Organisational Behaviour

Mary Joy

Mary Joy Baloyo

Thesis: This research is driven by the pressing academic preferences on normative cases, which are in danger of generating a research agenda with very limited applicability to practice. This study contends that valuing the household as the unit of analysis allows for insight into the complexity and dynamics of the entrepreneurship process. By adopting a household perspective to entrepreneurial activities, the study seeks to explore the research question: How are privileges and disadvantages that arise from intersecting social positions of gender, race and class status, experienced by the entrepreneurial household? To do so, the research aims to understand how household characteristics and dynamics impact in enabling and/or hindering the entrepreneurial practices of the household.

1st Supervisor: Dr Sara Nadin

2nd Supervisor: Dr Dilani Jayawarna

Martyn Bradley

Martyn Bradley

Thesis Title: How do contemporary fathers working in the legal sector balance their work and life commitments. 

The research is concerned with understanding how contemporary fathers balance their work and life/care responsibilities, the latter of which may be deemed feminine, whilst working within a sector which may be considered highly masculine. The research has acquired a national law firm to act as a case study whose main practice is concerned with a highly competitive and masculine area of law.

1st Supervisor: Dr Gary Brown

2nd Supervisor: Prof Caroline Gatrell and Dr Laura Radcliffe

Nicola Dawson

My PhD research centres around examining teachers understanding of, motivations for and expectations of using problem-based learning pedagogies in management education. It is intended that critical action learning will be utilised through the development of a community of practice. 

Alex Emberton

Thesis Title: Technology Adoption in Large Organisations

I am using Tornatzky & Fleischer's Technology-Organisation-Environment Framework to better understand technology adoption within large organisations. I will be comparing two large organisations – a multi-national corporation and a central bank – to assess how varying motivations, and the presence of different kinds of stakeholders, affect the adoption process.

1st Supervisor: Prof Tom Elfring

2nd Supervisor: Dr Claes Belfrage and Dr Adriana Nilsson

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Helen Johnson

Thesis Title: Placing Gaming: Blurring boundaries of agglomeration in UK video game development

Does place matter now in a world where digital content could essentially be created ‘anywhere’? Helen’s thesis uses the UK video game development industry as a window into this phenomenon, using concepts of agglomeration and project work ecology to understand how those involved in techno-creative roles locate, network and live. In particular acknowledging blurs between work/hobby, online/offline, studio/home etc. Methods include semi structured interviews and netnography via Twitter and LinkedIn.

1st Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Johns

2nd Supervisor: Prof Rory Donnelly

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Katie Neary

Katie Neary

Thesis Title: Doing innovation in the NHS: exploring the role and capturing the impact of the Innovation Hub at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Hospital

This CASE Studentship PhD seeks to understand how innovation is carried out within the Alder Hey Innovation Hub, whilst capturing the impact and value of their activity through detailed case-study research. This qualitative research links into current NHS and government policy which seeks to understand how innovation can assist healthcare delivery. This knowledge is crucial in order to facilitate the spread of innovations and to provide robust evidence to support further rollout across the NHS.

1st Supervisor: Dr. Benito Giordano

2nd Supervisor: Dr. Pippa Hunter-Jones

Hyacinthe Onillon

Hyacinthe Onillon

Thesis: I am interested in European graduates who decided to self-expatriate to China in their early career. My research seeks to investigate how the perceived cultural distance and geographical remoteness will affect their re-entry experience. Will it be the ‘career booster’ currently advertised? How could it change their expectations of work-life interface? I am hoping that my research will contribute to the current information gap between individual’s career choices and companies’ expectations of this untapped resource.

1st Supervisor: Prof Rory Donnelly

2nd Supervisor: Dr Huadong Yang

Lucy Ryan

I am studying for a part time PHD and interested in the experience of senior female executives over the age of 45 in organisations and how this experience aligns with the organisational narrative for older executives.

Anneke Schaefer

Thesis Title: Exploring work and family through the eyes of lone parents and blended families: a qualitative inquiry into how diverse parents adapt their work patterns as a reaction to changes in co-parental relationships

This research projects investigates the work-family experiences of parents who have undergone a relationship transition and a major transformation of their co-parental relationship. Specifically, it seeks to understand how these parents adapt their work patterns to fit with their new parental context by considering this issue from three different perspectives: that of lone mothers and fathers, repartnered mothers and fathers, and stepparents.

1st Supervisor: Dr Laura Radcliffe

2nd Supervsior: Prof Caroline Gatrell

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Schaefer, A., Radcliffe, L.S. and Gatrell, C.J. (2020) ‘Lone Parents and Blended Families: Advocating Flexible Working to Support Families in Transition’ in Norgate, S.H. and Cooper, C.L. (ed.) Flexible Work Designing our Healthier Future Lives. London: Routledge, pp. 196-212

Mark Veary

Thesis Title: An ethnographic study of learning and development practice - supporting early career engineers' development of professional competencies

The purpose of my study is to explore professional management practice (learning & development) within the context of supporting engineers working in a large engineering company and who are participating in an early career development programme. The research aims to build an understanding of how engineers in their early career develop learning processes and practices that contribute to the development of necessary and required professional  competencies. Additionally, the research will inform future learning & development action to support the learning of engineers through the ethnographic study of my own practice.

1st Supervisor: Dr Clare Rigg

2nd Supervisor: Dr Allan MacPherson

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Lisa Weston

Since 2010, the policing landscape has been overwhelmingly impacted by broader societal, political, structural and financial changes. The ensuing complexity has provided a pertinent opportunity for me to research police-community engagement, an embedded concept in policing policy, in the practice context through ethnographic fieldwork. 

Andrew Whitehead

Thesis Title: Exploring Leadership Mindsets 

For my PhD I will be exploring ‘mindsets’, particularly from an organisational leadership perspective. The purpose of the study is two fold, firstly to explore the current thinking around ‘mindset’ and its importance to leadership effectiveness and secondly to identify what mindset attributes are most useful for leading people and organisations successfully, in the context of todays fast paced, global and technologically driven environment.

1st Supervisor: Professor Yves Guillaume

2nd Supervisors: Dr Mariella Miraglia / Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova

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Christopher Woods

Thesis Title: ’Independence’ in the music industries in the Digital Age: Meaning- and sense-making

This research will re-examine the concept of ‘independence’ and what it means to be independent in the contemporary music industry. It will provide an insight to ‘digital’ independence in terms of organisational practice, aesthetics and ideology, assessing whether the concept has been dramatically altered through digitisation by examining the ways in which such ‘changes’ have become manifest in today’s digital music economy.

1st Supervisor: Dr Claes Belfrage

2nd Supervisor: Dr Andrew Kirton

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Chunyu Xiu

Thesis Title: Enhancing employee performance and wellbeing via HR bundles implementation and employee HR attributions

My PhD project highlights the process of HPWS implementation by line managers and the process of sense-making of HPWS by employees. Theories on leadership will be used to understand the implementation process and psychological theories on attribution will be used to understand the HR sense making process of employees. I’m using a longitudinal research design involving multi-source data collection and multi-level data analysis to address the research questions.

1st Supervisor: Dr Huadong Yang

2nd Supervisor: Prof Rory Donnelly