Business PhD student wins Faroese research grant


Bui Petersen, PhD student

May 6, 2014

A Memorial PhD student has won a prestigious Faroese Research Council grant.

Bui Petersen is a first-year student in the PhD in management program at the Faculty of Business Administration. Originally from the Faroe Islands, Mr. Petersen is studying organizational behaviour and human resource management.

His project is titled “Cultural and institutional influences on labour relations behaviours: A comparative cross-cultural analysis of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Faroe Islands.” His study looks “at both cultural and institutional influences on labour relations behaviours,” he says.

The Faroese Research Council is a government-funded organization that seeks to build greater research capacity in the Faroe Islands. On its website, the council states that it wants “research in the Faroes to be on an international level,” that it desires “knowledge and consciousness about culture and society,” and that it is convinced “that research and innovation are crucial aids for arming ourselves for the challenges in an evolving world.”

Mr. Petersen applied for the grant to obtain financial assistance to pursue his PhD program. However, he says that receiving this grant also helps bring him “closer to my roots.”

He has shaped his dissertation topic to be relevant to the Faroe Islands. He says this makes sense as there are many geographic and industrial similarities between the Faroe Islands and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It also provides him with an opportunity to “immerse myself into, and get a better understanding of, the place I come from and the place I live.”

Mr. Petersen received “tremendous help from a number of sources” while applying for the grant. His supervisor, Dr. Gordon Cooke, helped him through the process and also made him think carefully about what he wanted to research. Mr. Petersen had friends who reviewed his proposal and offered advice. In addition, “the people at the Faroese Research Council were exceptionally helpful with guiding me through the application process,” he says.

The grant is awarded over four years for a total of DDK 770, 179 (about $154,000 in Canadian currency). Mr. Petersen was “very excited” to find out that he was successful. He says there is “less to worry about financially, both in terms of income as well as having funding for travel and research expenses. Receiving a major grant also carries some prestige that may impact future career possibilities.”

Mr. Petersen says the review process for the research grant was competitive and included standard peer review.

Mekaela Gulliver