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  • 1.  Research Topic

    Posted 02-12-2020 09:34
    Hi! Can anyone please suggest some research ideas for Ph.D. thesis related to the field of Management/OB?HR preferably in Pakistani context keeping in view the latest global research trends?
    Many thanks!

    Sidra Naseem
    Research Associate
    Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
    Lahore, Pakistan

  • 2.  RE: Research Topic

    Posted 02-13-2020 11:50

    Hi Sidra


    This is a very hard question to answer without some better idea of your background . However, one important general theme nowadays is addressing the problem that much research in OB, HRM management and psychology has been developed in WEIRD contexts. That is on people from Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic (WEIRD) societies (often American undergraduates).

    See Henrich, J., Heine, S. J., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). Most people are not WEIRD. Nature466(7302), 29-29. The replication crisis in social science has also given rise to an increasing interest in replication studies. One way of identifying an interesting research question (given your access to a non-WEIRD) population is to identify a high profile research finding (from research in WEIRD contexts) that you think may be rather culturally or institutionally embedded and which has not been examined in the context of Pakistan or similar contexts.


    A well conducted replication, possibly with an extension to test hypothesis about the reasons for differences in effects could be a very impactful study suitable for a good PhD.





    Mark Fenton-O'Creevy | Professor of Organisational Behaviour

    Faculty of Business and Law

    The Open University, Michael Young Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
    Tel: +44 (0) 1908 655804.


    Recent publications

    Personality, ideology, and money attitudes as correlates of financial literacy and competence

    FentonO'Creevy, Mark, and Adrian Furnham

    Financial Planning Review (2019): e1070.


    Money attitudes, personality and chronic impulse buying. 

    Money attitudes, personality and chronic impulse buying

    Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark and Furnham, Adrian (2019). Applied Psychology: An International Review (Online Early Access).


    Personality and political orientation

    2018. A Furnham, M Fenton-O'Creevy

    Personality and Individual Differences 129, 88-91

    Is the disposition effect related to investors' reliance on System 1 and System 2 processes or their strategy of emotion regulation?

    2018. DW Richards, M Fenton-O'Creevy, J Rutterford, DG Kodwani

    Journal of Economic Psychology 66, 79-92

    A multilevel analysis of the use of individual pay-for-performance systems

    2018. P Gooderham, M Fenton-O'Creevy, R Croucher, M Brookes

    Journal of Management 44 (4), 1479-1504

    Antecedents and consequences of chronic impulsive buying: Can impulsive buying be understood as dysfunctional selfregulation?

    2018. M FentonO'Creevy, S Dibb, A Furnham

    Psychology & Marketing 35 (3), 175-188



  • 3.  RE: Research Topic

    Posted 02-15-2020 22:21

    I am in Afghanistan. Much of my research centers on culturally-implicit practices. 

    You are welcome to reach out to me if you wish to discuss topic possibilities and/or necessary socio-cultural research adaptations (WEIRD ethics protocols are not necessarily applicable in non-WEIRD contexts).

    Dr. Kate O'Neill (Ph.D.)| Associate Professor of Management

    Darulaman Road | Kabul, Afghanistan 

    Tel: 0093 (0) 790697391 | TW@AUAfghanistan

    Email: koneill@auaf.edu.af  | www.auaf.edu.af