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Collaborative Studentship: Organisational purpose, work engagement, performance and wellbeing at Laing O’Rourke

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Funding type:

Tuition fee. Stipend.


All nationalities.

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the King’s Business School under the supervision of Professor Katie Bailey and Dr Wei-Ning Yang.

Award details

The Project

A unique collaborative project aimed at exploring how organisational purpose is linked with meaningful work, wellbeing, engagement and performance. The student will work with Professor Bailey and Dr Yang, and with Dr Kate Goodger, Head of Human Innovation and Performance at Laing O’Rourke. Using qualitative, visual methods including photography and diary studies, the project will critically explore what organisational purpose means to individual employees.

This collaborative partnership offers a unique opportunity to conduct a PhD in meaning and purpose using qualitative methods, supervised by experts, based in the HR function of a multinational engineering firm that will provide unique levels of access within the firm and to industry bodies. King’s Business School has a body of renowned HR experts and a community of HRM researchers (and is based in the iconic Bush House in the heart of London). Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the King’s Business School and the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).

Entry: PhD Enrolment October 2020 start.

Award value

  • Home/EU Tuition fees
  • Annual stipend (approx. £17,285)
  • Additional total allowance of £10,000 from Laing O'Rourke
  • Generous annual conference and training grant
  • Additional paid teaching opportunities

Eligibility criteria

Academic requirements

  • Satisfy the entry requirements of the King’s Business School PhD programme - Master's degree with at least Merit and a Bachelor's degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject.
  • English Language requirements (ILETS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill)

Residential requirements

  • UK/EU applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.
  • International (non-EU) students may apply but will need to fund the difference in fees between Home/EU and international fees themselves

Application process

Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest of up to three pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A detailed CV
  • Two academic reference letters, recently dated

Your application should be emailed to

Please note that applicants must also submit a formal application to King's by 28 August 2020.

Contact details

To discuss the project, contact Professor Katie Bailey.


Academic year:


Study mode:

Postgraduate research

Application closing date:

28 April 2020