PhD Studentship in Project Management (3) - Cranfield University

PhD Studentship in Project Management (3) - Cranfield University

PhD Studentship

False Optimism in Project Management
International Centre for Programme Management

Cranfield School of Management - one of Europe's top management schools - is
offering this PhD studentship within its International Centre for Programme
Management, a world-leading hub for research into this important emerging

The studentship is tenable for four years from October 2008
The repeated failure of major projects in the public and private sectors has
been linked with the setting and sustaining of over-optimistic expectations by
stakeholders. This PhD study will explore the phenomenon of false optimism in
projects - its nature and its causes. We envisage that the findings of the study
will have significant theoretical and practical implications.

Applications are invited from exceptionally qualified candidates for this fully
funded full-time studentship under the supervision of Dr Elmar Kutsch.
Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant discipline. Ideally, we
are seeking an individual with a background in social psychology. Experience of
working on projects is desirable, although not essential. An MBA or relevant
specialist masters degree would be an advantage.

The studentship includes full payment of fees at the UK or overseas rate and
stipend of £12,940 per annum.

For an informal discussion about the project, please contact Dr. Elmar Kutsch,
tel +44 (0)1234 751122,

The closing date for applications is 7 July 2008.

Full details of the application process, the PhD programme and other PhD
projects are available on the School's website at or
from the PhD Programme Manager, Wendy Habgood, on tel +44 (0)1234 754373


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