Sweden Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership Seeking Doctoral Students

Date: May 21, 2012

Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) is one of four schools within Jönköping
University. The School offers study programmes and courses in business administration,
economics, informatics and law with an international focus. Research at JIBS focuses on
entrepreneurship, business renewal and internationalisation. JIBS has some 2,000 registered
students, 200 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 180 million. For more
information please visit www.jibs.se

Thanks to a generous donation from Carl-Olof and Jenz Hamrin Foundation and as a part of our
growth strategy we seek up to three doctoral students to our Center for Family Enterprise and
Ownership ( CeFEO). CeFEO is an internationally leading research center for family business
and ownership issues; currently the largest in the world and ranked first in Europe and fourth
globally for research productivity. CeFEO was established in 2005 and has grown into a
genuinely interdisciplinary and international research center with more than 25 senior and junior
researchers. CeFEO is committed to “Academic Excellence and Practical Relevance” and active
in the areas of research, education and outreach activities to practitioners. Please visit
www.cefeo.se for more information about our history and activities.


As a doctoral student at CeFEO and JIBS we offer you a full-time employment. Most of your
time will be devoted to your doctoral studies but you also will be able to gain experience in
teaching and administrative tasks. We seek candidates who has a strong wish to conduct high
level of academic scholarship on important topics within the fields of family business and/or
ownership (incl. corporate governance) that are of high theoretical, empirical and practical

Eligible applicants must have completed their bachelor or master in a relevant discipline. The
main language of research and teaching at JIBS is English. You must be fluent in both written
and spoken English to be eligible to our doctoral program. Skills in other languages, including
Swedish is considered an advantage. An international outlook as well as prior research, teaching and/or professional experience are also considered advantageous, as is an ability to communicate effectively with different stakeholders in and around the university environment.


For more information about the positions, please contact Professor Leif Melin [2012 FOBI Scholar] leif.melin@jibs.hj.se, Director of CeFEO or Professor Mattias Nordqvist [2011 & 2007 FOBI Scholar] mattias.nordqvist@jibs.hj.se, Co-director of CeFEO. 

Professor Nordqvist can also answer general question regarding the PhD program in Business Administration at JIBS in his role as Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs. Union representatives are Duncan Levinsohn (SACOs) saco.ihh.@ihh.hj.se and Barbara Eklöf (ST) st.ihh@ihh.hj.se. Contact phone number for them all is +46 36 10 10 00


Please submit:
  • A letter-of-intent explaining why you apply to the position, what you expect from the doctoral program and why you are interested in CeFEO and JIBS, and in doing research on family business and/or ownership issues.
  • A preliminary research plan, expressing your present research interest in the field.
  • A personal description of yourself. 
  • CV and attested documents (transcript, diploma). 
  • Copy of your Bachelor and Master Theses and other publications.