Edmund Thompson

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  • 8 WEST 3.10

Accepting Doctoral Students

19982019

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Research interests

My main research focus is an interdisciplinary synthesis of entrepreneurship, firm and national competitiveness interrelationships with individual-level psychology, culture and political-economy.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am actively recruiting PhD candidates interested in aspects of sustainability in the context of entrepreneurship, firm and national competitiveness interactions with individual-level psychology, national culture, and/or political-economy. Specific PhD project areas and questions are detailed below. If you find these kinds of questions intriguing and would like to help develop, refine and answer them as part of a structured programme of doctoral training and original scholarship, please get in touch sending the requested information.

I. Entrepreneurship and Sustainability:

What are the key interrelationships between entrepreneurship and sustainability? How do business, social, institutional or organizational entrepreneurs adversely and advantageously affect sustainability? How do sustainability exigencies affect entrepreneurship? What makes entrepreneurs embrace or ignore sustainability? How do personality and individual differences affect entrepreneurship/sustainability interrelationships? How do entrepreneurs shape sustainable and unsustainable consumption, and vice versa? How does entrepreneurship influence public opinion and policy on sustainability, and vice versa?

II. Entrepreneurship In Children

Some children are entrepreneurial: are children natural-born entrepreneurs? Is childhood entrepreneurship developed or destroyed by social, economic and educational systems, or does it either develop or decline as a natural process of maturation? Nobody knows the answers to these and related questions as little is known systematically about the nature and extent of entrepreneurial propensity or activity amongst children or how entrepreneurialism evolves as children grow to adulthood.

III. Switching from High-carbon to Sustainable Electricity: Consumer, Entrepreneur and Industry Imperatives and Interactions

Switching from today’s flexible but high-carbon electricity to sustainable but less flexible generation needs both supply-side technological advance and demand-side transformation ensuring electricity consumption patterns shift to more closely synchronize with sustainable production patterns. How and through what mechanisms can consumers, entrepreneurs and industry change to achieve this? How do each of these interact with technology and politics to help or hinder successful adoption of swifter sustainable electricity production?

IV. Consumption and Sustainability

Consumption and sustainability interactions constitute an important field with myriad unanswered and unposed questions - some very profoundly fundamental. What do consumption and sustainability really mean to different populations? Are current normative and empirical conceptions of each construct adequately clear and analytically tractable? How can they be made more nuanced to provide subtler theoretical insights? Is their measurement robust to rigorous empirical examination and hypotheses testing?

V. Competitive/Corporate Strategy and Sustainability

What are the key interrelationships between competitive and/or corporate strategy and sustainability? How do competitive and/or corporate strategy adversely and advantageously affect sustainability? How do sustainability exigencies affect competitive and/or corporate strategy? What makes competitive and/or corporate strategies embrace or ignore sustainability? How do personality and individual differences affect competitive and/or corporate strategy/sustainability interrelationships? How do competitive and/or corporate strategy shape sustainable and unsustainable consumption, and vice versa? How do competitive and/or corporate strategy influence public opinion and policy on sustainability, and vice versa?

If you are interested in pursuing doctoral research in any of the above areas, please, in the first instance, send the following direct to me:

1. An original, non-generic proposal of the kind of research you would like to pursue in terms of topic areas relating to the above, drawing as necessary on extant literature.

2. An explicit indication of the theoretical and empirical approaches you think might be appropriate (and that you’d personally like to deploy), drawing on extant literature.

3. A statement of the kinds of scholarly training, practical research and ethical issues you think you’d need to consider in order to succeed in completing your PhD effectively.

4. An explanation of (i) why you want to pursue a PhD in the first place; (ii) why you are interested in the particular topic area you propose researching; and (iii) what career you plan to develop, and how, after completion.

5. A full CV.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics

Award Date: 31 Dec 1995

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