Current PhDs

To give you an idea of the diversity of our community and the breadth of research study currently taking place in the Business School we have listed some of our current postgraduate researchers and their working research areas below.

You may also be interested in our latest research news and PhD achievements.

Accounting and Finance

Faisal Alnori

  • The impact of the global financial crisis on the capital structure, cash holdings, financial and market performance in American and Saudi Arabian firms.

Jiaqi Guo

  • Momentum profits, market volatility, volatility and skewness.

Boon Ping Hong

  • Credit rationing: evidence from UK SME's.

Chieh Lin

  • Shadow of imperialism: the post-colonical development of the 'true and fair view' accounting concept in Asia.

Christoph Maaz

  • Behavioural Corporate Finance: Irrational Managers.

Amy May

  • The determinants of auditor switching and auditor opinions in the UK in a large panel setting.

Hala Ismail Abdelrahim Zaidan

  • The relationship between corporate governance and corporate audit fees: the case of an emerging economy.

Diana Abdul Wahab

  • Using data analytics to assess Malaysian graduates' employability.

Mehmet Acar

  • The endogenous money theory in the open economy and Turkish case.

Rosa Canelli

  • The Theory of the Monetary Circuit in a Financialised Economy.

David Clark

  • The effects of corruption and access to finance in eveloping and transition economies on firm-level productivity.

Beulah Chelva

  • A study into whether banks display myopic tendencies when setting interest rates by excessivley discounting the future costs of inflation.

Bianca De Souza Lima Orsi

  • The efficiency of monetary policy and capital controls: an empirical study of Brazilian exchange rate.

Grace Essien

  • The dynamics of foreign direct investment and economic growth in sub-saharan african countries; the role of financial markets.

Maria Gavris

  • Hegemonic stability theory revisited: the case of Germany and the EU.

Albertus Kurniadi Hendartono

  • Achieving country resiliency under global volatility: Does macro-policy coordination matter in coping with external shock?

Sophia Kuehnlenz

  • Economic bubbles throughout history and possible implications for today’s economy.

Jose Lima Velazquez

  • An empirical evaluation of the effects of the Mexican labour market flexibility reform on unemployment, labour informality and income inequality.

Danielle Oliveira Santanna

  • Financialization of the Brazilian economy and its social effects – an empirical assessment.

Solomon Otajonor

  • The Comparative Contributions of Macroeconomic Policies to the 2008 Financial crisis in the US and the Euro zone crisis.

Eirini Petratou

  • Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis, emotional finance and experimental psychology: a new theoretical framework and policy implications.

Elke Pirgmaier

  • Towards a heterodox theory of the environment. Building bridges between heterodox and ecological economics.

Jalal Qanas

  • The role of financialization and the shift to shadow banking in the global and Euro-zone crisis from a post-Keynesian perspective.

Jurgita Staniulyte

  • Better indicators of financial stability and economic convergence within the European Monetrary Union.

Sylvia Strawa

  • The Bundesbank and the Eurozone: history, effects and responses to the financial crisis.

Robert Sweeney

  • European sovereign debt crisis through different schools of economic thought. 

Hanna Szymborska

  • Wealth of nations? An investigation into the determinants of wealth distribution in high-income countries and its impact on financial distress among households.
International Business

Ayaz Ainaff

  • British multinational enterprises in emerging economies: subsidiaries, business networks, and competence creating initiatives.

Ibharojie Lilian Anegbe

  • The Impact of Firm-Specific Assets on Cross-Border Acquisitions by Emerging Market Firms - Evidence from China.

Anthony Brown

  • Factors affecting  the performance of Polish entrepreneurial firms. The role of entrepreneurial characteristics, immigrant skills and returnee entrepreneurs.

Naunghathai Intakhantee

  • The role of home-country institutions and firms resources in enhancing the performance of emerging-market MNEs.

Miguel Dindial

  • Global Value Chain (GVC) participation and economic upgrading: A developing country perspective.

Yuchun Ha

  • The performance of Chinese cross-border mergers and acquisitions in industrialized countries and the role of government support.

Kaitian Sheng

  • The analysis of herd behavior of Chinese firms in international investment.

Qiu Wang

  • Reverse knowledge transfer.

Yihuai Wang

  • Study the Chinese private-owned companies' investments and operations in the Anglo American economy. An observation of how the Chinese cultural affects the investment patterns and the daily business operations.

Ian Woozley

  • Location advantages and subsidiary evolution: an institutional perspective.

Yi Ke

  • Examining the effect of reverse technology spillover from outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in Chinese high-technology sectors: The case of Chinese electronic MNEs.

Rafidah Abdul Rahman

  • Technology entrepreneurship and organizational innovation amongst technology based small medium enterprises (SMEs) towards sustainable business growth and performance.

