Social Network Analysis in Supply Chain Management Research - PhD Studentship

Cranfield University - School of Management

Start Date: Cranfield campus - Oct 2017
Duration of award: 4 years 
Supervisors: Dr. Leila Alinaghian, Dr. Colin Pilbeam

Sponsored by Cranfield School of Management this scholarship includes fees plus stipend of £14,296 per annum for four years.   

Social network analysis (SNA) is an approach for examining the patterns of relationships that arise among interacting entities in supply chain operations. Specifically, SNA provides an analytical method to examine the various characteristics of the patterns of relationships and to draw inferences about the network as a whole or about those belonging to it.

Whilst SNA has been widely applied in various organisational settings such as individuals, business units and partnership networks, this paradigm is fairly new to supply chain management research. Recent years, however, have witnessed a rapid growth of interest in this domain, where scholars have sought a more systematic adoption of SNA in modelling, analysing, and visualising the structures that shape supply networks.  

Thus, this programme of research is proposed to address the issue of how the structural properties of supply networks might affect the performance and behaviour of the embedded firms at firm- and whole network- levels.

The student is expected to join our supply network research debates and make an original contribution that will both advance the science of supply networks and be relevant and useful for practitioners.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have a Master’s degree and first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as operations and supply chain management, organisation behaviour, or general management. The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, have a strong interest in doing research and excellent writing skills at a level required for publication in peer-reviewed journals, or the potential to attain this level. A background in both qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as a willingness and ability to interact with practice are helpful.

Applicants must meet English language requirements. Please note that School of Management expects an IELTS of 7.0 in order to be accepted for the PhD programme.

How to apply:

The successful candidate is expected to submit a research proposal, which addresses the current state of debate in supply network research, their proposed research questions, and the research methodologies they hope to use to address these questions. Expressions of interest alongside a CV are invited via email to Dr. Leila Alinaghian, E:, T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 2883 in the first instance.

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please contact quoting with reference of your scholarship and you will be sent an application email.

Further information on how to apply can be found on our website.

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