Management

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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date Most students will start in October 2016, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the Graduate Studies Admissions team to discuss the available options.

Programme overview

Research is central to the activities of the Department of Management at the University of Bristol. The department comprises a group of academic staff with a variety of interests and a focus on practically-relevant research. The results of the most recent UK-wide research assessment, REF2014, rated 78% of the research activity in Business and Management as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The department encourages interdisciplinary research, drawing on a range of theories and methodologies. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds and experience. We encourage strong candidates from disciplines outside the Social Sciences/Management and Business Studies field, who wish to convert, and candidates with organisational or commercial experience to apply.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£4,145
Overseas
£14,200

Part time fees

UK/EU
£2,073

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also apply for funding from the University of Bristol Scholarships and Alumni PhD Scholarships. 

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class or first-class honours degree in a related subject (or equivalent), and/or a Masters qualification in a related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised. Deadline for funded applications is mid February 2016 (ESRC and UoB funding application deadline to be confirmed).

Research groups

The Department of Management's research is organised along two dimensions:

Management Theory and Research Practice

The department's research approach incorporates:

  • Critical Management
  • Operational Research (OR)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Stakeholder Theory

Management Domain

The Department's areas of application include:

  • Organisation Studies
  • Professional Associations
  • The Public Sector

There are four research groups:

  • Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisation
  • Organisation Studies/HRM
  • Operations/Management Science
  • International Management

Key research interests

Key research staff within each theme include:

Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisation

This group focuses on research in participative and capacity-building ways in organisations and communities, and are interested in projects which focus on sustainability, social justice, gender, and inclusivity.

The group committed to using arts-based, narrative, and feminist methods in our research and scholarship, and to working with groups and organisations who are interested in taking a critical stand on research and development projects.

  • Dr Patricia Gaya
  • Dr Robin Klimecki
  • Dr Mary Phillips
  • Dr Ann Rippin
  • Dr Sheena Vachhani

Organisation Studies/HRM

This group focuses on organisational theory development for understanding organisations, drawing on, for example, theories of aesthetics and gender and diversity and inclusion management. The group also focuses on issues of power and identity in the production and use of management ideas, especially in relation to management consultancy and organisational change.

Research interests from group member also include: stakeholders and stakeholder theories as applied to intermediary organisations, values in organisations and on organisational identity, and themes of embodiment, difference, ethics, and the feminine in organisation.

  • Dr Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
  • Dr Humphrey Bourne
  • Dr Patricia Gaya
  • Dr Robin Klimecki
  • Dr Ahmed Mostafa
  • Dr Mary Phillips
  • Dr Ann Rippin
  • Professor Andrew Sturdy
  • Dr Sheena Vachhani
  • Dr Thierry Viale

Operations/Management Science

This group provides a focus for research into the relationships between values and the impact of values on decision-making and behaviour. The group incorporates a range of methods from OR, problem-structuring and quantitative and qualitative methods including soft OR, multiple criteria decision analysis, network theory and analysis. Research interests of group member include problem structuring methods, social network analysis, strategic partnerships, large group decision-making, eco-design, data-driven research, servitization, public and community involvement, public sector working and public sector management.

  • Dr Brian Dangerfield
  • Dr Xiaojun Wang

International Management

This group provides a focus for research into international business management and strategy, economic geography, globalization and urban studies. The group uses interdisciplinary approach that chiefly investigates the internationalisation and locational strategies of knowledge-intensive professionals and globalising professional service firms (PSFs) in international financial centres.

  • Dr Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
  • Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic
  • Professor Jonathan Beaverstock
  • Dr Gregory Schwartz

Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the School website.

Careers

Previous graduates have gone on to work at a variety of employers all over the world. These include Lloyds TSB, L’Oreal, Prominvest SA, Moscow, Deutsche Bank, LG Electronics, WHO-US, Hangzhou, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Marks & Spencer. Another popular route for graduates is to pursue specific research interests or academia.

Staff profiles

Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisation

Dr Patricia Gaya, (Senior Lecturer), Action research and participative inquiry methods; critical management studies.

Dr Robin Klimecki, (Lecturer), Alternative economic visions; contestation and affect in contemporary capitalism; critical social theory; debt and poverty; postfoundational and pschychoanalytical views on financialisation and the financial crisis; the political economy of business and management.

Dr Mary Phillips, (Reader), Corporeality; critical and cultural theory in organisation studies; ecofeminism; gender.

Dr Ann Rippin, (Reader), Aesthetics; gender; history in management.

Dr Sheena Vachhani, (Senior Lecturer), Critical management studies; embodiment; ethics; gender.

International Management

Dr Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, (Senior Lecturer), Globalisation and liberalisation; international business strategy; lateral hiring; organisational failure; organisational learning; textile and solar photovoltaic industries in emerging economies; the airline.

Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic, (Senior Lecturer), Alternative forms of organising, and political activism; gender and atypical/precarious labour; gender, race and employment; governance, migration and changes in citizenship; new social movements; sexuality, subjectivity and the workplace.

Professor Jonathan Beaverstock, (Professor), High net worth individuals (aka the ' super-rich' ) and the globalising private wealth management industry; highly-skilled international migration and the competitiveness of the City of London; the global mobility of talent (expatriation, international assignments, inter/intra-company transfers and business travel); the internationalisation of globalising executive search firms in Europe and Asia.

Dr Gregory Schwartz, (Lecturer), Comparative and historical sociology; ethnography; extended case method; global transformation of work and organisation; labour and society in Eastern Europe; labour relations; political economy, organisation theory economic and political sociology; qualitative methods; trade unions and labour movements in Eastern Europe.

Operations/Management Science

Dr Brian Dangerfield, (Teaching Fellow), Application of system dynamics modelling to business; economics and health; systems thinking simulation.

Dr Xiaojun Wang, (Senior Lecturer), Applied operational research; e-business; operations management; risk assessment; sustainable supply chain.

Organisation Studies/HRM

Dr Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, (Senior Lecturer), Globalisation and liberalisation; international business strategy; lateral hiring; organisational failure; organisational learning; textile and solar photovoltaic industries in emerging economies; the airline

Dr Humphrey Bourne, (Senior Lecturer), Organisational identity; values in organisations.

Dr Patricia Gaya, (Senior Lecturer), Action research and participative inquiry methods; critical management studies

Dr Robin Klimecki, (Lecturer), Alternative economic visions; contestation and affect in contemporary capitalism; critical social theory; debt and poverty; postfoundational and pschychoanalytical views on financialisation and the financial crisis; the political economy of business and management.

Dr Ahmed Mostafa, (Lecturer), High performance HR practices; individual and organisational performance outcomes; leadership; person-environment fit; public service motivation.

Dr Mary Phillips, (Reader), Corporeality; critical and cultural theory in organisation studies; ecofeminism; gender.

Dr Ann Rippin, (Reader), Aesthetics; gender; history in management.

Professor Andrew Sturdy, (Chair in Management, Head of Department), Management consultancy; organisational change.

Dr Sheena Vachhani, (Senior Lecturer), Critical management studies; embodiment; ethics; gender.

Dr Thierry Viale, (Lecturer), Aboriginal entrepreneurship; communication consultancy; competence and skills; internet measurement and scrutiny; legitimacy; social theory.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 24% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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