PhD opportunities

PhD opportunities in the Birmingham City Business School

There are currently both funded and self-funded PhD opportunities in the following areas. For further information, contact the named staff below.

You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply by clicking here. 

Self-Funded PhD Opportunities

Sustainable value creation: A case study approach to mutualistic-local ownership business models

Reference Number: 2/18 Business

Supervisory TeamDr Scott Lichtenstein, Dr Paul Aitken and Eleni Papagiannaki

The main aim of the PhD is to explore organisational forms that fuse employee, local and or community ownership structure with the means of production.  The objective of this research is to catalogue the different legal/structural organisational forms created to allow employees and communities to have an equity stake in assets/the means of production, and using the case study methodology, to carry out cross-cultural, cross-sectoral case studies to explore in what ways this has made a difference in organisational outcomes and behaviour.

The outcomes will be a PhD thesis that will produce rigorous case studies as well as insight into how organisations can close the structural gap between employee/community ownership and the means of production.  It is envisaged this project will generate interest in this area of study and provide the seed for a centre devoted to mutualism-localism.

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Contact information: Dr Scott Lichtenstein


Tel: 0121 331 6941