Do you often look at things differently?

Find yourself interested in misfits, and anomalies?

Prefer to party with outliers than handle the averages?


Call for application: Postdoc/PhD student- Outliers in management

Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands


We are seeking a Postdoctoral fellow/PhD student to work on the SNF funded project (How) are Outliers Used for Theory Building in Management and Organization Science? The Link Between Rigor and Impact in Deviant Case Analysis. The project envisions to extrapolate analytic strategies for investigating outliers in management research and discuss their relative methodological sophistication.

The successful candidate will be working with Prof. Michael Gibbert, Laboratory of Science Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland) and Dr. Lakshmi Balachandran Nair, Methodology and Statistics Department, Universiteit Utrecht (The Netherlands), in close collaboration with Prof. Martin Hoegl and Dr. Matthias Weiss, Institute for Leadership and Organization, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany).

The applicant should have a solid basis in the philosophy of science both theoretically and practically, with demonstrated expertise in (preferably) both quantitative as well as qualitative analysis techniques. A strong background in the social and administrative sciences would be ideal.

Essential Skills

  • Strong background in quantitative methodology with reasonable experience in (and an open mind to) qualitative methods
  • Background in social and administrative sciences
  • A PhD in research methodology, or a PhD in social and administrative sciences with a strong focus on methodological issues (for Postdoctoral fellow)
  • Two or more publications in peer reviewed international journals (for Postdoctoral fellow)

Other desirable skills

  • Experience working in a qualitative methodology research project
  • Initiative to develop new areas of research within the group
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency in English
  • Ability to translate project results into high-quality research publications
  • Ability to work well in a team

Untitled1If this sounds like your cup of tea (or tequila), send a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae (with list of publications), and a statement of research to Michael Gibbert ( and Lakshmi Balachandran Nair ( While applications received before November 2016 will be given priority, the data collection will continue until a suitable outlier is found.






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