Sunday, May 27, 2012

PhD scholarship available at QUT’s Information Systems School

PhD scholarships available with my colleague/co-author Prof. Jan Recker.  Contact details are below.


PhD scholarship available at QUT’s Information Systems School

Applications are invited from suitable qualified graduates for a PhD scholarship at the Information Systems School at Queensland University of Technology as part of the “Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation” initiative.
The term of the scholarship is three years. The scholarship provides financial support towards study and living costs.

Project Background
The PhD student will work in the Woolworths Chair for Retail Innovation initiative at the Information Systems School at Queensland University of Technology. The initiative’s objective is to conduct applied research on innovations in business, processes and technology-based systems, and the management of innovation processes in organisations. The domain of the initiative is the retail sector, especially Supermarket operations. Topics will address a variety of business, management, process, service and IT-components, and thus require holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to research.

The project is driven by a demand to deliver innovative transformations to retail operations, processes and business models, with a focus on customer-centric value provision. At the core of this demand are the two foci of (a) exploring and exploiting innovation potential in the retail sector, and (b) creating a culture of innovation within retail organisations.

The Research Environment
QUT’s Information Systems School is currently the highest ranked IS research department in Australia based on research quality and the only IS research group that was ranked with a perfect '5-out-of-5' score in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. The school is also among the highest ranked IS departments in terms of publications in the top IS journals worldwide.

QUT’s Information Systems School has a global reputation for its work on Business Process Management and Process Innovation. The School has an unconditional focus on rigorous research with demonstrated practical relevance. Research from the school has appeared in premier journals such as the MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the AIS, the European Journal of IS, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, and others.

Application Criteria
The successful applicant

-  has a Master's degree in management, information systems, finance, marketing, business administration or a comparable field. He or she completed the Master’s degree with a GPA of 6 or higher (or equivalent).
-      has the ambition and capabilities to complete a high-quality empirical PhD project within 3 years.
-       has a strong research mindset, and evidence of skills in theoretical and empirical research.
-       possesses strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
-       ideally has a background and interest in the retail sector.
-       speaks and writes fluently in English.
-      likes to work in an international setting and in an applied research setting in close interaction with a key industry partner.

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to submit a letter of application for the scholarship to Jan Recker ( by 15 June 2012, briefly describing qualifications, relevant skills and areas of research interest.
Applicants will be screened and, if suitable, invited for further assessment and interviews.

The following supporting documents are required:

-       CV including a comprehensive list and details of all publications if any.
-       Certified copies of academic transcripts.
-       Copies of most important research papers or theses
-       A letter stating comprehensively how the above criteria are met by the applicant
-       2 letters of reference from academics who have taught/supervised the applicant at university.

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