UCL Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction: PhD Studentship in Knowledge Management Applications are invited for a PhD studentship (3 years) to carry out research, in collaboration with Highways England, which will contribute to the academic theory and practice of knowledge management.Highways England (previously known as the Highways Agency) is a government-owned company charged with operating England’s motorways and major trunk roads.Highways England is a major infrastructure organisation that undertakes construction, maintenance and operation, utilising many hundreds of people who work day and night in all weather conditions and often in close proximity to traffic flowing at high speed. Building, operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England creates vast amounts of data, information and knowledge. It also leads to the risk of incidents occurring, which can affect peoples’ health, safety and wellbeing.The amount of data, information and knowledge that can be used to enhance competence and support learning grows every year, but currently only a tiny proportion of this is mobilised to support learning and improvement in health, safety and wellbeing (or indeed in other areas). Although the sharing, transfer and reutilisation of knowledge – for example via lessons learnt, best practices, proven methods and techniques – are all crucial to support innovation and operational excellence, empirical evidence shows that generally organisations still encounter substantial difficulties in mobilising their knowledge at all levels (corporate, divisional, departmental, project) and this exposes them to the syndrome of ‘reinventing the wheel’ and related risks, inefficiencies and missed opportunities.The scientific literature on the governance of knowledge processes has extensively examined the role of both structural and relational mechanisms that influence the sharing, transfer and reutilisation of knowledge within organisations. However, we still do not know how different mechanisms of governance interact with each other from the point of view of knowledge processes, and how such interplay influences individual- and team-level dispositions to sharing, transferring, and reusing knowledge. Without this understanding of how different mechanisms promote success in sharing knowledge, Highways England’s objective to become a learning organisation will remain severely inhibited. Using all available data, knowledge and information as effectively as possible is vital to improve health, safety and wellbeing and to getting people home safe and well.Applicants should hold a Master’s degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject. The successful candidate will demonstrate:Excellent academic recordProficiency in EnglishInterest in an academic careerInterest in working closely with the industryResearch objectivesThe research project will contribute to both academic theory and practice of knowledge management. From an academic theory perspective, it will advance our understanding of the causal linkages between governance decisions and individual knowledge sharing behaviour. From an academic practice point of view, the study will identify desirable configurations of governance mechanisms that are more likely to result in effective sharing, transfer and reutilisation of knowledge for the purposed of advancing organisational goals.The research objectives to support this are:A.Develop a comprehensive theoretical framework which identifies key constructs involved in the relationship between organisational-level mechanisms of governance and individual-level dispositions towards knowledge sharing.B.Study the process through which the design features of governance mechanisms affect the disposition of individuals to share knowledge and/or contribute to its transfer and reutilisation across the organisation. Initial research questions and methodology The following research questions will provide the start point for exploring the two objectives defined above:1.Which organisation- and individual- level constructs are involved in the relationship between governance of knowledge processes and individual disposition to share, transfer and reuse knowledge?2.What is the process by which the governance mechanisms of the organisation influence individuals’ disposition to share, transfer, or reuse knowledge?The fieldwork to address these research questions will follow an embedded case-study research design and will involve the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources – for example, interviews, documents, archives, observations, focus groups, and surveys. Analytical techniques of thematic coding (qualitative) and/or statistical elaboration (quantitative) will be employed to generate and test theoretical insights emerging from the data.The studentship will cover tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000 per annum.The closing date for applications is 28 July. Interviews will be held in the first half of August, dates tbc. The project will commence as soon as possible following the appointment of a suitable candidate. How to apply: Applicants are asked to send/upload a research proposal and a full Curriculum Vitae to . The strongest applications will be shortlisted for an interview. The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a full application to the PhD Programme of The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. Any inquiries or further information about the studentship should be emailed to .Contact namePolly TurnerContact details UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date27 Jul 2021

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