PhD candidate position in Longitudinal Corporate Network Analysis – Universiteit van Amsterdam

April 26, 2016

This is a position to work in the multidisciplinary CORPNET research group, funded by the European Research Council through a Starting Grant and based at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. You will be responsible to dr. Eelke M. Heemskerk.

Project description

Corporate Network Governance: Power, Ownership and Control in Contemporary Global Capitalism (CORPNET)

CORPNET seeks to do what has so far eluded existing scholarship: to fully explore the global network of corporate ownership and control as a complex system. Using cutting-edge network science methods, the project explores for the first time the largest database on ownership and control covering over 100 million firms. Exploiting the longitudinal richness of the new data in combination with state-of-the-art methods and techniques makes it possible to model and empirically test generating mechanisms that drive network formation.

PhD Project: What Drives Network Formation?

This subproject studies the generating mechanisms that drive the formation of corporate governance networks. The project builds a conceptual framework that tries to explain the formation and (dis)continuation of corporate board overlap through the strategies of the actors involved. It takes a bipartite approach and starts from the notion that the generating strategies of actors do not only take place at the firm-by-firm level but are essentially located at the firm-by-person level. The methodological approach is temporal modelling (for example, stochastic actor-oriented or temporal exponential random graph models), and the project will have to develop methods and algorithms to apply modelling on a very large scale.

Source: PhD candidate in Longitudinal Corporate Network Analysis – Universiteit van Amsterdam

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