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PhD Opportunity - Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies


Unpacking family heterogeneity of family businesses in emerging economies

This project seeks to examine the complexity of family businesses in emerging countries by unpacking the heterogeneity of families. Family businesses form a large number of businesses in emerging economies and internationally. However, the research in these economies is still scarce. The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School would be interested in PhD proposals looking at the complexity of family businesses in emerging countries

While research has focused towards defining a family business and differentiating them from nonfamily firms, there is growing recognition of the heterogeneity of family firms. One reason for this is the family dimension and their different configurations as well as the context where they operate.

As such, the purpose of this project is to examine family businesses in emerging economies. In particular, studies that adopt the ‘family’ as unit of analysis to unpack the heterogeneity of families and the implications this has for the family business but also for the business family, entrepreneurial family or family entrepreneurial team. Building on family science, family business and family entrepreneurship research, we look for studies that capture heterogeneity through family structures (e.g. marriage), functions (e.g. employment), interactions (e.g. communication patterns) and/or events (e.g. divorce, death).

How to apply

In order to apply for this project, you should first apply for a place on the PhD programme at Leeds University Business School. In the research information section, please state that the project you wish to be considered for is ‘Unpacking family heterogeneity of family businesses in emerging economies ’ and write Dr Mariana Estrada-Robles as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the Leeds University Business School minimum English language requirements (below) before registration. You do not need to have met the requirement at the time you apply.

We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the PhD programme, you should hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification, with a minimum average score of 60 percent (or equivalent) and in an appropriate academic discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall, with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent.

Funding on offer

You can apply for this project and a management scholarship covering fees and maintenance. Please note that funding is not guaranteed; you may be successful for the project but not the scholarship.

We also welcome applications from self-funded students.

Contact details

For further information, please contact the Graduate School Office or visit our website.  0113 343 4596