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You would like to attain a PhD at our chair

In general, we are open to discuss opportunities for supervising an external PhD. We see these PhDs as good opportunities for developing primarily empirical technology and innovation management research, which not only delivers new knowledge but also makes a relevant contribution to management practice.


As a precursor, we would like to highlight a few issues, which should guide you in your decision to pursue a PhD at the TIM group:


  1. As a successful PhD provides the candidate with an entry ticket to academia, the project must be designed to contribute with significant knowledge to the relevant scientific domain. This is both an issue of defining an ambitious research question and securing that results are published in recognized international outlets.
  2. Through a successful PhD, the candidate should learn to perform an independent research project. Hence, I see our supervision task as a mentoring role, maybe equivalent to an advanced apprenticeship relationship. We will help and support, but the candidate needs to take ownership and has to show the capability to perform the PhD independently (different from a master thesis).
  3. As the PhD is an entry ticket to academia, we very much welcome candidates, who also are interested in contributing to the teaching and learning portfolio at our department.
  4. A typical PhD supervision process will encompass:
    1. Joint agreement on the main research questions and research design
    2. Development of a research project plan with clear mile-stones and deliverables at the mile-stones, including follow-ups
    3. A series of presentations delivered by the PhD candidate at the research seminars of the department (typically related to mile-stones)
    4. External PhDs also participate in social events of the department in order to become an integrated part of the research team


If these conditions fit with your expectations, we suggest a meeting in order to explore opportunities for an external PhD. Pleaese contact Prof. Dr. Søren Salomo


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