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Funded PhD Opportunity

Business Intelligence to enhance Business Process Improvement

Subject: Business and Management Studies


Summary

The field of Knowledge Management (KM) calls for organisations to work smarter to gain efficiency savings, competitive advantage and long-term sustainability.  KM literature states that in the current and emerging knowledge era businesses cannot rely on events from the past to ensure future success, therefore many organisations struggle to predict strategic direction, resulting in ‘guestimations’ of what the future may hold.  However, the field of data analytics would question this statement.  By understanding historical perspectives through extensive data analytics, organisations are equipped with patterns and trends on which to base forthcoming decisions. Armed with a wealth of past, present and emerging data key decision makers can shape future direction, influencing market penetration and customer relations.  Employing data analytics can lead to upselling, cross-selling and market diversification.

This project will investigate predictive data analytics in a variety of sectors to ascertain best fit algorithms for business intelligence (BI).  While a ‘one size fits all’ approach is difficult to obtain in the business world due to the discrete and heterogeneous nature of organisations, the creation of a BI toolkit is needed to assist public, private and third sector organisations in preparing for the future.  The concept of ‘big data’, whilst being a branded concept, is not yet understood within many organisations and companies are struggling to implement knowledge management as they lack the data and information tools to do so.  While some are capturing core data, others are not yet on the starting block. For those that have commenced data collection, most are unsure what to do with it, how to identify knowledge nuggets and how to base decisions on what they find.  This project will contribute to literature, practice and impact in the BI field


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 65%

Funding

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:

    Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

    Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

    Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

    Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Department for the Economy (DFE)

    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies


Other information


The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Monday 19 February 2018

Interview Date
12 March 2018


Applying

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Contact supervisor

Dr Sandra Moffett


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