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Study for your PhD or DBA with the Centre for Business in Society


PhD Postgraduate Research

The Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) is an exciting research foundation. Our thriving PhD student community are integral to the Centre and contribute to our wide-ranging research portfolio. Choosing to pursue PhD study within the vibrant and supportive intellectual environment of the Centre is an investment in your future. Our research is grouped around key clusters and themes. Current CBiS doctoral research includes projects on the role of central and local government in regeneration, global sports governance, corporate social responsibility and supply chains, green technologies and industrial clusters. Explore the Centre’s pages and find out about the innovative research that is being undertaken by our staff and current, and former, postgraduate research students; work that is not only cutting-edge but contributing to important issues confronting business and society.

Dr. Jason Begley
Director of Postgraduate Research
Centre for Business in Society
jason.begley@coventry.ac.uk

We welcome applications from suitably qualified self-funded or sponsored PhD candidates that relate to our current research themes. If you think you have what it takes to study for a PhD with us and have an idea you would like to discuss before you apply, please contact the appopriate member of staff as listed below.

If your enquiry relates to PhD study within the wider Faculty of Business and Law, please contact the relevant department or Coventry University's Postgraduate Research Support Office.


 

Current PhD Opportunities

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017

 

The Data, Organisations and Society research cluster encourages applications from prospective doctoral students. We are working to lead research on the impact of the digital environment on business and society. Challenges and opportunities related to the use of Big Data, digital and analytics as a driver of innovation, business strategy development and new business models. Issues such as privacy, trust and data protection, related to the creation, use, management and disposal of data in society are also essential. 

For all enquiries in the first instance regarding the Data, Organisations and Society Cluster, please contact Professor Maureen Meadows (maureen.meadows@coventry.ac.uk), Professor Sally Dibb (sally.dibb@coventry.ac.uk) or Dr Alexeis Garcia-Perez (ab1258@coventry.ac.uk).

 

The Economic Development and Inclusive Economies research cluster focuses on encouraging economic growth and development as a core aim of public policy; however, there is increasing concern with the question ‘who gains from growth?’. We welcome PhD applications which explore a range of topics relating to growth and inclusion. These include city growth, employment policy, social investment and community finance; and the impact of economic development, such as strategies for local and regional economies, including motorsport and advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship and business models.  

For all enquiries in the first instance regarding the Economic Development and Inclusive Economies research cluster, please contact Dr Nick Henry (nick.henry@coventry.ac.uk) or Dr Paul Sissons (paul.sissons@coventry.ac.uk).

The cluster also welcomes PhD applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in pursuing historical research in line with our research themes. The expertise of our cluster members covers the following continents: Africa; Australasia; Europe; Latin America; and North America. PhD researchers are a core part of our cluster and benefit from the opportunity to work with scholars at various stages of their career.

For all enquiries in the first instance regarding this area of research, please contact Dr Andrew Perchard (andrew.perchard@coventry.ac.uk) or Dr Jason Begley (jason.begley@coventry.ac.uk).

 

The Sector, Economic and Financial Studies research cluster welcomes PhD applications aiming to develop an understanding of how alternative financial institutions - such as credit unions and community development finance institutions (CDFIs) - are shaping the responsible finance landscape in the UK. We are also interested in proposals that look into the attitudes towards financial services, particularly from a young person’s perspective, in order to increase engagement levels in pensions. Finally, we welcome applications that propose panel data econometric analyses of the impact of intellectual property rights (IPRs) on foreign direct investment (FDI). 

For all enquiries in the first instance regarding the Sector, Economic and Financial Studies research cluster, please contact Professor Glauco De Vita (glauco.devita@coventry.ac.uk), Dr Harjit Sekhon (harjit.sekhon@coventry.ac.uk) or Lindsey Appleyard (lindsey.appleyard@coventry.ac.uk).

 

The Sustainable Production and Consumption research cluster is interested in supervising research that explores sustainable production and consumption. We welcome topics that take a ‘whole supply approach’, examining sustainable activities, attitudes and behaviours at different points in the lifecycle of products, and work around interventions and changing behaviour that go beyond existing approaches to changing consumption patterns and ethical consumption. We are particularly keen in enhancing our research in sustainability and innovation in supply chain operations. For instance, at present we are exploring the innovative use of modern technology in improving supply chain efficiency and green practices in a complex and dynamic business environment to achieve a sustainability agenda and targets 

For all enquiries in the first instance regarding the Sustainable Production and Consumption research cluster, please contact Professor Marylyn Carrigan (marylyn.carrigan@coventry.ac.uk), Professor Ming Lim (ming.lim@coventry.ac.uk) or Dr David Bek (david.bek@coventry.ac.uk).

 


Guidance on Coventry University’s PGR eligibility and application process can be found here.

Self-funding or corporately sponsored PhD applications are always welcome. Some fees-only bursaries and full studentships might be available on a competitive basis.

Doctorate in Business Administration

Transform Your Business: Make an Impact 

The DBA programme is cohort-based, with groups of up to 10 candidates mentored throughout their research degree by an expert academic team. The degree takes 4 to 6 years to complete.

The DBA is designed for practising managers with the experience and roles to facilitate impactful change within their organisations as a result of their research.

Whilst the programme contains some taught elements designed to enhance research skills and capabilities,the final award of the Doctorate is based on a portfolio of original research, presented in a thesis.

Candidates must have:

i) a postgraduate Master’s degree with Merit or above, or with a minimum overall average mark of 60% or above, in a relevant discipline/subject area and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR

ii) a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, or an approved equivalent award, with a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR

iii) appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.

Candidates must have:

i) a postgraduate Master’s degree with Merit or above, or with a minimum overall average mark of 60% or above, in a relevant discipline/subject area and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR

ii) a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, or an approved equivalent award, with a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR

iii) appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.


Dr David Jarvis

DBA Director
Centre for Business in Society
david.jarvis@coventry.ac.uk

Additional requirements are that candidates:

i) have a minimum of five years’ practitioner experience in a relevant field;

ii) are undertaking a role within an appropriate setting that will allow the implementation of innovation and change necessary to meet the requirements of the programme;

iii) have an identified mentor who is an experienced practitioner in a relevant field.

 

Applications

Candidates must apply through the University’s Research Admissions Process and complete the DBA application form.

This includes an explanation of the subject area likely to form the focus of the studies leading to the final research thesis, showing how their own experiences, roles and career plan underpin this selection.  However, a full research proposal is not expected at this stage; this will be produced during phase one of the DBA.

Candidates will need to produce evidence of their academic qualifications or professional experience. They will need to have two references, plus evidence that funding is secure for their fees and that a practitioner mentor has been selected.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed before a place on the programme is recommended.