.

Dr Gary Burke

 

Economics and Strategy Group

Position: Lecturer 

Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3184 Email: burkeg@aston.ac.uk Room: SW1016
CV

  • 2011 PhD in Work & Organisational Psychology, Aston Business School (Passed, no corrections)
  • 2007 MBA., Aston Business School (Distinction)
  • 2000 BA (Hons) Business Studies (Upper Second-Class)
  • 2012 Lecturer in Strategy
  • 2010-2012 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Aston University
  • 2009-2010 Sessional Lecturer, Aston Business School
  • 2004-2005 Executive Development Programme Manager, Aston Business School
  • 2003-2004 Research Assistant, Aston Business School
  • BSM999 Strategic Management
  • SE1500 Introduction to Business Management
 

I use in-depth qualitative research approaches to study how managers work in complex pluralistic settings that are often characterised by multiple rationalities, logics and identities. My research is problem-centered, focussing on questions such as how do managers adopt to new strategic challenges or balance competing demands? Theoretically, my research draws from theories of identity, culture, social practice and micro institutions. Methodologically, my work tends to be process-oriented and ethnographic in nature, with a growing interest in using video-ethnographic approaches. My current research projects are addressing three key topics; (1) how organizational identities change over time, (2) how managers perform coexistence of contradictory logics, (3) how managers use space and embodied practices during high-stakes strategic episodes.

ESRC, 2012. Topic: Charting New Territory: Positioning the UK (Lloyd's) in a changing global reinsurance landscape. Amount: £113, 000. (ES/K000926/1). Co-investigator with Paula Jarzabkowski (Principal Applicant) and Michael Smets (Co-investigator).
  • Academy of Management
  • European Group for Organizational Studies

Publications

  • 2014.  Reinsurance Trading in Lloyd's of London: Balancing Conflicting-yet-complementary Logics in Practice (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski and P. Spee).  Academy of Management Journal.  Early online, DOI: 10.5465/amj.2012.0638.
  • 2014.  Charting new territory for organizational ethnography: Insights from a team-based video ethnography of reinsurance trading in Lloyd’s of London (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski and P. Spee).  Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 3(1): 10-26. DOI: 10.1108/JOE-12-2012-0056
  • 2013. Institutional Ambidexterity: Leveraging Institutional Complexity in Practice (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski, R. Bednarek and P. Spee).  In M. Lounsbury & E. Boxenbaum. (Eds). Institutional Logics in Action issue. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 39: 37-61. DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X(2013)0039B015
  • 2012.  Reinsurance Trading in Lloyd's of London: Balancing Conflicting-yet-complementary logics in practice (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski and P. Spee).  Best Paper Proceedings Academy of Management, 2012(1). DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2012.246
  • 2011.  The effects of perceived business uncertainty, external consultants and risk management on organisational outcomes (N. Subramaniam, P.M. Collier, M. Phang).  Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, 7(2): 132-157. DOI: 10.1108/18325911111139671
  • 2007.  Risk and Management Accounting:  Guidelines for Enterprise-Wide Internal Control Procedures (with P. Collier and A.J. Berry). Elsevier, Oxford.  ISBN-10: 0750680407

Conference publications   

  • 2013. Getting Institutional Work to Work: Generating Actionable Insights from a Practice-Approach to Institutional Ambidexterity.  Harvard Business School.  (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski, R. Bednarek and P. Spee). 
  • 2012.  Reinsurance Trading in Lloyd's of London: Balancing conflicting-yet-complementary logics in practice (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski and P. Spee).  Academy of Management Annual Meeting August 2012, Boston, Texas.
  • 2012.  Trading spaces: The embodiment of risk-trading episodes (with P. Jarzabkowski, M. Smets & P. Spee).   EGOS Colloquium July, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2012.  Charting new territory for organizational ethnography: Insights from a team-based video ethnography of reinsurance trading in Lloyd’s of London (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski, P. and P. Spee).  EGOS Colloquium July, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2011.  Organizational identity change in a cross-institutional context: The development of a hybrid identity.  Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
  • 2011.  Thinking Outside the Box: Conflicting Logics and Decoupling in Lloyd’s Reinsurance Trading (with M. Smets, P. Jarzabkowski and P. Spee).  EGOS Colloquium, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2011.  Balancing institutional logics in public-private partnerships: Exploring the cultural dynamics of cross-sector partnering.  EGOS Colloquium, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 2011.  Institutional work at field-configuring events: Shaping industry change within sustainable transitions (with L. Knight).  International Conference on Sustainability Transitions June, Lund, Sweden.
  • 2008.  Desperately seeking legitimacy: A process model of identity change dynamics in a public-private context.   EGOS Colloquium July, Amsterdam.
  • 2006.  Exploring relationships between key boundary spanners working in public-private partnerships: A justice perspective.  British Academy of Management SIGIOR event,  University of Strathclyde, November.

Practitioner publications    

  • 2014. Global Reinsurance Masterclass.  Strategic reinsurance relationships:  Imagining the future; Stay ahead in the reinsurance game through scenario planning (with P. Jarzabkowski, L. Cabantous, E. Tapinos and K. Chalkias).  See http://www.cassknowledge.com/research/article/global-reinsurance-masterclass-series-7-imagining-future-stay-ahead-reinsurance
  • 2013. Global Reinsurance Masterclass.  Strategic reinsurance relationships:  How to evaluate information and build trust (with P. Jarzabkowski, M. Semts and A. Allocato).  See http://www.cassknowledge.com/research/article/global-reinsurance-masterclass-series-5-strategic-reinsurance-relationships
  • 2013. Global Reinsurance Masterclass.  Be a better reinsurer: How to align structure, knowledge and roles for operational excellence. (with P. Jarzabkowski, R. Bednarek and A. Allocato).  See http://www.cassknowledge.com/research/article/global-reinsurance-masterclass-series-4-be-better-reinsurer
  • 2012.  Beyond Borders: Charting the Changing Global Reinsurance Landscape (with P. Jarzabkowski, R. Bednarek, L. Cabantous and M. Smets,). Insurance Intellectual Capital Initiative Executive Briefing. ISBN 978-1-85449-770-3. See website: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/reinsurance/
  • 2006.  Risk and management: Best practice guidelines for enterprise-wide internal control procedures (with P. Collier and A.J. Berry).  CIMA Research Executive Summaries Series, 2(11).

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