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Dr Aylin Ates

Senior Lecturer

Management Science

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy at the Department of Management Science 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:

    • Strategic renewal and adaptation
    • SME (small and medium enterprise) strategy
    • 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


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)
Reification of strategy in small and medium firms
Ates Aylin
33rd European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, pp. 1-10, (2017)
Visual Strategy : Uma abordagem visual para conectar projetos as metas organizacionais
Ates Aylin
Mundo Project Management Vol 12, (2016)
Open innovation in high value manufacturing
Smith Marisa, Ates Aylin, Sminia Harry, Paton Steve
Innovation Product Development Management Conference, (2016)
Joining forces in manufacturing value chains for collaborative R&D and innovation  : an SME perspective
Ates Aylin
5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management P&OM, (2016)

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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
DBA Examination
California Management Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Long Range Planning (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Digitisation, modularity and ambidexterity: A longitudinal study of Linn Products
PhD Examination

more professional activities


Student Excellence Award (SEA) - PhD studentship in Open Strategy
Ates, Aylin (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 01-Mar-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)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 31-Aug-2020
KTP - Fishers Services
Ates, Aylin (Principal Investigator) Paton, Steve (Co-investigator)
Period 15-May-2017 - 14-May-2019
EPSRC Understanding and Managing the Manage Processes
Ates, Aylin (Post Grad Student)
This project with Grant number GR/T25897/01 11603RA3330 had a budget of £372,945. The project aimed to understand what makes the successful companies different from the perspective of management processes. The project developed a means of modelling the managerial processes and tested a maturity model in 37 European manufacturing firms.
Period 01-Mar-2005 - 11-Nov-2008
SBS Internal Research Funding
Ates, Aylin (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2018
Developing an Industrial Strategy for UK Metals Sector
Ates, Aylin (Fellow)
A UK wide 'Metals Forum' is established in collaboration with metals related companies, industrial associations and research organisations to develop an industrial strategy for the government. BIS (Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills) has been working with various key sectors in the UK to develop long-term industrial strategies to increase UK's competitiveness. This project has been part of this government initiative.
Period 01-Nov-2014 - 31-Mar-2015

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