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Developing competence for knowledge boundaries crossing in organisations

Project Description

Working on the boundaries of areas of knowledge in the workplace provides challenges as well as potential for innovation. Crossing disciplinary borders is described as akin to negotiating different cultures where know-how developed within disciplines (or also professions, sectors or even departments) could be conceptualised as knowledge cultures which are (re)formed through language, practice, structures of power and justice, and archives ‘of narratives of identity and tradition’ (Scott & Hofmeyer, 2007). Crossing the boundaries between knowledge cultures’ territoriality might require developing levels of cultural competence that enhance mutual respect, understanding and interaction (Kim-Godwin et al., 2001). The competence needed to work at the knowledge boundary between different cultures on the one hand and between different organisational cultures of knowledge on the other might have a great deal in common. The question of organisational learning and training to develop capacity to deal with knowledge boundary crossing is an underdeveloped issue and needs further empirical study to address both the challenges and innovation advantages of such boundary work in organisations.

The aim of this PhD project is to identify development, training and/or organisational learning potential for a competence for knowledge boundary crossing in the workplace.

Brief description of supervisor esteem:

The supervisory team is composed of experts in the field of organisational learning and management processes.

Dr Dane Lukic has been involved in several projects funded by the EU on intercultural competence (EMIC, PROFIC) as well as conducts research in knowledge boundary crossing in the workplace.

Dr Bipasha Ahmed has worked as an academic psychologist as both teacher and researcher for over 20 years, with a specific interest in inequalities research.

Dr Zhi Wang is an expert in leadership and entrepreneurship and has supervised a number of successful PhD students.

Specific requirements of the project:

Applicants with relevant background in organisational learning, human resource development, organisational sciences, organisational psychology, intercultural studies and interdisciplinarity studies are invited to apply. Interdisciplinary backgrounds and degree/experience related to aspects of knowledge boundary crossing are welcome. Previous work or educational background in intercultural, interdisciplinary, interprofessional and intersectoral processes are desirable.

Candidates are requested to submit a more detailed proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of the application. In particular, more challenges may arise from the structures of the local/regional insurance and capital market to accommodate in the detail proposal.

How to apply:

Project Reference Number: GCUL-2019-005 Lukic


Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. Applicants should complete the online GCU Research Application Form, stating the Project Title and Reference Number (listed above).

Please attach copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation to the online application.

Please send any enquiries regarding your application to:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

For more information on how to apply and the online application form please go to:

Funding Notes

This project is self-funded. A variety of scholarship packages including funded studentships (tuition fees and stipend) and fees only scholarships are available to UK/EU and international candidates. The studentships are not guaranteed and candidates interested will be competing against others in the funding opportunity.

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