School of Social Sciences – Business Management PhD Scholarships


The Department of Business Management is offering up to three PhD scholarships to start in the academic year 2017-18.  The term of the scholarships is three years. Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, an annual  maintenance allowance (currently set at £14,296 for 2016-17) and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.

We would welcome applications in any of the project areas which are listed below: 

Marketing Group:

  1. Reference: MG-1: Considering the international response to climate change, consumer research is required upon which to base adaptation strategies, in addition to those aiming for mitigation.  This PhD will focus on consumption moderation by examining domain-specific processes used to adjust the utility gained from consumption (anticipated, experienced and remembered).  This work will contribute to sustainability, obesity and memory research. (Potential supervisors:  Iain Black and Michela Dewar)
  2. Reference: MG-2: There is a growing concern that online game gambling present significant potential harm for some individuals and society. This study explores consumers’ online gaming addiction and influence of potential mediating and contextual factors on their post consumption by employing marketing and psychological theories (e.g., attributional and guilt) in leisure industry. (Potential supervisors: Babak Taheri and Kevin O’Gorman)
  3. Reference: MG-3: First Scottish University Credit Union (First Scottish) is about to receive regulatory approval to offer services to students and graduates.  This PhD will utilise emergent Transformative Service (TS) Marketing Theory to explore to this context. It will evaluate how provision of financial services through First Scottish might improve individual and societal well-being, and will engage with ongoing policy initiatives to widen access and improve retention within Scottish HEIs. (Potential supervisors: Kathryn Waite and Robbie Mochrie)
  4. Reference: MG-4: The existing literature on the measurement and management of quality in B2C (and to a large extent in B2B) predominantly on the dyadic relationship between buyer and seller (or buyer/seller and intermediary). With increasing emphasis being placed on the use of social media to facilitate relationship development and maintenance and the emergence of the concept of Social CRM, more research is needed to understand how the wider network of relationships within which focal dyads are embedded (including networks of influencers) affect the measurement and management of relational quality. (Potential supervisors:  Paul Hopkinson and Kathryn Waite)

HRM Group:

  1. Reference: HRM-1: Low pay and Human Resource Management: There is increasing employer and academic interest in socially responsible human resource management. One aspect of this is the growing concern over low pay and precarious work. This PhD would critically examine the effects policies such as The Living Wage have on HRM practices and employee experiences. (Potential supervisors: James Richards and Kate Sang)
  2. Reference: HRM-2: We would like to supervise a PhD student who wishes examines the relationship between unemployment/employment, employability and health. In particular, the impact of work or unemployment on people who have a long-term (mental of physical) health condition. (Potential supervisors: Abigail Marks and Mike Danson)
  3. Reference: HRM-3: 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 both 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. (Potential supervisors: James Richards and Chris Dodd)

Business Law Group:

  1. Reference: BL-1: Shipping worth’s $375billion and carries 90% of world trade. Shipping companies in order to reduce their OPEX design drone-ships, as they would be safer, cheaper and less polluting. Vessels regulation considering the liability in tort and potential criminal implications of their use, could be paramount for global trade and economy. (Potential supervisors: Pierre de Gioia Carabellese and Stavros Karamperidis)
  2. Reference: BL-2: The bank-consumer relationship has been regulated for a while courtesy of a legislation influenced by ‘Brussels’. Having the Brexit implications in mind, the research is aimed to analyse the way the marketing of banking and financial services is going to unfold and the interconnected legal scenario. (Potential supervisors: Pierre de Gioia Carabellese and Babak Taheri)

Logistic and Supply Chain Group:

  1. Reference: LSC-1: Personalized cellular therapeutic research is focused on developing technologies to up-scale or out-scale manufacturing to meet future demand.  However supply chain strategy has been overlooked.  This research will advance theory in operations management by exploring how to achieve alignment /co-innovation of product and supply chain design for competitive advantage. (Potential supervisors: Chris Rutherford and Umit Bititci)
  2. Reference: LSC-2: SCM value creation in the digital world is no longer simply linear and additive. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a structured approach to study the relationship patterns among interacting network nodes that can capture behaviour led value creation. The research would examine how digitalisation affects SCM value creation. (Potential supervisors: Abhijeet Ghadge and Nigel Caldwell)
  3. Reference: LSC-3: Shipping worth’s $375billion and carries 90% of world trade. Shipping companies in order to reduce their OPEX design drone-ships, as they would be safer, cheaper and less polluting. Vessels regulation considering the liability in tort and potential criminal implications of their use, could be paramount for global trade and economy. (Potential supervisors: Stavros Karamperidis and Pierre de Gioia-Carabellese)

Strategy, Operations and Performance Group:

  1. Reference: SOP-1: There is a distinct relationship between how managers conceptualise their organisations and how they manage performance. The purpose of the this line of research would be to investigate: How to capture the managers’ mental models? How to compare these conceptualisations? How differences in mental models management of organisational performance? (Potential supervisors: Umit Bititci and Susan Cowan)
  2. Reference: SOP-2: Collaboration between organisations through joint-venture projects (eg. multi-organisation product development or social case-teams) is increasing. Person-centred leadership is effective in professional and projects contexts, but it is unclear how this works in multi-agency project contexts.  The research would explore this, and include investigation of related factors such as accountability. (Potential supervisors: John Sanders, Laura Galloway and Amos Haniff)

Enterprise Group:

  1. Reference: EG-1: This topic is within effective Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystem, which can include the value added role of Universities, the interaction/knowledge flows between Universities and intermediaries (incubators/angels/VCs) and governmental institutions in value creation for new startups and high growth companies, taking bottom up approach. The context can be the UK, emerging markets, or in comparison for national entrepreneurial/innovation capability enhancement. (Potential supervisors: Yen Tran and Umit Bititci)


All applications must be submitted by 28th April 2017.

Entry requirements

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 mark of 65% or higher.  Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact  Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

Please submit your application via the online 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  

Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a PhD scholarship and quote the relevant project Reference.

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 ensure that you state the relevant project Reference.

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.

2. Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates

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.

3. English Language Requirements

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.  

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4. References

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 should also submit a Curriculum Vitae.

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