“Smartness” is a transformational revolution of business practices, empowered by the increased use of Industry 4.0 smart technologies. Fintech and the digital economy have emerged and spread in ways that have not been foreseen before, especially in the post-COVID-019 era. Investigations on the impact of smart technologies on accounting show that the interactivity between humans and artificial intelligence agents plays an important role. However, research on the smart interaction among different stakeholders is often disregarded. There is a need to examine the effects “smartness” brings to customers, firms, the local community and other stakeholders. The aim of this research is to explore the impact, challenges and dilemmas related to digital accounting and smart technologies and how they jointly contribute to firm efficiency. Seeking to understand the impact of smartness on accounting and business practices, and individual decision-making processes, this research invites theoretical and empirical contributions (e.g., models, approaches, tools, case studies) to offer insights into the relevant phenomena.
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.
How to Apply
Applicants should apply online for this opportunity at: https://e-vision.tees.ac.uk/si_prod/userdocs/web/apply.html?CourseID=1191
Please use the Online Application (Funded PHD) application form. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter ‘RDS’ and the title of the PhD project that you are applying for. You should ensure that you clearly indicate that you are applying for a Funded Studentship and the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title for each application to a topic or project.
Applications for studentships that do not clearly indicate that the application is for a Funded Studentship and state the title of the project applied for on the proposal may mean that your application may not be considered for the appropriate funding.
For academic enquiries, please contact Dr Xihui Chen [Email Address Removed]
For administrative enquiries before or when making your application, contact [Email Address Removed].