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Professor Ken Starkey

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PGCE (The University of Nottingham), B.Sc (University of London), PhD (Aston)
Professor of Management & Org. Learning

Division: Strategy and International Business
Tel: +44 (0) 115 9515260
Location: B03 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Graduated in Modern Languages and Literature, researched American Literature University of London, studied for a Psychology degree at University of London while working as a Special Needs Teacher in a London Secondary School. Worked as Research Fellow in School of Modern Languages, Aston University, while pursuing a PhD on the topic of professionals and time in Aston Business School. Worked as Research fellow at |Aston Business School on the future of work organisation, then as Lectuer in Management, University of St. Andrews. Moved to University of Nottingham Department of Industrial Economics in 1988, where I have been ever since, becoming a Reader then Professor in Nottingham University Business School.

Administrative Roles
REF Impact Co-ordinator

School Committee Memberships
REF Task Group 2019
Ken is module convenor of the following modules:


Designing Doctoral Research: Philosophy & Practice (BUSI5016)
Developing Management Research (BUSI5003)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

My current research is on leadership, what we might learn from the financial crisis, and on the role and future of the business school. (See "The Business School and the Bottom Line" by Cambridge University Press, 2007 - with Nick Tiratsoo). I am currently working on the relevance of the arts and humanities for management and on the future of higher education, with particular reference to the role and the development of business schools internationally.

Older Publications

Older Publications

Journal Articles

Hodgkinson, G.; Starkey, K. (2012), "Extending the foundations and reach of design science: Further reflections on the role of critical realism", British Journal of Management, Vol.23 (4), pp. 605-610.

Hodgkinson, G.; Starkey, K. (2011), "Not Simply Returning to the Same Answer Over and Over Again: Reframing Relevance", British Journal of Management, Vol.22 (3), pp. 355-369.

Cooper, C.; Starkey, K. (2010), "Practical Wisdom: Rethinking policy-making for the 21st century", Organizational Dynamics, Vol.39, pp. 165-172, Special edition on Organization Design for the 21st Century Global Economy.

Currie, G.; Knights, D.; Starkey, K. (2010), "A Post Crisis critical Reflection on Business Schools", British Journal of Management, Vol.21 Issue Supplement, pp. S1-S5, Special Issue: Making the Business School More Critical.

Hatchuel, A.; Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; Le Masson, P. (2010), "Strategy as innovative design: An emerging perspective?", Advances in Strategic Management, Vol.27, pp.3-28, DOI:10.1108/S0742-3322(2010)0000027004.

Starkey, K.; Cooper, C. (2010), "Disinvestment in health care", British Medical Journal, Vol.March.

Starkey, K. (2009), "What does the future hold for business school?", Governance: An international Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, Vol.September, pp. 8-9.

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A.; Tempest, S. (2009), "Management research and the new logics of discovery and engagement", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.46(3), pp.547-558.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2009), "The winter of our discontent - the design challenge for business schools", Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol.8(4), pp. 576-586.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2009), "From crisis to purpose", Journal of management Development on 'business schools/education', Vol.28(8), pp. 700-710.

Crane, A.; Knights, D.; Starkey, K. (2008), "The conditions of our freedom: Foucault, organization, and ethics", Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol.18 (3), pp. 299-320.

Patriotta, G.; Starkey, K. (2008), "From utilitarian morality to moral imagination: Re-imagining the business school", Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol.17(4), pp.319-327.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2008), "A clear sense of purpose? The evolving role of the business school", Journal of Management Development, Vol.27(4), pp.379-390, Special Issue on "Challenging the Purpose of Business Schools", ed. Howard Thomas.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K.; Ennew, C. (2007), "In the Death Zone: A Study of Limits in the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster", Human Relations, Vol.60 (7), pp. 1039-1064.

Binks, M.; Starkey, K.; Mahon, C. (2006), "Entrepreneurship Education and the Business School", Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Vol.18 (1), pp. 1-18.

Currie, G.; Tempest, S.; Starkey, K. (2006), "New Careers for Old? Organizational and Individual Responses to Changing Boundaries", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.17 (4), pp. 755 - 774.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2005), "The Future of the Business School - Knowledge Challenges and Opportunities", Human Relations, Vol.58 (1), pp.61-82.

