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Board Demographics, Dynamics and Governance, Bourdieusian Theory, Brand Loyalty, Climate Change, Creative Industries, Critical Management StudiesDestructive leadershipDirichlet, Ecological Change, Elites, Empirical Generalisation, Ethics and Reflexivity, Formation of Taste in Cultural Fields, Gender and Discrimination, Identity, Identity, Power and Difference, Impact Management, Individual Differences, Innovation, Innovation and Technology, Management and Organisational History, Meritocracy and Legitimacy, Niche Tourism, Organisation Theory, Organizational Politics, Organizing in ‘Ethical’ and Rural Contexts, Place Attachement, Power, Legitimacy and Status, Qualitative Research, Reputation, Role Models, Segmentation, Small Practitioners and Organizations, SMEs, Social Inequity, Sociology of the Professions, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development and Planning of Tourism and Recreation, Tourism and Leisure, Transformational Leadership, Visitor Economy, Wellbeing, Women in Leadership, Work and Life Intersection

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Andreas Wihler

Andreas' research falls at the intersection of organizational politics, leadership, and individual differences. Thus, his research focuses on perceptions and consequences of both positive and negative leader behaviours as well as employee proactivity. He is also interested in the effects of personality and motivation on job performance and career success. Andreas works in international research collaborations with various organizations around the globe.

Keywords: Transformational Leadership; Destructive Leadership; Organizational Politics; Individual Differences

Emma Jeanes

Emma’s research focuses on gender and notions of ‘identity‘ in organisations, and the intersection between family / identity and the nature of time at work. She explores these issues with ideas drawn from the writing of Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas and Henri Bergson. Emma also researches in the area of ethics in organisations and research practice, and has an interest in organising in a rural context, particularly in farming (and was involved in a Defra-funded project relating to this topic). She has also written in the field of creativity, particularly in relation to ideas of Gilles Deleuze. Emma‘s research also explores issues at the fringes of organisations, and takes a genealogical, historical as well as contemporary approach. Her work is also often empirical and not exclusively philosophical.

Keywords: Gender and Discrimination; Work and Life Intersection; Organizing in ‘Ethical’ and Rural Contexts; Ethics and Reflexivity; Identity, Power and Difference

Gail Whiteman

Gail’s research utilises organisation theory on knowledge to analyse how a range of actors (companies, civil society, and local communities) make sense of ecological change, and how these actors transform and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities. Gail’s research is intended to help organisations deal more effectively with sustainability challenges.

Keywords: Sustainability; Ecological Change; Social Inequity

Joanne Connell

Joanne’s research interests focus around the themes of wellbeing, sustainability and business engagement. Joanne is keen on supervising students in the following areas: Wellbeing and innovation in the visitor economy, especially ageing and cognitive impairment and nature-based/outdoor activities; Sustainable development and planning of tourism and recreation (especially in rural and coastal areas, National Parks and heritage sites); Development and management of niche tourism and leisure (especially film and TV, food and drink, gardens, and heritage railways); Places, placemaking and place attachment.

Keywords: Wellbeing; Visitor Economy; Sustainability; Sustainable Development and Planning of Tourism and Recreation; Niche Tourism; Place Attachement  

Lindsay Stringfellow

Lindsay’s research interests are broadly situated within organisation studies, and particularly with the evolving landscape of, and sociological approaches to, our understanding of the traditional professions. Her research has focused in particular on small accounting firms, and the relational routes through which professionals in such organisations gain resources and seek to obtain status and legitimacy within the professional field. This aligns with an interest in the broader dynamics of power in the accounting field, and the social mechanisms through which dominant firms obtain and maintain their position.

Keywords: Small Practitioners and Organizations; Bourdieusian Theory; Power, Legitimacy and Status; Formation of Taste in Cultural Fields; Sociology of the Professions

Michael Rowlinson

Michael is interested in supervising qualitative historical research in almost any field as well as contemporary research on how organizations use the past in the present. He is particularly interested in the historical aspects of corporate visitor attractions such as Cadbury World. His current research focuses on the history of internal communication in organizations. He has written extensively on the use of historical methods in management and organization studies.

Keywords: Qualitative Research; Management and Organisational History; Organisation Theory; Critical Management Studies

Philip Stern

Philip’s research focuses on what people buy, whether it’s households buying fast-moving consumer goods or physicians prescribing drugs. There are fundamental patterns in buying behaviour which persist and so provide both keys to growth and associated predictable constraints. Philip is mostly concerned with understanding the empirical patterns of buyer behaviour (the “What?”) before considering the reasons behind the patterns (the “Why?”). Philip’s research is based on data in order to both develop and challenge existing theories about marketing.

Keywords: Brand Loyalty; Segmentation; Innovation; Empirical Generalisation; Dirichlet

Ruth Sealy

With global academic expertise on women on corporate boards, Ruth’s research interests include women in leadership, board composition, role models, and various aspects of corporate governance. Ruth was the lead researcher of the annual Female FTSE Report, monitoring women on listed boards and executive committees, from 2007-2016, including co-creating the “100 Women to Watch” list at Cranfield in 2009. She has co-authored similar reports in Hong Kong and India and presented report findings to academic and practitioner audiences, globally. Working closely with the Government Equalities Office and Business Innovation & Skills department, Ruth and her team provided the data for the Lord Davies Review into women on boards 2010-2015.

Keywords: Gender and Discrimination; Women in Leadership; Board Demographics, Dynamics and Governance; Role Models; Meritocracy and Legitimacy

Tim Coles

Tim’s research explores how businesses and organisations in tourism, the cultural industries and creative economy respond to major challenges in their management practices, operations and business models. In the broad context of sustainable tourism, he is interested in innovation and new technologies, the development of new products and experiences, and the measurement and management of the impacts of travel and tourism. His most recent research has been exploring the relationship between tourism and climate change, in particular carbon emissions relating to current policy and crisis responses. As an experienced advisor, Tim welcomes PhD queries in these areas and relating to broad field of tourism management.

Keywords: Tourism and Leisure; Creative Industries; Climate Change; Innovation and Technology; Impact Management; Sustainability; Sustainable Development; SMEs

Will Harvey

Will is interested in supervising PhD students working on building, managing, changing or repairing reputation at the societal, organisational or individual level. The focus could vary from the reputation of a phenomenon or event, a government or corporation, or a founder or leader. The empirical focus of the PhD should be of significant practical relevance and importance.

Keywords: Reputation; Identity; Elites