Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus 120 credits in research methods training or, ideally, a masters degree in Research Methods (MRes), which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.
Months of entry
Research on entrepreneurship covers issues relating to entrepreneurship, including home-based business, micro-business and small and medium enterprises. Studies might explore functional activities undertaken by such enterprises, for example, ICT adoption, marketing or strategy development, or address cross-functional issues such as ethics or collaboration. Research might also consider the entrepreneurs themselves, including entrepreneurial approaches and traits. Research on innovation is undertaken in both small- and medium-sized enterprises and also in and across large organisations. Topics for research could include the innovation process, such as social or open innovation, and the outcomes and benefits of innovation. Much research is undertaken in international contexts and forms the basis of international comparisons. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of the socio-economic wellbeing of any nation and PhDs with a specialism in innovation are actively being sought in universities as well as in think tanks, consultancies and policy institutes.
Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the areas below. We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:
- Generating and adopting innovative practices
- Entrepreneurship in home-based, micro and small and medium-sized enterprises
- Realising the potential of information systems and information technology.
- Understanding SME manager engagement with climate change
- The impact of entrepreneurial capital on environmental improvement in SMEs: contemporary practices and interventions in the leather sector of Pakistan
- An exploratory study of the implications of the technological and the online social media developments, on innovation in fashion retail industry
- The greening of SMEs
- The adoption of ERP systems by SMEs in India
- Engagement in public sector IT projects
- Knowledge management in the performance sportswear sector
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Debby Hing
- +44 (0)1908 655272