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Rethinking the Business School: A European Perspective", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.41 (8), pp.1521-1531.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Bowling Along: Strategic Management and Social Capital", European Management Review, Vol.Special Issue: Strat, pp.78-83.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Quel avenir pour les Business Schools?", Revue Economique et Sociale, Vol.61(2), pp. 95-106.

Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A.; Starkey, K. (2004), "Careering Alone: Careers and Social Capital in the Financial Services and Television Industries", Human Relations, Vol.57 (12), pp.1523-1545.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K. (2004), "The Effects of Liminality on Individual and Organizational Learning", Organization Studies, Vol.25 (4), pp.507-527.

Starkey, K.; Crane, A. (2003), "Towards Green Narrative: Management and the Evolutionary Epic", Academy of Management Review, Vol.28 (2), pp.220-237.

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A. (2003), "The Long Detour: Foucault's History of Desire and Pleasure", Organization, Vol.9 (4), pp.641-656.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2003), "Quel avenir pour les Business Schools? (The Future of the Business School)", Revue Économique et Sociale, Vol.61 (2), pp.95-106.

Diacon, S.; Starkey, K.; O'Brien, C. (2002), "Size and Efficiency in European Long-term Insurance Companies: An International Comparison", Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Vol.27 (3), pp.444-466.

Starkey, K. (2002), "New Knowledge Spaces", Human Relations, Vol.55 (3), pp.350-360.

Starkey, K. (2002), "Power and Changes: Andrew Pettigrew on Strategy and Change", Academy of Management Executive, Vol.15, pp.45-47.

Starkey, K.; Pettigrew, A.; Hambrick, C.; Markides, C.; Van de Ven, A. (2002), "Andrew Pettigrew on Executive and Strategy: An Interview by Kenneth Starkey", European Management Journal, Vol.20 (1), pp.20-26.

Pilnick, A.; Dingwall, R.; Starkey, K. (2001), "Disease management: definitions, difficulties and future directions", Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol.79 (8), pp.755-763.

Starkey, K. (2001), "Social theory and psychoanalysis in transition: A critical review", Human Relations, Vol.54, pp.778-791.

Starkey, K. (2001), "In Defence of Modes One, Two and Three: A Response", British Journal of Management, Vol.12,4 SI,1, pp.77-S80.

Starkey, K.; Madan, P. (2001), "Bridging the Relevance Gap: Aligning Stakeholders in the Future of Management Research", British Journal of Management, Vol.Special issue 1, pp.3-S26.

Brown, A.D.; Starkey, K. (2000), "Organizational Identity and Organizational Learning: A Psychodynamic Perspective", Academy of Management Review, Vol.25 (1), pp.102-120.

Brown, A.D.; Starkey, K. (2000), "Towards Integration", Academy of Management Review, Vol.25 (1), pp.148-150.

Scullion, H.; Starkey, K. (2000), "In Search of the Changing Role of the Corporate Human Resource Function in the International Firm.", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.11(6), pp.1061-1081.

Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C.; Tempest, S. (2000), "Beyond Networks and Hierarchies: Latent Organization in the UK Television Industry", Organization Science, Vol.Special Issue: New O, pp.299-305.

Starkey, K. (1999), "Eleven Characters in Search of an Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism Revisited", Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies, Vol.5 (1), pp.179-194.

Starkey, K.; Wright, M. (1999), "British Journal of Management", Corporate Transformation, Vol.10.

Farnsworth, B.; Petchey, R.; Williams, J.; Starkey, K. (1998), "A tale of two (low prevalence) cities: Social movement organisations and the local policy response to HIV/AIDS", Social Science and Medicine, Vol.47 (9), pp.1197-1208.

Starkey, K. (1998), "Durkheim and the limits of corporate culture: Which Durkheim? Whose culture?", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.35, pp.125-136.

Starkey, K. (1998), "What Can We Learn From the Learning Organization?", Human Relations, Vol.51 (4), pp.531-546.

Starkey, K. (1997), "'The last resort would be to go to a GP': What can people with HIV/AIDS teach us about themselves, about ourselves?", Family Practice, Vol.14, pp.194-198.

Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C. (1997), "Technology and the reconfiguration of television companies and the UK television industry", Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Vol.9 (3), pp.271-286.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C. (1997), "Diversity or Divide: In Search of Flexible Specialisation in the UK Television Industry", Industrielle Beziehungen, Vol.4 (1), pp.38-57.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (1996), "The Secrets of Corporate Longevity. A Critical Review of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, J.C. Collins and J.I. Porras", Human Relations, Vol.49 (9), pp.1213-1225.

Brown, A.D.; Starkey, K. (1994), "The effect of organizational culture on communication and information", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.31 (6), pp.807-828.


Starkey, K.; Tiratsoo, N. (2007), The Business School and the Bottom Line, Cambridge University Press.

Hatchuel, A.; Pezet, E.; Starkey, K. (2005), Gouvernement organisation et entreprise: l'héritage de Michel Foucault, Quebec, University of Laval Press.

Dobson, P.; Starkey, K.; Richards, J. (2004), Strategic Management and the Search for Competitive Advantage, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A. (2004), ed How Organisations Learn, (2nd Edition), London, International Thomson Business Press.

Starkey, K.; Transfield, D. (1998), The Nature, Social Organization and Promotion of Management Research: Towards Policy, (9).

Starkey, K.; McKinlay, A. (1997), Foucault, Management and Organization Theory. From Panopticon to Technologies of Self, London, Sage.

Starkey, K. (1996), How Organizations Learn, London, New York, International Thomson Business Press.

Reports for external body

Watson, S.; Campbell, P.; Campsie, R.; Greensted, C.; Kirby, D.; Morris, D.; Muggeridge, S.; Murray, L.; Osbaldeston, M.; Redfern, B.; Saner, M.; Starkey, K.; Burgoyne, J.; Hirsh, W. 2002, "The Contribution of the UK Business Schools to Developing Mangers and Leaders", in Report for the Business School Advisory Group of the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, London.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2001, "The World-Class Business School: A UK Perspective", in Report for the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, London.

Chapters in Books

Starkey, K. (2012), "University narrative: lessons from the financial crisis?", in Blue Skies: New Thinking about Higher Education, London, Pearson, Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning.

Starkey, K.; Hall, C. (2011), "The spirit of leadership: New directions in leadership education", in S. Snook, R. Khurana & N.Nohria (ed) The SAGE Handbook for Teaching Leadership (Sage, Los Angeles), Sage Publications Ltd.

Starkey, K.; Cooper, C. (2009), "Back to the future: the greed business", in Brassey, A. (ed) The Nature of Greed, Macmillan, forthcoming 2009.

Knights, D.; Alferoff, C.; Starkey, K.; Tiratsoo, N. (2007), "Bridging the academic-practitioner divide: A case study analysis of business school collaboration with industry", in Shani, A.B.; Mohrman, S.A.; Pasmore, W.; Stymme, B.; Adler, N. (ed) Handbook of Collaborative Management Research, Los Angeles, Sage Publications.

Starkey, K. (2007), "Actors, action, networks - Reflections on business school industry-academic collaboration", in Adler, N.; Shani, R.; Passmore, B.; Mohrman, S.; Stymne, B. (ed) Handbook for Collaborative Research, Sage Publications.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2006), "The Business School in Ruins? Is There a Role for the Humanities?", in Gagliardi, P.; Czarniawska, B. (ed) Management Education and Humanities, pp.101-112, Edward Elgar.

Starkey, K. (2005), "Un etranger dans une contree etrange: L'accueil fait a Michel Foucault par la recherche en gestion anglo-americaine", in Pezet, E.; Hatchuel, A.; Starkey, K. (ed) Gouvernement, Organisation et Entreprise: l'heritage de Michel Foucault, pp.31-50.

Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Beyond Networks and Hierarchies: Latent Organizations in the UK Television Industry", in Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A. (ed) How Organizations Learn, (2nd Edition), pp.259-270, London, Thompson.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Late twentieth century management, the business school and social capital", in Cooper, C. (ed) Leadership and Management in the 21st Centruy: Business Challenges of the Future, pp.139-159, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "The Management of Competence and its Limits", in Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A. (ed) How Organizations Learn, (2nd Edition), pp.91-99, London, Thompson.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2003), "Researching Our Way to Economic Decline", in Adler, N.; Shani, A.; Styhre, A. (ed) Collaborative Research in Organisations: Foundations for Learning, Change and Theoretical Development, pp.23-36, Thousand Oaks, California, Sage.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2003), "La gestion de competence et ses limites", in Guenette, A.; Rossi, M.; Sardas, J. (ed) Competences et Connaissances dans les Organisations, pp.41-51, Lausanne, Societe d'études economiques et sociales.

