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University of Liverpool Management School

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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The University of Liverpool Management School's Centre for Entrepreneurship is inviting applications from prospective PhD candidates with an outstanding academic achievement and research potential for a number of Studentships in the 2019/20 academic year. Based on an ongoing international research programme, the Centre for Entrepreneurship has organised three PhD research streams tackling critical aspects of social entrepreneurship, which are led by teams of experts in the field. The selected students will benefit from joining a team of academics which has ongoing projects and connections in their topic area. The unique co-supervision teams spanning Universities allows for the development of a rich professional network, and access to fieldwork with successful social enterprise practitioners around the world. The research output will therefore be of academic importance and societal relevance.
Deadline: 11 January 2019

Social investment and social entrepreneurship

The field of impact measurement emerged alongside public policy debates to render corporate expansion and public interventions more accountable to the health of populations and the environment. Impact measurement is the act of describing and expressing information about the change in condition of individuals (beneficiaries) involved in social interventions. Many initiatives (e.g. New Philanthropy Capital's Inspiring Impact, The Global Impact Investment Network and Social Value International) have greatly pushed forward knowledge and praxis on impact measurement at a practitioner-level. However, despite its growth and many benefits, there are several issues constraining the effective development and use of social value measurement tools. Potential projects can explore the emergence and adoption of social value and impact measurement tools locally, nationally, and globally; the ways in which extant tools are used by social enterprise stakeholders to enact and evidence social goals; the benefits and challenges of embedding beneficiaries into the measurement process; notions of social value and impact and its measurement across industries; how, and whether, social value and impact measurement tools provide legitimacy, and for whom; or negative effects of social value and impact measurement such as gaming, manipulation, or means-ends decoupling.

Social value and impact measurement

The field of impact measurement emerged alongside public policy debates to render corporate expansion and public interventions more accountable to the health of populations and the environment. Impact measurement is the act of describing and expressing information about the change in condition of individuals (beneficiaries) involved in social interventions. Many initiatives (e.g. New Philanthropy Capital's Inspiring Impact, The Global Impact Investment Network and Social Value International) have greatly pushed forward knowledge and praxis on impact measurement at a practitioner-level. However, despite its growth and many benefits, there are several issues constraining the effective development and use of social value measurement tools. Potential projects can explore the emergence and adoption of social value and impact measurement tools locally, nationally, and globally; the ways in which extant tools are used by social enterprise stakeholders to enact and evidence social goals; the benefits and challenges of embedding beneficiaries into the measurement process; notions of social value and impact and its measurement across industries; how, and whether, social value and impact measurement tools provide legitimacy, and for whom; or negative effects of social value and impact measurement such as gaming, manipulation, or means-ends decoupling.

Internationalisation of social enterprises


During the last couple of decades, we have observed an unprecedented growth of social enterprises going international, particularly emerging and developing market contexts. Social enterprises have been typically seen as the evolution of local non-profit, voluntary organizations and charities, given their capacity to solve social and economic problems within and beyond their communities. It is thus not surprising that more and more social enterprises expand further than their national borders, in an attempt to enhance their social and economic impact. Unfortunately, the literature on the internationalization of social enterprises remains scarce.
Potential projects therefore can explore drivers, challenges and strategies adopted by social enterprise in different institutional contexts; the internationalization process of social enterprises and the factors underlying entry mode choices; the performance implications of internationalization on the dual purpose of social entrepreneurship (social and financial objectives); the role of institutions and international investors on social enterprise performance; general internal and external antecedents of the international social entrepreneurship.

Supervisory team:

Pablo Muñoz,

Vassiliki Bamiatzi, University of Liverpool Management School

To apply please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/, and mention which project you are applying for.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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