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Postdoctoral Fellowship in sustainability, systems thinking, or innovation

  • 1.  Postdoctoral Fellowship in sustainability, systems thinking, or innovation

    Posted 01-12-2023 03:02

    Dr. Pratima (Tima) Bansal at the Ivey Business School (Western University, London, Canada) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral fellowship in the topics of systems thinking, sustainability, innovation, or design.

    The incumbent will be supporting the work of Innovation North. This research-practice initiative is putting systems thinking at the center for the corporate innovation process – to create better business and a more prosperous society. The incumbent will have an opportunity to work closely with 20 of Canada's major corporate innovation leaders. These practice partners meet every quarter to innovate the innovation process. In addition, some of them engage more deeply with the research team in applying the insights. These interactions provide the research team with rich qualitative data and an opportunity for engaged scholarship.

    The research team presently consists of faculty members (Tima Bansal, Diane-Laure Arjailiès, Sylvia Grewatsch, Jury Gualandris, Garima Sharma), postdoctoral students (Ju Young Lee, Alice Mascena, Kinshuk Sharma), and doctoral students (Michelina Aguanno, Valen Boyd).

    The ideal candidate would exhibit the following:

    • Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research (qualitative or mixed methods) in systems thinking, sustainability, innovation, or design;
    • Comfort and credibility writing for and communicating with corporate executives; and
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

    The candidate's activities will include collecting company-specific innovation data and writing articles targeting both high quality research journals and practitioner outlets. The candidate will enjoy working with a diverse, vibrant research team and be motivated in solving macro-social and environmental issues through corporate actions.

    The candidate will join an active sustainability research community at the Ivey Business School. There are numerous faculty members engaged in sustainability research, who contribute actively to the Centre for Building Sustainable Valueand the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS). The faculty members at Ivey publish in their most rigorous journals, while also seeking to impact practice.

    The candidate can start any time, but ideally no later than September 2023. The position will be for up to 3 years, with a 6-month probationary period and annual reviews. The PhD needs to be defended within 6 months of starting the position.

    If you are interested in the position, please send the following to Tima Bansal ( by February 5, 2023:

    • a copy of your CV
    • a cover letter that describes how you meet the three bullet points above