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Stefan Hoejmose

Stefan Hoejmose

Graduated: 2007

Years of study: 4

What are you doing now?

I am a Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategy at the University of Bath and a member of the Business, Society and Business Economics group, here in the School of Management. My key research interests are: sustainable supply chain management; environmental management in SMEs; and the relationship between CSR and strategy.

Has your research been published?

Yes, I have had several joint papers published in leading academic journals, including International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. Full details of these are listed on the School’s faculty webpages.

What made you decide to embark on a PhD?

After finishing my MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bath, I knew that at some point I would be likely to return to do a PhD. However, at the end of my MSc, I noted several PhD studentships that were available from the School of Management and I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and my research proposal was accepted. What attracted you to Bath and the School of Management? The University of Bath has one of the best research reputations in the UK and the School of Management in particular has a good reputation, not only in terms of its research but also among its students. This, and the international reputation of my supervisors, influenced my choice in applying for a PhD at Bath.

Meet our graduates What was your PhD research about?

My PhD research was concerned with strategic management and the role of business strategy in shaping firms’ social and environmental initiatives within global supply chains.

What does a typical week involve as a research student?

The first year is probably the busiest in terms of number of activities. In the first year, a typical week will include a number of research methods classes, such as management research methods, quantitative research methods and qualitative research methods. In addition there are a number of PhD seminars taking place throughout the year. Usually these take place every other week and allow new students to present their research ideas in a friendly and supportive environment, where they receive feedback from second- and third-year PhD students. After the first year, there are no mandatory classes to attend. However, usually a researcher will start to design their surveys or questionnaires and will subsequently collect data in the second year, before analysing data and writing-up in the third and fourth year.

What did you find most challenging about studying for your PhD?

One of the things I had difficulties with at the start of my PhD was the acceptance of the fact that the PhD certainly isn’t a sprint or an extension of a Master’s dissertation, but rather a marathon during which there will be several ups and downs. This sounds clichéd, but doesn’t make it any less true. The first major challenge is to identify what is your original contribution to the field. This is a daunting task as it is likely to involve several months of reading and identification of gaps and limitatio

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