Dr Aylin Ates

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy at Strathclyde Business School. I am leading the MSc in Project Management and Innovation as the Programme Director since 2015.

My research links the domains of strategy, technology, organisational change and innovation management within high technology manufacturing industries. My research is focused on processes of strategy management and strategic change to enhance resilience and adaptability within manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 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. My collaborative research projects attracted significant funding from top commercial organisations and EPSRC, Innovate UK, the European Commission and the Scottish Funding Council. I regularly collaborate with SMEs and MNCs 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 AoM and EURAM. My research is published in prominent academic journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management (ABS, 4*), International Journal of Production Research (ABS, 3*) and mentioned in public media such as The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland, and the Scotsman. I have a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, which investigated strategy processes in UK manufacturing SMEs and a BSc. in Industrial Engineering.



Has expertise in:

    • SME (small and medium enterprise) strategy
    • Strategic renewal and adaptation
    • Organisational¬†capabilities and competitiveness

    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

Nominee for Researcher Development Programme Supervisor of 2017/18 (PGR)
Teaching Excellence Award - Most Supportive
EPSRC Doctoral Studentship Award

more prizes and awards


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 (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 (2019) (2019)
Open strategy in manufacturing SMEs
Ates Aylin
Academy of Management Proceedings Vol 2018 (2018)
Business model and the value theory : a critical review of the literature
Fengyang Jiang, Ates Aylin
British Academy of Management Conference, pp. 1-18 (2017)

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)

Professional activities

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"
Facilitation of Strategy Away Day for AAC Clyde Space Ltd and its Board Members from the UK and Sweden, Edinburgh
PhD External Examiner
DBA Examination

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) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Researcher) Siti Fariya, S (Researcher)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
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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