Fully-funded PhD Scholarship - Accounting for Wellbeing in the Age of Digitalised Data

Department of Human Resource Management

Strathclyde Business School


Accounting for Wellbeing in the Age of Digitalised Data - Cost Benefit Analysis of Sustainable Performance Management Systems


Central to today’s HR and management accounting control practices is the emergence of new forms of performance management that are based on the micro-measurement and micro-management of employees’ individual performance, both quantitatively in terms of output, ‘deliverables’ and digitalised data and, qualitatively, in terms of ratings of behavioural competencies. The measurement, management and control of individual employee performance is an arena which spans the boundaries of HRM and accounting practices.

This studentship will focus on so far underdeveloped areas, aligning with the University’s core strategic research areas:
a) Measurement sciences and enabling technologies: How are the new tools set up and how is (big) data management tying together organisational units. To what extent and in what ways are new developments in HRM articulated with accounting practices?
b) Innovation and Entrepreneurship: How and to what extent does the holistic and individualised performance management influence creativity and risk taking within the organisation and negatively influence innovative approaches?
c) Health and Wellbeing: How do performance metrics impact upon employees’ physical and emotional well-being? To the extent that performance management systems incorporate a disciplinary purpose what are the impacts on staff well-being?


Candidates are required to have:

- An excellent undergraduate degree with Honours in a relevant business, scientific/technological or social science subject
- A Masters degree (or equivalent) will be strongly preferred
- Students may also have other relevant experience or skills which are relevant to this project
- Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country)

Study information

Start month:

1 October 2017

Funding information

Funding applies to:
Open to applicants from a range of countries
Funding notes:

Stipend: £14,652 pa. Whilst open to International candidates, please note that this scholarship covers Home/EU/RUK Fee rate only.

Contacts and how to apply

Academic contact:

Enquiries to Dr Kendra Briken, Department of Human Resource Management, email: kendra.briken@strath.ac.uk

Administrative contact and how to apply:

To apply, please visit our website

Application deadline:

28 February 2017

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