PhD Procurement & Supplier Markets in Healthcare

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    University of Twente (UT)
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    10/01/2021 10:48 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Enschede


Public and healthcare organizations play a vital role in addressing grand challenges, including environmental degradation, growing resource scarcity, rising inequality, and the covid-19 pandemic. For this, they rely significantly on suppliers. Buying organizations need dynamic, innovative, and competitive factor (supplier) markets. However they often have to contend with concentrated markets associated with reducing efficiency, unfair trading practices, and stifled innovation.

In coping with such market conditions, effective supply systems cannot depend only on regulators’ policies and vendors’ competitive strategies. Effective purchasing behaviours are also crucial. In the longer term, organizations need to be able to influence supply market dynamics in favor of innovation, sustainability, resilience, and market diversity and competitiveness. This capability is ‘market stewardship’ – a new field of research in procurement!

We are recruiting a highly motivated PhD candidate to take forward this novel area of research, following a design science approach. Working with a multidisciplinary team with procurement, competition law, and system dynamics, the project will include:

  • Scoping the problem - mapping the consequences of market concentration on public/health procurement
  • Modelling market evolution – explaining how and why markets become concentrated
  • Investigating the boundaries of market diversity – exploring the opportunities and goals of market stewardship
  • Designing the role – characterising effective market stewarding, and the key organizational capabilities should such a steward as an organization have?

More Information


The UT provides a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high relevance to public and health administration, excellent working conditions, a stimulating scientific environment, and a green and friendly campus. We offer:

  • A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School, combined with excellent mentorship
  • A gross monthly salary of € 2,395 in the first year, growing each year up to € 3,061 in the fourth year
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • A minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits

Selection process

Please submit your application before January 10, 2021 using the “Apply now” button. The covering letter, explaining specific interests, the motivation for the application and why you qualify for this project, should be no more than 1.5 pages A4 long. With this, provide a full Curriculum Vitae, mark transcripts for your university courses (Bachelors and Masters) and at least one piece of written research work, for which you are either the lead or sole author.

We anticipate interviewing short-listed candidates on January 29 2021, via videoconference.

For additional information about this position, please contact Prof.dr. Louise Knight (email: l.a.knight@utwente.nl).

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • An M.Sc. degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Commercial Law, Industrial Engineering & Management, or related field
  • Highly proficient in written and oral English
  • Ability and passion for operating at the intersection of various fields
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, and the ability to collaborate with other researchers and colleagues outside the university environment
  • Skills for systems dynamics modelling, or an ability to learn sufficiently to collaborate well with specialist colleagues in the BMS Lab

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7522 NB
Drienerlolaan 5

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