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2011 PhD Research Studentships

PhD Studentship
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University

Studentship Offer
Based on its excellent Research Assessment Exercise results in 2009, the School of Business and Economics is opening a new multidisciplinary research centre, The Centre for Organisational Resilience, and is seeking to recruit three research students to join the Centre’s vibrant postgraduate community.

Three PhD Studentships are available for the July & October 2011 entries (see below), worth up to £13,590 (or any higher figure subsequently determined by EPSRC for its research studentships for 2011-12), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Details about the Studentships
The Centre for Organisational Resilience (COR) is seeking to recruit three research students to join its vibrant postgraduate community on three specific projects (one studentship per project):

  1. Sustainable Supply Chains and Organisational Resilience: A systems perspective (July 2011 entry)

The proposed research will provide a holistic perspective of looking at the relationship between sustainable supply chains and organizational resilience by using systems thinking. The systems approach will take into consideration not only the various entities involved in sustainable supply chains but also the causal relationships between the factors that enable or prohibit implementing sustainable supply chains within today’s manufacturing environments. The research will also consider the human systems within the supply chain and how these can be modeled to create change and motivation towards implementing sustainable supply chains. The goal is to make manufacturing companies aware that they can become sustainable and resilient by implementing sustainable supply chain. This research will provide the thinking and the tools organizations to become resilient. This project will involve the successful candidate undertaking detailed fieldwork in businesses and with industry.

This studentship is being offered to COR by the Graduate School at Loughborough University. The PhD will be co-supervised by Prof. Chris Backhouse from the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing, Loughborough University.
Please contact:

Dr Samir Dani
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
+44 (0)1509 228830

2. Models and Metrics for Resilience (October 2011 entry)

Resilience is widely considered to be the ability to negotiate through social, technical, cultural, psychological and financial constraints to develop and sustain a capacity for thriving and purposeful action.  The aim of this research will be to develop new theory and create a set of models and metrics that facilitate understanding of the conditions, alliances, contexts and motivations that lead to resilience in organisational settings. This project will involve the successful candidate undertaking detailed fieldwork in businesses and with industry.

Please contact:

Dr Nicola Bateman
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
+44 (0)1509 223102


Dr Donna Champion
Senior Lecturer in Information Systems
+44 (0)1509 223613


3. An Econometric Analysis of the Link between Employee Attitudes and Organisational Performance (October 2011 entry)

This studentship will examine the nature of the relationship between employee attitudes and organisational performance, using both objective and subjective measures of productivity and profitability, with the focus primarily on the UK and the US. The research aims to overcome limitations of the existing literature caused by the various theoretical and empirical challenges of studying this issue and will also exploit the unique potential for analysis of this topic offered by matched employer-employee large-scale data sets.


Please contact:
Dr George Saridakis
Senior Lecturer in Business Economics
+ 44 (0)1509 228809


For general enquiries about the Centre for Organisational Resilience, please contact the Centre Leader:

Why Chose Loughborough:Loughborough is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times’ University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. It is a member of the 1994 Group of leading research-intensive UK universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching.

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