Supply Chain, Business IT, Music and Creative Industries Management specialisms - MPhil / PhD
You may already be working professionally in the field you wish to research or you may already have extensive knowledge of your field. Alternatively, you may be a business professional with the basis of your research in mind, looking for a way to formalise and extend your knowledge and skills within the framework of a research degree.
The award of a UK doctorate is based solely upon individual research, presented in the form of a thesis.
We expect prospective candidates to have a good honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. You may also have an appropriate masters degree, or other demonstrable research experience and writing skills.
The doctorate-level programmes at the BLIS Research Centre are intended for professionals, graduates and career-minded individuals seeking to develop as a managerial, industrial, or academic professional in their chosen field of study. You should be seeking the knowledge that will allow you to respond operationally and strategically to the demands of, and function effectively within, a wide range of business and academic environments, and have a desire to make a significant contribution to knowledge in the field and to your own career development.
Careers & professional development
Successful PhD candidates stand out as specialists in their chosen field. The qualities required to be successful in PhD research are also being recognised more and more in industry as those necessary to undertake the sort of complex and strategic work in managing global blue chip companies.
In addition, there are well-recognized career opportunities in academia, and public sector or government organisations for PhD graduates.
The BLIS Research Centre's commitment to research and enterprise has been instrumental in the development of a dynamic research environment that fosters innovation and original contributions to knowledge in the areas of business and management.
As a research degree candidate you will be supported by a supervisory team of academics with industry experience who will guide you through the programme of your studies. You will be expected to participate in seminars, conferences, research training workshops and other relevant events, as well as publishing output from your studies. It is also expected that you will have the commitment and willingness to assume responsibility for your personal development, and the intellectual capacity to assimilate, manipulate and master advanced levels of knowledge appropriate to your area of research.
Research topics include:
- supply chain management
- global logistics
- information systems for supply chain and logistics
- use of open systems in business and management
- information systems and management
- strategic exploitation of ICT
- knowledge management
- operations management
- process modelling
- SME research
- risk management
- virtual learning environments (VLEs)
- music and creative technologies business.
Projects which are currently being undertaken by research degree candidates include:
- The use of open source ERP system in SMEs;
- North West Aerospace supply chain restructuring;
- Knowledge portals for SMEs;
- The use of open source product development management tools;
- Applying patterns to web services based solutions of Internal Enterprise Applications Integration (EAI) within small to medium businesses (SMEs);
- The role of customer service in B2B marketing;
- Portfolio incomes and the live music industry;
- Artist development in the dance music genre;
- E-marketing in the UK grocery retailing sector.
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