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Professor Michael Rowlinson

Professor Michael Rowlinson

Professor of Management and Organisational History


+44 (0) 1392 725664

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

Michael joined the University of Exeter Business School from Queen Mary University of London in 2016. He has previously worked at London Metropolitan University, Royal Holloway University of London, and the universities of Nottingham, Southampton, and Aston.

He edited the journal, Management & Organizational History, for five years until the end of 2013, and then became a Senior Editor for Organisation Studies. He is a former editor of the Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Quality Guide. He recently co-edited a Special Topic Forum of the Academy of Management Review on History and Organization Studies: Toward a Creative Synthesis.

Nationality: British


  • BSc Social Science 1st Class Honours in Sociology (Bristol)
  • PhD Management (Aston)

Research interests

  • Management & Organisational History
  • Organisation Theory
  • Critical Management Studies

Michael’s research explores how companies use historical knowledge of the past in the present. He is particularly interested in the dark side of corporate history, and how organisations deal with their past involvement in war, slavery, and racism.

Research projects

Michael is particularly interested in supervising students who would like to conduct qualitative historical research.

Awards and Honours

The importance of Michael’s research publications and editorial roles was recognised when he received the Ronald G. Greenwood Award from the Management History Division of the Academy of Management in 2015. The Greenwood Award marks the contributions of an author whose works trace the development of management thought and who has had a high impact on the field. Michael is only the seventh recipient of this award since the Management History Division first instituted it in 1997

Michael has previously taught qualitative research methods and has recently developed a new module looking at the often controversial role of finance and society.