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Entrepreneurship and Sustainability


   School of Management

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  Prof Edmund Thompson  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

All successful applicants may elect to apply for a range of competitive PhD scholarships we offer, guidance for which can be found here: https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/?meta_label_and=managementfunding&?f.Department+or+group%7CX=Doctoral+College

Self funded applications will also be considered.

Overview of the research: What are the key interrelationships between entrepreneurship and sustainability?

What in fact is entrepreneurship, and what, in analytically meaningful terms, is sustainability?

How do business, social, organizational, institutional and, especially, political entrepreneurs adversely and advantageously affect sustainability? How do sustainability exigencies affect entrepreneurship? What makes entrepreneurs embrace or ignore sustainability? How do personality and individual differences affect entrepreneurship/sustainability interrelationships? How do entrepreneurs shape sustainable and unsustainable consumption, and vice versa? How does entrepreneurship influence public opinion and policy on sustainability, and vice versa? If you find these kinds of questions intriguing and would like to help develop, refine and answer them as part of a structured programme of doctoral training and original scholarship, please get in touch with me direct.

The project: What are the key interrelationships between entrepreneurship and sustainability? How do business, social, institutional or organizational entrepreneurs adversely and advantageously affect sustainability? How do sustainability exigencies affect entrepreneurship? What makes entrepreneurs embrace or ignore sustainability? How do personality and individual differences affect entrepreneurship/sustainability interrelationships? How do entrepreneurs shape sustainable and unsustainable consumption, and vice versa? How does entrepreneurship influence public opinion and policy on sustainability, and vice versa?

Entrepreneurship can have both positive and negative effects on sustainability, whether business, social, institutional or organizational entrepreneurship. Likewise, the imperatives of sustainability increasingly affect all forms of entrepreneurship. While various typologies have attempted to describe entrepreneurship/sustainability interactions, their veracity and value is debatable as this is an emerging field with not just numerous unanswered, but unposed questions. Delineating such questions, even defining tractably their terms, let alone answering them, offers extensive opportunity for systematic conceptualization, theorization and empirical examination.

If you would like to develop a PhD project to shed light on any aspect of interrelationships between entrepreneurship and sustainability, then do please get in touch. If your interest is strong and you have an appropriate blend of qualifications, aptitudes and motivations, you will join a supervisory team lead by Professor Edmund Thompson to develop a specific avenue of research relating to a facet of entrepreneurship and sustainability that both interests you and that the team finds both compelling and worthwhile. Your PhD training, supervision and research will be directed to ensure that an original contribution to knowledge is made through the production of professional scholarly papers.

Preferred start date: October 2023

Application criteria: You should have at least a 2:1 at undergraduate level (or its international equivalent). Your background can be in any subject, not just management.

1. A concise and candid explanation of why you want to pursue a PhD.

2. A clear statement of what career you plan to develop, and how you will do so, after completing your PhD.

3. A rationale for why you are interested in the particular topic/project area you propose researching.

4. An original, non-generic proposal of the kind of research you would like to pursue in terms of one of the projects listed below, drawing as necessary on extant literature.

5. An explicit indication of the theoretical and empirical approaches you think might be appropriate (and that you’d personally like to deploy), drawing on extant literature.

6. A statement of the kinds of scholarly training, practical research and ethical issues you think you’d need to consider in order to succeed in completing your PhD effectively.

7. A full CV.

How to applyhttps://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/


Funding Notes

All successful applicants may elect to apply for a range of competitive PhD scholarships we offer, guidance for which can be found here: View Website
Self funded applications will also be considered.

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