Professor Stephanie Decker

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department


Stephanie Decker is a Professor in Organization Studies and History at Aston Business School, where she has been working since 2010. After completing her PhD in history at the University of Liverpool in 2006, she held postdoctoral appointments at the LSE and Harvard Business School, before joining the University of Liverpool Management School in 2007/8. She is currently the Associate Director for Research for Aston Business School.

Position: Professor
Phone:+44(0)121 204 3268
Email: s.decker@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW1013

  • PGCert, 2010. Subject: Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

  • Ph D, University of Liverpool, History, 2006. Subject: History

  • MA, University of Liverpool, 2001. Subject: History

  • BA Equivalent, University of Cologne, 2000. Subject: History, Anthropology, International Law


  • Professor, Aston Business School. (August 2014 - Present)

  • Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School. (August 1, 2012 - August 2014)

  • Lecturer, Aston Business School. (September 2010 - July 31, 2012)

  • Lecturer, University of Liverpool Management School. (January 2007 - September 2010)

  • Research fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin. (September 2009 - October 2009)

  • Research fellow, Harvard Business School. (July 2007 - July 2008)

  • Research fellow, ESRC/London School of Economics. (January 2006 - January 2007)

Stephanie is currently not teaching any full modules. She teaches some sessions on the doctoral training programme.

Stephanie’s research interests fall into two related areas: business and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and the use of historical analysis for management and organization studies. Her research on Africa has focused on the history of multinationals investing in Ghana and Nigeria, and the legacy of colonialism for organizational legitimacy. She received funding from the British Academy and the Economic and Social Science Research Council UK (ESRC) in support of this research. Her second area of research interest is in the area of historical theory and methodology within management and organization studies. This focuses on integrating historical approaches, primarily archival research influenced by postcolonial theory, ethnographic history and microhistory into social scientific research data analysis techniques such as documentary and process-based qualitative studies.This research has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, the Newton Fund and the British Academy.

  • British Academy Small Grant "Organizational remembering of corporate (ir-)responsibility: German companies’ use of forced labour during Nationalsocialism", £10,000
  • Newton Mobility Grant with Dr Diego Coraiola (University Positivo, Brazil & University of Victoria, Canada) "Remembering in Organizations: The Strategic Role of Historical Archives in Commercial Banks”, 2015-2017, £9,900 
  • ESRC seminar series “Organizations and Society: Historicising the theory and practice of organization analysis”, 2015-16, £29,370 
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, 2014-2015, £42,500 
  • Member of AHRC funded research network on “Imagining Markets”, 2014-16 
  • British Academy Small Grant, 2009-2011, £6,700
  • Julia Fernando 
  • Patricia Afful-Kwaw 
  • Divya Jyoti 
  • Adam Nix 
  • Suad Al-Bulushi 
  • George Obeng Dankwah
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 
  • Co-editor of Business History 
  • Academy of Management 
  • Association of Business Historian 
  • Business History Conference 
  • European Group of Organization Studies 
  • Postcolonial Studies Association 

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Deputy representative for ABS to Programmes Approvals Sub-Committee, School. (November 2013 - Present)
  • Development of MSc International Management for Danang, School. (January 2013 - Present)
  • MSc IB co-course director, School. (September 2010 - August 2014)