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A multidisciplinary approach to stimulating Strategic Entrepreneurial Leadership for sustainable developmental innovation ecosystems in a post Brexit era (Advert Reference: SF19/BL/EIS/RUSK)

Faculty of Business and Law

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Dr M Rusk Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Contemporary change and the ensuing organisational redesign are fundamental to sustainability, relevance and even survival in terms of regional development. Leaders can thus no longer successfully apply traditional, analytical, long-term planning methods. Nor can we expect simply the application of a new more fitting formula to be effective. The magnitude of the shift required is more systemic, calling for a fundamentally new approach and way of thinking. Instead, new provisional, situational and contingency methods must be employed. Satisficing and effectuating approaches are more appropriate and can be crafted into a shared set of values guiding the process of self-organisation and emergent protocols.

Focusing specifically on the regional response equips the next generation of leaders with the skills to respond, adapt and create in essentially unknowable futures. The aim of the PhD is to work within the context of wider research being developed by the Strategic Entrepreneurial Leadership research group. The importance of problem based; technology enhanced; and collaborative learning is well understood, but for multifacteded innovation ecosystems, specifically, we first need to know how knowledge is generated and learning occurs at the interface of different disciplines. The research will examine how Entrepreneurial leaders can effect transformational change in fundamental pivotal domains.

The project will be developed in the context of better approaches to innovation that may involve a whole new school of thought that is predicated on new dynamic forms of interaction and collaboration. As a result, it will take a different perspective on how entrepreneurship, innovation and design research can investigate new organisational frameworks that rely on open source and connected collaborative processes. Such research would inform curriculum development so as to provide better tools to enable future entrepreneurial leaders tackle hitherto unforeseen scenarios.

This project is supervised by Dr Michele Rusk.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/…) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

Please note this is a self-funded project and does not include tuition fees or stipend.

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