lecture on the “Challenges of implementing designerly approaches in organizations with different rationalities, including bureaucracies and professional organisations”. The lecture will be at Smalltalk, Ole Johan Dahls hus, at 10h15.

The defense will start at 13h15 at the same place. His thesis is entitled “Design Thinking for Design Capabilities in an Academic Library”, and has the following adjudication committee: Nicholas Jonathan Ind (Kristiania University College), Ingrid Mulder (TU Delft University), and Jens Kaasbøll (University of Oslo).

More information is available here.
All welcome!

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Update: Andrea has successfully defended his PhD