Professor in Management of Digitalization

Chalmers University of Technology
June 30 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Information about the research and the department

Over the last decades, we have witnessed a profound digitalization of society and industrial practice. Wide adoption of software and digital technology has triggered research and practice to rethink established ways of organizing, operate and innovate. Digitalization relates to the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provides new revenue and value-producing opportunities, i.e. the transition to a digital business.

Digitalization gives rise to a number of challenges for firms, but also to a number of opportunities. It changes many of the aspects of how firms are managed. For example, it changes the way firms work with external collaborations and outsourcing, how they distribute their offerings, add new complementary services based on the possibility to collect new data, and change the revenue models. Given that digitalization has the potential to make products smarter and firms to collect data in new ways, it will require firms to have more extensive repertoires to appropriate value. This is also a huge innovation opportunity. Further, through machine learning (AI) many decisions will be taken by algorithms, fundamentally changing the management of firms and raising new challenges related to integrity and ethics. Digitalization thus changes how firms conduct their business and at the same time it creates new challenges for firms to be competitive. It also makes innovation activity an increasingly distributed activity taking place in networks or industrial ecosystems.

Chalmers University of Technology invites applications for a full-time position as professor in Management of Digitalization. The overall ambition is to strategically strengthen Chalmers' profile within the area of Digitalization in light of the global digital transformation of our society. The recruitment of a professor in Management of Digitalization contributes to building an internationally recognized research and education environment, in collaboration with IT software development. The professor will benefit from a three-year funding to recruit a team of two post doc researchers (or doctoral students).  

The position is placed at the Department of Technology Management and Economics. Our mission is to develop people, perspectives and practices that make a difference in society through co-creating knowledge in the field of technology management. Our research, education and utilization contribute to economic, social and ecological sustainability. We put strong emphasis on industry relevance combined with high visibility in leading academic journals and we benefit from a successful local industrial environment of private and public actors.

Based on our subject areas, we have identified four key challenges in society in which the department aspires to develop a distinct position:

• Practices that enable sustainable development

• Value creation through digitalization

• Managing interfaces across boundaries

• Managing renewal - the improvement and transformation of firms and systems.

The department rests on a solid theoretical foundation of well-established research disciplines and professional areas with particular strengths in a broad area of subjects including logistics, supply chain management, service management, innovation and R&D management, entrepreneurship, leadership and strategy, science and technology studies, and environmental systems analysis. In combination, these areas constitute the department's strategic position within the wider area of technology management. This position is instrumental in the department's work to strengthen research and education in the area of digitalization.

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Major responsibilities

The position as full professor (chair) is a full-time tenured appointment. The holder of the position will play a leading role in both research and education. The major responsibility as a full professor of management of digitalization will be to lead and develop a research program within digitalization, together with colleagues at the department and other parts of Chalmers. The holder of the position will also support the department's leadership team to fulfil the vision and mission of the department in the area. This will include things such as identifying strategic research directions, obtaining research funding, attracting and retaining highly qualified researchers and contributing to a nurturing work environment. The appointment includes selective teaching assignments on all levels, research and supervision of PhD students. The position is considered key to the department's work to strengthen research and education in area of digitalization of management. The position also involves collaboration within academia and with society at large.

Position summary

Permanent position. A tentative starting date for the successful applicant is January 1, 2018.


To be qualified for the position as full professor, the applicant must have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. The applicant must also have an international track-record of academic research excellence, which should be demonstrated through publications in highly ranked journals and research leadership skills as well as demonstrated pedagogical skills.

We seek an applicant who is capable of defining and executing research programs that address the emerging research problems within the area of management of digitalization. Moreover, the applicant is expected to have a strong interest in academic leadership.

We also expect an applicant to have a well-established international reaserch network and have experience from collaborations with partners outside academia. The research is expected to be conducted in a collaborative fashion in several different constellations within the academic community and in interaction with industrial partners. Hence, great value is placed on the ability to collaborate, having social skills and the ability to create a stimulating work environment.

You must be a skilled educator and accustomed to teaching on different levels. For this reason, we place a great deal of emphasis on your pedagogical portfolio. The position requires a minimum of 15 higher education credits in teaching and learning in higher education or corresponding expertise.

Working in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city. It is well renowned for its combination of beautiful nature, a rich cultural scene and a strong industry and a wonderful place to live in, play and work. Chalmers offers excellent relocation support for new faculty members. For additional information about Gothenburg, visit

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, you are encouraged to learn basic Swedish within a few years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application deadline: 30 September 2017

For questions, please contact:

Maria Elmquist, Head of Department, Technology Management and Economics,

Sofia Börjesson, Professor, Technology Management and Economics,

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