BA (Hons) (CNAA), PGCE (Leicester), MBA (Nottingham), MA (De Montfort), Academic Member (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development)
Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour
Department: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
+44 (0) 115 9515492
C74 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)
Anna Soulsby is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour. Since the early 1990s she has conducted research on organisational and managerial change in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the Cze ch Republic. Her academic research as been cited over 1,290 times (Google Scholar, 2021).
She has extensive experience of teaching and dissertation/thesis supervision on national and international undergraduate and post-graduate business and management programmes. She has been a frequent visiting lecturer on undergraduate and post-graduate business and management programmes at Czech and Polish universities. She has also acted as an external examiner and academic adviser on the development of management and business education to Business Schools in Czech, Polish and Bulgarian universities. In 2012 she was given a special award recognition of 20 years of development of international cooperation from the Dean and Rector of the Faculty of Business and Management, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.
Anna Soulsby is recognised as an authority on organisational change in transforming and societies, especially of the new former post-socialist states of the European Union. She is the co-author (with E. Clark) of Organizational Change in Post-Communist Europe (1999, Routledge: London). The results of her research have been published in top tier international journals (e.g. Business History, Human Relations, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, and International journal of Human Resource Management) and presented at leading international conferences.
In 2007, she co-edited a special issue of Human Relations: "Organization theory and the Post-Socialist Transformation" (Vol. 60, No. 10). She has convened special panels at international conferences (e.g. European Group for Organization Studies) exploring the consequences of the societal and economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe. Her research was specially cited (E. Clark and A. Soulsby. (1998) "Organization-Community Embeddedness: Social Impact of Enterprise Restructuring in the Post-Communist Czech Republic". Human Relations, 51 (1), pp. 25-50) in the special Human Relations anniversary issue editorial: Loveridge, R.; Willman P. and Deery, S. (2007) "60 Years of Human Relations" Human Relations, Volume 60 (12), pp. 1873-1888.
2009-2019 Anna Soulsby was appointed by the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to serve as a member of the Export Guarantee Advisory Council (EGAC). The Council is a statutory body that advises the United Kingdom's Minister for Trade and Investment (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) on UK Export Finance (UKEF, (the Export Credits Guarantee Department, the government's official export credit agency) operations and provide advice policies and practices to enable it to comply with its objectives and monitor its adherence to its business principles i.e. environmental impacts and human rights; sustainable lending practices; anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices; and disclosure (freedom of information). The Council does not provide advice on decisions U KEF makes to support individual export transactions and projects, but does carry out reviews after support has been given to understand how UKEF's principles and policies are applied in practice. As appropriate, it also gives advice on how these might be further developed. The Council has eight members, who come from industry, government and academia, and are appointed by the Secretary of State. Members of the Export Guarantee Advisory Council have expertise in many areas of business including: emerging markets; developing societies; international development; corporate social responsibility; corporate governance and the promotion of sustainable development.
2022: Co-Convenor of Sub-theme: "Managerial Behaviour in Transforming and Developing societies". 38th EGOS Colloquium: Organizing: the Beauty of Imperfection. University of Vienna.
2021: Invited panellist for 37th EGOS Colloquium (Organizing for an Inclusive Society: Meanings, Motivations, and Mechanisms, Vrije Uni versiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8-10 July) Special Session of Sub-theme 33: Where now for historical organization studies and the historic turnA (A panel session featuring Charles Harvey, Anna Soulsby, Roy Suddaby and Dan Wadhwani).
2020: "Organizational Heroes and the Control of Managerial Legitimacy in Post-Communist Societies". Paper presented at the 2nd Workshop on Business History in Central and Eastern Europe: "Uses of the Past by Enterprises in Central-Eastern Europe". Ukrainian Catholic University and EBHA (the European Business History Association), October 23.
2020: Co-Organiser (with J. Frecknall-Hughes and S. Haggerty) Association of Business Historians Annual International Conference for 2020, "Bubbles and Crises: Misery and Mayhem". Nottingham University Business School, (Cancelled due to Covid-19, June 2020).
2020: Special Issue Co-Editor (with I. Rybnikova and S. Blazejewski) for JEEMS (Journal of East European Management Studies) "Women in Ma nagement in Central and Eastern European Countries".
2019: Invited Speaker 7th Annual Conference of the Leibnitz Institute for East and South-Eastern Studies. Firms and Social Change in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe: Historical, Political and Economic Perspectives. University of Regensburg, Germany, 23rd-25th May.
2019: Chair of Czechoslovak History Panel. British Association for Slavonic Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 12th-14th April.
2018: Special Issue Lead Co-Editor (with A. Remisova and T. Steger) for Journal of Business Ethics: "Business Ethics in the Post-Communist Societies of Central and Eastern Europe". Forthcoming 2021.
2017: Special Issue Lead Co-Editor (with G. Hollinshead, T. Steger and R. Hyman) for European Industrial Relations Journal: "Work and Organisation in the Age of Global Economic Crisis: Industrial Relations in the Post-Socialist Societies of Europe". M arch 2017.
