PhD, University of Liverpool
Economics and Strategy Group
Stephanie Decker is a senior lecturer in international business at Aston Business School, where she has been working since 2010. After completing her PhD in history at the University of Liverpool in 2006, she held postdoctoral appointments at the LSE and Harvard Business School, before joining the University of Liverpool Management School in 2007/8.
She teaches qualitative approaches to international business & strategy, and is interested in supervising doctoral research in this area (e.g. internationalisation, multinational strategy, and issues in emerging and developing economies). She has presented her work at a variety of universities in the UK, Europe, America and Africa, as well as external organisations such as the World Bank.
An example of Stephanie's teaching can be found here:
Stephanie’s research interests fall into two related areas: business and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and the use of historical analysis for management and organization studies. In the past her research on Africa has focused on the history of multinationals investing in Ghana and Nigeria, and the legacy of colonialism for organizational legitimacy. The British Academy funded new research on longitudinal case studies of the Ghanaian aluminium and electricity industries in relation to the evolution of bargaining theories in the international business literature. She has also written a teaching case study on an African technology entrepreneur that addresses issues of how domestic business can contribute to economic development.
Few business scholars investigate African topics because they present some major obstacles to traditional social science methods. As part of a wider group of scholars in management and organizational history, Stephanie is developing new approaches to historical analysis for management scholars, such as critical source analysis, ethnographic history and documentary and archival research influenced by postcolonial theory.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Co-editor of BusinessHistory.
A number of Stephanie's publications are freely available here.