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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Business, Health Sciences, Humanities
Host campus
Professor Fiona Edgar, Dr Paula O'Kane, Associate Professor Jing (Annie) Zhang, Dr Dana Ott


The Management Department’s HRM team is looking for enthusiastic students to join their research projects. Topics of special interest are strategic HRM (SHRM), green HRM, employee wellbeing, technology in HRM, international HRM (IHRM), talent management, and employee innovative and creative behaviour.

Prospective students will ideally have a sound understanding of the HRM and Employment Relations literatures as well as the research process. Their degree (Master's, Honours, other Postgrad qualification) should contain a research component, and they should be proficient in using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies.

Students interested in studying in the area of HRM will work primarily with Professor Fiona Edgar, Associate Professor Annie Zhang, and Drs Paula O’Kane and Dana Ott, who have expertise in the topics listed above. Their past students are now employed in a variety of settings including academia, with roles ranging from lecturing to managing a residential college.

Please note that no specific funding is available. However, applicants are encouraged to explore the University of Otago's postgraduate scholarships.

Visit the University of Otago doctoral scholarships webpage

Application for supervision – PhD in Management

Applications to the PhD in Management are to be submitted online through our Student Management System, eVision.

Students applying for a PhD in Management are not required to make contact with the Department of Management prior to applying, as the assessment for supervision is included in the application process.

As part of the application process you are required to provide

  • A short research proposal of 1,000 words following the Department of Management format. The proposal should indicate your initial ideas for PhD study, explaining the topic of the PhD in the context of relevant literature, outlining possible research questions and clearly demonstrating the aims of the PhD and how these will add to academic knowledge/fill a gap in academic understanding.
    View the Department of Management format for research proposals PDF
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • An electronic copy of your Master's thesis and any other research projects (i.e. published papers)
  • Official copies of your full academic transcripts for previous studies including the grading scale. If the original is not in English you will need to provide certified/notarised translations
  • Your Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) report, if one is required with your application (international students only)
  • Evidence you meet the English language requirement
  • A Department of Management Application for Supervision form (PDF)


Fiona Edgar

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