Doctoral Research Previews

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Doctoral research previews

Our doctoral research reflects some of the key issues faced in business today and the following glimpses provide insight into upcoming research findings from Cranfield.

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Motivation for career progression in older UK managers

Dianne Bown-Wilson is looking at how motivation for career progression changes over the career span and what motivates older managers. With the recent abolishment of the default retirement age in the UK, employers need to engage with their older workers in order to encourage optimum performance. Watch the video

Supervisors: Dr Emma Parry

An investigation of consumer experience of individual and collective value creation in online communities

Carol Kelleher is exploring what exactly is value co-creation and how it emerges within different contexts involving collaborative technologies and online communities. Watch the video

Supervisors: Prof Joe Peppard

How power can be better used within supply chain partnerships to improve performance

Deborah Simpson is looking at the balance of power in relation to performance and how positive empowerment can be created through collaboration and better use of partnerships. Watch the video

Supervisors: Prof Richard Wilding

What keeps programme managers from adopting best practice?

Søren Porskrog is researching what are the factors which influence the adoption of best practice tools and techniques by programme managers through case studies involving various global programmes. Watch the video

Supervisors: Dr Harvey Maylor


We currently have a number of specific opportunities for you to get involved with our doctoral researchers. These case study relationships are a fantastic way for you to gain crucial external insight on important business issues and, in return for some of your time, could help you to add value within your organisation. Find out more

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