PhD opportunities

PhD opportunities in Strategy, Innovation and Change

There are currently opportunities in the following areas. To apply, please contact the BLSS Faculty Graduate School. For further information, contact the named staff below.

The Relationship between Supply Management Practices, Strategy and the Impact on Performance

There is a great amount of variety between how well firms manage their suppliers and to the extent to which they are related to the organisation’s strategy. This research is in two stages. Based on a survey of 360 responses from purchasing managers, the supply management practices of firms are assessed in relationship to organisational performance. In the next phase, based on the same dataset, supply management practices will be assessed in relationship to firm strategy and the performance impact of their alignment will be analysed.
Contact: Dr Scott Lichtenstein (

Do Executive Values Matter?

The Relationship between Strategy, Goals, Executive Values and the Impact on Performance. This is research into the organisational impact of the ‘hard’ factors of strategy and organisational goals, and the ‘harder’ factors of organisational values. The role of managers’ personal values on strategy has been written about but not tested. Quantitative analysis of 163 Owner, Senior and Middle managers and their organisation are analysed including the first operationalisation of Maslow’s (1954)’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory in a managerial context.
Contact: Dr Scott Lichtenstein (

Leaders’ Values and Value Creation

This research looks at how values influence strategic leaders’ methods of creating shareholder value. Propositions are developed and explored using qualitative data from focus groups of in-work managers. It explores how leadership varies by managers‘ values. For practitioners, understanding what followers look for in their leaders depending on their values will be discussed. For academics, The research will investigate how values impact leadership values and can be operationalized in a quantitative way with valid and reliable instruments.
Contact: Dr Scott Lichtenstein (

Employee Values and Preferences for Work

Behaviour Studies have suggested that managers’ and employees’ values at work are a predictor of behaviour. This research is based on 3,500 in-work employees’ values and their preferences for behaviour at work (Occupational Cultural Profile; OCP). The research will investigate the relationship between employees’ values and their preferences for behaviour and whether there is a significant difference in behaviour by different employee value systems.
Contact: Dr Scott Lichtenstein (