The Entrepreneurial University: Research Systemisation and Commercialisation for Value Creation

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Cork, Munster
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Full Time
Date Posted
1 month ago

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University College Cork

Project Outline

Universities across the globe are increasingly engaged in translation and commercialisation of their research outputs to demonstrate contributing to regional/national/global development.  This is often referred to as ‘entrepreneurial university’ (Etzkowitz et al., 2000), encouraging the undertaking of entrepreneurial activities by the institution “…with the objective of improving regional or national economic performance as well as the university’s financial advantage and that of its faculty”. In publicly funded science, government and funding bodies (FAs) work together to set strategic agendas and implement corresponding funding schemes to incentivise specific research. Within this system, principal investigators (PIs) at the micro-level of science identify priorities, translate them into research programmes/projects, build consortia and produce scientific results.

PIs must lead projects across complex and increasingly subjective boundaries. Spanning such boundaries sees PIs creating linkages which integrate and coordinate across organisations. However, there remains a fuzzy zone with respect to the actual mechanisms by which scientific results are translated into meaningful macro-level contribution. This is problematic as it is important to understand how funded science contributes, not only to advancement in knowledge, but also is effectively translated to societal advantage and economic developments. To address this subject, we draw on entrepreneurship and human resource management literatures to explore how PIs interpret and synthesize issues salient and complementary to triple helix stakeholders and ensure that sufficient strategic fit and value congruence is achieved. In essence, this research asks, how do PIs articulate and shape a path of value creation and transformation between the micro and macro levels?


Applicants must be from the European Union and have a good primary degree (First or Upper Second Class Honours) in an appropriate discipline (e.g., Business Management, Psychology, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship or other relevant degree). An MSc in appropriate discipline would be preferable, though not essential. The successful candidate should be self-motivated and have a keen interest in entrepreneurship, innovation management and HRM.

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 6.5 - with no individual section lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL: 90 - with minimum scores as follows: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 17

Scholarship Details

The PhD Scholarship is a research project supported by Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork (UCC). The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence Dooley and Dr. Stefan Jooss in the Department of Management and Marketing and the scholarship is envisaged to commence on 1st January 2021.

The scholarship funding is €16,000 per annum (subject to satisfactory progress in studies each year) and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €5,570 per annum and is tenable for 4 years.

The successful applicant will receive a laptop for the duration of the scholarship, be provided with appropriate desk space, as well as being able to access funding to support registration and travel costs for appropriate conferences. The successful applicant will be offered the opportunity to gain teaching experience. The appointee will be provided with learning and networking opportunities to attain the highest standards of research excellence and support his/her career development.

Further Information/Applications

Please contact either of the following for more information and guidance regarding the scholarship and making an application:

Dr. Lawrence Dooley, Cork University Business School, Cork, University College Cork
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Stefan Jooss, Cork University Business School, Cork, University College Cork
Email: [email protected]

Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of the completed application form, detailing a research proposal aligned with the project brief provided above.  Your application should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae (including the contact details of two referees) and a letter of interest simultaneously to: Dr. Lawrence Dooley [email protected] and Dr. Stefan Jooss [email protected].

The successful scholarship awardee will then have to submit a formal application through the University applicant system where qualifications will need to be validated.

Closing Date

Friday 20th November 2020.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in early December 2020.

Qualification Type:PhD
Location:Cork - Ireland
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount:€16,000
£13,496 converted salary* - please see advert
Hours:Full Time
Placed On:12th October 2020
Closes:20th November 2020

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