The Department of Business Management invites applications for three fully-funded PhD scholarships to start in the academic year 2016-17.
A further PhD studentship is also being offered within the Department of Business Management for 2016-17. Based within the Centre for Research on Work and Wellbeing (CRoWW), the project on Graduate ICT Apprenticeships in Scotland is co-funded by Skills Development Scotland through the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
Project Details

  • Project Title:  Six Sigma and its impact on Corporate Performance: a global study
    Project Reference Number: BM-03
    Supervisors: Professor Jiju Antony and Dr Babak Taheri
  • A plethora of previous studies report the success stories of Six Sigma in many world class organisations such as GE, Honeywell, Bank of America, Caterpillar to name but a few. However, there are virtually no empirical studies which have been undertaken in Europe linking Six Sigma to Corporate Performance. This study will examine empirically the impact of Six Sigma initiatives on Corporate Performance in both manufacturing and service organisations across a number of countries including UK, Netherlands, Germany, India, China and USA. This study sets out to answer the following questions:
  • How does implementation of Six Sigma affect Corporate Performance?
  • What factors can influence the impact of Six Sigma on Corporate Performance?
  • What are the fundamental differences of the impact of Six Sigma on Corporate Performance between manufacturing and service organisations?

Project Title: Managing disability at the employee/consumer interface
Project Reference Number: BM-05
Supervisors: Dr James Richards and Dr Chris Dodd
Contemporary marketing emphasises differentiation between consumers. These differences tend to be identified within perfect world scenarios, where employees and consumers engage at equivalent levels of capability. There is an absence of critical research concerning disability, particularly related to mental health, autistic spectrum and other neurological conditions. This project will bridge Marketing and HRM disciplines, bringing advantage to theory and practice by exploring the nature and role of disabilities within employee and consumer exchanges. It is expected that the research will develop an enhanced understanding of the realities of employee/consumer interactions within varied consumer exchange environments, where disability inevitably forms part of the shared understanding of this experience.
Project Title: Fashion Victim: Motivations for and benefits from being a volunteer tourist
Project Reference Number: BM-09
Supervisors: Professor Kevin O’Gorman and Dr Andrew MacLaren
The volunteer tourism industry is growing exponentially with 1.6 million tourists recorded as volunteering in conjunction with their holiday per annum, resulting in a volunteer tourism sector worth 1.7-2.6 billion US$ (via Bailey & Russell, 2012). The future sustainability of the industry requires understanding of the underpinning of the motivations for those participating in the field, its management, and its impact upon the proposed beneficiaries. Development of the literature can help the sector manage these changes and enhance knowledge of what motivates and pulls volunteer tourists towards volunteer host communities (Wearing & McGehee, 2013). The proposed research examines how the industry has developed as a fashionable experience and worthwhile expenditure of an individual’s time. The theoretical understanding of fashion has expanded beyond its quintessential definition, and thus industries must examine the attributes of their organisation that constitute toward it being perceived as a fashionable experience. Additionally volunteer organisations must consider how to meet the demands of an increasingly multicultural volunteer cohort from culturally distinct areas (Pan, 2012). Through social exchange theory, understanding of volunteer management can be developed (McGehee & Andereck, 2009), as it speaks to the transactional nature of volunteer tourism projects.
Worth of ward
Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, a maintenance allowance which is currently set at £14,296 for the year 2016-17 and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.

  • All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team.
  • Short listed applicants must have the equivalent of a 1st class honours undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher and a dissertation of 65% or higher.
  • Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact the School’s PhD Administrator to discuss their  application. Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to Apply

  • Please submit your application via their online application portal.  Under Application Type please select ‘Research PG’ from the options.
  • In the section Planned Programme of Study please select ‘Management PhD’ from the options.  Once you have completed your application, ensure that you click “Application is Complete” on the Checklist.
  • If you have any problems with the online application process please email your query to[email protected] 
  • Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a PhD scholarship.

In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application:
1.   RESEARCH PROPOSAL (approximately 5 – 8 pages)  
On the front page of your research proposal, please type the reference number of the project you are applying for.
The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology.  At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues.
Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.
Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded.  If you are currently pursuing a degree course please provide all available marks to date.
If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency.   For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

  • If you have references available these should be submitted with your application.  If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.
  • Candidates may also submit a Curriculum Vitae.

Queries about these PhD scholarships should be directed to the School’s PhD Administrator, Caroline Murray: [email protected]
Deadline: All applications must be submitted by Monday 1st August 2016

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