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CREED and OECD partnership: funded PhD in SME Policy Governance and Coordination

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    Prof T Vorley
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Project Description

As a member of the Russell Group and a world top-100 university, the University of Sheffield has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a variety of disciplines. This scale of expertise offers researchers a variety of opportunities for collaboration and supervision. The staff are active in producing internationally recognised, internationally excellent and world-leading research.

This platform of a strong international ethos makes the relationship between Sheffield University Management School and the OECD a natural collaboration with a shared mission and vision. The Management School has established and embedded relationships with global organisations including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Union (EU), and national government agencies and organisations worldwide. This Sheffield University Management School and OECD PhD studentship continues the application of our experience and expertise in supporting high-achieving students to thrive within an international arena.

The PhD Studentships

We have a very prestigious collaborative PhD studentship which provides high-achieving students the opportunity to both gain a PhD from the University of Sheffield and to gain valuable experience working in the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD).

The student would contribute to the OECD in working alongside OECD staff in various roles and to contribute to the thriving research areas within the organisation. This would provide an important opportunity for ambitious and driven students to experience the work of the OECD and to further develop their expertise in areas which map closely to the OECD’s areas of interest. By spending time with the OECD, it is hoped that the students will develop essential perspectives on the drivers and challenges of economic and social well-being in different regional contexts, and the valuable role of policy in shaping key global issues.

Within the Management School, the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) has an active research portfolio which engages with cutting-edge in areas. CREED is an interdisciplinary research centre which undertakes international research into entrepreneurship and enterprise, small business and regional economic development. Our research resonates with the OECD’s work in many areas and in particular within the horizontal project on “Going Digital Making the transformation work for growth and wellbeing” and the SME and entrepreneurship focus within the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Cities and Regions (CFE).

SME Policy Governance and Coordination

SME policy is a key mechanism whereby governments around the world intervene in their economies to stimulate entrepreneurship and economic growth. This project would explore SME policy governance and coordination, specifically who manages and coordinates SME policy across different levels and scales of governance and in different contexts, and where and how SME strategies have been developed. Decentralisation and the devolution of power to subnational levels, which are now well-established global trends, have seen the emergence of multi-scalar governance systems across developed nations. Multi-scalar governance arrangements are vertical, namely they extend across local, regional and national government, and horizontal, integrating the constellation of subnational actors. This has seen SME policy and strategy increasingly becoming the remit of lower governance levels such as regions and city-regions. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of multi-level governance, and hence of SME policy governance and coordination, depends on the institutional coordination of multiple actors vertically across and horizontally between multiple spatial levels. What is critical, therefore, for SME policy is whether multi-scalar arrangements foster cooperation and coordination to galvanise actors both vertically and horizontally. This PhD would focus on how SME policy is governed and coordinated across different contexts and multi-level governance systems.

The PhD candidate should meet the following requirements:

• Be enthusiastic, well-organised and have good inter-personal skills.
• High motivation and a keen interest in the research area.
• A first degree that is equivalent to a UK classification of upper second class honours or above. In addition, a good masters level qualification of merit or above, with a minimum of 60 per cent in the dissertation, research project element or equivalent experience. We also accept an MBA from an accredited school where the candidate can demonstrate that a significant research element has been undertaken. Applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

How to apply

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The closing date for applications is 17:00 (UK time) on 14 December 2018. Interviews will be held in early January 2019.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact: Professor Tim Vorley [Email Address Removed].

Funding Notes

This scholarship is offered on a full-time basis from February 2019 for three years subject to satisfactory progress. It will provide an annual tax free bursary of £14,777 and cover the University tuition fees for UK/EU/international students.

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