PhD and DBA Supervision 


Our diverse department supervises doctoral (PhD and DBA) research across a range of organisational behaviour, leadership, people management, HRM and CSR-related topics. We have expertise in advanced quantitative and qualitative methods and support research within both disciplines and, indeed, mixed method studies. Below is a representative sample of projects that are currently being supervised in the department.

Current PhD topics

  • Strategic leadership, strategic corporate social responsibility and sustainable competitiveness in Higher Education institutions
  • Deep-level diversity, ethical leadership, team justice climate and team performance.
  • An investigation of the mechanisms by which employees generate and sustain energy to meet daily work demands
  • Investigating the links between corporate entrepreneurship, organisational receptivity for change and departmental performance in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises
  • Talent management in Kuwaiti Higher Education institutions: A qualitative case study approach
  • The relationships between senior nonfamily employees and family successors in family businesses and the implications for successful succession: A comparative case study of Indian family owned businesses
  • Employee-line manager congruence vs. incongruence in talent philosophy and the implications for employees’ career attitudes, behaviours and success
  • The moderating effects of individualism-collectivism and accountability on employees’ job satisfaction and performance behaviours: A mixed method, multi-case study analysis of Nigerian multinational corporations
  • Sustainable leadership practices and the impact on organisational performance, business resilience, and sustainable development
  • Exploring the impact of inauthentic expressions of meaningful work on employee well-being
  • Exploring the influence of non-job related and job related diversity and diversity experiences on the decision-making approaches of directors serving on Boards in Asia and Australia
  • Examining the role of family-supportive leaders in helping employees to shape a better work/family interface 
  • A critical realist analysis of the definition, operationalization, enactment and experience of wellbeing in organisations 
  • An exploration of the role of HR in delivering effective AI implementation, engagement and support in organisations

PhD supervision areas of interest

Colleagues are very keen to hear from potential doctoral researchers who are also interested in the topics listed above and, in particular, with the departmental research themes. As such, we are particularly interested in supervising doctoral research on the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Change Management and Organisation Development
  • International and Strategic HRM
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Meaningful Work
  • Employee Health and Wellbeing
  • CSR and Sustainability
  • Ethics and Organisational Justice

If you are interested in PhD study please contact the Research Convenor Jonathan Crawshaw