This Research & Innovation Doctoral Project brief summarises our priority areas of research interest under the heading of: An investigation into what prevailing factors contribute to the success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a rural location.
We welcome all research degree applications aligned with and in response to this brief.
Project brief details
This project intends to explore key issues enabling or affecting success in rural small to medium sized businesses (SMEs). Examination of the current literature around such SME success reveals several factors that are prevalent, such as firm growth, longevity of operation, size of the business and also their capacity for innovation.
Given the scope of the study and its examination of SMEs within a rural location, there are a variety of methodologies that can be applied within this research brief. We welcome applications from a variety of methodological approaches and we are open to proposals of an innovative or creative nature. Support can be provided from academics with both practical and theoretical knowledge on the subject matter and as such, we can accommodate applicants from multidisciplinary backgrounds.
With that in mind, possible research areas may include (but are not confined to):
- Exploration of the different indicators of SME success and identification of any prevalent contributing factors to that success
- Examination of which factors more accurately represent success in rural SMEs
- Examining whether there exists any prevalent factors that lead to business failure
- The implications of the critical success factors or failures on the development of related SME policy and practice
Projects deriving from this brief are expected to sit within the following Research & Innovation programme and department:
|Programme||Digital Entrepreneurship and Financial Innovation|
|Department||Cornwall Business School|
As successful research degree project proposals must emphasise a clear alignment between the project idea and one or more of our Research & Innovation programmes, we recommend that you review details of the programme aligned to this brief before you complete the application process.
Project brief lead
How to apply
Project brief & project proposal enquiries
To discuss this project brief, ideas or project proposal responding to this brief, please contact: Dr Seamus O'Brien.
For all other application related enquires please contact the Research & Development team.
T: 01326 255831
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