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Dear all, a quick reminder: we have two fully funded PhD positions available
on corporate network analysis.
Deadline next weekend!

Two fully funded PhD positions are available at CORPNET, University of
Wešre a multidisciplinary team, bringing together political science,
computer science, network science, sociology, and based at the Amsterdam
Insitute for Social Science Research. Wešre interested in networks of
corporate control. See

For the first position, we are looking for somebody with experience in
longitudinal / dynamic network analysis . For the second position, we are
looking for somebody with corporate governance expertise, ideally from a
networked perspective.

Follow the links below for more information, or see
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Contact Eelke Heemskerk ([log in to unmask]) for more information.
Closing date 1 May. Starting date (no later than) 1 september 2016.

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

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.

PhD Project: Corporate Control in Contemporary Global Capitalism

This project engages in a fundamental discussion on the relationship between
corporate control, ownership and corporate power. In a world of dispersed
and fragmented ownership, corporate directors and managers are the more
powerful actors. In a world of (re)concentrated ownership however, directors
lose power and influence. The question, then, is the extent to which new
concentrated owners such as states and large asset managers, and the
corporate elite of directors are separable entities. This is an important
question with regard to financial intermediaries and for venture capital,
but also for the re-emergence of the state as corporate owner in the global
economy. Where and how do the network ties of ownership and of managerial
control reinforce each other? Are ownership ties an additional tool for the
corporate elite to strengthen their grip on big business? Or can we discern
opposing groups of corporate managers and directors on the one hand and the
(new) owners of corporate capital on the other?

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