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Fantastic PhD scholarships at the Management School 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

If you’ve considered studying for a PhD in 2015, here’s your chance to be supervised by some of Sheffield University Management School’s world-leading academics.

We’ve allocated £330,000 towards project and open PhD opportunities.

CRAFiC, the Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context, is offering seven project opportunities with supervision from across the centre which seeks to encourage and conduct rigorous research into the ways in which accounting and finance are constituted. They also aim to contribute to the cutting edge of research in accounting and finance that have relevance for the wider economy and the society at large.

From ‘Management Accounting Innovations’ to ‘Social Accounting and Democratic Accountability’, the seven available projects with CRAFiC are available to apply for until 10 April. Find out more about scholarships and funding at SUMS here.

CREED, the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, is offering two PhD project opportunities in ‘How do SMEs Access the Funding they need to Support Business Activities’ and ‘Entrepreneurship in a Corporate Context’.

Working with academics such as Drs Tim Vorley, Nick Williams, Peter Rodgers and Robert Wapshott, as well as Professor Josephine Maltby from CRAFiC, these opportunities present an exciting opportunity to candidates focusing on the increasingly important areas of regional development and entrepreneurship. You can view SUMS scholarships here, and they also carry the deadline of 10 April 2015.

CReiMS, a cluster which looks at Critical Research in Marketing and Society, is hosting three PhD project opportunities on themes including maximising the social value of festival sponsorship in the UK, and sustainable behaviour and sustainability education.

Sheffield University Management School’s burgeoning Marketing/Creative and Cultural Industries Management division is an exciting place to conduct your study, and CReiMS draws upon the strong narrative of sustainability, ethical, international and consumer research that is currently an integral part of it. Discover information on SUMS’ scholarships here.

World leading authorities in wellbeing, occupational/work psychology and leadership await at the Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology (IWP). They are offering five supervision opportunities; ‘Exploring the Benefitial Effects of Work as a Route to Social Inclusion’, ‘Unexpected Leadership in times of Uncertainty’, ‘Reducing Intergroup Conflict through Leadership’, ‘Innovation in Virtual Work’, and ‘The Challenges of Collaboration for Innovation’.

With supervisors including Drs Eva Selenko, Malcolm Patterson, David Rast, Carolyn Axtell, Kamal Birdi and Anna Topakas, these projects provide an amazing opportunity to aspiring scholars with an interests in developing and testing theory about the effects of work on employee wellbeing and performance, and doing so using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, with particular emphasis being placed on the use of longitudinal and change studies.

IWP provide a rigorous yet friendly research environment, rich with expertise. Discover information on SUMS’ scholarships here.

LSCM, the research centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, offers you the opportunity to be supervised by internationally-recognised, leading experts in this very current topic. They are offering three project opportunities in ‘Transitional Change in the Low Carbon Energy Industry’, ‘Housing Crisis in the UK: Can Crowdfunding the Custom/Self-build Sector Provide a Solution’ and ‘Big Data for Regional Growth in SMEs’.

The centre focuses on research, development and application of leading edge multi-disciplinary work which impacts on logistics and supply chain management nationally and internationally. The team works with stakeholders including other academics, industrialists, businesses and policy makers on R&D, knowledge exchange, consultancy, executive education and training on these important areas. You can read about all of SUMS’ scholarship opportunities here.

Sheffield University Management School’s Strategy and International Business research group also have three fantastic opportunities open to potential scholars. Led by Dr Martina McGuinness, a supervisor in one of the projects, the group encompasses a large variety of interrelated research from strategies in emerging markets to the importance of cultural interplay.

Carrying the same deadline of 10 April 2015, applicants can choose from projects focusing on community resilience in an age of austerity, interactions between the home and overseas operations of emerging economies multinational enterprises, and social business behaviour in post-Soviet economies. Read about scholarship opportunities here.

Finally, the Work, Organisations and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) has four fantastic project scholarships for aspiring researchers with an interdisciplinary approach to interests relating to work, employment and the labour market.

The opportunities, titled ‘Flexibility and Security in European Labour Markets’, ‘Speaking Out in Organisational Climates of Silence’, ‘Delivering Work – Exploring Labour Process Change in the Parcel Delivery Sector’ and ‘Disability and Work: A Comparison across European Countries’, are supervised by some of the Management School’s leading academics who are well connected in academic and practitioner circles.

WOERRC facilitates collaboration between researchers from different academic fields and disciplines and in so doing aims to promote theoretical and methodological innovation, provide fresh analytical insights and strengthen the evidence base. Discover the scholarship opportunities here.

Interested in a PhD in Leadership & Social Identity?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Dr. David Rast, III, PhD is currently accepting applications for a doctoral student in the area of group processes, intergroup relations, and leadership.

