Current students and their research
Personal Networks in Russian Business: Structure, Rules, Trust
This research seeks to explore and understand the structure of personal networks existing in Russian business and characteristics of them. The focus of the research is how Western organisations could gain access to Russia market, local information, and establish trustful relations with Russian partners and customers.
Supervisor: Professor Laszlo Polos
Internal marketing and organisational pathology
Internal marketing tends to be viewed as a concept very closely related to human resource management. Furthermore, although organisations recognise the need to inform employees of its mission, purpose and goals, the power of the organisations’ brand is less well propagated through internal communications.
The research consisted of a case study undertaken at a North East manufacturing company, where a key issue was uncovered to the successful implementation of internal marketing: the organisational pathology. While most literature discusses issues on the shop floor and endemic resistance to change, this research suggests the capability and intent of the top management team can be the strongest inhibitor to internal marketing implementation.
Supervisors: Dr Mike Nicholson & Professor Mike Blakemore
The Mechanisms for Building (Perceptually-Focused) Identity in an Industry – The Case of Rum Producers in the Caribbean
Organizational/Product forms emerge when the collective identity of a population becomes perceived and recognized by the audiences. My research uses the rum industry in the Caribbean (1650 to present) to empirically illustrate and contribute to the theoretical understanding of categorization and new form development. It analyzes the more recent trends of resource partitioning, with rum producers attempting to straddle or pioneer niches while preserving authenticity.
Supervisors: Professor Dave McKendrick, Professor Laszlo Polos
The impact of ‘virtuality’ on risk management in the design, development and manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medical devices
In the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, non conforming products can have serious health consequences for end users. This research will explore, in depth, the relationships between the degree of virtuality with which project teams, involved in the design, development and manufacture of pharmaceutical and medical devices, operate and the degree to which product quality may be compromised.
Supervisors: Alan Jessop, Arjen van Witteloostuijn
How can choice in the range of social care services be delivered through the third sector.
This work is based on action research within a local government organisation within the north of east of England that is interested in ensuring a broad range of social care services that offer choice and control to recipients through the development of the third sector market.
Supervisor: Dr Nigel van Zwannenberg
Ahmed Abdullatif Alsharif
Venture Capital in Egypt from an Institutional Perspective
This research will build on current studies, reports and professional research on the venture capital market in Egypt and analyse it from an institutional perspective. Its effect on the development of the industry from the point of view of local and international venture capital firm's. Monitor their investment decisions while taking into consideration the current environmental changes that will take place upon the implementation of the expected new policies. This paper will also explore the capability of success for such an industry to grow, nurture and flourish and help creating a positive loop in the economy of Egypt.
Supervisor: Anne Woodhead
Investor Over-reaction / Herding Behaviour
I am interested in the Psychology of Investment – essentially two phenomena - Investor Over-reaction and Herding Behaviour and their impact on the dynamics of the UK Stock Market.
Supervisor: Professor Rob Dixon
CEO payment and company performance
The issue of the relationship between CEO compensation and company performance has received widespread attention from both academic researchers and market investors. My research attempts to address the following questions: Is there any significant relationship between CEO compensation and company performance? Which measures, market-based or accounting-based, account for large part of the CEO compensation? Does past performance affect current CEO payment? Is there any firm effect in the sample? The answers to these questions are important to academic researchers and market investors, which can alleviate the agent problem to some extent.
Supervisor: Dr Mike Nicholson