Application Deadline : 2012-04-30
This position is a part of the research project "Connoisseurship, snobbery and cultivation". The PhD student will work together with the other researchers involved in the project.
The PhD programme in Business Administration at Lund University is a four-year programme for a doctoral degree. The degree consists of two parts, courses (90 ECTS credits) and a thesis (150 ECTS credits).
As a Doctoral Student you will mainly be working with your research project, but you can also be given more general tasks at the department, e.g. teaching, research or administrative work, in accordance with the regulations. The nature of this particular project also means that the applicant will be expected to travel and to conduct field studies in different countries for longer or shorter time periods. Rules for employment as a Doctoral student are stated in "The Higher Education Ordnance (SFS 1998:80), Chapter 5".
In the wake of an increased focus on various consumer-oriented lifestyle trends in media (e.g. the influx of programs on cooking and interior decoration etc.) consumption that was previously regarded as trivial and mundane has been attached with new meanings among producers and consumers. Product categories that traditionally were considered low-engaging bulk commodities (e.g. water, salt and flour) have become highly engaging and now act as considerable markers in culturally and symbolically loaded consumption practices.
In this research project, which will take the theoretical departure in Consumer Culture Theory (CCT). We will approach the intensification of consumer cultivation from three overlapping, main perspectives where each one represents the departure in one out of three interlinked subprojects with the common aim to investigate cultivation. See Arnould, E.J. & Thompson, C.J. (2005), Consumer Culture Theory (CCT): Twenty Years of research. Journal of Consumer Research, 31, 868-82.
The applicant must have completed at least 240 ECTS credits of university studies, at least 60 of which should be at the advanced (Master’s) level. We also require a bachelor degree including at least 90 ECTS credits in business administration, or equivalent education.
It is recommended that applicants hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration with special focus on marketing.
Basis of Assessment
The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance. Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§ and SFS 1998:80.
For appointment to the position, the applicant is required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Business Administration.
The applicants will be assessed on the basis of their prospects of meeting the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD) in Business Administration. Particular emphasis will be based on the following:
- Academic results, particularly on the master’s level.
- Bachelor’s and master’s theses (with special importance attached to the master’s thesis).
- A five page plan covering problem formulation and motivation, relevant theory, brief outline of empirical focus and method.
- Demonstrated skills in the English language is a requirement. Skills in the Swedish language is an advantage.
- Other results and distinctions that attest to the applicant’s ability to profit from the doctoral programme and/or to conduct international studies in the field of marketing and consumption.