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Manchester Business School Comparative & International Business Studentship, 2011 in UK

The rise of China, India and Brazil as economic and political ‘drivers’ of the global economy is subject to both academic research and policy deliberations (Lauder, Brown, and Brown 2008). These economies not only have managed to sustain growth despite the economic downturn but have also turned out to be drivers of economic change that challenge established wisdom of both economic performance and development. This project will look at the following issues:How firms from rising powers may be disrupting the current paradigm of global competition and are thus changing the ‘rules of the game’ (Zeng and Williamson 2007).

Rising power firms are increasingly becoming global players, taking on more substantive roles in global production networks or becoming lead firms in their own right (Schmitz 2004). Which factors facilitate this development, how can firms upgrade their position.Furthermore, rising power firms often address ‘bottom of the pyramid’ markets or engage in entrepreneurial innovation that is unprecedented and alleviates social problems (London, Anupindi, and Sheth 2010). This project seeks to identify drivers and outcomes of this economic development process.
ValueThe three-year, full-time award covers tuition fees and a tax-free annual stipend of approximately £13,000 per year.
EligibilityApplicants should ideally have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline and have obtained or expect to complete by autumn 2011, a Masters degree in a relevant business and management subject.

The research will involve both theoretical development and empirical field-work. The candidate should have good inter-personal skills, be willing to travel to collect data and have excellent writing skills. The candidate will be required to apply methodology flexibly and competently, including both qualitative and quantitative techniques. Applications are invited from UK, EU and international candidates.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 April 2011

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South Africa – Switzerland Research Collaboration in Science and Technology:Call for Project Proposals 2011: Public Health and Biomedicine, Bio- and Nanotechnologies

Public Health and Biomedicine, Bio- and Nanotechnologies are ground-breaking disciplines, ideally situated for replying to worldwide health needs and for the development of forward-looking industry applications. Through the use of novel research techniques they offer potential solutions for many of today’s global challenges in industry and society.

Who may apply?
In South AfricaApplicants must reside in South Africa and be employed researchers at a recognised highereducation or research institution such as a university, university of technology, national facility, museum or science council. Applications must designate the primary Swiss counterpart in collaboration with who joint research or networking is to be undertaken. The Principal Investigators will bear responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting. Applicants should be in possession of at least a Masters degree (preferably PhD) in order to apply under this programme. The application should not be submitted through an industry/business partner. All applications must be directed through the research office or the NRF Designated Authority. Only one application per applicant will be accommodated. Any incomplete application will be automatically disqualified. The industry
partner under this programme for the SA applicant must be affiliated to a registered South African company. Relevant business, registration or financials of the industry partner may be requested at any time.

In Switzerland
Applications should reflect ambitious research outlines, designed to create synergies across disciplinary borders and between the private and public sectors. Eligible proposers are Swiss citizens or permanent residents of Switzerland holding a PhD degree or more.
Applicants who may choose to involve industry in their project are requested to describe how matching funds or services from South African and Swiss partners will be generated through public or private sources during the project duration. Application submission does not guarantee funding since funding will depend on evaluation and availability of funds.

Scholarship Application Deadline:30 April 2011

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