Dr Aylin Ates

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and the Director of Postgraduate Teaching at Strathclyde Business School, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. I have a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, which investigated strategy processes in UK manufacturing SMEs and a BSc. in Industrial Engineering.

My research is focused on processes of strategy management to enhance resilience and performance within manufacturing SMEs and ecosystems. I have led several research projects as PI and Co-I, which have been funded by industry, the European Commission, EPSRC, the British Council - Newton Fund, Innovate UK, the Scottish Funding Council, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. My research was mentioned in public media such as The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland, and the Scotsman. 

My research is deeply embedded in business practice and I regularly engage with senior managers through qualitative, rich case studies and longitudinal ethnographic research methods. I regularly collaborate with SMEs and MNCs for research and teaching such as Weir Group, Linn Products Ltd, GSK, Astra Zeneca, Genzyme, Ford, JLR, and Rolls Royce.

I have been nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards and PhD Researcher Development Programme Supervisors Award. I am a member of the British Academy of Management, Academy of Management and European Academy of Management. My research is published in edited books (e.g. Emerald) and prominent academic journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, Production Planning and Control, European Management Journal, and Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 


Has expertise in:

    • Strategic management (with particular reference to manufacturing small and medium enterprises)
    • Ecosystems and High Value Manufacturing
    • Organisational¬†capabilities and performance

    I supervise UG, MSc, MBA and PhD/DBA projects in the area of strategic management, performance management, innovation, technology and change management.

Prizes and awards

Best Paper Award at the British Academy of Management Conference 2019
Nominee for Researcher Development Programme Supervisor of 2017/18 (PGR)
Teaching Excellence Award - Most Supportive
EPSRC Doctoral Studentship Award

More prizes and awards


Making sense of high value manufacturing : relating policy and theory
Paton Steve, Ates Aylin, Sminia Harry, Smith Marisa
Production Planning and Control (2021)
Open strategy : a systematic literature review and research agenda
Sunner Akwal, Ates Aylin, McKiernan Peter
Strategic Responsiveness for a Sustainable Future New Research in International Management (2020) (2020)
The dynamics of interorganizational relations in contemporary manufacturing : nested negotiations in value networks
Sminia Harry, Nair Anup, Ates Aylin, Paton Steve, Smith Marisa
Managing Interorganizational Collaborations Process Views (2019) (2019)
Open strategy : a review and research agenda
Sunner Akwal, Ates Aylin
BAM 2019 Conference Proceedings British Academy of Management (BAM) (2019)
High value manufacturing : capability, appropriation, and governance
Sminia Harry, Ates Aylin, Paton Steve, Smith Marisa
European Management Journal Vol 37, pp. 516-528 (2019)
Exploring adaptive small and medium enterprises through the lens of open strategy
Ates Aylin
Strategic Responsiveness and Adaptive Organizations New Research Frontiers in International Strategic Management (2019) (2019)

More publications


I design and deliver modules on Strategic Management, Technology and Organisational Change and Consulting within post-graduate MSc and under-graduate programs.

Current Classes:

  • Consulting in Practice (PGT)
  • Technology & Organisational Change (PGT)
  • Business Strategy (PGT)

Prior Teaching Experience:

  • Organisational Analysis & Strategy (UG)
  • Project Portfolio Management (PGT)
  • Research Methods (UG)
  • Developing Business Strategy (PGT)
  • Strategic Technology Management (PGT)

Research interests

My research interests cover the areas of strategic management, performance management and manufacturing ecosystems mainly in small and medium enterprise context. I use qualitative data analysis techniques and happy to consider PhD applications in these fields.

Professional activities

PhD External Examiner
British Academy of Management (External organisation)
Expert Assessor
EURAM 2019: 19th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management
PhD External Examiner
"Driving innovation and new business models within high technology UK manufacturing industries: Mechanisms adopted by the UK government to support SMEs"

More professional activities


KTP - Leonardo
Paton, Steve (Principal Investigator) Ates, Aylin (Co-investigator) Sminia, Harry (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2019 - 03-Jan-2021
Entrepreneurship Masterclass: Creating and Maintaining Competitive Advantage
Shaw, Eleanor (Principal Investigator) Ates, Aylin (Academic)
Creating and sustaining a competitive advantage has become increasingly difficult in an ever-changing and dynamic environment. Businesses need to be adept at strategic thinking and strategic analysis and find ways to enhance impact, value and performance. This Masterclass taught approximately 25 business owners and entrepreneurs the tools and techniques to stay ahead of the game.
20-Jan-2019 - 21-Jan-2019
Development of Green and Sustainable Ship Recycling Industry for Indonesia (Newton Fund)
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Ates, Aylin (Co-investigator) FARIYA, Siti (Researcher) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Researcher)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021
Student Excellence Award (SEA) - PhD studentship in Open Strategy
Ates, Aylin (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021
ERDF Atlantic Area Programme 2014-2020 IN. 4.0 Project
Ates, Aylin (Co-investigator) Sminia, Harry (Co-investigator) Walls, Lesley (Co-investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020
KTP - Fishers Services
Ates, Aylin (Principal Investigator) Paton, Steve (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2017 - 14-Jan-2019

More projects


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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