Management Science, with a focus on SMEs and Family Businesses

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position
(Deadline May 4th, 2023 13:00 )


Management science; Entrepreneurship, Strategy; Dynamic capabilities; Innovation Management



The successful candidate will contribute to develop academic research to be published in international peer reviewed journals focusing on management science, strategy and business administration, with a specific focus on SMEs and family businesses. Responsibilities of the candidate will include project management activities, literature scoping, data collection and analysis, writing of peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate is expected to plan and manage his/her own research activity, working in collaboration with the colleagues of the research group and contribute to the planning and development of research projects. He/she will be responsible for delivering excellent academic research outputs, including papers for submission to international peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops. The candidate is expected to participate actively in the activities of the unit AXES (e.g., seminars, workshops, presentations to academic and non-academic audiences). Ideally, the candidate would start as soon as possible, but applications of people who can only start next academic year will be considered.



The AXES research unit is looking for a full-time Post Doctoral Fellow in the area of Management Science, with a focus on SMEs and family businesses. The ideal candidates are researchers with strong foundations in the fields of management science, strategy and business administration, with particular regard to SMEs. Previous experience or the willingness to carry out research in the field of family businesses is considered a plus, as well as research experience in the themes of Corporate Social Responsibility/sustainability. Skills related to data collection and analysis (qualitative and quantitative) are essential. Previous experiences in conducting interdisciplinary research is considered a plus, as well as familiarity with statistical packages (e.g., Stata, R), programming tools (e.g., Python, Matlab) and qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo). Candidates should have strong communication skills, a demonstrated capacity or potential for high-quality research, and a team-oriented attitude. Above all, we are seeking a highly passionate, committed and collaborative candidate.

Formal requirements


  • A PhD in a relevant field in management, business administration or a closely related field from a recognized institution;
  • Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English;
  • Fair knowledge of both written and spoken Italian.
Specific requirements


  • Conduct research consistent with the interests of AXES faculty members;
  • The candidate must have the professional background to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary team.


1 year, renewable

Gross amount


20.265,00 €/year






Accordo di collaborazione fra la Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca e l’Unione dei Comuni della Garfagnana (codice P0262 – CUP: D67G22000510005)

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Selection procedure and criteria

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and are based on international standards.


A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis online application info and - if provided - reference letters.Shortlisted candidates, selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis, are invited for a research presentation at IMT. Travel expenses to Lucca for theresearch presentation interview will not be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based on: Quality of research activity, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and references; Research organization experience and participation in international/national research projects and research periods in public and private institutions (academic and non-academic);Relevance of the candidate's profile for the development of IMT's research activities; Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience; Motivation; Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken; As well as any other requirements as specified in the advertisement.


Apply ONLINE only.

Before starting prepare the application attachments and information as listed below.


  • Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
  • Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card) (compulsory)
  • University degree (compulsory) and Ph.D. (obtained, or "ongoing")
  • Name, position, institution and email address of three referees (compulsory)
  • An email, with the appropriate instructions to upload the reference letters will be automatically generated and sent to your referees.


  • Your CV in English (compulsory);
  • One research paper (published or working paper): compulsory.
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper in the final stage of the selection.