[AISWorld] PhD studentship: Loughborough University, The UK

Ilan Oshri I.Oshri at lboro.ac.uk
Fri Jun 22 05:36:04 EDT 2012

PhD studentship at Loughborough School of Business and Economics
Topic: Knowledge Re-Integration in Strategic Back-sourcing – International Business, Strategy and Innovation

Whereas the last decade was characterized by an enormous attention to the competitive implications of outsourcing or offshore outsourcing, little academic and managerial interest was given to the reverse process of back-sourcing. While outsourcing implies a disaggregation of the value chain, back-sourcing means value chain re-aggregation through the execution of related activities in-house. However, back-sourcing poses challenges to client firms in the form of re-integrating once outsourced activities into the firm’s value chain and re-building lost capabilities. Client and vendor organizations might have developed incompatible codes, routines and protocols over time, which would impede such a re-integration process. In view of this, this PhD research project seeks to advance our understanding of the back-sourcing phenomenon from a knowledge re-integration perspective. Because of the newness of the phenomenon and the paucity of prior research, this project offers exciting opportunities to make significant scientific contributions by developing insights into the strategic, operational and social barriers to re-integrating and re-building capabilities within the firm and the performance consequences thereof.

£13,590 per year for three years, plus fees payable at the home/EU rate.

Why choose Loughborough?
A Leading University

•The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ 2008-2009
•Voted England’s ‘Best Student Experience’ by the Times Higher Education’s annual student poll for six years running: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
•Top 10 business school, Top 20 University in UK major league tables
International Esteem

•One of only 1% of business schools in the world to be EQUIS accredited by The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

World Class Research Reputation

•60% of the School’s Business and Management research output was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the 2008 RAE
•Loughborough is a member of the 1994 Group of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities
•Winner of 6 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education from 1994 to 2007, a feat only surpassed by Oxford
A Collegiate Place to Study

•Join a lively community of research students and staff, where doctoral students are given great academic and administrative support and are an integral part of the School’s research culture
What you need to apply
•An Honours degree equivalent of British 2:1 minimum, with a preference for Masters degree or first class honours equivalent
•A Bachelors or Masters degree in English, or a TOEFL score of 600 or 6.5 IELTS score (subjects must be relevant to proposed area of study)
•A good research proposal in the specified research area
•Two good academic references
•A background in Work Psychology, Human Resource Management or social science research
How to apply
For enquiries and details on how to apply please contact:

Tracey Preston
01509 228276
phdinbusiness at lboro.ac.uk<mailto:phdinbusiness at lboro.ac.uk>

Please quote SBEIBSI-SS12 on your application

Studentship application deadline: 6th July 2012

Initial enquiries from potential applicants should also email their interest, including research proposal and CV to Professor Ilan Oshri (I.Oshri at lboro.ac.uk<mailto:I.Oshri at lboro.ac.uk>).

Ilan Oshri
Professor of Technology and Globalisation
Loughborough School of Business and Economics

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