Organisational Behaviour

Ibrahim Jamal Alharthi

Thesis Title: The reputation of business schools in Saudi Arabia

I am interested in the reputation of business schools in Saudi Arabia, with a focus on two particular aspects.. First, trying to understand how the reputation of business schools is constructed among different stakeholders. Second, how reputation can affect stakeholder choice and a preference for a particular business school. I intend to contribute to widening the understanding of higher education in Saudi Arabia and to make a contribution to policy in HEI’s.

1st Supervisor: Dr Lisa Anderson

2nd Supervisor: Prof John Taylor

Scott Baker

Thesis Title: Reframing productivity as a strategic challenge: A processual study of strategizing in the European automotive industry

Enhanced productivity is often considered to be the result of operational efficiency and the removal of wasteful or redundant activities. However, productivity is also a strategic challenge that involves the exploration of future opportunities. My research project is animated by growing criticism of traditional, static and plan-based models of strategy which are increasingly unproductive or pathological. Drawing on ‘process’ theoretical ideas, I propose to investigate productivity as a strategic challenge, drawing on empirical evidence from the European automotive industry.

1st Supervisor: Prof Mike Zundel

2nd Supervisor: Dr Pete Thomas

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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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Samuel Horner

Thesis Title: Exploring the emergence and development of University-Industry strategic research partnerships: A processual account. 

My PhD research is focused on the development of strategic research partnerships between universities and large commercial organisations. The primary objective being to determine how strategic research partnerships emerge and develop over time. My research is rooted in Whiteheadian metaphysics and process theories of organisation therefore I am looking to advance theorising with regards to the development of strategic alliances. Empirically, my research consists of a single longitudinal case study, drawing data from a wide range of sources including documents, interviews and observations. My secondary research interest is the rather nebulous intersection between strategy and technology transfer. 

1st Supervisor: Dr Benito Giordano

2nd Supervisor: Prof Ossie Jones

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

Noor Asilah Nordin

Thesis Title: My research will examine the early career development of academic staff in Malaysian universities drawing on the perceptions and experiences of staff across a range of academics disciplines and different universities.

It is hoped that this will lead to recommendations that will help to improve academic staff development and thereby enhance the quality of both teaching and research. 

1st Supervisor: Prof John Taylor

2nd Supervisor: Dr Lisa Anderson

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.

Leighann Spencer

Thesis Title: Tough men and sensitive women? Exploring the significance of gender dynamics in workplace mistreatment.

The study seeks to explore and understand the significance of gender dynamics in the process and experience of workplace mistreatment. By adopting a process approach the study seeks to examine how initially benign interpersonal interactions at work may escalate and lead to the perception of being severely mistreated (i.e. bullied); thereby exploring the question 'At what point does an individual perceive their treatment as bullying?'. To do so the research explores how emotions, the expression and perception thereof, shape these interactions and the eventual perceptions of mistreatment, and further seeks to explore the role of gender and gender norms within these processes. 

1st Supervisor: Dr Laura Radcliffe

2nd Supervisor: Prof. Caroline Gatrell

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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Yaman Suryaman

Thesis Title: Defining Collaborative Working Accountability in Natural Disasters.

This research aims to figure out how accountability work in complex organisation such as government bodies, NGOs, Donors, volunteers, and leader of the communities. The accountability terminology is divided into three categories, downward accountability, horizontal accountability and vertical accountability. In this research is going to analysed how accountability works for these three categories. The research mainly would contribute to the terminology of accountability.

1st Supervisor: Dr Mike Rowe

2nd Supervisor: Dr Matthew Tickle

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 Caroline Ramsey

2nd Supervisor: Dr Julia Brennecke

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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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Julia Zielke

Thesis Title: Multi-level and multi-actor ecosystem approaches towards a plural understanding of wellbeing and wellbeing research

My research looks into community wellbeing, particularly in regards to social inequalities and social empowerment.  Borrowing from feminist epistemologies and using creative methods, I want to understand the things that work wellbeing for different community members of an array of community-driven organisations, like social enterprises or community land trusts (CLTs).

1st Supervisor: Dr Alan Southern

2nd Supervisor: Prof Rhiannon Corcoran