Social value orientation is a construct rooted in social psychology that tells us how much weight a person attaches to the welfare and needs of others in relation to their own. Research shows that social value orientation is predictive of important behavioural characteristics such as cooperative behaviour in social dilemmas, helping behaviour, donation behaviour, pro-environmental behaviour, and negotiation behaviour. It follows that cooperative social value orientation may also be predictive of interest in and commitment to creating social value, and thereafter the success of organisational initiatives.
Determining the social value categories (i.e. cooperative/prosocial, individualistic, or competitive social value orientation) and social value orientation angle (within a social value orientation slider scale) of two groups of respondents vis-à vis their contributions to social value and social impact is one of the objectives of this research project. We will compare and contrast the responses from active practitioners in this area (i.e. those engaged with social value) and people yet to be convinced of the project.
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An applicant for admission to read for a PhD should normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification, or a lower second class honours degree with a Master's degree at Merit level of a UK university or an equivalent qualification.
International students will also need to meet the English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0). Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. A research proposal (between 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words) must be submitted as part of the application.
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