PhD position in Business Strategy

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond. The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm. OsloMet is home to some of Norway’s largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business. The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

Oslo Business School has approximately 1700 students and 70 employees and offers study programmes both at Bachelor and Master level, as well as a wide range of continuing and further education.

Oslo Business School has a vacancy for a temporary PhD position in Business Strategy. The position as PhD scholar is connected to the PhD programme Business Administration, Innovation and Governance at Oslo Business School at OsloMet. Offices are located in central Oslo.

The position will be affiliated to Oslo Business School’s Strategy, Innovation and Marketing group who focus on strategic management, innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization, brand building and business communication. The group apply both qualitative and quantitative methodology and aim to contribute to both theory and practice. Researchers within the group collaborate with both private and public organizations.

About the position

This doctoral position is designed to help graduates contribute to the advancement of research and practice within business strategy. The topic of the dissertation should be relevant to the strategy, innovation and marketing group and specifically to business strategy: Ambidexterity, business model innovation, competitive advantage, digital transformation, dynamic capabilities, emergent strategies, innovation, knowledge management, organizational learning, and resource based competition (topics listed alphabetically).

The strategy, innovation and marketing group seek candidates with a strong background in disciplines that are relevant to the subfields described above, who are intellectually curious and interested in pursuing an academic career in research and teaching, and who possess strong communication and analytical skills.

The position is for three years full time but can be extended to four years if teaching assignments are included.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

In addition, experience from research projects and publishing in academic journals will be an advantage, as is experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research.

Admission to the doctoral programme is a prerequisite. Applicants to this program must have a B or better on the master's thesis and an average grade B or better on the master's degree. In special cases, applicants with a grade of C may be considered for admission. In such cases, particularly relevant experience related to one's own research project and / or scientific publications may contribute to strengthening the application.

Admission to the doctoral program is based on a comprehensive assessment of the application, including the relevance and quality of the project description. Final project plan for the fellowship period is required to be completed and approved within 3 months after admittance to the post.


Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. OsloMet uses an electronic recruitment system. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

You must upload all these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the diverse and multicultural population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavors to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcome to apply.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Ståle Bie,


Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Based on an initial assessment, applicants may be invited to OsloMet for further assessment as well as interviews.

We can offer you

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Other information

For more information about the position, feel free to contact:

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary wage scale 54, 501 200 NOK per year.

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Deadline for applications: 15.01.2023

Ref.: 22/08083                             

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.