MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Capacity Building in Political Action for SMEs in the EU

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Business

The University of Greenwich invites applications for a partial funded PhD programme examining the political capacity building of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU.


The research study aims to explore the capacity building processes that SMEs undergo in order to engage in political action. Previous research has shown that large firms and multinational organisations engage more effectively and more often in political action and lobbying than do SMEs. SMEs do not always have a lobbying strategy either because they do not have the capacity to lobby or they may not see the importance of political representation. Despite representing 99 percent of companies in the economy, only a very small minority of SMEs engage in political representation. Therefore, the PhD study will need to identify the needs of SMEs for political representation as well as how SMEs have so far developed their capacities for political representation in the European Union.

The project will investigate SMEs’ strategy formulation and explore the role of institutions in this process. The PhD has the following aims:

  • To evaluate the scale and scope of political representation among SMEs.
  • To assess the State’s role in supporting, hindering and regulating SMEs access to political decision-making.
  • To explore the ways in which regional disintegration (e.g. Brexit) may affect SMEs’ political strategies.

For further information please contact the supervisor:

Dr. Dorottya Sallai,, University of Greenwich

Dr. Aaron Van Klyton,, University of Greenwich

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 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 programme, scheme and how to apply please go to: 

Applications need to be made online and 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 VCS-BUS-05-16) – 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 supporting information section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The scholarship must commence on 3 January 2016.

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