MPhil/PhD Incentive Scheme: Corporate motivations and employee attributions of employer sponsored volunteer programs

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Business

Title: Corporate motivations and employee attributions of employer sponsored volunteer programs


Organisations are under increasing pressure to place corporate social responsibility on their strategic agenda. Human resource management (HRM) professionals are responding by actively encouraging employees to volunteer while on “company time”. Theory and research on strategic HRM suggests that in order for HRM policies and practices to be effective they must have a clear purpose. The first research question to investigate is what are the espoused corporate rationales for employer sponsored volunteering programs? What are the HRM practices that are used to support organisational strategies for volunteering programs? How are the programs managed and communicated to employees? Other pertinent questions, such as the extent to which employees understand and “buy-into” the motivations of their organization for implementing ESV programs, and the role of line management in influencing employee participation in volunteering programs, offer potential avenues for research in HRM.

The project will draw from a diverse literature – from strategic management, to HRM theory, to non-profit management, and organisational psychology. It will involve both qualitative (interviews) and quantitative (survey methodology) research in the field. Hence the project involves significant outreach to organisations, their employees, and other important stakeholders.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Dr Amanda Shantz (

Postgraduate Research Incentive Scheme:

Applicants to the scheme must meet the university entry requirements and are expected to take out a UK Government-backed Postgraduate Loan in order to facilitate their studies. The scheme offers the advantage of the University covering the tuition fees, in both years 3 and 4 of their research programme, subject to satisfactory progress and expected PhD completion before 31 July 2020. Additionally, students selected for the scheme will have the opportunity to earn up to £5,000 for each of the four years of study as a Postgraduate Research Student Teaching Assistant and/or undertaking a variety of University related activities managed through its Job Shop. Please read the full terms and conditions before applying

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to: 

Please read this information before making an applicationApplications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered:

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • A research proposal.
  • A CV including 2 referees.
  • Academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency.

Upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The scholarship must commence on 3 January 2017 and complete their programme by 31 July 2020.

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