PhD in Human-Centered Digital Transformation Design
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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