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PhD Candidate in Organizational Theory, University of Cambridge

Jan is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

His research looks at what enables and what inhibits social change, focussing on the role of institutions, social evaluations, social movements, and social innovation. His work has taken him into contexts such as social housing, prisons and reentry organizations, capital punishment, and child marriage.

His research is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Cambridge Trust. He has an MPhil in innovation, strategy, and organization (from Cambridge), an MSc in marketing and strategy (from Warwick), and a double-BSc in business administration (from EBS and Tongji University).

Prior to PhD studies, Jan was a management consultant for L.E.K. Consulting in their Munich and London offices supporting international clients across various industries in developing their organisational design, market entry, and growth strategies. He has also worked for Sony, Siemens, and the Haniel Group in the UK, Germany, and China.

In his free time, Jan enjoys open-water diving, reading fiction, playing the saxophone, and studying Mandarin. He currently resides at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School


  • 2016 
    University of Cambridge, Judge Business School , MPhil
  • 2012 
    University of Warwick, Warwick Business School, MSc
  • 2011 
    European Business School & Tongji University, BSc


  • 2019
    When Fieldwork Hurts: On the Lived Experience of Conducting Research in Unsettling Contexts, Research in the Sociology of Organizations

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    PhD Studentship
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council