The objective of this PhD project is to understand how firms integrate new innovative technologies in both products and processes. The candidate will examine the evolution and impact of advanced manufacturing capabilities on productivity and regional development by employing an interdisciplinary approach which includes history, economics, politics and finance. Using history as their “laboratory”, the candidate will look at this issue from different perspectives: (a) investigating the differences in productivity and technology in manufacturing between Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the various regions of England; (b) investigating the impact of macroeconomic and monetary policy on productivity and the transmission of technology across regions; and (c) investigating the importance of institutions in the process of knowledge creation, corporate productivity and advanced manufacturing capabilities.
This project sets out to create a novel database of labour and manufacturing statistics for UK firms between 1900 and 2020. These data allow us to track how productivity and the integration of new technologies shaped the UK economy. Insights from this project may have important policy implications; it will aid policymakers in understanding the criteria for the successful integration of new technologies in existing production processes. For example, Kotha and Swamidass (2000) show firms that exhibit a better strategic fit with advanced manufacturing technologies also perform better. However, most evidence presented on advanced manufacturing and firm-level productivity is void of a long-run perspective and focuses solely on a very particular subset of manufacturers. Robust policy measures can only be gleaned from employing a long-run perspective that reveals the root cause of the significant premium low productivity firms earn yet make them vulnerable to economy-wide shocks. By covering multiple business cycles, policy implications can be generated on how best to protect “vital industries”.
In addition to the basic PhD salary, national insurance and superannuation, we expect additional project cost to be limited. Any additional overhead and conference fees will be covered by Queen’s Management School.
The finance group is an energetic and enterprising research cluster that continuously strives for excellence in both its teaching and its scholarship. The group's research strengths cover finance and financial history, financial markets and institutions and not-for-profit financial institutions. The group has a particular interest in not-for-profit organisations and in financial history. Research students benefit from attending courses and tailor-made reading groups to complete their background preparation in finance. Queen's Management School prides itself on research-led teaching and offers its research students experience as teaching assistants in a variety of undergraduate courses. Students regularly attend the School's various seminar series, which attract leading academics from around the world. Students also present their work at these events, gaining invaluable advice and preparation for the academic job market.
Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).
Corporate governance and corporate law
Historical asset pricing
Financial crises, manias and bubbles
UK equity markets in the 19th and 20th centuries
UK financial institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries
Capital structure behaviour in UK-quoted firms
Demographic change and international capital flows
Equity, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets
Long memory, heterogeneity and trend-chasing in financial prices
Price discovery in bond markets
Diversification options for not-for-profit financial institutions
Efficiency and performance of not-for-profit financial institutions
Networks and co-operation benefits for not-for-profit financial institutions
The School has a proven track-record of placing its PhD graduates in tenure-track research and teaching posts at top universities in the UK and elsewhere.
Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,407|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£4,407|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£4,407|
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.
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