Free open Job in Australasia Postdoctoral Research Associate in Business Information Systems at The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney – The University of Sydney Business School

Ref: 1927/0917 

  • Gain valuable research experience and contribute to ground-breaking innovations in higher education alongside internationally-renowned colleagues
  • Develop your research career in a world-class business school
  • Research only – Fixed-term for 2 years, Level A Step 6 at 0.8 FTE. Successful candidate might negotiate additional responsibilities to make up the difference to 1.0 FTE.

At 1.0 FTE, remuneration package is $106K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation 

About the opportunity
The Digital Disruption Research Group (DDRG), in the Discipline of Business Information Systems, brings together colleagues from academia and industry who share an interest in the wider topic areas of technology in business and the future of business and work. The DDRG is open to a wide range of topics and approaches without restricting possible research initiatives sharing an interest in investigating and exploring the particular nature and characteristics of disruptive change and its implications for business practice.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Business Information Systems, at the Associate Lecturer level in the ARC Linkage project “Evidence-based Management for Enterprise Social Networking Success (LP150101261), co-funded by the Australian Research Council and Capgemini Australia Pty Ltd. 

About the project:
Traditional top-down management techniques assume that technologies are introduced into businesses to enhance and automate predefined business processes. Increasingly however, businesses are confronted with disruptive technologies (such as Enterprise Social Networks – ESN) whose purpose and business significance is not initially clear and only gradually discovered through active user experimentation. These disruptive digital technologies can only realise their innovative potential if properly managed, yet traditional techniques are both inadequate and too conservative to apply to disruptive technologies. This project develops and tests a novel theory and methodology for the successful introduction of disruptive technologies to organisations. It is innovative because it creates and tests new theory that frames the introduction of disruptive technology as guided user experimentation. It critically questions traditional roles and responsibilities of management in relation to technology introduction. The project draws on continental philosophy and hermeneutics to understand introduction of new technology as a managed dialectic of interpretation and edification. 

Start date: 1 February 2018 

About you
To be successful as a candidate, you will have:                                                           

  • A PhD in information systems, organisation studies, social sciences, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve research outcomes with refereed publications at international level
  • A tentative research program in line with the research project in the fields of Digital Technology, Workplace studies, Digital Infrastructures, or cognate disciplines that study technology using social science perspectives
  • A demonstrated theoretical and methodological background relevant to the project, and familiarity with interpretivist, qualitative research approaches, and non-dualist, continental philosophical positions (e.g. phenomenology and hermeneutics) 

For a full list of selection criteria please refer to the online application system. 

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website. 

All applications must be submitted by 27th October 2017 via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by reference # 1927/0917 for more information and to apply.

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