Skip to content

Conference brings together PhD students to discuss and present research work at Bradford School of Management


The third annual University of Bradford School of Management PhD Conference held this week saw a wide range of papers presented and two excellent keynote speakers.

The theme for this year's conference was evidence-based management (EBMgt).

The conference allowed PhD students at various stages of their study, the opportunity to submit either a complete paper or a developmental paper, as well as providing a platform for them to present their research and ideas with constructive feedback from academics.

The conference was organised by Bradford PhD students Dominic Chiwenga (pictured below, right) and Kamran Mahroof (pictured below, left). Dominic is a doctoral researcher in food supply chain management and Kamran is doing his PhD in Business Intelligence.

280 x 210

Throughout the day ten students who are doing their PhDs through Bradford School of Management presented their papers, ranging in topics from service culture in Nigeria to the choice of auditors of family firms in China, and management decision making in the NHS to financial inclusion in the developing world (see full details below).

Later in the afternoon five students each gave a five minute presentation in which they had to give a succinct overview of their research. These presentations were judged by Dr Anna Zueva-Owens, who lectures in Business Ethics at Bradford School of Management, and Dr Martin Sedgley, also of the School of Management.

The students who gave a five minute presentation were Caroline Casey, Olushola Kolawole, Anwaar Alkandari, Rebecca Enouch and Itoro Ikpo.


The award for best developmental paper went to Nikhil Sapre. The award for best full paper is still being considered. In the five minute presentations, Olushola Kolawole (above) won best presentation style and Anwaar Alkandari (below) won best presentation content.

280 x 210

Dr Sedgley said: "The PhD Conference is a really important and beneficial event for those who are doing their doctorate. You have to be very independent when doing a PhD and you are sometimes very isolated. You can obviously get regular feedback from your supervisors but this conference is a great opportunity for doctoral students to get group feedback and discuss their ideas with fellow research students, as well as established academics."

The keynote speakers were Professor of Organisational Psychology at the University of Bath School of Management, Rob Briner (pictured below) and Professor of Organisation Studies at Durham University Business School, Mark Learmonth (pictured below).

Dominic said: "The third annual PhD Conference was a major success on many fronts. The highlight of the conference was the presentations by the two keynote guest speakers."

Associate Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Bradford, Julia Morgan praised Prof Briner and Prof Learmonth for their "interesting and insightful talks".

The conference opening address was given by Nelarine Cornelius, who is the Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies at the University of Bradford School of Management.

Dr Sue Richardson, who lectures in Organisational Behaviour at Bradford School of Management, gave a presentation on qualitative research.

Dr Sedgley added: "The students find the conference really helpful. The organisers, Dominic and Kamran, have done a superb job."

The full list of PhD students and their papers they presented are:

Melissa Dennison
Hanging in the balance: Making a case for autoethnographic research

Joseph Maidugu
Investigating the transfer of service culture from the headquarters of a service firm to its subsidiary in an emerging market like Nigeria

Shenghua Shi
The impact of political connections on the choice of auditors of family firms in China

Daniel Ekong
Using sovereign reputation evidence for improving the practice of risk assessment management for the World Bank loans: Developing a methodology

Chidozie Umeh
National cultures and employee commitment in Nigerian organisations: Exploring conflicts and relationships

Rabab H. A. H. Ebrahim
Dividend policy and systematic liquidity risk

Impacts of the financial crisis on capital structure decisions of non-financial firms: A comparison of the main market and the Alternative Investment Market

Nikhil Sapre
Determinants of financial inclusion in the developing world

Polly Pasco
Evidence-based management in the absence of professionalization: management decision-making legitimacy in the NHS

Muhibul Haq
Thesis chapter: Knowledge

700 x 525

Professor Mark Learmonth (above) and Professor Rob Briner (below) speaking at the PhD Conference

700 x 525

Back to news from 2016