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Strategy & organisation Strategic management

Our approach to strategy and strategic management is inspired by our desire to understand how organisations and managers actually realise strategy and innovation.

We cover areas from strategy making in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to the contributions of firms and organisations in generating change beyond their boundaries. We're therefore interested in larger phenomena like the projectification of business and society, competitiveness of manufacturing and engineering firms, and how firm’s deal with and adapt to fundamental changes in how business is being done.

We're also active in knowledge exchange and knowledge co-creation with various Knowledge Transfer Parnterships, and consultation activities underway.

Key Themes

  • business model innovation
  • capability development
  • engineering management and all aspects of the engineering industry
  • executive education andprofessional development
  • open and inclusive strategy
  • operations strategy
  • performance management
  • processes and practices of strategic change
  • project management
  • value creation in inter-firm networks

Our areas of research

  • digital disruption in and across organisations
  • issues of organisational change, strategic development and adaptation during times of uncertainty and complexity
  • strategy and innovation in SMEs
  • the emergence of the High Value Manufacturing phenomenon
  • the projectification of industry and society

Research Group Members

  • Dr Aylin Ates
  • Dr Steve Paton
  • Prof Harry Sminia
  • Dr Marisa Smith
  • Dr Veselina Stoyanova 

Our PhD students

  • Julia Corvalan
  • Andrew Dorahy
  • Etieno Enang
  • Arlane Fleming
  • Alan Gowans
  • Fengyang Jiang
  • Anthony Kinsella
  • Pallavi Mittra
  • Jed Hanson Moore
  • Raja Omar
  • Isimemeh Osagie
  • Spyridon Panousis
  • Saowanee Srichai

Editorial Roles

We act as reviewer for major management journals like the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Creativity and Innovation Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, Production Planning and Control, Journal of Change Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.

Recent Publications

Bititci, U.S., Cocca, P., Ates, A. (2016), Impact of visual performance management systems on the performance management practices of organisations, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 54, No. 6, pp. 1571-1593, DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2015.1005770 (ABS 3*)

Bititci, U.S., Garengo, P., Ates, A., Nudurupati, S.S. (2015), Value of maturity models in performance measurement, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 10, pp. 3062-3085. DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2014.970709 (ABS 3*)

Harris, S., Kuivalainen, O., & Stoyanova, V. (Eds.) (2012), International Business: New Challenges, New Forms and New Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan.

Hodgson, D. Paton, S. (2016), Understanding the Professional Project Manager: Cosmopolitans. Locals and Identity Work. International Journal of Project Management.

Hodgson, D., Paton, S., Muzio, D. (2015), Something Old, Something New?: Competing Logics and the Hybrid Nature of New Corporate Professions, British Journal of Management.

MacBryde, J. Paton, S. (2014), Investigating the Role of Performance Measurement and other Critical Success Factors: A case study from the Defence Sector, Management Accounting Research.

MacKay, B., Stoyanova, V. (2016), Scenario planning with a sociological eye: augmenting intuitive logics for understanding the Future of Scotland and the UK, 

Technological Forecasting and Social Change (ABS 3*).

Paton, S., Burt, G. & Chia, R. (2014), Relevance or relevate: How business schools can become useful through strategic partnerships, Management Learning.

Paton S., Hodgson D. (2016), Project Managers on the Edge: Liminality and Identity in the Management of Technical Work, New Technology, Work and Employment.

Paton, S., Hodgson, D. Muzio, D. (2013), The Price of Corporate Professionalization: Analysing the corporate capture of professions in the UK, New Technology Work and Employment. 

Paton, S., MacBryde, J. (2013), Understanding High Value Manufacturing in Scottish SMEs, International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Sminia, H. (2015). Contextualized explanation in strategy research. In G. Dagnino & C. Cincini (Eds.), Research Methods for Strategic Management(pp. 78-97). Abingdon: Routledge. 

Sminia, H. (2016), Pioneering process research: Andrew Pettigrew’s contribution to management scholarship, 1962-2014. International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 18, no.2, pp.111-132 (ABS 3*).

Sminia, H. (2018). The Strategic Manager (2nd ed.). Abingdon: Routledge.

Sminia, H., de Rond, M. (2012), Context and action in the transformation of strategy scholarship. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, no.7, pp.1329-1349 (ABS 4*). 

Smith, M., Bititci U.S. (2017), Interplay between performance measurement and management, employee engagement and performance. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 37, pp. 1207-1228, http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1108/IJOPM-06-2015-0313

Smith, M. (2017) High-involvement innovation: Views from frontline service workers and managers, Employee Relations.

Stoyanova, V. (2012), Old wine in new bottles: The Meaning and Drivers of CSR in SMEs in a Transition Economy., In S. Harris, O. Kuivalainen & V. Stoyanova (Eds.), International Business: New Challenges, New Forms and New Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan.

Stoyanov, S., R. Woodward, Stoyanova, V. (2016), Simple word of mouth or complex resource orchestration for Overcoming Liabilities of Outsidership’,  Journal of Management (ABS 4*).

Van de Ven, A. H., & Sminia, H. (2012). Aligning process questions, perspectives, and explanations. In M. Schultz, S. Maguire, A. Langley, & H. Tsoukas (Eds.), Constructing Identity In and Around Organizations(pp. 306-319). Oxford: Oxford University Press.