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									Research project exemplar (for website)

Supervisor 1:               Dr Kenneth Amaeshi       Supervisor 2 (if
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 (, 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 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:

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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