PhD Studentship: ‘I didn’t order spaghetti!’: How do CIOs create simplicity from complex knowledge management systems?

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 01 January 2018                         


Primary supervisor: Dr Alex Wilson

Secondary supervisor: Dr Boyka Simeonova

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

Much work has revealed the gulf between Information Technology (IT)-as-planned in contrast to IT-as-implemented. However, there has been limited attention paid to the ongoing work by Chief Information Officers and senior executives in their continuous management of information systems (IS) where IS/Knowledge Management Systems (KMS) fail to, or partially deliver the intended results. This challenge is further compounded by long-established IS/KMS in many organisations providing a limiting context in which to undertake change. This research will be conducted using qualitative and quantitative methods and will involve the analysis of a live case study of a service organisation.

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Entry requirements:

UK Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or International equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Funding information:

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Alex Wilson or Dr Boyka Simionova

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How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Business School  

Please quote reference number:  SBE-AWBS17

Please upload all the supporting documents listed below:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word personal statement explaining your interest in, and aptitude for, the topic of this research project. In particular we would like to learn about what qualities do you feel you can bring to the project.
  • 2-3 samples of writing such as MSc dissertation, journal or conference article, essays from your MSc degree
  • Copies of your transcripts/certificates
  • Two academic references.
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