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PhD subject group - Strategy

The strategy group within the Management Division includes experts in strategic management in the public and private sectors and business and society relationships. We are multi-disciplinary, drawing on a range of management disciplines, with a strong commitment to conducting research that meets the double hurdle of rigour and relevance.

We publish in the world’s leading management journals such as: 

Strategic Management Journal

  • Academy of Management Review
  • Academy of Management Learning and Education
  • Organization Science
  • British Journal of Management
  • Organization Studies
  • Business Ethics Quarterly
  • Journal of Management Studies and Human Relations

We develop ideas that help managers make sense of the complex challenges of the globalisation of twenty-first century management with particular interests in:

  • financial services
  • retailing
  • service industries
  • health service management
  • public policy decision making
  • strategy in higher education

Our current research projects include:

  • the strategic management of innovation
  • leadership in higher education
  • leadership in financial services
  • strategy as a design science
  • international strategic collaborations and alliances
  • knowledge management and organisational learning
  • inter-organisational collaborations
  • responsible investment markets
  • the influence of metrics on organizational behaviour
  • institutional work
  • institutional and organisational change
  • corporate turnaround and public sector turnaround
  • historical approaches to business and industry evolution
  • business failure public engagement
  • policy-making in the public sector



We are committed advancing world-class research in strategy and we work with some of the world’s leading management and strategy scholars on joint projects such as the British Academy of Management and the European Foundation for Management Development.

We involve practitioners in our research through a philosophy of co-production and enjoy strong relationships with the senior management of leading companies and public sector organisations. We attract regular press coverage and have contributed to articles in the Financial Times, The Economist and the Huffington Post and other media outlets.

We have a particular interest in strategy and policy in the public sector including deliberation and public engagement in decision making and the interaction of public, private and social enterprise sectors. For example, we’re looking at the interplay between the public, pressure groups and business interests with HS2.

Our research is funded by the:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Cabinet Office
  • National Health Service
  • Health Foundation


Priority research areas

We are interested in supervising students that have an interest in public services and policy decision-making, particularly in relation to:

  • collaborative governance
  • public value
  • deliberative processes
  • campaigning and social movements

Potential supervisors






Ken Starkey - Professor of Management & Organisational Learning

Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6602
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6667