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Dr Lindsay Stringfellow

Dr Lindsay Stringfellow

Senior Lecturer in Marketing & Organisation Studies

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+44 (0) 1392 722477

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Dr Lindsay Stringfellow is a Senior Lecturer in the Organisation Studies department. Having previously studied politics at the University of Manchester, she joined Exeter in 2008 after undertaking her PhD at Strathclyde University, looking at the interplay between social capital and the development of small professional firms.

Her research interests are broadly in the sociology of the professions, with a particular interest in small practitioners and how understanding smaller organisations contributes to our broader understanding of the professional field. Her work often takes a Bourdieusian perspective, and focuses critically on issues of status, legitimacy and power in the professions, particularly accounting.   Her interest in Pierre Bourdieu also spans into cultural reproduction, where she has examined taste and the impact of celebritisation on the culinary field, as well as across new forms of media.

Nationality: British

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director, MSc Marketing
  • Elected Member of Senate

Qualifications

BSocSci, PGDip, MSc, PhD (Strathclyde), FHE.
 

Research

Research interests

  • Small practitioners and organizations
  • Bourdieusian theory
  • Power, legitimacy and status
  • The formation of taste in cultural fields
  • Professional service firms
  • Sociology of the professions

Dr Stringfellow’s research interests are broadly situated within organisation studies, and particularly with the evolving landscape of, and socioological 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. She has published several papers related to this research area, in outlets such as Critical Perspectives on Accounting (2015), the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (2015) and the Journal of Professions and Organization (2014).

Often drawing on Bourdieu’s conceptual insights, Dr Stringfellow is also interested in the tension between popularisation, legitimation and the formation of taste in cultural fields, which has led to publications in Tourism Management (2013) and the Journal of Marketing Management (2015). Her research approach often uses retrospective techniques such as life story/life history interviews to elicit narratives of process, transition and change. She is currently developing work on narrative identity in transition economics with Mairi Maclean and Charles Harvey (Newcastle), commercial and digital ethnography with Mairi Maclean and Alex Thompson (Exeter) as well a developing further empirical research on small and medium sized accounting firms.

PhD Supervision

  • Currently supervising Amal Nazzal who is exploring the social capital of social movements, and particularly the role of social media in activism. 
  • Currently co-supervising Didem Gundogdu on an interdisciplinary research project examining the relevance of social and human capital to board characteristics and stock market valuation.

Dr Stringfellow would be interested in supervising doctoral research taking a historical, critical or interpretive perspective of the professions, legitimating dynamics in organisational fields and studies using social and sociological theory to explore business dynamics. 

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Stringfellow L, Shaw E, Maclean M (2014). Apostasy versus legitimacy: Relational dynamics and routes to resource acquisition in entrepreneurial ventures. International Small Business Journal, 32(5), 571-592. Full text.
Stringfellow L, MacLaren A, Maclean M, O’Gorman K (2013). Conceptualizing taste: Food, culture and celebrities. Tourism Management, 37, 77-85. Full text.
Stringfellow LJ, Shaw E (2009). Conceptualising entrepreneurial capital for a study of performance in small professional service firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 15(2), 137-161. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, McMeeking K (2009). Symbolic violence? Transforming capital configurations and professionalism in UK accounting firms. British Academy of Management. 6th - 9th Sep 2009. Abstract.
Shaw E, Stringfellow L (2006). Networks, trust and social capital. International Small Business Journal, 24(4), 424-427.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Maclean M, Harvey C, Stringfellow L (In Press). Narrative, Metaphor and the Subjective Understanding of Identity Transition. Business History Full text.
Ramirez C, Stringfellow L, Maclean M (2015). Beyond segments in movement: a ‘small’ agenda for research in the professions. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 28(8). Abstract.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, McMeeking KP, Maclean M (2015). From four to zero? the social mechanisms of symbolic domination in the UK accounting field. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 27(March), 86-100. Abstract.  Full text.
Thompson A, Stringfellow L, Maclean M, MacLaren A, O’Gorman K (2015). Puppets of necessity? Celebritisation in structured reality television. Journal of Marketing Management, 31(5-6), 478-501. Full text.
Stringfellow L, Maclean M (2014). 'Space of possibles'? Legitimacy, industry maturity and organizational foresight. Strategic Change, 23(3), 171-183. Abstract.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, Shaw E, Maclean M (2014). Apostasy versus legitimacy: Relational dynamics and routes to resource acquisition in entrepreneurial ventures. International Small Business Journal, 32(5), 571-592. Full text.
Stringfellow L, Thompson A (2014). Crab antics? Contesting and perpetuating status hierarchies in professional service firms. Journal of Professions and Organization, 1, 118-136. Abstract.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, MacLaren A, Maclean M, O’Gorman K (2013). Conceptualizing taste: Food, culture and celebrities. Tourism Management, 37, 77-85. Full text.
Stringfellow LJ, Shaw E (2009). Conceptualising entrepreneurial capital for a study of performance in small professional service firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 15(2), 137-161. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, Ennis S, Brennan R, John MJ (2006). Mind the gap: the relevance of marketing education to marketing practice. Marketing Intelligence and Planning, 24(3), 245-256. Abstract.
Shaw E, Stringfellow L (2006). Networks, trust and social capital. International Small Business Journal, 24(4), 424-427.

