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An Investigation into the impact of disruptive technologies on supply chain innovation: a focus on sustainability

Project Description

This PhD opportunity forms part of a wider Innovation cluster within the Department of Marketing and will give the student the opportunity to work within a vibrant network of academics and practitioners. The PhD supervision will be undertaken by two experts in the fields of innovation and supply chain management.

The proposed research integrates significant threads of supply chain innovation inquiry. The importance of supply chain innovation and the influence / impact of disruptive technologies and how organisations might leverage these technologies to support wider strategic goals of environmental and social sustainability. The overarching question guiding this research is “what are the potential benefits gained and challenges faced for organisations and their supply chains adopting disruptive technologies?”

This PhD research will explore how technologies are being adopted and the role of open innovation as a means of gaining access to technology, knowledge and capabilities currently not available in the organisations. It is also expected that this research will develop and advance the theoretical foundation at the nexus of sustainability, supply chains, and innovation.


Candidates should have a First Class Honours or/and a Master’s degree (at least merit) in a marketing and /or science or engineering discipline, excellent oral and written communication skills and strong English proficiency. Experience and skills related to statistical data analysis and strong background in qualitative data collection will be preferred.


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How to Apply

Candidates applying for this scholarship should ensure that they include the scholarship reference 2065 in the application for PhD study within the Department of Marketing.

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All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating the candidate's relevant skills/experience, how they can contribute to this research as well as a CV and relevant qualification transcripts.

When sending the above documents please use the following file-naming convention: fullname_coverletter ( e.g. Johnsmith_coverletter)

Funding Notes

This is a University funded project and covers Home/EU/RUK Fee rate only with a Fee waiver at Home/EU rate and annual stipend £15,009.

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