Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney


Ripple Effect Group and The University of Sydney Business School Postgraduate Scholarship on Social Technology at Work

Research Areas:

Humanities & Social Sciences; Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


The University of Sydney Business School and Ripple Effect Group Asia Pacific are offering a PhD scholarship to work on a joint PhD project in the fields of workplace application of social technologies and the future of work. The candidate will be based in the Discipline of Business Information Systems (BIS) within the University of Sydney Business School. The BIS discipline forms a regional hub that is internationally recognised for its innovative business education, industry engagement, and high-impact research. Colleagues in the discipline share a passion for genuine collaboration with the business community through qualitative, interpretive approaches to investigating a wide range of phenomena of organising with IT.

Driven by the emergence and proliferation of new social and digital technologies, the organisation of work is undergoing significant changes. While often perceived as disruptive, social technologies offer many opportunities to explore fruitful changes to the ways in which work is organised, in particular in knowledge-intensive professions and innovation processes. Ripple Effect Group is an independent consulting group that helps to design informed and effective ways to connect people through technology. Their methodological approach is underpinned by user experience design and the application of design thinking in organisational contexts. In addition to its financial backing, Ripple Effect Group is keen to support the project through access to its ongoing client projects, industry insights, expertise, data and contacts as well as guidance from senior management.


The scholarship is for a research student interested in topic areas such as enterprise social networking and new ways of knowledge working; the role of digital capabilities and skills, networks, crowdsourcing and community-building in the organisation of work; knowledge management in the age of social media and bring-your-own (BYOD) device environments; mobile, flexible and activity-based work; workplace application of wearable technologies, and organisational responsiveness and employee empowerment.

The applicant should have a strong Honours 1 or 2A degree (or equivalent) or Masters-level degree. Although any disciplinary background is in principal acceptable for this scholarship, we encourage applications from graduates in Information Systems, Organisation Studies, Management, Humanities and Communication Studies. The research work will require skills in approaches and methods such as interpretivism, ethnography, case study research, and qualitative data analysis methods. Candidates will receive research training through the Business School’s research training program.

The successful applicant will also need to meet the academic entry requirements and follow the procedures for enrolment in the University of Sydney Business School Higher degree by Research program ( Candidates must commence by March 2016 (Research Period 2). The award cannot be deferred.

Amount awarded:

The scholarship is valued at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt) for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship is paid as a stipend on a fortnightly basis. This scholarship does not cover any tuition fees payable by international candidates although exceptional international applicants will be considered for a Fee Award Scholarship. There are also additional funding opportunities to attend one conference per year and other expenses linked to the PhD program. The BIS discipline offers further opportunities to engage in paid tutorial work with graduate students and research assistant work with academics in the BIS discipline.

Application guide:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Kai Riemer on +61 2 9053 9036 or by e-mailing

Applications should be emailed directly to Associate Professor Kai Riemer by 5pm Friday 4th September, 2015.

Your application must include:

1) Academic transcripts,

2) Curriculum Vitae,

3) Details of two academic referees familiar with your studies, and

4) A cover letter indicating your interests in this research area and why you consider yourself suitable for the scholarship.

Closing date:

04 September 2015