Project description: Leadership is fundamentally a group process whereby leaders influence a collection of individuals, and vice versa. Past research demonstrates that leader emergence and preference within groups is impacted by feelings of uncertainty about oneself (Rast, Gaffney, Hogg, & Crisp, 2012; Rast, Hogg, & Giessner, 2013). Social identity is an important component in this situation, where considerations of followers’ self-conception are evoked and managed by the group’s leadership. Building on the social identity theory of leadership (Hogg, van Knippenberg, & Rast, 2012), this project will examine how/when leaders, particularly extremist, deviant, or non-prototypical leaders, can strategically use uncertainty to their advantage as a means to strengthen their support by providing ways to ease follower uncertainty and by emphasizing a shared identity.

Potential applicants with demonstrable research interests in the areas of the self-concept, social identity, social influence, collective action, and leadership are strongly preferred. Please email Dr. David Rast at with your CV and a 2-page statement of research interests.

PhD Scholarships at the University of Sheffield Management School

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The Management School at the University of Sheffield is a dynamic, research-led multidisciplinary School, one of only 58 Triple Crown Accredited Schools in the world. The school is pleased to be able to offer three scholarship awards for PhD study for entry in September 2013 as follows:

Two  ESRC White Rose PhD Scholarships

Further information on eligibility can be found at

Further funding information can be found at

Further general information can be found at


One fully funded PhD scholarship

This studentship is funded the Faculty of Social Sciences

Further information can be found at

Applications are invited to conduct doctoral research that fits within the remits of the Management School’s research centres and groups, as outlined below:


Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED)

The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development is a Research Centre in the Management School at the University of Sheffield and its focus is the increasingly important areas of regional development and entrepreneurship. The Centre is a recognised leader in these areas of research and education.

See the Centre for Regional Economic & Enterprise Development (CREED)


Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES)

The Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) is a leading centre in multi-disciplinary research, and the development and deployment of innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability for a low carbon future. CEES also act as a nucleus, feeding into the University of Sheffield cross cutting energy and environment themes and centres: Science-led Project Sunshine and Engineering-led AMRC, NAMRC, KROTO and Siemens Wind. In addition, CEES acts as the integrated platform to link research at Sheffield with the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF).  See the CEES website

Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)

Founded in 1994 by the Management School and the University’s Department of Psychology, the Institute of Work Psychology is world-renowned.  Its emphasis is on the developing and testing of theory about the effects of work on employee well-being and performance. Moreover, it has strong links to other disciplines including human resource management and health.  See Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)


Logistics & Supply Chain Management Group (LSCM)

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre focuses on research, development and application of leading edge work on logistics and supply chain management, nationally and internationally. The LSCM Research Centre comprises of members and partners institutions/centres/universities from both national and international countries. The LSCM Research Centre is linked with a core mirror group at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC), 3 consortia, and 25 international partners and member institutions partnersSee the LSCM website


Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC)

The Centre’s major themes are as follows: employment relations, work organisation, health organisation, and work and the labour market. In each area, there is a focus on the nature of work, relationships with various stakeholders, and the policy context. For further information see:


Finance and Accounting Management

The FAM research group conducts research on finance, corporate governance and management accounting that is rigorous and relevant to contemporary accounting and finance issues and debates. For further information see:


International Business, Strategy and Marketing

This research group focuses on four research areas: emerging markets and multinationals; risk and strategy practice; knowledge, evolution and transmission of knowledge, and marketing in emerging countries. Researchers in the IBSM group collaborate with UK and overseas research institutions in the USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey, China and many other emerging countries. For further information see:


 Please make sure you have applied formally to the University before applying for a scholarship.  We must have a full application including references, proposal and transcripts from previous study before we can consider you for a scholarship.

Guidance on how to write a research proposal, details of our entry requirements and information on how to apply can be found here

The deadline for submitting an application is 12 noon on 1 February 2013.

Once you have applied formally to the University, you can apply for the Scholarship via the University Scholarship form

If you have any questions please email

Management School Post Graduate and Alumni End of Year Party

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Management School welcomed alumni, post graduate and MBA students, staff and friends of the school to an End of Year Celebratory Evening held at the ICOSS Building on 29th July.

The aim of the evening was to provide a chance for post graduate and MBA students to meet peers, staff and alumni of the school and to share their experiences and provide an opportunity to develop their professional networks for future careers. Amongst the guests present on the night were delegates from the school’s MBA and EMBA programmes, Masters and PhD students, alumnus of the school, Professor Lenny Koh Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs, Prof Bradley Barnes, Senior Lecturer Linda Lewis, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Alumni Officer Jody White from the Management School.

Guests were welcomed by Professor Lenny Koh Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at the Management School who began by thanking staff, students, alumni and friends for all of their hard work, support and achievements over the past year and taking this opportunity to join in the celebrations. Professor Lenny Koh then went on to give a short speech, beginning with an update of the development of alumni relations of the school including recent alumni events that have taken place across India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and London and the establishment of an Alumni Advisory Board for the school.

