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ESRC DTP Collaborative PhD Studentship: Advancing Business Competitiveness Through Management Standards and Certification

Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Please refer to the advert text.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 26th April 2024
Closes: 31st May 2024

Aston University and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

The Midlands Graduate School, an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), is proud to announce the availability of an ESRC Doctoral Studentship. Aston Business School as part of Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for this prestigious ESRC Doctoral Studentship, in collaboration with our partner United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), to commence in October 2024. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in quantitative social science or related fields, including economics, business and management studies, innovation, internationalisation, social statistics and applied mathematics. A master's degree is not mandatory as comprehensive postgraduate training will be provided as part of the DTP programme. The successful candidate will benefit from the supervision of Professor Cher Li and Professor Jun Du at the Centre for Business Prosperity, Aston Business School, alongside collaborative input from UKAS.

Project Overview

Advancing Business Competitiveness Through Management Standards and Certification

The research project addresses the pivotal role of standards and certification in bolstering UK businesses, focusing on management, productivity, innovation, performance and internationalisation. It employs extensive business-level data to critically evaluate the role of accredited certification and international standards in amplifying the UK's export potential and business performance. Positioned at the intersection of economics, business strategy and industrial policy, this project will bridge critical knowledge gaps, generate impactful research while offering the PhD candidate an unparalleled opportunity for substantial academic and professional growth. In close collaboration with UKAS, the project is dedicated to devising robust strategies and policies, guiding the UK industry adeptly through the post-Brexit economic landscape. The research methodology may encompass a broad spectrum of techniques including panel data analysis, policy evaluation, causal inference, text analysis and field experiments, among others. While prior familiarity with these methods is beneficial, comprehensive postgraduate training will be provided to equip the candidate with the necessary skills.

Placement Activities

The PhD candidate will have multiple placement opportunities at UKAS, merging academic research with practical industry and policy applications. The placements will encompass rigorous economic analysis, data management, applied research, policy advisory, dynamic knowledge exchange, comprehensive capacity building and active stakeholder engagement, ensuring a rich, professionally rewarding experience.

Interested applicants should 

  • Complete the Collaborative Studentship application form available online here.
  • Upload a CV and cover letter with your application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to provide transcripts and two references.

Application deadline: 17:00 BST, 31 May 2024 (Friday), interview to take place shortly after.

Support Offered

Our ESRC studentships cover fees, a maintenance stipend, and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available to applicants with home fee status only. To check whether you are eligible to be classed as home applicant, visit: www.mgsdtp.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Cher Li (C.Li@aston.ac.uk). More project details are available on MGS website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/collaborativeandjoint/li_aston_-_collaborative_advert_apr2024.pdf.

Embark on a transformative journey with the Midlands Graduate School and contribute to shaping the future of UK's business competitiveness. We look forward to your application!

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