Research project exemplar (for website) Supervisor 1: Dr Kenneth Amaeshi Supervisor 2 (if applicable) Project title: The influence of indigenous values and institutions on Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Economies Application deadline 17th April 2009 Project description: Applications are invited for this research project, offered by the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility (www.doughtycentre.info), an international centre for research into this important emerging discipline. On the face of it, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda appears to be mainly driven by the developed economies. Nonetheless, the role of business in the society is not completing new in developing economies. This PhD study will trace the history of CSR in one or two developing countries, and explore how indigenous values and institutions inform and shape CSR practices in these developing countries. In addition, it will explore how these indigenously informed CSR practices constrain and or enable the diffusion of CSR practices from developed to developing economies. The latter expectation may be achieved through the study of a western Multinational Corporation with operations in developing countries. We envisage that the findings of the study will have significant theoretical and practical implications. Candidates should first visit the website which provides full details of the PhD programme, our admission requirements, fees and funding, frequently asked questions and the application and selection process. They should then, in the first instance, submit a CV and a research proposal (approximately 4 pages or 1000-1500 words). This should set out: the management issue or problem to be addressed the question(s) to be addressed a critical evaluation of available knowledge the data to be collected, and how it will be analysed who will benefit from the research your previous experience of research what are your career aspirations Please note that an enquiry cannot be considered without a CV and proposal. Papers should be emailed to Thea Hughes at email@example.com no later than Friday 17th April 2009. Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application form which may be downloaded from the Cranfield School of Management website; this should be returned to Postgraduate Admissions (address on reverse of form) no later than Friday 15th May. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment day at Cranfield. Special arrangements may be made for international candidates. Please visit our website: http://www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/doctorates/phd Funding notes Although candidates with outstanding academic records may be considered for a School bursary, funding is not guaranteed. Bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis, at the end of the selection process. UK, EU and international candidates are eligible to apply, and may do so by enclosing a letter of application with their application form. Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant discipline. Practical experience is desirable, although not essential. Candidates with interests in such areas as historical analysis, the diffusion of business practices, hybridization of management practices, and international business are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates with similar or related interests will equally be considered.
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