25 September 2018

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For more information please contact Mr. Frédéric Dufays, tel.: +32 16 37 30 52, mail: or Prof. dr. Johan Bruneel, tel.: +32 56 24 60 34, mail: 

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You can apply for this PhD position no later than October 15th. You can apply through our online job application, requiring a motivation letter, resume (including detailed study results), at least one reference that we may contact (e.g. thesis supervisor) and a one-page summary of your master's thesis. 

Please apply as soon as possible, the vacancy will be closed on the moment that a suitable candidate has been found. 

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This research project is shouldered by the Faculty of Economics and Business – Leuven and Kortrijk. The research will be conducted under the supervision Prof. L. Sels (Department Work & Organisation Studies - WOS) and Prof. J. Bruneel (Department Management Strategy & Innovation - MSO), in the framework of the ‘Kenniscentrum voor Coöperatief Ondernemen’.

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The research project aims to gain a better understanding of the governance of cooperatives, in particular on member involvement and participation. Cooperative enterprises are value-driven member-owned and controlled organizations that operate primarily and philosophically outside of the traditional profit to capital owners’ model. Governance is often set forth as the most distinctive element of cooperatives through two characteristics: member ownership and democratic control. However, cooperatives are confronted with several pressures that challenge the nature of their governance and which this research project intends to investigate. In particular, this project’s objectives are 1) to explore the new practices of member involvement, and 2) to study how these practices can satisfy members’ expectations. This research project will study the relationship between the members and their cooperative mainly from aqualitative perspective, but will also entail some quantitative research.


You preferably have a Master degree and background in Applied Economics, Business (or Civil) Engineering, Management, Economics, Sociology, Work and Organizational Psychology  or in the broad domain of socio-economic sciences. You had excellent results in these prior studies (‘honors’-level).You have demonstrable interest in the themes of (social) entrepreneurship, cooperatives, and/or good governance. You have strong analytical skills and are open to a multidisciplinary environment. You have affinity with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. You have strong oral and written communication skills both in English and in Dutch. You are a team player. Most importantly, you should share our unbridled enthusiasm for scientific research.


We offer full-time employment for one doctoral researcher, starting 1 November 2018 (or later). The appointment will be for 4 years, annually renewable. The candidate will enter the doctoral program of the Faculty of Economics and Business (Leuven Campus) and will develop a doctoral dissertation at KU Leuven (Faculty of Economics and Business).