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
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date Most students will start in October 2017, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the graduate studies admissions team to discuss the options available.

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 research that has practical relevance. The results of the most recent UK-wide research assessment, REF2014, rated 78 per cent 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 experiences. We encourage applications from strong candidates from disciplines outside the social sciences or management and business studies fields who wish to convert, and from candidates with organisational or commercial experience.

Fees for 2017/18

Full time fees

UK
£4,185
Overseas (non-EU)
£15,500

Part time fees

UK
£2,093

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

Funding for 2017/18

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 scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

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), or a Master's qualification in a related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method 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.

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

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

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

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Organisation Studies/HRM

This group focuses on organisational theory development for understanding organisations and draws 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 members includes: 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.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

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 operational research, problem-structuring and quantitative and qualitative methods including soft operational research, multiple criteria decision analysis, network theory and analysis. Research interests of group member includes: 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.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

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 in international financial centres.

For details of staff working in this research group, please visit the Department of Management website.

Careers

Previous graduates have gone on to work at a variety of employers all over the world. These include Lloyds Bank, 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.

Professor Glen Morgan, (Professor), Multinational firms including manufacturing and professional service firms; The role of elites in institutional change; Transnational governance of economic relations including the role of transnational expert networks and the impact of social movements; Varieties of capitalism, national business systems and globalization, with reference particularly to Latin America and Europe

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.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised. Deadline for funded applications tends to be mid-February (the ESRC and University of Bristol funding application deadline is still to be confirmed).

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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