CBEH-Mater Scholarship on The Strategic Transformation of Health Services

St Lucia, Australia
10 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

UQ Business School

UQ's Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH) is on an exciting path to become one of Australia's most authoritative sources of knowledge on the business and economics of health.  Mater Misericordiae Ltd., one of Australia's leading health services, is partnering with CBEH to offer three Ph.D. scholarships through UQ Business School. 

The opportunity involves studying the Mater organisation as it undergoes a strategic transformation.  This offers a rare chance to study strategic transformation in action and develop insights that can advance the frontiers of knowledge in academia and practice. 

The role

The research will involve a multi-year case study of the strategic transformation as it unfolds, to observe and measure its impacts and to understand how to achieve successful outcomes.  Mater is particularly interested in recruiting several students, with each student taking a different perspective, such as any of the following:

  • Strategy, e.g., how effective strategic transformation takes place 
  • Organizational behavior, e.g., how to lead and motivate a successful transformation 
  • Information systems, e.g., how data and analytics can underpin the new strategy 
  • Marketing, e.g., how a transformation affects service design, delivery, and evaluation 
  • Management accounting, e.g., the role of incentives and controls in facilitating the transformation

Each student will work with a Ph.D. supervisor in the UQ Business School.  The research design will be chosen by the student in cooperation with their supervisory team, but it is expected that part of the research will involve a longitudinal and observational study of Mater's transformation to allow the student to see the transformation up close. 

Mater will use the research findings to improve its strategy, offering an outstanding opportunity for a Ph.D. student to have an immediate impact on practice in addition to breaking new ground in academia.  The research has full support from Mater's highest levels and the students will be granted with exceptional access to data and personnel.    

Each student will be enrolled in the UQ Business School PhD. Program.  In the recent Excellence in Australia (ERA) review, the School was rated equal number 1 in Australia for research in business and management. 

The UQ Business School offers exceptionally strong Ph.D. training, with a full suite of courses in the latest theories and methods of business research, frequent international visitors, dedicated supervisors, and a collegial research environment.  For further details, see https://www.business.uq.edu.au/programs/doctor-philosophy-phd.

The proposed research bridges three of UQ's 30 key research strengths (in Business; Information Systems; and Health Services) (http://www.uq.edu.au/research/research-at-uq/research-strengths).  As a result, many of the School's academic staff members are world leaders in this topic area.     

In addition to receiving training from the UQ Business School, each student will benefit from being part of the CBEH, offering a chance to learn from some of Australia's leading researchers and policy-makers in the business and economics of healthcare.  The students will also be learning from executives at Mater's highest levels. 

The person

Your applications will be reviewed by members of CBEH, UQ Business School, and Mater Misericordiae Ltd.  Selection criteria:

  • Each student's likely performance in the Ph.D., as determined by the selection panel
  • The extent to which the selected students are likely to yield complementary insights
  • The extent to which each student meets the APA requirement. Students can be admitted without meeting this requirement, but this criterion is required for receipt of the APA.   


The University of Queensland has set aside three RTP Scholarships (RTPs) for domestic students for the research to provide assistance for living costs.  Each RTP is valued at $26,288 per annum (2016 rate), indexed annually, Receipt of an RTP is not a condition of the position.  Rather, RTPs are awarded competitively based on merit, to domestic students of exceptional research potential.  For further details, see: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/

For each student, Mater is providing $5,000 top-up salary funding for Years 1, 2 and 3 and $2,500 for year 4.  This funding is available irrespective of whether a student receives an RTP.  That is, if a student does not receive an RTP, they will still receive this funding, and if the student has received an RTP, they will receive the $5,000pa as an additional amount. 

Each student will receive a generous $12,000 package from the UQ Business School which can be used for a variety of research expenses and training.  This funding is provided to all Ph.D. students in the UQ Business School.  However, on top of this, Mater is providing an additional $6,000 for research expenses for the duration of candidature, to ensure that the student is even more able to undertake research of the highest quality. 

Funding is available for full-time domestic applicants only. 

The term of the Ph.D. program is a maximum of 3.5 years, to begin in early 2017.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Andrew Burton-Jones on +61 7 3346-8172 or abj@business.uq.edu.au.

Applications are open immediately.  First round closes 7/12/2017. Later rounds will be opened subject to availability. 

To apply, please visit (https://www.business.uq.edu.au/programs/doctor-philosophy-phd) and click 'how to apply.'  As indicated in this link, your application should include the name of a potential supervisor.  Applicants are not required to complete the 'pitch' template, described in Section 3.1 of that link, but are required to complete the extended abstract, described in Section 3.2 of that link. Please DO NOT apply via the UQ Jobs link below.  

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