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Postdoc in Informal Economy Entrepreneurship at Concordia University

  • 1.  Postdoc in Informal Economy Entrepreneurship at Concordia University

    Posted 01-21-2020 14:03
    We would like to draw your attention to an open Postdoc position at the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University, Montreal. The official posting is located here but I've copied and pasted the information below for your convenience.

    Research program title

    Unveiling Entrepreneurial Activity in the Informal Economy

    Reference number



    Program description

    The informal economy, defined as business activities that occur outside of formal institutional boundaries but within the boundaries of informal institutions, is a massive force in the engine of the world economy, but it remains largely shrouded in secrecy and hidden from sight. The goal of our research program is to unveil entrepreneurial dynamics in the informal economy.

    In collaboration with a local NGO with whom we have established a strong working relationship, we will explore the role of non-market institutions in driving informal economic activity in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. We will be working with and collecting both quantitative and qualitative data on all enterprises in a specific township. This will include novel sets of survey, visual, and geospatial data.

    We will complement this quantitative assessments of the informal economy with qualitative data meant to unpack the nature of non-market institutions in shaping economic activity. Specifically, we will conduct participant focus groups and qualitative interviews to reveal the impact of such institutions, e.g.: community, kinship, and religion.

    Our intention is that this combined approach will enable a more rigorous and authentic theory development on entrepreneurial activities in the informal economy.

    Academic qualifications required

    PhD in Entrepreneurship, Organization Theory, Strategy, or related fields. Qualitative or Quantitative expertise welcome, specific expertise in geospatial or photo analysis is a plus. Demonstrated capability – or potential - for publishing in high quality management journals.

    Eligibility requirements

    • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
    • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
    • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University's Postdoctoral Policy

    Timeline and application process

    • Application deadline: April 15, 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to express interest directly to Robert Nason or Joel Bothello.
    • Fellowship start date: Fall 2020, no later than Winter 2021.

    Submission process

    • All documents must be submitted to Niyusha Samadi.
    • Please include the reference number with your application

    Application checklist

    • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above.
    • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages).
    • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Niyusha Samadi.


    The prestigious Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at CAD $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia's services, including GradProSkills.

    Robert S. Nason, PhD
    Concordia University Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Society
    Associate Professor of Management
    John Molson School of Business
    Concordia University
    Montreal, Canada