2017 to date: Academic Member of Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.
2017: Nominated by students for Nottingham University Students Union (NUS) Staff Oscar in category of Teaching - Most Inspiring.
2016: Co-Convenor of Sub-theme: Power and Inequality: Processes of Organizing and Organization in Transforming Societies and Emerging Economies at 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples: Organizing in the Shadow of Power. University of Naples Federico II Dept. of Management, in cooperation with Parthenope University of Naples, Second University of Naples, University of Salerno. Italy. 7-9 July 2016.
2015: Panel Facilitator: International Business, Pre-Colloquium Doctoral Workshop. 31st EGOS Colloquium 'Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility'. ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece. Athens, Greece, 29 June-1 July 2015.
2015: Member of Organising Committee 15th International Con ference at Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Management "Perspectives of Business and Entrepreneurship ", Faculty of Business and Management, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic, 28-29, May 2015.
2014: Invited presentation to UK Department for Education at the National College for School Leadership on the management of change, 12 June.
2013: Co-Convenor of Sub-theme: 'Organisation and Managerial Change in Transforming Post-Socialist Societies' (Sub-Theme: Six panels, 19 papers): British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)/International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) European Congress: "Europe: Crisis and Renewal". Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 5-8 April.
2012: Special University Award: Memorial Medal for 20 Years of Development of International Cooperation from the Dean and Rector of the Faculty of Business and Management, Brno Universi ty of Technology, Czech Republic, 20th September.
2012: Member of Scientific Committee of International Scientific Conference "Trends in Economics and Management for the 21st Century", Faculty of Business and Management, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic, 20th-22nd September.
2012: Co-Convenor of Sub-theme Panel 27: "Revealing Processes of Design and Change: Organizing and Organizations in Transforming Societies and Emerging Economies" at 28th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Helsinki, Finland, 5th-7th July.
2010: Special Panel Member, Presentation: "Towards Greater Pluralism in International Business Research", at 36th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference: International BusinessAs Role in Building a Better and Stronger Global Economy. University of Economics, Porto, Portugal, 11th December.
2009: Keynote Speaker. "Investigating Processes of Change in Organisations and Possible Resp ondent and Recall Bias: A Strategy for Addressing the Problem of Relying on Retrospective Accounts", at the 9th Chemnitz East Forum: Conflicts, Frictions and Paradoxes in CEE Management, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany, 10th-12th September.
2009: Keynote Speaker. "Researching Organisations and Management", at the Management, Economics and Business Development In European Conditions: VII International Scientific Conference, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic, 28th-29th May.
2007: Specially Cited Article (with E. Clark) (1998) "Organization-Community Embeddedness: Social Impact of Enterprise Restructuring in the Post-Communist Czech Republic". Human Relations, 1998, 51 (1), pp. 25-50. Specially cited in special anniversary issue editorial: Loveridge, R.; Willman P. and Deery, S. (2007) "60 Years of Human Relations" Human Relations, Volume 60 (12), pp. 1873-1888.
2005-2007: Special Issue Guest Editor (with E. Clark) for Special Issue of Human Relations: "Organization Theory and the Post-Socialist Transformation" Vol. 60, (10) 2007.
2005: Co-Convenor of Sub-theme: "Unlocking and Locking-in Organizations within Transforming and Developing Societies" (Standing Work Group on "Organizational Change in Transforming Societies). 21st European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Freie Universitat and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin, Germany, 30th June -2nd July.
2004: Co-Convenor of Sub-theme: "Organizational Change in Transforming Societies" (Standing Work Group on "Organizational Change in Transforming Societies"). 20th European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium: The Organisation as a Set of Dynamic Relationships, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1st-3rd July.
1999-2005: Founding Member of the EGOS (European Group for Organization Studies) Standing Work Group on "Organizational Change in Transforming Societies".
1995: Invitation to Conve ne a Special Panel on Czech and Russian Organisational Restructuring and Management, at the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 25th-27th March.
Completed University of Nottingham Ph.D. Supervisions
2017: M. M. De Avillez. "Social Entrepreneurship and Emerging Economies: Perceptions of Key Local Actors Affecting its Legitimisation". (Co-Supervisor with Dr. Andrew Greenman). ESRC Ph.D. Student. (ESRC/DTC Funded Student). Ph.D. Awarded.
2014: M. Bukhari. "The Impact of Corporate Governance Model on the Stock Market Development in Saudi Arabia". (Co-Supervisor with Prof. M. Hughes, University of Loughborough). Ph.D. Awarded.
2009: M. Hines: "Local ManagersA Values-Based Reactions to the Transfer of Western HRM Practices: Case Studies in FDI and Non-FDI Companies in Poland". (Sole Academic Supervisor). Ph.D. Awarded.
