Postdoctoral Position in Sustainable Business Development for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

House of Innovation

The House of Innovation at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) currently invites applications for a time-period of 20 months (with possibility for some extension), fully funded Postdoctoral position at the House of Innovation at the Stockholm School of Economics.

We are looking for candidates with a Ph.D. in Business Administration, or a closely related discipline (doctoral degree must be completed before taking up the position). Candidates should have a clear research interest in sustainable business development, entrepreneurship and/or SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises). Knowledge about public procurement would also be an advantage.

This project titled Public Procurement of Functions is designed to consider serious climate, resource and environmental challenges that are facing society today and how in dealing with these challenges, efforts need to be strengthened to find sustainable solutions. The changes which are occurring have critical implications for the sustainability of public procurement models (PPMs), while raising issues about how to design particular business models (BMs) and how they interact with and are dependent on the legal system. It will especially focus on entrepreneurship and SMEs. More specifically, the Public Procurement of Functions project will look to:

  1. Analyze the challenges and opportunities of sustainable public procurement models (SPPMs). Looking at areas such as what organizational risks are inherent in SPPMs, to what extent and how may these risks be eliminated, reduced or at least kept under control.
  2. Understand the interrelations, from a sustainable public procurement model perspective (SPPMs), and explore opportunities for the effective interplay between them, in order to develop competitive and environmentally friendly SPPMs.

The post doc would, therefore, focus on organizations, the “steering” of them or their “behavior”.

This transdisciplinary project draws together World leading researchers from Stockholm School of Economics and Linköping University in the areas of law, economic, social and technology sciences. The successful postdoctoral researcher will join the team and be led by Professor Sarah Jack. The project is funded through the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg (MMW) Foundation. This project and its dissemination will work to support public procurement and business entities in and beyond the Swedish context to turn the rapidly increasing challenges into opportunities, thereby increase society's resource efficiency and lower its negative environmental impact. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in the new and exciting innovative research project with high potential to get published in international peer reviewed journals.


  • Have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) in management and organization studies or related disciplines. The applicant is expected to possess strong conceptual and analytical (qualitative methods) skills and have a commitment to research excellence.
  • Applicant should be completely fluent in English. (Knowledge of Swedish would be an advantage.)
  • Experience in conducting theoretical and/or empirical research using conceptual and qualitative methods in one or more of the following areas is requested:
    • Entrepreneurship SME’s
    • Public Procurement
  • Ability to manage time, resources, data, and details of multiple tasks are also required.
  • Experience with external funding and grant application is a plus.

About the House of Innovation (HOI) at SSE

A newly formed unit within SSE, HOI offers an excellent, inter-disciplinary research, education and outreach environment focused on innovation, digitalization and entrepreneurship. HOI collaborates with a broad, influential network of academics, corporations, government agencies, and civil society actors, with the aim to contribute to the advancement of Swedish society and of the international community. HOI currently has an international staff of 8 tenured and 7 tenure-track professors, 17 PhD students and 16 post-docs and research fellows. HOI faculty members regularly publish in top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Information Systems Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Research Policy, among others. They serve on editorial boards, in editorial positions, and in academic leadership positions. They frequently receive substantial grants from leading Swedish and European funding institutions to conduct state-of-the-art research.

HOI hosts the academic Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology, the Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Business Development and the Scania Centre of Innovation and Operational Excellence, but it also runs the SSE Business Lab start-up incubator and coordinates the SSE involvement in the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES), which oversees a consortium between the five major universities in Stockholm working to deliver entrepreneurship education across the wider Stockholm area and beyond.

How to apply:

Formal submission will be via the SSE Varbi online platform ( To apply, please submit:

  1. A cover letter articulating the candidate’s fit with the position description, including research interests and teaching experience.
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A separate document listing both published articles (if any) and articles submitted to journals.
  4. Copies of representative research.
  5. Names and contact information for three persons willing to provide references.

Your application must be received by May 22nd, 2020

About the Stockholm School of Economics

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment August 1, 2020 (Open for discussion)
Salary Salaries are competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience and are set on an individual basis.
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100% (non-regulated working hours)
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2020/38
  • Professor Sarah Jack, +46 70 813 46 55,
  • Head of Operations HOI: Marie Wahlström, +46 765 27 75 24,
  • For HR-related questions: Linda Tarmet,
Published 30.Apr.2020
Last application date 22.May.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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