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Professional Competitions and Collaboration in the Financial Services Industry. The Case of Asset Management

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Collaborative Partner Jupiter Asset Management Ltd

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the King’s Business School under the supervision of Professor Alex Preda (, from the Accounting, Accountability & Financial Management Research Group and Co-director of the FinWork Futures Centre (

The Project

This ethnographic project, conducted in collaboration with a major asset management firm, investigates the dynamics of competition and collaboration among finance professionals and its consequences for the performance of financial organisations. The project investigates how competitive and collaborative activities relate to each other, how they impact professional relationships and investment decisions, and what consequence they have for financial expertise and organisations. We are seeking an outstanding student with a background in (economic) sociology or social anthropology, strong qualitative research skills (especially ethnography), excellent command of English, and excellent communication skills to embark on this exciting PhD project.

What King’s Business School offers:
Based in the iconic Bush House in the heart of London, King’s Business School has strong qualitative researchers/ sociologists in its Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) and Work, Interaction and Technology (WIT) groups. We offer a unique opportunity to conduct an exciting PhD project on a salient topic for economic sociology, the sociology of finance, professions, and expertise, in collaboration with a major, international asset management firm. 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 at least Merit and a Bachelor's degree with at least 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
• A writing sample of no more than 20 pages
• Two academic reference letters, recently dated
These should be e-mailed to by 18 May 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 Alex Preda ().

Funding Notes

The 4-year studentship covers:
• Home/EU Tuition fees
• An annual stipend (approx. £17,285)
• A generous annual conference and training grant
• Additional paid teaching opportunities

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