Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour (PhD)
Henley Business School holds triple-accredited status, placing us among the top 1% of global business schools, and we enjoy a reputation for high quality academic and applied research. The University of Reading is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world and consistently rated among the UK's most research intensive institutions.
Becoming a PhD student in the area of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour at Henley provides a unique opportunity to undertake original research that is timely as well as business relevant and to develop your critical thinking, intellectual capacity and creativity. Our postgraduate research students are drawn from all over the world and benefit from a dynamic research environment, supervision from internationally-renowned faculty, dedicated support and outstanding facilities. Our faculty continuously publishes in internationally well-known and highly rated journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, British Journal of Sociology, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Organisation Studies, The Leadership Quarterly, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Organization Science, British Journal of Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, International Journal of Management Reviews, Group and Organisation Management, including books with the following imprints: Routledge, Sage, JAI Press, Edward Elgar and Harvard Business Review Press.
In the annual evaluation of supervisory arrangements carried out by the University of Reading's Graduate School in 2016 100% of our PhDs rated their supervisory experience as either satisfied or very satisfied with the majority (10 out of 12) being very satisfied.
Applicants for studentships are expected to have obtained or be expecting to obtain a distinction in their Masters degree and in their Masters thesis. MBAs are not considered. Applications for studentships are very competitive and students are further assessed on their ability to speak and communicate in English as part of the duties of studentship holders are to engage in teaching assistant duties (up to 6 hours per week) from their second year in the programme.
The process for applying does not follow a linear path that is identical for every student, but the basic steps are as follows:
- Write a research proposal outlining the topic you wish to research. Please ensure that you read the information on our 'How to Write a Research Proposal' page before starting, as it will give you some useful advice.
- Choose an academic member of staff, listed below on this page, that has a similar area of research to your research proposal's focus. You can then send your research proposal to them for comment.
- If the academic in question is interested, they will get back in touch with you. It is likely that they will have some questions or suggestions for improving your research proposal. Please note that if you do not receive a response you must not send your research proposal to all the other academics listed on this page.
- If the academic is satisfied with the proposal you will be invited to apply. Please note that you can apply before this, but until you have the support of an academic supervisor you will not be able to complete the process.
Henley Business School's research in the School of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour is driven through the following leading centres: the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Social and Organisational Studies, Centre for Euro Asian Studies and the Henley Centre for Leadership. In addition our applied research centre, the HR Centre for Excellence, has active membership from a wide range of international leading companies providing plenty of opportunity to engage with executive leaders and the practitioner community.
We welcome applicants seeking to conduct full-time postgraduate research in the following fields:
Centre for Entrepreneurship - Research Centre - Henley Business School
- The economics of entrepreneurship - Clusters and their evolution; Government Policies for the development of Small Business concerns and Clusters; The sources of Finance of Small and Medium-sized firms; Regional and National Systems of Innovation and their Evolution (all in relation to developed countries only)
- Leadership and Management in Entrepreneurial and /or Family firms - The impact of Gender on Management in SMEs, Women in Entrepreneurship
- Intermediation and market making
- Cross-Cultural Entrepreneurship - Ethnic entrepreneurship
Centre for Social and Organisational Studies at Henley Business School
- Virtue and integrity theories applied to problems of governance and agency in business, business and society and critical approaches to management
- Cultural change (in particular industries, or in relation to the business and society relationship at large e.g. globalisation) and the nature of ethical issues arising for individuals and groups in organisations and in the organisation and society relationship
- Challenges of ethical pluralism and relativism in relation to context and stakeholder problems
- Morals and the limits of Markets; Challenges for the common good
- The role of ethics of dialogue in organisations and society, the nature of dialogic ethics and agency
- The role of businesses and international organisations in the development of universal humanistic and eco-centric ethics.
- Philosophical topics in organisation studies (especially questions about the ontology of organisations).
- Proposals that use convention theory (sometimes called pragmatic sociology) and apply it to organisations.
- Proposals on alternative ways of valuing and prioritisation in general, or with a specific focus on healthcare.
- Any topics related to the philosophical foundations of economic thought.
- Gender, race, class in the workplace
- Intersectional perspectives on employment and organisations
- Elites and Professions
- Professional status and inequality regimes
- Critical perspectives on stress and well-being at work
- Critical perspectives on power in organisations
- Lacanian studies of organisational issues
- Management in cultural and creative organisations, particularly legitimisation strategies and relations within creative clusters
Henley Centre for Leadership
- Distributed Leadership in complex professionalized settings and strategies to facilitate its emergence
- Project leadership change management
- Leadership development processes to enable women to access senior positions and break the glass ceiling
- Leadership dysfunction and its effect on organizational culture/wellbeing
- Team leadership, team dynamics and team effectiveness)
- Leadership and innovation-creativity on teams
- Exploring organisational leadership capability
- Energizing senior management teams
- Developing leadership capacity on the job
- Digital strategic leadership
Centre for Euro Asian Studies
- Energy economics with particular reference to oil and gas industries
At the end of the first year, students will submit a research proposal that will be defended in front of the faculty members and will be assessed by an independent internal examiner. The process will coincide with the confirmation of registration and, if successful, it will grant the student the status of PhD candidate.
PhD students will then continue working on their research project and then submit their thesis at the end of the programme to be judged by a panel of internal and external examiners at an oral examination or 'viva'.
The PhD degree is awarded after successful completion of a programme of research training and a piece of original research.
Up to 4 postgraduate studentships, each worth up to £15,000 plus University fees, are available for outstanding applicants wanting to conduct full-time postgraduate research in the areas listed. These awards are offered on an annual basis and are renewable at the end of each year subject to satisfactory performance, for up to 3 years. The closing date for Studentship applications is 30 June 2017. In particular we are looking for PhD candidates with excellent potential in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Social and Organisation Studies, Leadership, Moral Agency and Business Ethics and Non-market related strategies. Students with an interest in these thematic areas within our research centres are invited to apply.
Please note: We are currently only accepting full-time applicants for our PhD Programmes. If you are interested in pursuing a part-time PhD, please apply to our DBA programme instead.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 4,195 (Year 1)||Home/EU||3 Years|
|PhD||Distance learning (full-time)||£ 2,098 (Year 1)||Home/EU||3 Years|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 15,680 (Year 1)||International||3 Years|
|PhD||Distance learning (full-time)||£ 7,840 (Year 1)||International||3 Years|
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