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Business and Management Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship

PGRs working on business or management projects are normally housed in the Business School.

The school currently has a growing research culture with a thriving community of postgraduate researchers working on MRes, Professional Doctorate, and PhD research. Staff are experienced researchers and have forged extensive networks of research links both within the UK and abroad. The Business School works closely with practitioners and professionals from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Staff also have strong links with professional and accreditation bodies. The school has a strong professoriate to support and guide postgraduate research.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages. All applicants will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

“As a PhD student, an important part of your journey is your relationship with your supervisors. It can make or mar you. It can inspire you or make you anxious for the rest of your journey.

I have been blessed with an amazing supervisory team who have been consistent in guiding, encouraging, supporting and directing me at every step of the way. They make my student experience enjoyable.

I am proud to say that they have given me wings to fly. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and I am thankful to each of them for their kindness and support.”

Aniekan Ekpenyong – PhD Postgraduate Researcher


Please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to business and management to Professor Paresh Wankhade, Graduate School Research Degree Contact for business and management research, by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Research themes


  • Organisational leadership and management.
  • Business modelling and lean processes.
  • Operations management with specific focus on supply chain management.
  • Culture and change management.
  • Gender and organisations.
  • Organisational learning and development.


  • Accounting and institutional perspectives.
  • Accounting history.
  • Corporate governance and voluntary disclosure.
  • Market-based accounting.


  • Marketing, consumer behaviour, radical marketing.
  • Multi-level marketing, network marketing and services (retail) marketing.
  • Customer engagement, retail (high streets), experience marketing, retail consumer behaviour.
  • Advertising and media.

Development studies

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • Female entrepreneurship and business model innovation.
  • International trade, sustainable development and regional integration.
  • Applied and developmental economics.
  • Corporate strategy and corporate governance.
  • Determinants of firm performance.
  • Corporate social responsibility and business ethics.
  • Civil society development and non-profit organisation