Navneet Agnihotri

  • The story of career conversations: A narrative study of middle managers' career decision processes.

Raveekarn Aiemwongnukul

  • Unexpected natural disasters: opportunity utilization and crisis alleviation within a development of strategic management model.

Oghenechavwe Akoroda

  • The role of knowledge management in SMEs in the UK and how it impacts on the the information

Mariam Altarkait

  • How does participating in social media financially affect small businesses? - An empirical investigation.

Sofia Angelidou (Stanbridge Scholar)

  • Entrepreneurial orientation, adaptive capabilities, competitve advantage and new product performance.

Paul Bata

  • Impact of ICT in managing health and safety in the workplace.

Lucy Bolton

  • “Generation Me”: Understanding the Careers and Work Values of Generation Y 

Lutz Brusche

  • How do British universities try to meet the EUROPE 2020 - Innovation Union requirements? Universities' management & industry-affiliations: Is Humboldt dead?

Lora Burkhill

  • Sustainability and behaviour change.

Rose Challenger

  • Understanding crowd behaviours: developing a systems framework for analysing crowd events.

Eirini Chrysafini

  • Employees justice perceptions to performance appraisal systems in the private and public sector.

Gerard Duff

  • Innovation processes in the utility sector.

Emma Dunkerley

  • Police use of social media to support engagement with the community: information sharing and decision making.

Kristian Goddard

  • The mediating role of technology on information behavior and decision-making in uncertain, time-pressured contexts: an activity theory perspective of emergency paramedics.

Aleksandra Irnazarow

  • Unlearning old and learning new organizational routines to share and exploit engineering knowledge across a global company.

Janet Handley

  • Talent management: a gendered approach?

Carl Hartford

  • The impact of information systems on the role of trust in facilitating de-centralised decision making.

Patrick Hennelly

  • Strategic offshore wind supply chain cost reduction.

Mark Houghton

  • Internal representation in decision-making: Errors in spatial schematic representation of numbers as an explanation for 'irrational' decisions.

Helen Hughes

  • The role of social networks in the crafting of jobs and careers.

Eleanora-Hope Humana

  • Growth strategies in SMEs: An exploratory study of a micro-firm in the design industry.

Samantha Johnson

  • Mindfulness and/as agency in the higher educational environment.

Shelley Knight

  • Exploring the relationship between CEO personality and dynamic capabilities within the firm.

Vedran Lesic

  • The role of loss-framing and reference point/s on consumer’s perceptions of energy consumption and savings potential.

Joanna Licznerska

  • Enhancing managerial-subordinate relationship by an exploration of cognitive styles.

Dennis MacDonald

  • Examining HRM practices supporting the selection and development of multinational teams through the lens of social identity theory.

Simon Maule

  • Securing long-term behaviour change: applying the latest communications and behavioural economic theory to improve the effectiveness of interventions.

Evangelia Mavroudi

  • Balancing knowledge exploration and exploitation: balancing knowledge exploration and exploitation: consequences for organizational learning, innovation and firm performance.

Farhanis Mohammed

  • Expatriate’s sensitivity Influencing knowledge sharing that can increase performance among local employees.

Martin Ogaza

  • Factors influencing the success of a process-orientated implementation of knowledge management solutions in an industrial organisation.

Esere Ovie

  • The use of new technology and exploitation of online social media in Africa: barriers and opportunities.

Sonja Perković

  • Analysis of decision making processes in the field of organically produced food.

Rebecca Pieniazek

  • Corporate Resillience: striving towards understanding and improving the resilience of utility and transport companies.

Kevin Platt

  • What will be the impact of the FFES programme on its various users, in terms of the processes they use, their roles and working practices and what does this mean for their continuing professional development?

Nina Quinlan

  • Ongoing wellbeing - evidencing the benefits of improving employee wellbeing on organisational performance.

Matthew Radburn

  • The relationship between perceived police legitimacy and positive, self-regulatory behaviours in crowds.

Kautsar Ramli

  • Overcoming difficulties during the start-up stage of youth entrepreneurship in Malaysia: A case study.

Franklin Riley

  • Information behaviour in construction project management teams: contradictions, motivations and influencing factors.

Jane Stoate

  • Together or apart? Modelling the inter-agency workings of emergency response multi team systems.

Savita Verma

  • Environmental Issues and challenges of small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) in India and UK.

Anna Virágos

  • Prosocial job crafting.

Fatimah Wakilbe

  • Developing an analytic-deliberative method for determining acceptable resolutions to social, economic and environmental issues facing prospective oil producing communities in northern Nigeria: lessons from the Niger Delta Region.

Elizabeth Watson

  • Aspiring social entrepreneurs: how leaders influence social innovation through the formation and evolution of social enterprises in healthcare.

