School of Business and Economics

Discipline groups

Research students


Gottfried Catania

Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Dr Cheryl Travers
Dissertation Topic: 'The effects of goal-setting on (un)ethical behaviour in the Maltese financial services industry'

Andy Cope
Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Travers and Prof Alistair Cheyne
Dissertation Topic: 'E-learning - who's best suited to it and why?'

James Uzoukwu Ejekwumadu
Supervisors: Dr Cheryl Travers and Dr Ray Randall 
Dissertation Topic: 'Employment trends and challenges of work-life balance in the Nigerian banking industry'

Hannah Evans
Supervisors: Prof Donald Hislop and Dr Ray Randall
Dissertation Topic: 'The role of personality in shaping work-life boundary management and mobile technology use among home teleworkers'

Maggi Evans
Supervisors: Prof John Arnold and Dr Andrew Rothwell
Dissertation Topic: 'Organizational talent, individual career, exploring the nature and role of formal and informal career conversations in the workplace'

Jamie Ferrill
Supervisors: Prof Christine Coupland and Dr Dan Sage
Dissertation Topic: 'Leadership in the Police Force'

Thomas Harrison
Supervisors: Dr Iain Coyne and Dr Ciara Kelly
Dissertation Topic: ‘Testing the relationship between work, happiness and performance’

Ruth Hartley
Supervisor: Prof Alistair Cheyne
Dissertation Topic: 'The influence of individual, organisational, and industry characteristics on the frequency of accident and prevalence of unsafe behaviour'

Ami Sophia Harty
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Barnard and Prof Donald Hislop
Dissertation Topic: 'Parent-entrepreneurs: Reimagining work-life through creative self-employment'

Sabrina Heimler
Supervisors: Prof Christine Coupland and Prof Donald Hislop
Dissertation Topic: 'An investigation of sports’ careers as life stories'

Lynsey Hyslop
Supervisors: Prof Christine Coupland and Dr H McDermott (SSEHS)
Dissertation Topic: 'Sport as work: Careers of professional athletes'

Alka Lalji
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Ruth Hartley
Dissertation Topic: 'The phenomenon of self-employment: Behaviours which affect the psychological contract and then some'

Mark Langdon
Supervisors: Prof John Arnold and Dr Eva Selenko
Dissertation Topic: 'Assessing the impact of Jobcentre Plus adviser interventions enhanced through behaviour change theory'

Guilia Leghissa
Supervisors: Dr Dan Sage and Dr Dainty (Civil and Building Engineering)
Dissertation Topic: 'Making the zero carbon standard home: Understanding project-Firl innovation in UK house building'

Chinenye Charysse Ogunde
Supervisors: Dr Crispin Coombs and Prof Donald Hislop
Dissertation Topic: 'Autonomy vs control: Understanding the optimal fit for mobile workers and organisations'

Nicola Tanner
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Dr Fletcher (SSEHS)
Dissertation Topic: 'Evaluating the effects of a combined mindfulness and physical exercise programme on well-being'

Sarah Todd
Supervisors: Dr Ray Randall and Prof Christine Coupland
Dissertation Topic: 'Service manager role identities, perception of power and the impact on improvements through patient and public involvement'

Sara Turner
Supervisors: Prof Donald Hislop and Prof Laurie Cohen (Nottingham)
Dissertation Topic: 'A post-structuralist analysis of creativity, power and trust in the inter-organisational collaborations between entrepreneurial SMEs and large bureaucratic organisations in the Video game industry'

Ghazal Vahidi
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Barnard and Prof John Arnold
Dissertation Topic: 'Representations of career in the printed media over 30 years'

Gabrielle Wolferink
Supervisors: Dr Dan Sage and Prof Karen O'Rielly (external)
Dissertation Topic: 'This is not working: An ethnographic exploration of the symbolically violent nature of everyday unemployment and job searching practices'

Araz Zirar
Supervisors: Dr Clive Trusson and Dr Alok Choudhary
Dissertation Topic: 'Analysing the possibility of applying Lean administration in Iraqi Kurdistan'

David Achtzehn, The culturally aware entrepreneur: An investigation on the similarities and differences between entrepreneurial activities around the globe

Mona Adbelhady, Investigating organisational acculturation of Egyptian managers at UK business subsidiaries

Nick Beesley, Risk and the design engineer

Peter Beszter, The road not taken: Why has national collective bargaining survived in English local government? 

Christine Blackie, The career response of clergy in the Church of England to organisational ambiguity

Raysen Cheung, Career exploration of Chinese university students in Hong Kong

Mike Clark, Growth and generativity among men in middle and later career

Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Consuming work and managing employability: Students’ work orientations and the process of contemporary job search

Sarah CromieWho's whose responsibility is it anyway? Negotiating the responsibility of foreign business investing within the Indian retail sector

Mick Fryer, Ethics and leadership

Jane Glover, Why do dairy farmers continue to farm?

Kay Harness, Evaluating an enhanced model of careers guidance

Amanda Harrington, Numbers, words and anonymity in 360 degree feedback: a qualitative study

Zhe Jiang, Collective mobilizations among immigrant workers in low-skilled sectors: A study of community organizing of immigrant workers in the UK

Lia Loukidou, Boredom at work

Ofelia Palermo, Impacts of the introduction of new control mechanisms in a regional probation service

Clive Trusson, Resigned robots and aspiring artisans: A conceptualisation of the IT service support worker

Doctoral students join a lively and supportive community of research students, becoming an integral part of the School’s research culture. We welcome approaches from suitably qualified graduates, particularly those with a relevant Masters degree and sufficient funding, who may wish to undertake research projects in the specialist areas of the group, leading to a PhD. As a research student, you will be encouraged to attend conferences to present your work and develop joint publications with your supervisors.

The Group has great supervisory experience and is keen to supervise high-quality research students in members’ specialist research fields. Recognition of the quality of supervision offered by Group members has resulted in funding for doctoral students from organisations and the ESRC for post-doctoral work. For students interested in further information on potential PhD projects and supervisors, please look carefully through our webpages.