PhD student positions available at House of Innovation (2024)
The application deadline is February 1, 2024 (CET).
House of Innovation (HOI) is a vibrant, cross-disciplinary, collegial research environment with a focus on excellence and impact. Applicants interested in working within HOI should apply for the PhD in Business Administration, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology (DEIT).
The SSE PhD Program in Business Administration, specialization in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology (DEIT), is a four to five year, full-time, residential program taught in English. We do not offer distance learning, or allow for part-time studies. All admitted PhD students receive a scholarship from the SSE, and are guaranteed funding throughout the PhD program, conditional upon satisfactory performance. SSE does not charge tuition fees for the PhD programs.
HOI/DEIT is located in the center of Stockholm, a worldwide top-ten environment for tech-based entrepreneurship and innovation. SSE is ranked as the top business school in the Nordics, with excellent access to the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, as well as to many world-leading companies operating in and from Stockholm.
Our students are highly talented and motivated, and our programs are highly regarded (: Executive open programs #13, Master in Management #19, Master in Finance #18).
HOI/DEIT accepts applications in all areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. For our 2024 intake of PhD students, we particularly encourage applications for the following focus areas:
Entrepreneurship and innovation within family enterprises and family offices
Most businesses globally are owned and controlled by families, and they contribute greatly to economic and social development through entrepreneurship and innovation with a long-term orientation and strong commitment to sustainability and the balance of financial and non-financial goals. Representing the major contributors to GDP and employment, as well as many of the most famous brands throughout the world, academic research into the challenges and opportunities facing family offices and family enterprises is an important priority. At House of Innovation, we conduct this research within the Center for Family Enterprise led by the SEB Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Business.
As a PhD candidate focusing on family office or family enterprise, you will engage in research within one or more of the following areas: a) family offices as investors in entrepreneurial companies, from founder- to family-led business transitions and the development of entrepreneurial and innovative capabilities of owner-families and their businesses across generations. b) Families as owners, e.g., how owners organize and exercise their involvement in private and publicly listed companies, the professionalization of ownership and governance in growing and complex family enterprises, family office structures and the challenges and opportunities associated with succession and ownership transitions. c) how and why family enterprises and family offices have an impact beyond financial performance, i.e., combining profit and purpose, through sustainable business practices and integrating non-financial goals in their legacy as well as various forms of family philanthropy and impact investing.
The link to the Center for Family Enterprise offers unique potential access to empirical data and to the international research frontier in this area. For questions about the center and suitable projects, please contact Professor Mattias Nordqvist. For questions about the application process, please contact the admissions team.
Sustainable business development through entrepreneurship and innovation
Interesting research opportunities for incoming PhD Students exist also at the intersection between innovation and sustainability. The House of Innovation leads the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (MISUM) research platform on Sustainable Business Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation. MISUM is SSE center of excellence on sustainability, and offers a cross-disciplinary environment to address sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives. One theme that is central in the platform’s activity, is the role of innovation in radically transforming how natural resources are used, managed and conserved. Novel technologies, products, services and business models can shift the existing industrial paradigm towards new value drivers and practices that support the joint achievement of higher levels of economic, environmental and social goals. The focus is particularly on forests and forest management, which are at the core of Sweden’s ecology, economy, society and culture. In the forest sector, digital technologies, such as sensors, drones, AI and blockchain, and value innovations, such as carbon credits and biodiversity conservation payment schemes, are already transforming how value is created with, rather than from, forests. Innovation research on forest and natural resources management is connected to the Matts Carlgren Chair in Business Administration, which offers excellent access to leading companies and experts in the field. For questions related to the center and suitable projects, please contact Professor Mattia Bianchi. For questions about the application process, please contact the admissions team.
Science in the development of emerging industries
Opportunities exist for prospective PhD students interested in topics related to “science of science” and knowledge transfer. Society’s future and development are dependent on knowledge produced by science: scientific progress is central to technological progress, and to the development of welfare-enhancing innovations. Therefore, the question of how we direct the development of scientific knowledge to tackle global, complex, and sometimes unexpected, societal challenges is of crucial importance. Particular topics of interest in this area include, but are not limited to: the role of the funding system in shaping scientific careers and science production, diversity and inequality in the scientific system, the role of science in the development of emerging industries. Students in this area will be connected to the work conducted in the Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Center for Innovative and Sustainable Business Development, which provides excellent access to cutting edge data and an extensive network. Students will be expected to conduct quantitative research and to have an interest in developing their data analysis capabilities. A keen interest in machine learning techniques is appreciated. For questions related to these topics, please contact Professor Valentina Tartari. For questions about the application process, please contact the admissions team.
The future of work
Themes around the Future of Work and information systems are well suited for PhD studies of technology and innovation with specific impact on organizational behavior and firm strategy. For example, emerging infrastructure of algorithmic control changes the way employees can communicate in organizations ranging from financial services to pharmaceuticals or transportation. Information technology materializes rules and procedures that in turn shape practice. The impact that information systems, notably generative AI and machine learning but also much more mundane tools, exerts on organizing and work stretches from professional conduct all the way to firm survival. Opportunities for PhD studies include ethnographies and qualitative studies of practices and organizations undergoing technological change and disruptions. Multi-method studies may tackle both large samples of behavioral traces and incidents as well as deep analyses of behavioral change and processes leading to successes or failures. For questions regarding these themes feel free to contact Professor Stefan Haefliger. For questions about the application process, please contact the admissions team.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in organizational contexts
Opportunities also exist for students who are passionate about exploring the development, adoption, and usage of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in organizational contexts, focusing on their influence on strategy, behavior, and governance. This encompasses a wide array of AI technologies, from machine learning (ML) technologies to Generative AI (GenAI), including large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT. The unprecedented development and widespread diffusion of these technologies present a plethora of challenges and opportunities, that need to be better understood to ensure that they contribute to both organizational and societal value creation.
As a PhD candidate, you will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers at SSE House of Innovation, along with international institutions and organizations. The research will center on critical questions such as the factors driving the adoption and effective utilization of AI in organizations, the evolving dynamics of AI usage, the creation of beneficial, human-centric AI, and the influence of AI on work and societal values.
A background or a keen interest in quantitative methods is beneficial, particularly in econometrics (e.g., panel regression, logistic regression) and/or machine learning (e.g., natural language processing, topic modeling). This role is ideal for candidates who are enthusiastic about contributing to our understanding of human-AI interaction, evolving organizational structures and business models, and exploring the wider societal repercussions through a blend of conceptual, theoretical, and empirical approaches.
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