Professor Lenny Koh then went on to talk about the influence alumni relations has over the various aspects of the school and future developments; alumni affairs helps advance research through joint working on research projects and publications and raising funds to support research activities, thus creating more opportunities for current and future students. As a member of the Management School, students are invited to expert lectures from guest alumni speakers to listen to their first-hand business knowledge and experiences. Alumni networks also help to develop the school’s business links and engagement, providing further opportunities to students through work and research placements, and develop further the school’s international links.

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Professor Lenny Koh ended the speech by welcoming current students to continue their relations and friendship through future engagement with the school as alumni to continue the great work and development of alumni relations within the school.The rest of the evening was then an opportunity for guests to relax and network over refreshments and a bite to eat.

The evening was well attended and there was a great atmosphere throughout the night; students shared experiences and their future plans and aspirations, and hopefully made some new contacts. “A very successful and well attended evening,” said Professor Lenny Koh, “It was very encouraging to meet so many of our ‘soon-to-be-alumni’ and also welcome back alumnus of the school and have this opportunity to celebrate the hard work and support of our staff, students, alumni and friends of the Management School. This is a great example of how the alumni relations programme at the school can help and support current students and hopefully demonstrates the benefits and opportunities available to them by continuing their relationship and friendship with the school through alumni engagement. We envisage holding similar events in the future and look forward to the future progress and development of alumni relations at the Management School.”

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Sheffield Doctoral Conference

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Tuesday 19th April and Wednesday 20th April 2011
Interdisciplinary Centre on the Social Sciences (ICOSS) , 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP

This year – for the first time – doctoral students from The University of Sheffield Management School and Sheffield Business School at Hallam University will come together to present their work.

The conference will also be attended by Professor Catherine Cassell, Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management and Professor Allan MacPherson, Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews who will be participating in an “Ask the Editors” session. In addition, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd are presenting a Guide to Getting Published session.

We are pleased to welcome PhD students and staff from the University of Linköping, Central Sweden. This University is a strategic a partner of the University of Sheffield Management School. The two universities run an active programme of student exchanges and are exploring and sharing best practise around postgraduate research.

For further details please contact our Research Office Administrator, Mandy Robertson – +44 114 222 3380 –

Our Students Win Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Management School is delighted to report that two of our recent successful PhD students have received recognition in the “2010 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards”

Steven Kennedy who was supervised by Linda Lewis and Frank Birkin was highly commended in the “Management and Governance” category for his submission on “Using a Stakeholder Thinking Approach to Investigate Barriers to the Implementation of Sustainable Development”

Anna Scott who was supervised by Caroline Oates was highly commended in the “Marketing Research” category for her submission on “Towards sustainable consumption: Understanding the adoption and practice of environmental actions in households”

Further details of the awards and categories may be found at:

Congratulations to Steven and to Anna and to the supervisors of their research
on these awards.

Four White Rose Research Studentships available

Monday, April 6th, 2009

If you are thinking of doing a PhD in the following areas:

Project 1: Assessment of the preparedness of supply chains to adapt to climate change (based on Sheffield)
Project 2: Doing Business Under Water: Flooding, Entrepreneurship and Resilience (based in Hull)
Project 3: Climate change policy complexity and impact on supply chains (based in Leeds)
Project 4: Validating the sustainability of biorenewable replacements for petrochemical products (based in York)

Please go to for more information on how to apply. The dateline is 30 April 2009.

The White Rose Consortium funded the Sustainability Science Network on Enabling Supply Chain Adaptation to Climate Change and a Resource Poor Future. The four research studentships are the projects within this network. The network links very closely to the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the work carried out by the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Group. For more information, please see or contact Professor Lenny Koh

White Rose PhD Studentship

Friday, July 11th, 2008

The role of entrepreneurship, innovation networks and knowledge exchange in institutional change

based at The University of Sheffield Management School Start date October

Research on entrepreneurial networking and innovation has focused on diverse themes. One area of particular interest has been the way entrepreneurs engage in networks and use them to leverage resources and enhance business credibility to enable firm creation and growth (Hoang and Antoncic, 2003). Much work in entrepreneurship has focused on the individual as the unit of analysis and has tracked and mapped their approaches to networking (Larson 1991; Liao and Welsch, 2003). Within these studies research has explored issues such as the role of social relationships and the importance of trust; and it has explored power as it relates to the entrepreneur’s position within these business and social networks – particularly where there are external contingencies impacting on relationships, such as in supply chains (Pittaway and Rose, 2006).

