Fully Funded PhD in Supply Chain Accounting - Beyond the Numbers

University of Sheffield

Project Description

The Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context, based at Sheffield University Management School, is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD from exceptional UK/EU/International students with an outstanding academic record (distinction/high merit or equivalent), as well as a proven record in research training.

The role of supply chain accounting (referred to in many different ways e.g. inter-organisational accounting) has become an important area for theoretical investigation given the increasing complexity of business relationships, and the opportunities and challenges of engaging accounting and accountants in this domain. Global supply chains and related supply networks mean that accounting cannot continue as an insular activity and must engage in an interdisciplinary way with other actors involved in these networks.

This is an area of research which, as well impacting on the study and practice of business organisations, also impacts on wider society. Scandals related to food supply chains and poor treatment of workers in supply organisations because of pressures on profit margins are matters of societal concern. Accounting has an important role to play here through appropriate monitoring and innovative ways of ensuring sustainable and ethical supply chains. Equally, environmental concerns around inefficient forwards and reverse transport movements (e.g. reverse logistics work) requires innovative engagement of accounting across organisational boundaries. In an even broader context, supply chains/supply networks impact on most aspects of peoples’ lives (what we eat, what we wear, what medications we take) and therefore exploring critically the role of accounting in this area offers great opportunities for theory and practice development. Potential projects include:

  • Measuring the environmental impact of agriculture using carbon accounting and accounting for externalities
  • Interdisciplinary Supply Chain Accounting

The supervisory team may include two of the following academics: Dr Julianna Meira, Dr Sanjay Lanka and Professor Ataur Belal. The selection of supervisors would depend on which project(s) is pursued and staff availability.

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a 1000 word research proposal which directly addresses the theme and/or specific topic to which they are applying. The proposal should contain a brief background to the topic, which demonstrates knowledge of existing work in the field, and potential contributions to knowledge. It should also explain the proposed research methods and include a plan of the research, and a timeline. 

Closing date for applications is 17.00 (UK time) on Friday 13 July 2018. Interviews will be held week commencing 6 August 2018

For more information and to submit an application, visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/fundedprojects

Funding Notes:

This scholarship is offered on a full-time basis from September 2018 for three years subject to satisfactory progress. It will provide an annual tax free bursary of £14,777 and cover the University tuition fees for UK/EU/international students.

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PhD

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Northern England