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Project leadership: Time-related issues in leading a temporary organisation


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Dr Dicle Kortantamer
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Projects are an important vehicle used in responding to grand challenges such as pandemics, the climate crisis and social injustice. As temporary organisations, projects present distinct challenges for leadership. Principle among those are time-related issues. These include the need to balance a short-term and a long-term view, a sense of urgency associated with a fast-approaching deadline and transience of participation in project work. We are interested in focusing on aspects of research that might address these issues.<br /> <br /> The project management group is a vibrant group that undertakes cutting-edge research initiatives at the intersections with other disciplines. We are interested in improving the development and delivery of projects with a particular focus on complex infrastructure and megaprojects. The researchers in our group come from an interdisciplinary background and have directly interact with industry professionals and policymakers. Our group delivers a very successful suite of MSc programmes and works with a group of PhDs who contribute to enhancing our research activity.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Examples of our recent research projects</p> <p><a href="">Leading community projects for sustainable innovation</a></p> <p><a href="">Leadership: Responding to complexity</a></p> <p><a href="">Building resilience in construction</a></p> <p>Industry collaborations</p> <p>Outputs from our work have been used by organisations such as the&nbsp;<a href="">National Audit Office</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="">Nuclear Decommissioning Agency</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="">International Atomic Energy Agency</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="">European Investment Bank</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="">World Economic Forum</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="">Infrastructure and Projects Authority</a>.&nbsp;We have strong links with professional project management organisations such as the&nbsp;<a href="">Association for Project Management (APM)</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Project Management Institute (PMI)</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="">Major Project Association (MPA)</a>&nbsp;and have a presence on a number of their committees and advisory groups.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for <em><strong>PHD Civil Engineering FT,&nbsp;</strong></em>in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <strong><em>Project leadership: Time-related issues in leading a temporary organisation</em></strong> as well as <strong>Dr Dicle Kortantamer</strong> as your proposed supervisor&nbsp;and in the finance section, please state clearly&nbsp;<em><strong>the funding that you are applying for, if you are self-funding or externally sponsored</strong></em>.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. &nbsp;Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents in support of your application by the closing date of 3 April 2024 for Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship or 8 April 2024 for Leeds Doctoral Scholarship:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants (open from October 2023). <a href="">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK </strong>&ndash;The&nbsp;<a href="">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to nationals of China (now closed for 2024/25 entry). The&nbsp;<a href="">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to support US citizens. <a href="">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important:&nbsp;</strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not </strong>covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email to&nbsp;<a href="" title="Email School of Civil Engineering"></a></p> <p>For further information about this project, please contact Dr Dicle Kortantamer by email to&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>