Conferences

Stringfellow L, McMeeking K (2009). Symbolic violence? Transforming capital configurations and professionalism in UK accounting firms. British Academy of Management. 6th - 9th Sep 2009. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Maclean M, Harvey C, Stringfellow L (In Press). Narrative, Metaphor and the Subjective Understanding of Identity Transition. Business History Full text.

2015

Ramirez C, Stringfellow L, Maclean M (2015). Beyond segments in movement: a ‘small’ agenda for research in the professions. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 28(8). Abstract.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, McMeeking KP, Maclean M (2015). From four to zero? the social mechanisms of symbolic domination in the UK accounting field. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 27(March), 86-100. Abstract.  Full text.
Thompson A, Stringfellow L, Maclean M, MacLaren A, O’Gorman K (2015). Puppets of necessity? Celebritisation in structured reality television. Journal of Marketing Management, 31(5-6), 478-501. Full text.

2014

Stringfellow L, Maclean M (2014). 'Space of possibles'? Legitimacy, industry maturity and organizational foresight. Strategic Change, 23(3), 171-183. Abstract.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, Shaw E, Maclean M (2014). Apostasy versus legitimacy: Relational dynamics and routes to resource acquisition in entrepreneurial ventures. International Small Business Journal, 32(5), 571-592. Full text.
Stringfellow L, Thompson A (2014). Crab antics? Contesting and perpetuating status hierarchies in professional service firms. Journal of Professions and Organization, 1, 118-136. Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Stringfellow L, MacLaren A, Maclean M, O’Gorman K (2013). Conceptualizing taste: Food, culture and celebrities. Tourism Management, 37, 77-85. Full text.

2009

Stringfellow LJ, Shaw E (2009). Conceptualising entrepreneurial capital for a study of performance in small professional service firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 15(2), 137-161. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Stringfellow L, McMeeking K (2009). Symbolic violence? Transforming capital configurations and professionalism in UK accounting firms. British Academy of Management. 6th - 9th Sep 2009. Abstract.

2006

Stringfellow L, Ennis S, Brennan R, John MJ (2006). Mind the gap: the relevance of marketing education to marketing practice. Marketing Intelligence and Planning, 24(3), 245-256. Abstract.
Shaw E, Stringfellow L (2006). Networks, trust and social capital. International Small Business Journal, 24(4), 424-427.

Dr Stringfellow teaches BEMM148 Marketing Strategy, a postgraduate module which covers the processes through which organisations analyse and adapt to meet the challenges of dynamic environments and changing consumer preferences. This module helps students to uncover marketing processes and operations and how they are applied in the real world. Students form consultancy teams to produce a comprehensive new marketing strategy for an organisation based on up-to-date market research, analysis and the use of appropriate theory and frameworks from the course.

At Masters level, Dr Stringfellow also organises a seminar series, where she invites leading researchers and practitioners to share their insights and ongoing projects with the cohort and faculty. On BEMM250, she also prepares the MSc students for designing, conducting and presenting their dissertation projects.

Taught modules

Modules

2016/17