This previous work, while providing a valuable foundation for understanding the role of entrepreneurs in innovation networks, has two major limitations. First, it tends to privilege individuals as the main unit of analysis. This means that teams, communities, families or other social groupings that collectively realise entrepreneurial initiatives are ignored. Secondly, many studies of entrepreneurial networks ignore the wider institutional environment in which entrepreneurial activities take place. As a result, there is an abundance of studies of individual networking practices and there are extensive studies of industry networks or supply chains. But we rarely see studies that investigate entrepreneurial activity across these multiple levels of analysis. An example of this is debates about economic development and entrepreneurship in the context of ‘peak oil’ and climate change. We can identify local entrepreneurial innovations addressing these challenges at a local or micro level. It is also possible to identify policy initiatives at an industry or national level. But it is rare to see how the entrepreneurial practices interrelate across a number of levels contributing to (or being shaped by) climate change/peak oil.

This PhD will be concerned with the interrelationship of entrepreneurial innovation, knowledge exchange and networking processes as drivers of institutional change. The study will seek to apply a situated and contextualised understanding of entrepreneurial innovation and knowledge exchange that fully acknowledges the context and structural conditions within which a range of actors (entrepreneurial or otherwise) operate when constructing network relationships. It is expected therefore, that the PhD will draw from theories relating to institutional theory, entrepreneurial networks, institutional entrepreneurship, innovation networks, community or social entrepreneurship to investigate how entrepreneurial ideas or innovations are constructed across boundaries to bring about institutional change. These boundaries can be national, cultural, local, organisational, regional, ethnic, institutional or political. The key aim is to demonstrate the role that entrepreneurial action and knowledge exchange plays in enacting transformations of particular (local, organisational, community etc) contexts.
The following themes are invited:

  • The processes through which innovation networks are constructed relationally between various actors (i.e. industry, trade, community, philanthropic, family businesses, communities, not for profit, or entrepreneurial people, teams or organisations).
  • Entrepreneurship as an enabler or barrier to institutional change or regional development
  • The travel of entrepreneurial ideas from one (global) context to another.
  • The process through which entrepreneurial ideas are ‘translated’ at a local level.

Especially welcome are proposals that address the above theme(s) against the context of climate change/ peak oil/energy challenges and demands for sustainable development. Studies might, therefore, focus on the food processing industry, food commodities, dairy/cattle/farming sector; the construction or engineering sectors; or on the diffusion of new technologies or scientific innovations/creation of new networks that will help to alleviate climate change/energy/regional development challenges.

The studentship would be located in the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) at the University of Sheffield Management School and would complement existing PhD students working in CREED and the Management School. This includes PhDs on networks, enterprise policy, entrepreneurial learning and enterprise education, informal economy, family business. The student would be a member of the School’s MRes and RTP programmes which would provide a firm foundation for their research skills. A grant of c£12,000 per annum will be awarded to fund the studentship.

The principal supervisor, Dr. Denise Fletcher, is Director of Research for CREED and has a track record of PhD supervision in different contexts of entrepreneurship. She is a board member of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and of the Board of the Institute of SmallBusiness and Entrepreneurship. Her work centres on narrative, social construction, institutional entrepreneurship, networks and the travel of entrepreneurial ideas across different socio-cultural contexts.

Denise Fletcher’s profile page

Dr Nicky Shaw, the co-supervisor, currently directs the Graduate School at Leeds University Business School. She has worked on a major EPSRC-funded project on improving innovation, has researched innovation sharing within the partnership network of a major utility and is now leading an industry-funded project to apply social network analysis to further understand networking both within a large organisation and with its partners

Application process


Applications should take the form of:

  1. A personal CV;
  2. A covering letter stating why you are the best person for this studentship;
  3. A maximum 3000 word research proposal outlining your proposed topic. (This should include a proposed title; brief review of relevant literature; a statement of the aims of your research and a summary of appropriate research methods to be utilised to implement the study).

Please note that there is no requirement to download or submit this application via the university application system. Overseas students can send attachments by email but applications in hard copy are preferred. Also email applications should be sent in one complete word document.

Send CVs with covering letter and research proposal to reach us by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 11th August, 2008, to:

Mandy Robertson,
Research Administrator,
University of Sheffield Management School,
9 Mappin Street,

For further information contact: Denise Fletcher on


Hoang, H. and Antoncic, B. (2003). Network-based research in entrepreneurship: A critical review. Journal of Business Venturing. 18 (2), 165.

Larson, A. (1991). Partner networks: Leveraging external ties to improve entrepreneurial performance. Journal of Business Venturing, 6(3), 173.

Liao, J. and Welsch, H. (2003). Social capital and entrepreneurial growth aspiration: a comparison of technology- and non-technology-based nascent entrepreneurs. Journal of High Technology Management Research, 14(1), 149.

Pittaway, L. and Rose, M. B., 2006, ‘Learning and relationships in small firms’, International Small Business Journal, 24(3), 227-231.