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PhD Scholarship: Measuring and developing employees’ learning agility

Project Description

Are you interested in how workers learn in the changing workplace? A fully-funded scholarship is available for a PhD student interested in investigating learning agility.

The contemporary workplace environment requires organisations to be ever more dynamic and resilient. Due to the speed of change, recruiting, selecting and developing employees who are able to learn, unlearn and relearn information quickly is increasingly important. We know a lot about the individual and organizational factors that support learning, as well as about the experiences fostering it, yet multiple research gaps remain when it comes to learning agility, ‘‘the willingness and ability to learn new competencies in order to perform under first-time, tough, or different conditions’’ (Lombardo & Eichinger, 2000, p. 323).

Although learning agility is a popular construct among practitioners, attracting attention from HR professionals and consultants, academic research on it has been somewhat limited. We are seeking a PhD student researcher who will make a significant contribution to this project by building on and expanding the academic literature on learning agility. As a part of the project the successful candidate will be expected to develop a new learning agility measure and a case study investigating the training and development potential of a learning agility intervention and its impact, informing HR practice in a measurable way. The successful candidate will join the Centre for Research on Employment and Work at the University of Greenwich Business School. Your research will be expected to culminate with a PhD dissertation after 3 years.

For further information please contact the 1st supervisor: Dr Nicoletta Dimitrova (email: ).

Supervisory team:
Dr Nicoletta Dimitrova
Professor Sian Moore
Dr Adrian Madden

For additional information about the scholarship go to: and under "MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Measuring and developing employees’ learning agility" select "Further information".

Please read this information before making an application:
Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered!

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

• Scholarship Reference Number (Ref VCS-BUS-01-19) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying

• a brief research proposal (maximum 2000 words) outlining the PhD candidate’s research ideas and plan of approaching the PhD (e.g., brief description of proposed studies)

• a CV including 2 academic referees *

• academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

• sample of prior work (e.g., Master thesis/dissertation, first-authored article or working paper)

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 1st of September 2019.

The scholarship must commence in October 2019.

Funding Notes

Scholarship (subject to satisfactory performance) is available for three years (Year 1: £15,009, Year 2 and Year 3: In line with RCUK rate), full-time study from the date the successful candidate first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the University. Additionally, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,327, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants (non Home/EU) will need to pay the remaining tuition fee, currently £10,682, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Applicants must meet the programme entry requirements.

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