Simon Williams

  • How do customer satisfaction measures in English Housing Associations influence service performance

Danielle Winstanley

  • The process of decision making and emotional consequences throughout the compulsive buyers shopping experience.

Lionel Zayeh Kooktapeh

  • The business impact of social media strategies: getting closer to your customer using social media.

Rahida Abdul Rahman

  • Antecedents and outcomes of socially responsible marketing strategy: A political economy perspective.

James Adeniji

  • Using stakeholder engagement to bridge institutional distance: a market entry strategy

Rajinder Bhandal

  • Nostalgia, generational cohorts, and self-construals  

Stella Chisanga

  • Drivers, boundary conditions and performance outcomes of competition intensity 

Pamela Dhosi

  • An extended relationship metaphor in strategic alliances: relationship identification and the impact on relationship maintenance behaviours

Francis Donbesuur

  • A model of entrepreneurial opportunity-seeking behaviour and firms' economic performance

Antje Graul

  • Possessing or experiencing: The role of message framing in influencing consumers' responses to access-based consumption 

Reika Igarashi

  • Investigation into the impact of corporate language policy on corporate identity and image creation

Cezara-Alina Nicoara

  • Corporate social responsibility within the multinational enterprise subsidiaries in emerging markets 

Arinze Nwoba

  • Resource availability and sustainability performance: evidence from emerging market entrepreneurial firms.

Afolakemi Ogunnubi

  • The effects of green marketing on consumer behaviour towards sustainable development: comparative analysis of Nigeria and the UK

Christina Papadopoulou

  • The impact of internal and external factors on the international pricing strategy adaptation and export performance

Joao Pedro Pereira Luzio

  • Marketing management and sustainability: The linking role of innovation 

Aditi Rana

  • Drivers and outcomes of ethical marketing strategies of exporting firms in India

Joanna Townend

  • The power of stories to shape consumer experience: To measure the degree to which archetype based brand narratives provide and experiential dimension to a material possession in the UK hand knitting yarn industry

Merve Ulku Turgut

  • The challenging role of country of origin and brand image on purchasing decisions: UK and Turkish consumers' evaluations of German goods

Bryan G. Usrey

  • The role of product attribute focused framing on environmental product evaluations: The mediating role of self determination

Arash Valipour

  • The Influence of Emotional Intelligence and Job Attitudes on Service Recovery Performance: A Frontline Employee Perspective in the United Kingdom

Work and Employment

Rana Alyami

  • Manpower development in the healthcare sector in KSA in light of organizational excellence

Marina Boulos

  • Workplace stress. Is prevention better than cure? Looking at primary organisational interventions.

James Brooks

  • Talent management and the ageing workforce. Can organisations sustain competitive advantage via facilitating knowledge transfer from older to younger workers?

Matthew Cole

  • Proletarianisation and crisis: class dynamics in the UK and the end of the long twentieth century.

Adejoke Ige

  • Assessing the United Kingdom Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) settlement process.

Kosisochukwu Itodo

  • Employment consquences of sectorial reforms, restructuring, liberalisation, and on-going privatization in developing countries: A study of the power sector reform.

Edister Jamu

  • Talent Management in Malawian Universities: Practices, Challenges and Prospects.

Juliet Nagy

  • A critical examination of diversity and leadership progression in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Chris Mclachlan

  • To what extent are organisational redundancy practices effective and promoted through EU level initiatives in an age of austerity.

Kate Morgan

  • Employee silence and human resource management.

Meenakshi Sarkar

  • Employment challenges faced by second generation British Pakistanis and why they work as taxi drivers.

Frederike Scholz

  • Disability discrimination and the recruitment process: responding to legal and technological developments.

Lisa Scott

  • Business strategies for legal service providers.

Jiachen Shi

  • Comparing employers' response to employees' changes in job satisfaction factors during the economic recession between UK and China.

Angeliki Skondra

  • The impact of the economic crisis on skills formation in British small and medium sized companies.

PhD profiles

Chris McLachlan

Chris choose to undertake his PhD at Leeds after completing his undergraduate and masters degrees here.

His research explores organisational redundancy practices in an age of austerity. 

Meenakshi Sarkar

After 20 years building a successful career in India, Meenakshi came to Leeds to study MA Human Resource Management, before deciding to pursue her PhD.

Her research explores the employment challenges faced by second generation British Pakistanis and why many of them choose to work as taxi drivers.

Vedran Lesic

Vedran came from Croatia to pursue his PhD here at Leeds.

His research explore the role of loss-framing and reference point/s on consumer’s perceptions of energy consumption and savings potential.

Ning Lu

Ning Lu came to study in the UK from China.

His research uses Big Data to explore ethical consumption.