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    PhD Scholarships - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    PhD Scholarship - Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovation in Healthcare

    BI Norwegian Business School offers a four year doctoral programme in business administration. The programme features six areas of specialization: Economics, Finance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Organization, Marketing, and Strategic Management.

    Department of Innovation and Economic Organization seeks good candidates for a PhD scholarship related to a research project on medical technology development. The project ”From local breakthroughs in knowledge to integration in medical practice” (KINT) is run in collaboration with the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo and the Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital. The PhD candidate will become part of a strong cross-professional research group, and be part of BI’s doctoral program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Applicants may have a background in the social sciences or in management studies. Candidates should show strong academic achievements, good collaborative and communicative skills, and aim for an academic career. An important goal with the doctoral program in innovation is that finished candidates are hired by leading research institutions.

    The KINT project will focus on the challenges related to development and implementation of new technology, as an outcome of the current organizing, regulations and institutional frameworks within healthcare. The KINT project will contribute to innovation through strengthening the implementation of a new high-tech medical procedure for heart surgery at the Intervention Centre (Oslo University Hospital). The methods developed in the KINT project may subsequently be used to strengthen the implementation of other similar high-tech medical procedures at other hospitals.

    The PhD candidate will have good opportunities for collaborating with leading national and international researchers. The core group in the project will consist of an experienced researcher and two PhD candidates. The research will be done at the Intervention Centre, possibly also at other Scandinavian hospitals.

    The research faculty at the Department of Innovation and Economic Organization at BI Norwegian Business School takes part in the international research community, doing research related to innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial economics and business history. The doctoral programme is an important element of the department’s research agenda and of BI’s vision to become one of the leading research business schools in Europe. The selected candidates can expect close supervision and will be working closely with the faculty and their place of work will be at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo where they will join a group of PhD candidates.

    Additional information about the Department of Innovation and Economic Organization can be found at

    Applicants must have completed a two year (120 ECTS) Master’s Degree with thesis work (preferably a Master of Science) by January 2012 to be considered for a scholarship. An average of grade B or better is required. The four-year scholarship is set according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale, and currently pays NOK 365.300 per year (approximately USD 66,000). The position is linked to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse). The scholarship involves 25% TA/RA responsibilities. If applicants are otherwise equally qualified, female applicants will be given preference. Additional information about the doctoral programme, admission requirements and the application can be obtained from the doctoral administration at BI Norwegian Business School.

    The application must be submitted electronically only by using the "Send Application" button on the right hand side in this announcement. No e-mail application or hard copy application will be accepted.

    You are required to upload the following with your application:

    • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, please include transcripts of grades

    • A Diploma Supplement or a similar document describing in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree (

    • Other relevant certificates and transcript

    • A project proposal (5-10 pages including topic, proposed method, schedule)

    • CV

    • A research plan with milestones and a list of the courses you plan to take Template to be found here:

    • Letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher (a minimum of 2 letters)

    • Certificates from previously completed courses at the doctoral level, if requesting approval of these for the Ph.D. programme at BI Norwegian Business School (see last section of § 3.1.1 in our Ph.D. Regulations)

    • A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities

    Please note that all documents must be uploaded in the electronic application. Documents may not be submitted by e-mail. Furthermore, note that any documents forwarded after the application deadline will not be considered. Exceptions will only be made for students who are completing their master’s degree in 2011 and do not have a final certificate when applying. Please note that you will not be able to revise your application once it has been submitted.

    Candidates may at a later stage be asked to forward further information and/or be called in for an interview. Candidates who are accepted for the programme must provide a more detailed progress plan with milestones and courses for the four years of study.

    Please contact researcher Thomas Hoholm ( or Professor Håkan Håkansson ( for more information about the position and the KINT project.

    General information about the doctoral programme and admission requirements can be obtained from the doctoral administration at BI Norwegian Business School.

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