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Academic performance, Agri-food, Big data, Bullwhip effect, Business and human rights, Business regulation, Circular economy, Climate change, Community-based resilience, Computational social science, Continuing entrepreneurship, Control theory, Corporate social responsibility (CSR), Entrepreneurship, Environment, Ethics, Food security, Global health, Governance, Grand challenges, Group support systems (GSS), Information diffusion, Innovation, Innovation management, International business, Institutional logics, Institutional theory, International tradeMultinational corporations (MNCs), Network theory, Non-market strategy, Operational research, Performance economyProblem structuring methods (PSMs), Process-practice, Qualitative methodologies, Qualitative research, Responsible innovation, Sense-making, Social and environmental disclosure, Social entrepreneurship, Social impact, Soft operational research (Soft OR), Strategy-as-practice and resourcing, Supply chain management, Sustainability, Sustainable finance, Technology governance

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Allen Alexander

Allen’s research explores socio-economic-environmental transitions toward a Circular Economy, evaluating the impacts of current Cradle-to-Cradle methodologies, or exploring the ‘Performance Economy’ through the theoretical lenses and practical toolkits of innovation, innovation management and continuing entrepreneurship. Allen welcomes PhD queries in these areas.

Keywords: Circular Economy; Performance economy; Innovation; Innovation Management; Continuing Entrepreneurship

David Monciardini

David is interested in supervising PhD students working on interdisciplinary research at the cross-road between business, regulation and sustainability studies. In particular, his research focuses on three areas: first, business and human rights including global supply chains due diligence; second, circular economy and its regulation; third, accounting for sustainable companies, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure and sustainable finance.

Keywords: Circular economy; Business and human rights; Social and environmental disclosure; Sustainable finance; Business regulation

Erno Tornikoski

Erno’s research interests involve the application of psychological and sociological theories, and both qualitative and quantitative methods to entrepreneurship to investigate how enterprising individuals transform entrepreneurial ideas into value creating new activities. Erno is interested in supervising PhD students in the above areas as well as in exploring new research ideas connecting entrepreneurship and the following topics: sustainable value creation, community-based resilience, and frugal innovation.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; sustainability; community-based resilience

Greg Molecke

Greg welcomes PhD enquires for qualitative research in: How social impact is a strategic resource for businesses, charities, and hybrids to gain resources and legitimacy. How impact assessments are created and then understood and interpreted to enable organizational learning and enhance performance. How hybrid organizations navigate the tensions that arise among different stakeholders, priorities, and ways of operating. Greg employs several theoretical lenses: sensemaking, bricolage, institutional logics, legitimacy, and paradox.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Sense-making, Institutional logics, Grand Challenges, Qualitative Research

Jing-Lin Duanmu

Jing’s research focuses on how host country political, institutional and cultural environment affect entry (investment), development, and exit (divestment) decisions of multinational corporations (MNCs). How international investment and trade diffuse technologies and cultural values across borders is another interest of Jing’s. Recently, Jing examines how emerging market firms design their CSR strategies to attend to the interests of multiple stakeholders. Jing welcomes PhD enquiries in these areas.

Keywords: International business; Multinational corporations (MNCs); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); International trade

Mike Yearworth

Mike’s research focuses on the way in which managers in engineering organisations make decisions when faced with messy problem contexts. These are characterised by contested stakeholder viewpoints, difficulties agreeing objectives, lack of reliable data and uncertain outcomes from interventions. Mike is mostly concerned with the methodology of decision making and the development and use of Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs) to support decision making.

Keywords: Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs), Soft Operational Research (Soft OR), Group Support Systems (GSS)

Mohsen Mosleh

Mohsen is interested in understanding how (mis)information spreads on social media and how structure of social networks biases the flow of information by using data analytics techniques (e.g., statistical analysis of social media data, natural language processing, etc), survey experiments, and digital field experiments (causal inference models). Mohsen welcomes PhD enquiries in these areas and computational social science, social computing, social networks, social media analytics, digital field experiments.

Keywords: network theory; computational social science; information diffusion; big data

Nav Mustafee

Nav’s research focuses on Modelling & Simulation (M&S) methodologies and application in areas such as healthcare, supply chain management, and the circular economy, with particular interest in Hybrid Modelling and Simulation. Nav welcomes PhD queries in areas related to simulation methodologies (e.g., Hybrid Modelling and Simulation, Real-time and Symbiotic Simulation, Data-driven/Industry 4.0 Simulation), Data Science and Predictive Analytics, Health and Social Care Simulation, Supply Chain Simulation and Modelling for Sustainability.

Keywords: modelling and simulation; supply chain management; circular economy; operational research

Rangapriya Kannan-Narasimhan

Rangapriya’s primary research stream is a process-practice perspective to understand how individuals accomplish sustainable innovations and ventures, despite constraints in their environmental contexts. Her previous work explores how entrepreneurs engage in creative resourcing to accomplish their innovations. Rangapriya welcomes PhD queries in areas

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; innovation; process-practice; strategy-as-practice and resourcing.

Sarah Hartley

Sarah is interested in the area of technology governance and ethics, particularly in biotechnology and/or AI and data science. She is interested in working with students using qualitative methods in case studies involving technological solutions to societal challenges such as food security, environment and global health. Focused case studies on gene drive or genetic modification technologies in different parts of the world would be particularly welcomed.

Keywords: technology governance; ethics; global health; food security; qualitative methodologies; responsible innovation

Sorin Krammer

Sorin’s research interests evolve around quantitative analyses of topics in international strategy and innovation management. Sorin is keen on supervising students in the following areas: firm innovation, firm internationalization strategies, non-financial performance of firms, strategic alliances, non-market strategies (e.g., political connections, political affiliations, bribery or corruption), and academic research performance (drivers and barriers, star performers). Familiarity with quantitative methods and working with large datasets would be an advantage.

Keywords: International Business; Non-market strategy; Institutional theory; Innovation management; Academic performance

Steffen Boehm

Steffen’s research focuses on a range of social scientific analyses of problems of environmental sustainability and circular economy. He’s particularly interested in governance issues, CSR and business-society-environment relations. He’s investigated the paradoxical relations between business and climate change since 2006 and has published widely on carbon trading and offsetting schemes. More recently, he has researched circular economy approaches and increasingly works on agri-food system challenges.

Keywords: agri-food, climate change, governance, environment, circular economy, CSR

Steve Disney

Steve’s research interests involve the application of control theory, computer modelling, and statistical techniques to operations management and supply chain scenarios to investigate their dynamic, stochastic, and economic performance, with a particular interest in the bullwhip effect, forecasting, and inventory management. Steve is interested in supervising PhD students in these areas and MRP nervousness, global dual sourcing, the dynamics of closed-loop supply chains, integer demand and non-linear supply chain models.

Keywords: Control theory; operational research; supply chain management; bullwhip effect.