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Private sector management of sustainability in less developed countries (LDCs)


Project Description

Purpose: The purpose of this PhD is to explore the manners in which various accounting and management technologies are mobilised in the global agenda of sustainable development in LDCs. This project aims at exploring:

(1) Private sector engagement: the ways private companies in less developed countries engage in sustainability development initiatives that the international development funding agencies propagate (e.g. Millennium Development Goals);
(2) Performance management for sustainability: the ways such companies reconfigure their performance management systems (PMS) to align with these emerging socio-political expectations

The broader idea is to see specific mechanisms through which the companies in LDCs response to global sustainability agenda and, accordingly, reconfigure their organisational structures, processes, practices, and relations in order to ‘perform’ sustainability.
Methodology: The PhD will seek to explore the issues above from a combination of appropriate social theories and an empirical analysis, preferably based on an extensive case studies or an extensive survey of company practices. The case study can be an intensive single firm or a few firms with considerable engagement in sustainability development and reporting.

Expected contribution to academic literature:
While sustainability reporting has been quite extensively researched area in accounting literature, how organisations reconfigure their managerial structures, processes, and practices in response to sustainability demands have been quite under researched area. So, exploring and theorising how sustainability challenges lead to institutional innovations will be an important contribution to accounting and management literature.

Expected Policy Relevance and Impact:
Understanding the specific institutional processes and mechanisms of responding to demands place upon the private sector companies by various global development initiatives would not only help such global initiatives in shaping the expectations that they place upon the firms but also help the firms to enhance their capacity to perform and deliver sustainability.

Applicants interested in this research project should submit a more detailed research proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words)

Funding Notes

This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas. Selection will be made on academic merit.

How good is research at Aberdeen University in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 13.30

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