Management & Business

Sarah Bloomfield

Management & Business

PhD Researcher in Management & Business (ESRC 1+3)
School of Management, University of Bath

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Tensions within Hybrid Organisations

My research will focus on the particular tensions faced by social enterprises, organisations that try and solve societal problems through business practices. 

Research supervisors: Professor Russ Vince, Dr Gordon Liu

Professional memberships: Fellow of Higher Education Authority

E-mail: s.bloomfield@bath.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Sarah Bloomfield

Alison Harper

Management & Business

PhD Researcher in Management & Business (ESRC 1+3)
Business School, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Hybrid methodology in healthcare operations research

The aim of my masters’ dissertation is to project future demand from all sources for diagnostic endoscopy services in one Clinical Commissioning Group in the south of England.  This will use shifting population demographics and the effect of an older population on demand for this service.  Theories of population aging are used to explain why rising life expectancy overstates the effect of population aging.  

Research supervisors: Dr Nav Mustafee, Professor Martin Pitt

Professional memberships: HSPC registered, CIEHF member, OR Society UK member

E-mail: ah596@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Alison Harper

Melinda Szocs

Management & Business

PhD Researcher in Management & Business (ESRC 1+3)
Business School, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: Social innovation within the context of social enterprises (hybrid organisations)

The aim of the research project is to study social innovation within a social enterprise context. Following the findings of my masters’ dissertation, as part of my MRes degree in Management at the University of Exeter, the study will investigate how social enterprises innovate in light of limited resources. One of the central questions for the study will be to explore how innovation contributes to social impact within a social enterprise context.

Research supervisors: Dr Adrian Bailey, Dr Anne O'Brien

Professional memberships/Positions held: GISWD 2016 Conference on collaboration committee member, Member of the EMES network and of the British Academy of Management, Former SWDTC student rep 

E-mail: melinda.szocs@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Melinda Szocs

Twitter: @MelindaSzocs

Hugh Waters

Management & Business

PhD Researcher in Management & Business (ESRC+3)
Business School, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Organisational identity challenges during major change

The research focuses on the challenges organisations face within the realms of the Third Sector, particularly in response to socio-political driven change for the continued deliverance of public services. Identity evokes questions concerning ‘who we are in relation to others?’ and ‘what makes us different?’. Organisations encompass a collective sense of this, but how does identity initially form and become accomplished by actors over time? The turbulence of both changing environments and institutions introduces a multitude of tensions and interactions between actors seeking to negotiate the challenges of organisational identity.  Particular challenges for organisations include confusion of identity across multiple sectors, the internal and external tensions this elicits, and the positive and/or negative consequences.

Research supervisors: Dr Will Harvey, Dr Beverley Hawkins

Professional memberships/Positions held: Chair of Great Ideas Start with Discussion (GISWD), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Associate Member, British Academy of Management, Voluntary Sector Studies Network 

E-mail: h.waters@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Hugh Waters

Website: http://eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/hughwaters/