International Doctoral Programme - Double PhD with Kobe University (Japan)

University of Sheffield - Sheffield University Management School

Sheffield University Management School (SUMS) is pleased to announce a three year scholarship to as a part of the International Doctoral Programme (IDP)* with the Graduate School of Business Administration at Kobe University, Japan. The innovative structure of the IDP provides an opportunity for academically excellent PhD students to benefit from a cross-cultural experience. Students spend time studying both at both universities and benefit from supervision at each. Upon graduation students will be awarded PhDs from the University of Sheffield and Kobe University.

The studentship will be held in the Marketing, International Enterprise and Strategy (MIES) Division, which is home to the Centre for Research in Marketing and Society (CReiMS) and the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). The student will have two supervisors from Sheffield University Management School and two supervisors from Kobe University.

We welcome proposals in any area of research that relate to interests of colleagues in MIES, potential topics might include:

  • Supply Chain Audit: How is audit implemented in supply chain management process in Japanese global companies in comparison to the UK counterparts? What are the differences in its social impact?
  • How can employees/managers be encouraged to be more pro-environmental in their workplaces and how might incentives be employed to do this?
  • Luxury Japan: Understanding brand opportunities and consumption is critical in luxury markets – but what factors matter?
  • A study of sustainable consumption and how sustainability and CSR relate to business and consumer decision making?
  • What is the role of strategic management in UK and Japanese social enterprises, and how do their strategic management processes differ?
  • Environmental labelling and social certification practices in the apparel industry in developing economies, how is this influencing production and consumption in Japan?
  • How do employment relations in small firms enable and constrain growth in Japan?
  • What is the role of philanthropic giving in Japan and how does this drive social, economic and political change?
  • Is, can or should social entrepreneurship be a driver of institutional change in Japan, and how is this being achieved?

How to apply

Please complete the application process detailed here ( by 5pm UK time on 07/08/2017. Please state in your application that you are applying to the IDP. Interviews will take place at SUMS.

You will start your studies on 01/10/2017.

For further information, please contact Professor Andrew Simpson (

* Please note: SUMS is awaiting University approval of the IDP. Until approval has been received, applications should be submitted and offers will be issued for the Standard PhD in Management. Applicants are invited indicate in the supporting statement their interest in studying the IDP. If and when the IDP receives approval it will be possible for interested offer-holders to transfer their offer to the IDP. We will contact offer-holders to discuss their options at this time.


The award covers UK/EU or overseas tuition fees and provides an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18)

SUMS will provide a return airfare to Japan, and costs associated with travel, accommodation, course materials, health insurance, living expenses and other incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

Awards are a maximum of 3 years subject to satisfactory progress.


Year 1 & 3: Sheffield

Year 2: Japan

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