PhD Studentship - The Impact of Social Media on Information Exchange in the Supply Chain

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Aston Logistics and Systems Institute at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on logistics and supply chain data analytics.

The position is available to start in October 2018 or January 2019 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

Empirical research has shown that supply chain relationships in which partners exchange accurate and relevant information are more successful than relationships that do not exhibit this trait. The use of information technology plays a central role in enabling supply chain integration and allows supply chain partners to increase the volume and complexity of information exchange It also enables real-time information sharing, which increases visibility in the extended supply chain. The arrival of Web 2.0 enabled social media technologies adds a new and potentially critical dimension in this context where in modern economies the flow of communication and information have become at least as important as the flows of physical products.

Past research has explored the impact of Wed 1.0 IT on information exchange, relationships and supply chain performance (For example Evangelista, Mogre, Perego, Raspagliesi & Sweeney, 2012), however Web 2.0 enabled social media networks are being increasingly utilised within supply chain management in order to enhance productivity, innovation and collaboration. There is currently a lack of empirical research on this development and it is this gap in the body of knowledge that this study aims to address.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in logistics, supply chain management, business or similar. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of research.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Aston Logistics and Systems Institute’s Research Group, contact Karen Jones by email

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

Closing Date: 15 June 2018

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

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