2005: W. A. Al Ajlan : "Corporate Governance in Saudi Arabia: the Role and Responsibilities of the Boards of Directors in the Banking Industry". (Co-Supervisor with Dr. O. Suhomlinova, University of Leicester). Ph.D. Awarded.
University of Nottingham Internal Ph.D. Examiner
2011: O. Aluko: "Co-Evolution in Transition Economies: A Case Study of the South African Venture Capital Industry and the South African State". Ph.D. Awarded.
University of Nottingham Internal Examiner (Transfer from M.Phil. to Ph.D.)
2008: O. Aluko. "Co-Evolution in Transition Economies: A Case Study of the South African Venture Capital Industry and the South African State".
2007: I. Cholerton. "The Strategies of Foreign Venture Capital Firms in China - Navigating the Institutional Environment at Deal Origination and Deal Exit".
2004: L. G. Zu. "Socially Responsible Restructuring and Firm Performance: The Case of Chinese Enterprises".
2002: E. Martin. "Exploring Employment Relations in the Small Firm: A Case Study Enquiry".
External Ph.D. and D.B.A. External Examiner
2018: I. V. Sucala, "Inside the Romanian Communist Economy: State Planning,
Factory and Manager". University of Glasgow. Ph. D. Awarded.
2008: E. A. Alfoldi, "Knowledge Transfer in the Multinational Enterprise: The Impact of Inter-Subsidiary Hierarchy and Role Stress". University of Leeds. Ph.D. Awarded.
2006: S. E. A. Dixon, "Organisational Transformation in the Russian Oil Industry". Henley Management College, Brunel University. D.B.A. Awarded.
Invited Conference and Research Seminar Presentations
2018: "Czech Nationhood and the Influence of History". Presentation at "Czechoslovakia 100" Conference, University of Cardiff, Wales, 11th May.
2017: Member of Roundtable Panel. ESRC Seminar Series: "Organizations and Society: Historicising the Theory and Practice of Organization Analysis". Final Seminar (6): "Organizations as Heritage and Hist ory as a Useful Resource". University of Exeter Business School, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 5th April.
2015: "Foreign Direct Investment in the Czech Republic and National Identity". Research Seminar Presentation, University of Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, United Kingdom, 18th November.
2013: "Field Research and Organisational Change in Post-Socialist Societies". Research Seminar Presentation, Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, 8th May.
2012: "Organisational Identity and the Social Processes of Restructuring and Disintegration". Research presentation to Emerging Markets Research Group, Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, 7th March.
2006: "Understanding Processes of Organisational Change: Longitudinal Studies and the Construction of Theory from Narratives". Paper presented at the "Storytelling and Change in Organisations" Seminar, the Economi c and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series 2006-2007, School of Management, University of Bath, United Kingdom, 18th December.
2006: "Processes of Organisational Change: Longitudinal Studies and the Construction of Theory from Narratives". Research presentation to School of Business and Economics, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 14th March.
2005: "Writing for International Journals Workshop" (With E. Clark) Presentation at Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany, 15th September.
2004: "The Dynamics of Organisational Change in Transforming Economies - Developing Theory from Longitudinal Case Study Research". Paper presented at the International Management Research Group Research Colloquium, Centre for Research into East European Business (CREEB) Buckinghamshire Business School, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Buckingham, United Kingdom, 15th March.
2002: "Managing Employment in Post-Communist Countries: Learning Le ssons from Case Study Research" (with E. Clark). Research presentation at Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 19th March.
1997: "The Changing Role of Management in the Czech Republic" (with E. Clark). Research presentation at the Department of Economics and Management, University of
Paisley, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 6th March.
1996: "The Challenge of Legitimacy for Post-Communist Management" (with E. Clark). Research presentation at Buckinghamshire Business School, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Buckingham, United Kingdom, 17th January.
1995: "Patterns and Processes of Elite Continuity: Post-Communist Managers in the Czech Republic" (with E. Clark). Paper Presented at the International Conference: The (Dis)continuities of Power in the Economic and Political Institutions in Eastern Europe". Verband fur die Sozialanthropologie von Industriegesellschaften im Center Marc Bloch, Berlin, Germa ny, 1st-2nd December.
1994: "Enterprise Restructuring and the Community in the Czech Republic: the Role of Embeddedness" (with E. Clark). Research presentation at Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) "East-West Programme" Workshop, London, United Kingdom, 9th-10th December.
1994: "Doing Research in Central and Eastern Europe" (with E. Clark). Research presentation at the Centre for Research on Employment and Work, Department of Organisation Studies, Lancashire Business School, The University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, 11th May.
1993: "Privatisation in the Czech Republic and the Management of Former State Enterprises" (with E. Clark). Paper presented at Human Resource Management Conference, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 14th December.
1991: "The Management of Change: Organisation of Issues and Strategies". Paper presented at National Conference: Women Working in Criminal Justice: Dev eloping Equal Opportunities, Nottingham Polytechnic, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 14th June.
Areas of Expertise
Organisational and managerial change in Central and Eastern Europe. Organisational and managerial change in transforming societies.