Starkey, K.; McKinlay, A. (1998), "Deconstructing Organization - Discipline and Desire", in Foucault, Management and Organization Theory, pp.230-241, London, Sage.

Starkey, K.; McKinlay, A. (1998), "The 'Velvety Grip': Managing Managers in the Modern Corporation", in Foucault, Management and Organization Theory, pp.111-125, London, Sage.

Starkey, K. (1996), "'Honey and vinegar': Ford Motor Company's move to human resource management", in B Towers (ed) The Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford, Blackwell Business.

Starkey, K. (1996), "Executive Tourism: the dynamics of strategic leadership in the MNC", in K Starkey (ed) How Organizations Learn, International Thomas Business Press.

Starkey, K.; McKinlay, A. (1996), "Product development in Ford of Europe: undoing the past/learning the future", in K Starkey (ed) How Organizations Learn, International Thomson Business Press.


Starkey, K.; Hatchel, A. 2012, "Back to the future of the business school", at EFMD 1st Annual Higher Education Research Conference, "The transformation of Higher Educational Institutions and Business Schools.

Pettigrew, A.; Starkey, K. 2011, "The role of business schools in the context of the impact agenda", at BAM Fellows Meeting, Oxford University 19 April 2011.

Starkey, K.; Humphreys, M.; Tempest, S. 2008, "Managing on the edge: Does current thinking make organizational jazz and management education more difficult?", at Academy of Management Meeting, Conference held in Anaheim, California 8-13 August 2008.

Humphreys, M.; Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2007, "Why Jazz? The Darker Side of Music on the Edge", at EURAM, Paris, 16-19th May.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K.; Harrison, K. 2006, "Resilience and Summit Fever: Recognising Our Thinking", at Strategic Management Society Conference, Vienna, Austria, October, 29th-1st November.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2005, "The Business School as Knowledge Mediator", at OKLC Conference, Boston, March, 16-19th March.

Starkey, K. 2003, "The Management Research Gap - Can the Business School Fill it?", at European Academy of Management (EURAM), April, Milan.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2003, "The Business School in Ruins?", at Academy of Management Annual Conference, 3-6th August, Seattle.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2003, "The Business School in Ruins? Is a Humanist Reframing Possible", at Conference on the Role of Humanities in the Formation of New European Elites, 10-12 September, Venice.

Starkey, K. 2002, "Stranger in a Strange Land: The Reception of Michael Foucault in Anglo-American Management Research", at Organiser apres Foucault Conference, Ecole des Mines de Paris, December 2002.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2002, "The Rocky Road to Damascus: Researching our way to economic decline", at European Academy of Management, 9 - 11 May, Stockholm.

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A. 2001, "Design paradigms in organisation theory: The hidden Odyssey", at EGOS Conference.

Starkey, K. 2000, "The limits of organization - sait on piloter le changement?", at Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Starkey, K. 2000, "The time of our time: management and the evolutionary epic", at American Academy of Management Annual Conference.

Starkey, K. 2000, "Some like it hot: the music of organization - conception dynamique des organisations: sait on piloter le changement", at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales.

Starkey, K.; Crane, A. 2000, "The Time of Our Time: Management and the Evolutionary Epic", in the proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Toronto.

Starkey, K.; Wright, M. 1999, "Corporate Transformation", at BAM Conference Proceedings: Special Issue of British Journal of Management.

Brown, A.; Starkey, K. 1998, "Organizational Identity and Organizational Learning: A Psychodynamic Perspective", at Academy of Management Conference, August 1998, SanDiego.

Starkey, K.; Berry, M.; Johnson, G.; Tranfield, D.; Wilson, D. 1997, "The Nature of Management Research", at British Academy of Management Conference.

Starkey, K.; Child, J.; Richards, J.; Sims, D. 1997, "The Learning Organisation", at British Academy of Management Conference.

