PhD The challenges and opportunities of modern team arrangements (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

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Faculty of Economics and Business
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SOM, the Graduate School and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business has one PhD position available.

Job description

Project description
Important developments, such as the COVID-19 pandemic as well as societal and technological changes, have strongly impacted the way employees work together in organisational work teams. For example, (1) many team members currently work from home (and will likely continue to do so when the pandemic has ended) rather than in face-to-face teams; (2) 65% of today’s employees work not in one but several teams at the same time; (3) team memberships are more often temporary as employees work part-time or rotate in and out of a project on an “as needed” basis. These changes raise important questions about future ways of working and how team members can work together effectively in modern team arrangements. This PhD project will contribute to this emerging research field and examine these issues in real-life organisational contexts.

The project is partially funded by key stakeholders in the field (i.e., team-based organisations) and more specific research questions will be determined in close collaboration with these organisations. Examples of such research questions are:

• How can managers/leaders facilitate the transition from face-to-face teams to virtual teamwork (e.g., due to the COVID-19 pandemic)?
• What individual, team, or work unit characteristics explain why some employees are better equipped to work in multiple teams at the same time than others?
• What types of employees (e.g., based on their skills, knowledge, or organisational experience) are more likely to be core team members (i.e., who are with the team for its whole life-cycle) or temporary members who are involved on an “as needed” basis.

The project will be supervised by Prof. Gerben van der Vegt, Dr Joost van de Brake, and Dr Peter Essens and will be embedded in SOM’s research programme in HRM&OB. The project is sponsored by the Centre of Expertise HRM&OB (


The PhD candidate should have a background (MSc, research master) in business administration, work/organisational psychology, or a related discipline within the social sciences (e.g., sociology, economics). The project will be quantitative in nature using surveys and archival data. Training in advanced statistical procedures is therefore an advantage (e.g., multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, social network analysis).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a gross monthly salary of € 2,790, which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,061
- a 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a temporary full-time appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Starting date: 1 September 2021

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

Job Application

If you are interested, we invite you to apply no later than 25 February 11:59 pm / before 26 February 2021 (Central European Time). Please click on the "Apply" button below.

The application package consists of the following separate documents:

1. a motivation letter (1A4 max) and a short study proposal for the PhD project (2 A4 max)
2. your CV
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents.

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

For more information, please send an email to

Dr Joost van de Brake

Prof. Gerben van der Vegt

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221053

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