Kevin enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to study towards his PhD with both UWS and WHZ.
He said: “The different research cultures in Germany and Britain fascinated me. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and combining the two was something I found to be very rewarding.
“The research culture in Britain is very strong around empirical work and methods, while German research culture is really strong around building frameworks and models and concepts. There are different focus topics in both countries, and having supervision from both was truly beneficial.”
Kevin’s PhD was backed by funding from the Research and Development Management Association (RADMA). He was one of four students to be awarded the £52,000 scholarship, which had over 120 applicants.
His thesis, titled ‘A Systems Theory Perspective of Interconnected Influence Factors of Front-End Innovation: The Role of Organisational Structures’, was supervised by James B Johnston and Professor Milan Radosavljevic from UWS, and Professor Christian-Andreas Schumann from WHZ.
In his research project, Kevin used and developed systems theory approaches to research SMEs as well as corporations of the German high-tech sector. Most of his work was completed in Germany, with regular communication via phone and email with UWS.
Kevin’s PhD success has strengthened the partnership between the Scottish and German institutions, with four international PhDs now underway as well as a number of exciting joint research projects.