University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland - SUPSI

Professorship (open rank) in management or business administration

2024-05-20 (Europe/Zurich)
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Deadline: May 20th, 2024

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) offers at the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care (DEASS) based in Manno, a Professorship in management or business administration (the specific field will be agreed with the chosen candidate at the nomination). Occupancy level: 80%-100%. Starting date: 1 November 2024 or by agreement.

The winner of the competition will also be appointed as the Head of the Competence Centre for Management and Entrepreneurship (CMI) for a four-year term. This may be renewed for a further four years. Depending on the characteristics and academic experience assessed by the nomination committee, the winner of the competition will be awarded the title of associate professor or full professor, in accordance with SUPSI's internal directives for contract staff, specifically directive 4b on academic careers, paragraphs 3.14 and 3.15 and its annex.

Professional context

The CMI supports local companies, organizations and institutions in facing and dealing with the increasing complexity of the current context. The CMI intends to facilitate change and innovation through a pragmatic and flexible approach to problems. Methodologically, the CMI works multidisciplinary throughout the activation of a wide array of competences within the SUPSI. 
The CMI's research and service activities focus on the following topics: strategy and organizational development; marketing, communication and consumer behaviour; entrepreneurship and innovation; financial management and controlling systems; corporate social responsibility and sustainable reporting; digital information management to support business decisions.

Tasks and Responsibilities

As Professor
Research and services

  • Exercise scientific seniority in their subject areas by designing, directing, and conducting research projects and producing publications relevant to the topic.
  • Acquire and coordinate research and service mandates with local, national, and international outreach. 
  • Promote a dynamic collaboration with stakeholders in their field of activity, maintaining strong links with local institutions, as well as with national and international academic and professional networks. 


  • Designing and carrying out teaching activities, to make a significant contribution to both the graduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Actively and collectively participate in the development of the department's training portfolio.

As Head of the Competence Centre for Management and Entrepreneurship (CMI)

  • Assume overall responsibility for the CMI and leadership of the research team.
  • Ensuring the financial sustainability of CMI and promoting the growth of employees.
  • Collaborate in the development of interdisciplinary activities in synergy with colleagues active at the CMI and within other DEASS units.
  • Participate, together with the departmental head of research, in the strategic development of DEASS research and service activities and the implementation of the related action plan.

Skills profile and requirements

  • PhD in business administration, management, or related fields (preferred).
  • Relevant scientific production on topics of interest for this position.
  • Proven research experience in universities or universities of applied sciences with project acquisition and management.
  • Recognised membership of relevant scientific community at the national and international levels.
  • Proven leadership skills and strong organisational skills.
  • Significant and recognised experience in university teaching.
  • Having contributed to institutional development during their professional careers.
  • Proven experience in transferring knowledge to an external social context.
  • Willingness to integrate into the reference territory in which SUPSI operates, establishing and maintaining contacts with those operating there.
  • Knowledge of English and at least one other national language in addition to Italian.
  • Excellent ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and social skills.

Additional preferred criteria

  • Teaching qualification (or willingness to obtain one within three years of appointment).
  • Knowledge of the Swiss university system and the social fabric of Ticino.

We offer

  • An academic position at a nationally recognised University of Applied Sciences.
  • A stimulating leadership, teaching, and applied research with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in a constantly changing university environment.
  • Interdisciplinary team of motivated, experienced, and competent colleagues.
  • A working environment focused on the quality of human relationships and innovation.

Application requirements

The requirements for this function are published in the 'Internal SUPSI Directives' and the 'SUPSI Personnel Regulations' available on the italian page “Documenti ufficiali”.

Informazioni supplementari possono essere richieste a:
Luca Crivelli, DEASS Director
Secretariat telephone: +41 58 666 64 44

The applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter in Italian containing your motivation to apply to the position
  • A full curriculum vitae
  • List of scientific publications and copies of the five most significant publications.
  • Academic degrees and professional certificates
  • Honours and/or awards received
  • At least two recent letters of reference attesting the professional, scientific and teaching qualifications
  • Presentation of activities conducted in the research projects
  • Presentation of teaching activities conducted at university level with relevant evaluations
  • Copy of identity document
  • Extract of criminal records valid for six months.

Interested candidates should submit their applications by May 20, 2024, using the dedicated application form. Please note that incomplete applications, applications sent to other addresses, or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Job details

Professorship (open rank) in management or business administration
Via Cantonale 2C Lugano, Switzerland
Application deadline
2024-05-20 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)
2024-05-20 23:59 (CET)
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