Business and Management

The NWSSDTP Business and Management Pathway provides an unrivalled research base in Business and Management in the UK in terms of both depth and breadth, delivering excellent research training and supervision for Doctoral students across all three institutions. Academic faculty have an excellent track record of publishing in internationally renowned, world leading journals helping to shape the debate within their fields. Particular research strengths include international business and strategy, organisational sustainability, entrepreneurship, leadership, organisational diversity and equality, corporate governance, employment, public management, services, health and innovation.

The research agendas within the pathway speak directly to ESRC priority areas: ‘Productivity’, ‘Innovation in health and social care’, ‘Climate change’, ‘Trust and global governance in a turbulent age’, and ‘New ways of being in a digital age’. The size and breadth of the pathway ensures that the training needs of a wide range of students can be met while also retaining a critical mass, ensuring a cohort feel for even the most specialist provision. During their PhD, Business and Management students from all three institutions present papers at major international conferences, publish papers in prestigious high-ranking journals and go on to follow their PhD with positions in leading Business/Management Schools throughout the world.

Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding

N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2 Studentship

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.

Pathway Representatives

Contact details for Business and Management Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here

Current Business and Management NWSSDTP students

Martyn-BradleyMartyn Bradley (2017 Cohort)

Contemporary Fathering and Competitive Lawyering: An Ethnographic Study of How Fathers Balance Their Work Family

21st Century fatherhood is characterised by an increased expectation for fathers to be involved parents. At the same time no such change is reported in organizational literature with many organizations retaining breadwinner assumptions regarding father employees. This grounded study investigates how fathers act in negotiating and balancing these contrasting worlds in what may be considered an extreme case study.

Chloe Spence (2018 Cohort)

Promoting Innovation in Mental Health Service Design: An Adaptation of the Trajectory Touchpoint Technique.

The Trajectory Touchpoint Technique (TTT) is a new service design technique, which employs a rich pictures methodology to elicit detailed customer experience narratives. It is the aim of this research to develop and effectively utilise an adapted version of the TTT for mental health service evaluation and innovation, through ongoing development, evaluation, and refinement of an adapted tool.


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