PhD position available

We are hiring a PhD student in the field of Organizationand Management Sciences

We are looking for a full-time (100%) Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Organizationand Management Sciences. You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of Organizationand Management Sciences.

Title: Avoiding repetitive reform injury in the public sector. Can leadership behaviour reduce the damaging effect of repetitive reforms?

In response to today’s hectic and complex society, waves of reforms have been implemented in OECD countries to modernize the public sector. This reform appetite has caused many public organizations to be involved in near-endless cycles of reforms. Recent findings indicate that the ambiguity and uncertainty that intense reforms bring about may drastically increase employee work stress. Structural reforms therefore may paradoxically undermine the very performance and adaptability of public sector organizations they seek to improve, a process that has been labelled repetitive reform injury. The question then becomes: how can government reap the benefits of reforms (flexibility, adaptability,...) without negatively affecting employee work stress? Given the continued interest in, and necessity of, reforming public organizations, it is crucial to deepen our understanding on how to avoid repetitive reform injury. This project addresses this question by theorizing and testing the influence of the full-range of leadership behaviors (transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership) on employee work stress in settings of varying reform intensity.

Deadline for applications: You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform until 10 august 2020.


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