PhD position focused on social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems (Maastricht University)

Job description

The department of Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, is looking for a full-time doctoral researcher (paid PhD candidate) starting in September 2020. The PhD will focus on social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems in a European or global context. Candidates are expected to enter the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) at Maastricht University and to deliver a doctoral dissertation within four years. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Professor Martin Carree and Dr Jarrod Ormiston.

Project description

There is growing consensus amongst policymakers, practitioners, academics and entrepreneurs that addressing pressing societal and environmental problems (such as climate change, inequality, and migration flows) requires action across sectors and beyond organizational boundaries. Social entrepreneurship provides a potential vehicle to develop innovative solutions that overcome such problems by engaging cross-sector actors including social movements, NGOs, governments, businesses, investors, and social entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship research however has been overly preoccupied with a focus on individual entrepreneurs, failing to appreciate the importance of ecosystems of action across sectors. A recent stream of entrepreneurship research has begun to focus on the importance of entrepreneurial ecosystems in supporting high-growth entrepreneurship and regional development. This PhD project builds on this work to explore the role of entrepreneurial ecosystems in the growth and impact social entrepreneurial activity. The PhD will draw on mixed methods to explore the practices enacted across entrepreneurial ecosystems to stimulate social entrepreneurship and address complex problems.


• research Master or MSc in entrepreneurship, sustainability, business, management, public policy, sociology, development studies, or equivalent
• ambition to conduct high quality research with academic and societal impact
• strong academic writing skills (demonstrated by excellent (‘honours’-level) results in
prior studies)
• high proficiency in both spoken and written English.
• experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods e.g. interviews,
discourse/content analysis, regression analysis

Conditions of employment

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website.
Contract type: Temporary, maximum 4 years

About the department

The department of Organization, Strategy & Entrepreneurship (OSE) is a leading, international and dynamic scientific environment with a pleasant and constructive working atmosphere. The Department was founded in the year 2002. In the relatively short period of its existence, the department has gained a strong reputation in both research and education. Our department is pursuing high quality research and publishes regularly in renowned international journals. The quality of the department as well as the School is, amongst others, reflected by the Triple Crown accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.Our research is multidisciplinary and spans the fields of Entrepreneurship, Industrial Organization, International Business, Strategic Management, Organizational Theory and Behavior as well as the interrelationships between these disciplines. The variety of expertiseavailable allows us to provide excellent education at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. levelin the broad area of organization, strategy and entrepreneurship. Business education at Maastricht University has an international reputation for quality and excellence and our department continuously strives to maintain and improve this high standard of teaching business.

For more information, see here.

How to apply?

Please send the following as part of your application to Professor Martin Carree – AND Dr Jarrod Ormiston –

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • an overview of completed Bachelor’s and Master’s courses (including a list of grades),
  • a motivation letter (maximum two pages),
  • the names and contact details of two possible references (references will only becontacted after the first round of interviews).

Application deadline: 28 February 2020

In case of questions: contact Dr Jarrod Ormiston, Assistant Professor in Social Entrepreneurship –