Flexible Working Arrangements

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Flexible Working Arrangements: Investigating the Business Case

Supervisor: Clare Kelliher BSc MA PhD

In recent years many organisations have introduced flexible working options for their employees, which allow employees to exercise a degree of choice over where, when and how much they work (flexitime, part-time, homeworking, etc.).  Employers may offer these arrangements to assist employees achieve a better work-life balance, to be competitive in the market and/or in response to legislation.  There has been considerable research interest in the implementation of these practices.  Although a number of studies have examined the business case for flexible working, taken together the evidence to date is inconclusive.  This may be due in part to the different nature of the studies undertaken.

Applicants are now invited from doctoral candidates to work with a group of academics in this field at Cranfield.

In the first instance, submit a CV and a research proposal (approximately 4 pages or 1,000 - 1,500 words).  This should be set out as follows:

  • The management issue or problem to be addressed
  • The question(s) to be addressed
  • 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

Funding Notes

Although candidates with outstanding academic records my 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.

Any specific eligibility requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant discipline.  A relevant specialist masters degree would be an advantage.

Contact Detals

Dr Clare Kelliher Tel: 01234 751122 email: clare.kelliher@cranfield.ac.uk

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