Discussion Papers

Diacon, S.; Starkey, K.; O'Brien, C. 2002, "Size and Efficiency in European Long-Term Insurance Companies", 2002/VII.

Diacon, S.; Starkey, K.; O'Brien, C.; O'dindo, C. 2002, "The Most Successful Insurers in the UK Long-Term Market", 2002/IX.

Book Reviews

Starkey, K. 2011, "The roots, rituals and rhetorics of change", in Management, pp. 371-380.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Starkey, K; Holstein, J; Tempest, S, (2021), "Xenophobia, the unconscious, the public sphere and Brexit", European Management Review, forthcoming 2021.

Nyberg, D; Starkey, K, (2020), "'Living at the border of poverty': How theater actors maintain their calling through narrative identity work", Human Relations, pp. 1-26.

Segrestin, B.; Hatchuel, A.; Starkey, K. (2020), "Captains of Industry? Value Allocation and the Partnering Effect of Managerial Discretion", Management and Organizational History, forthcoming 2020.

Lejeune, C,; Starkey, K,; Kalika, M; Tempest, S,;, (2019), "The impact of business schools: increasing the range of strategic choices", Management International, Vol.23 (2), pp. 88-98.

Starkey, K; Tempest, S; Cinque, S. (2019), "Management education and the theatre of the absurd", Management Learning, Vol.50/5, 591-606.

Starkey, K; Thomas H. (2019), "The future of business schools: shut them down or broaden our horizons?", EFMD Global Focus, Vol.13 (2), pp. 44-49.

Holstein, J; Starkey, K; Wright, M. (2018), "Strategy and Narrative in Higher Education", Strategic Organization, Vol.16/1, pp. 61-91.

Hemingway, C,; Starkey, K. (2017), "A falling of the Veils: Turning Points and Momentous Turning Points in Leadership and the Creation of CSR", Journal of Business Ethics.

Barnatt, C.; Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2016), "Remember Icarus: Seven risks that threaten business schools", Journal of Future Studies, Vol.21(1), 63-76.

Starkey, K.; Pettigrew, A. (2016), "The legitimacy and impact of business schools: key issues and a research agenda", Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol.15 (4), pp. 649-664, Special Issue.

Rommes, G.; Avenier, M.; Denyer, D.; Hodgkinson, G.; Pdanza, K.; Starkey, K.; Worren, N. (2015), "Towards common ground and trading zones in management research and practice", British Journal of Management, Vol.26, pp. 544-559.

Starkey, K. (2015), "The strange absence of management during the current financial crisis", Academy of Management Review, Vol.40, pp. 652-663, DOI: 10.5465/amr.2015.0109.

Bondy, K.; Starkey, K. (2014), "The Dilemmas of Internationalization: Corporate Social Responsibility in the MNC", British Journal of Management, Vol.24 (1), pp. 4-22.


Blyton, P,; Hassard, J,; Hill, S; and Starkey, K. (2016), Time, Work and Organisation, Routledge, forthcoming 2016.

Reports for external body

Starkey, K.; Lejeune, C. 2014, "Back down to earth? Business school leadership in a time of disruption", in Building the Leadership Capacity of UK Business Schools, London: Association of Business Schools..

Chapters in Books

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A. (2014), "Back to the future of the Business School", in Pettigrew, A, Cornuel, E and Hommel U (ed) Management Research: Conjectures and Future Directions, Oxford, Oxford University Press.


Holstein, J., Starkey, K. 2018, "The carnival of Brexit: Destabilizing the status quo and the emerging narrative for change", in 7th European Theory Development Workshop in Organization and Management Theory:WU Vienna University of Economics and Business June 28th-29th, 2018.

Holstein, J., Starkey, K., Vaara, E., Wright, M. 2018, "A process perspective on strategy using Bakhtin", in 10th International Process Symposium:Theme: About Time: Temporality and History in Organization Studies. 20-23 June 2018. Porto Carras Grand Resort, Halkidiki, Greece.

Lejeune, C.; Starkey, K.; Kalika, M.; Tempest, S. 2015, "The impact of business schools: Conceptual framework and practices", in EFMD Higher Educations Research Conference, Oxford, 3-4 June.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2015, "The narrative of the Business School: A deconstructionist and design perspective,", in EFMD Special Interest Group on design theory, Paris, 9th November.



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