Qualifications & education
2011 PhD in Work & Organisational Psychology, Aston Business School (Passed, no corrections)
2007 MBA., Aston Business School (Distinction)
2000 BA (Hons) Business Studies (Upper Second-Class)
2012 Lecturer in Strategy
2010-2012 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Aston University
2009-2010 Sessional Lecturer, Aston Business School
2004-2005 Executive Development Programme Manager, Aston Business School
2003-2004 Research Assistant, Aston Business School
I use in-depth qualitative research approaches to study how managers work in complex pluralistic settings that are often characterised by multiple rationalities, logics and identities. My research is problem-centered, focussing on questions such as how do managers adopt to new strategic challenges or balance competing demands? Theoretically, my research draws from theories of identity, culture, social practice and micro institutions. Methodologically, my work tends to be process-oriented and ethnographic in nature, with a growing interest in using video-ethnographic approaches. My current research projects are addressing three key topics; (1) how organizational identities change over time, (2) how managers perform coexistence of contradictory logics, (3) how managers use space and embodied practices during high-stakes strategic episodes.
Recent research funding
ESRC, 2012. Topic: Charting New Territory: Positioning the UK (Lloyd's) in a changing global reinsurance landscape. Amount: £113, 000. (ES/K000926/1). Co-investigator with Paula Jarzabkowski (Principal Applicant) and Michael Smets (Co-investigator).
Membership of professional bodies