Cardiff Business School - Alternative ownership forms, workplace democracy and industrial relations

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences


This is a call to work with Dr Jonathan Preminger, Cardiff Business School. His research focusses on - Alternative ownership forms, workplace democracy and industrial relations. Please contact Dr Preminger to discuss your proposed research in more detail. 

The successful candidate will be enrolled on the PhD in Business and Management at Cardiff Business School.

I would welcome PhD candidates interested in either of two broad research areas. Firstly, alternative organisational forms, emphasising those with extensive workplace democracy and collective ownership, including cooperatives, employee-owned firms, and social enterprises. Possible research topics include (but are not limited to) representation, participation and organisational democracy, the impact of organisational structures on labour processes and “decent work”, or more broadly, public policy or political economy. Secondly, industrial relations, including labour organisations, representation and participation, economic democracy, new IR actors, and union revitalisation; or more broadly changes to IR systems and institutions or the political economic context.

What is funded

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.


The ideal candidate has a specialist Master Degree in Business, Management or related subjects from an internationally renowned University. Applicants with a strong first degree will also be considered. The ideal applicant has the motivation and ability to critically engage with relevant academic literature and conduct primary research using qualitative and quantities techniques (training can be offered).

How to Apply

Applications are open until 1st July 2020.  Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available scholarships. The start date is 1st October 2020.

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the online application service: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/business-studies

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project. In the funding section, please select the 'self-funding' option and specify the project title.

For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/business-school/courses/postgraduate-research

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please include:

1. Covering Letter

2. Academic Qualifications

3. Two References

4. CV

5. Research Proposal (maximum 1000 words), taking into consideration the working title of the project.

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (postgradmarketing@cardiff.ac.uk).


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.