Jönköping International Business School, Faculty

Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) is one of four schools within Jönköping University. We offer an international and team-oriented workplace with competitive education programmes, across Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels, as well as a thriving research environment and many opportunities for personal development. Our mission is to advance the theory and practice of business, with specific focus on entrepreneurship, ownership and renewal. Our guiding principles are: international at heart, entrepreneurial in mind and responsible in action. JIBS is double-accredited, by EQUIS and AACSB.

The position is connected to Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping University (JU) in Sweden. Since its inception in 2005, CeFEO has been at the forefront of research on family business and is composed by scholars from different countries and backgrounds. Several rankings consistently place CeFEO as the leading research center in Europe and among the top three research centers globally. While having a specific focus on family business and ownership issues, researchers associated with CeFEO also conduct research on topics like strategy, entrepreneurship, governance, innovation, internationalization and sustainability which are very much in line with the focus of JU and JIBS.

JIBS is now recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in Business Administration for its Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO) for a two-year, full-time position.


We seek a postdoctoral researcher who would like to pursue high-quality research on family business at Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO). We are particulary interested in candidates with a genuine interest in family business and currently conducting research on topics related to governance and/or entrepreneurship, proved by a solid pipeline of high-quality papers. Moreover, the ideal candidate has a clear interest to initiate new research project in these areas.

Relevant research projects within governance could be related to corporate governance, board of directors and ownership in family business with a disciplinary foundation in strategy and/or management. Relevant projects within entrepreneurship could be related to entrepreneurship as new firm formation and start-ups in the context of families, or as entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic renewal within established family businesses. Research projects focused on the family group as an entrepreneurial actor, that is, enterprising and entrepreneurial families, are also very relevant. Research projects could also combine governance and entrepreneurship lenses and, ideally, forge the link to pressing contemporary challenges that face family businesses today.

The successful candidate for this postdoc position will work closely with Professor Mattias Nordqvist and it is expected that the research conducted within the frame of this position leads to publication in top ranked scientific journals. An ability and genuine interest to share research findings with stakeholders outside academia is also expected.



You should hold a PhD degree in business administration from a reputable university, completed no more than three years before the application period has expired. You should be able to demonstrate your ability to perform high-quality research, and display experience in family business research. We expect that you have published articles in highly ranked journal (AJG3 or above) or have articles in the process of being published in such journals. We expect that you are fluent in English and are looking for applicants with a collegial attitude and a willingness to contribute to the organization.

For full eligibility requirements for a position as Post doc see "Appointment Procedure at Jönköping University"

It is also meritorious if you have:

  • Articles published in highly ranked journal (AJG4 or above), or articles in the process of being published in such journals.
  • Practical experience of family business.
  • A research agenda aligned with the focus and strategy of CeFEO.
  • An international profile and research network.



Employment starts January 2022, or as agreed upon. The position is full time (100%) and temporary for two years.

Please note that individuals close to obtaining their PhD are also welcomed to apply if they have a date for their dissertation defense before the end of 2021.  

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Mattias Nordqvist, mattias.nordqvist@ju.se or Kajsa Haag, Associate Dean of Faculty, kajsa.haag@ju.se.



Welcome with your application, no later than 2021-12-05.

Appendices are preferred in PDF-format and should include:

  • A cover letter that includes a description of your previous experience as well as your motivation for applying to this position, including reasons why you believe JIBS and CeFEO is the right place for you. 
  • A full CV, including a full list of publications, as well as your doctoral dissertation.
  • Description of research plan that describes your present ideas for your future research as well as how you would like to interact with external stakeholders.
  • Attested certificates and diploma, and copies of your most important published and unpublished scientific contributions.
  • Contact details for referees.

Jönköping University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds.
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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 2022 (or as agreed)
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2021/4819-211
  • Kajsa Haag
  • Mattias Nordqvist
Union representative
  • Thomas Cyron, Saco-S, +46 36-10 17 67
  • Vaida Staberg, Saco-S, +46 36-10 18 99
Published 03.Nov.2021
Last application date 05.Dec.2021 11:59 PM CET

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