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Strategy

The strategic management team in the ESG group is doing at the nexus of strategy and organizations. In particular, the group has a strong emphasis on longitudinal, qualitative strategy-as-practice and strategy process research, led by Professor Paula Jarzabkowski. In addition to social practice theory, the group also has strong research interests and methodological competence in institutional theory, strategic group theory and psychological approaches to strategizing.

Research projects in the group and papers published or in progress deal with strategy formation practices and processes in the context of:

Professor Paula Jarzabkowski talks about the Strategy  research within the Economics & Strategy Group.
  • Technological change in the commercial, non-life insurance industry

  • Major regulatory shifts in infrastructure firms;

  • Globalisation of professional service firms

  • Public and third sector organizations

  • Global pharmaceuticals and FMCG multinationals

  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability in transitional economies

  • Strategizing tools, techniques, and frameworks and their uses in a knowledge economy

Members of the strategic management research team are actively engaged in supporting the development of their field, through convening sub-themes and interest groups at international conferences, including a Standing Working Group at the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) and a Special Interest Group of the Academy of Management (AoM). They also serve as members on various editorial boards, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies and Strategic Management Journal. In addition to their own projects, the team supervises a number of doctoral students in the field of strategic management.

  •  Jarzabkowski, P. & J. Balogun. 2009. ‘The Practice and Process of Delivering Integration through Strategic Planning’. Journal of Management Studies, 46.8: 1255-1288.

  • Spee, A.P. & P. Jarzabkowski, 2009. ‘Strategy tools as boundary objects.’ Strategic Organization. 7.2: 223-232.

  • Jarzabkowski, P. & D. Seidl. 2008. ‘The role of strategy meetings in the social practice of strategy’. Organization Studies, 29.11: 1391-1426.

  • Jarzabkowski, P. 2008. ‘Shaping strategy as a structuration process’. Academy of Management Journal 51.4: 621-650.

 Recent research grants include:

  •  Insurance Intellectual Capital Initiative (IICI) Fellowship. Topic. ‘London compared with Bermuda: an ethnographic comparison of the basis of trading and the implications for future evolution’. PI. Professor Paula Jarzabkowski; Research Associates, Dr Michael Smets and Dr Paul Spee.  Economic and Social Research Council and IICI. Amount: £170,999 

  • ‘Strategic Management Education in Practice: Patterns and Drivers of Adoption in Domestic and International UK Business School Alumni’. PI, Professor Paula Jarzabkowski; with co investigator Dr Monica Giulietti. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Amount: £78,076.11 

  • Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Ghoshal Research Fellowship. ‘Promising practices for strategizing’. PI. Professor Paula Jarzabkowski; Research Associates, Dr Jane Le. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Amount: £139,302.16

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