Professor Stephanie Decker

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Group


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 teaches qualitative approaches to international business & strategy, and is interested in supervising doctoral research in this area (e.g. internationalisation, multinational strategy, and issues in emerging and developing economies). She has presented her work at a variety of universities in the UK, Europe, America and Africa, as well as external organisations such as the World Bank.

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)

An example of Stephanie's teaching can be found here:

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 is currently being supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the ESRC.   

Stephanie is a member of Aston Business School’s Social Responsibility & Sustainability Network.

  • 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”
  • British Academy Small Grant, 2009-2011, £6,700
  • Suad Al-Bulushi, “SME and Entrepreneurship developmet in Oman: The role of govenrment”
  • George Obeng Dankwah, “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept and the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) strategy at the Private Sector Business In Ghana”
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 
  • Co-editor of BusinessHistory
  • Member of the editorial team for the NEP-HIS blog

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)

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