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Organisational purpose, work engagement, performance and wellbeing at Laing O’Rourke

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Collaborative Partner Laing O’Rourke

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the King’s Business School under the supervision of Professor Katie Bailey (, Head of the HRM & Employment Relations Research Group and Dr Wei-Ning Yang, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour.

The Project

A unique collaborative project aimed at exploring how organisational purpose is linked with meaningful work, wellbeing, engagement and performance. The student will work with Professor Bailey and Dr Yang, and with Dr Kate Goodger, Head of Human Innovation and Performance at Laing O’Rourke. Using qualitative, visual methods including photography and diary studies, the project will critically explore what organisational purpose means to individual employees.

What King’s Business School offers:
This collaborative partnership offers a unique opportunity to conduct a PhD in meaning and purpose using qualitative methods, supervised by experts, based in the HR function of a multinational engineering firm that will provide unique levels of access within the firm and to industry bodies. King’s Business School has a body of renowned HR experts and a community of HRM researchers (and is based in the iconic Bush House in the heart of London). Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the King’s Business School and the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).


Academic requirements:
• Satisfy the entry requirements of the King’s Business School PhD programme ( - Master's degree with a Merit and a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 in a relevant subject.
• English Language requirements (ILETS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill -
Residential requirements:
• UK/EU applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.
• International (non-EU) students may apply but will need to fund the difference in fees between Home/EU and international fees themselves.

How to Apply

Your application should consist of:
• A letter of interest of up to three pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
• A detailed CV
• Two academic reference letters, recently dated
These should be e-mailed to by 28th April 2020 at 5pm.
Formal appointment will be subject to checks on references, certificates/qualifications/etc., English test scores (if relevant)
To discuss the project, contact Professor Katie Bailey ().

Funding Notes

The 4-year studentship covers:
• Home/EU Tuition fees
• An annual stipend (approx. £17,285), plus an additional total allowance of £10,000 from Laing O’Rourke
• A generous annual conference and training grant
• Additional paid teaching opportunities

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