[Thesis]. Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester; 2017.
This thesis comprises a selection of refereed journal articles published during my
career as a business and management academic. It includes what I consider to be among
the best crafted, although not necessarily most cited, or highly ranked, of my papers.
In all, twelve pieces have been chosen for submission, and these are grouped under
the headings organizational philosophy, organizational sociology, and organizational
history. The contributions made by these publications, together with details of citation
levels and associated awards, are discussed in the review of works. In these pieces
Ă˘ as in other journal articles, research monographs, chapters in edited collections,
special journal issues, and conference and seminar papers (see Appendix) Ă˘ I have
contributed to debates, for example, in actor-network theory, historiography, labour
process theory, managerial work, postmodernism, sociological paradigms, and temporality.
The collection comprises, primarily, pieces for which I am either sole author or author
who contributed the majority of scholarship, and therefore is first named. In three
cases, however, I am not the first named author; these represent two instances where
the authors decided to submit in alphabetical order Ă˘ on the basis of approximately
equal scholarship Ă˘ plus an article where, although second named, I contributed
a substantial amount to what is becoming a highly cited piece in its field. Of the
dozen papers, nine have been published in journals rated Ă˘4/4*Ă˘ (top category)
on the Association of Business Schools (ABS) list, with the remaining three appearing
in a journal rated 3 on ABS but which is a central reference point in my main field
of study, organization theory. During my career, I have published (or had accepted
for publication) 20 academic books, 95 refereed journal articles and 73 chapters in
edited collections. Of my refereed articles, 31 have appeared in journals ranked ABS
4/4*; with, of these, 23 being in FT50 (Financial Times Ă˘world leadingĂ˘) journals.
Among the latter, three articles have been published in what is generally accepted
to be the highest ranked research journal in business, the Academy of Management Review,
and two of these pieces are reproduced in the thesis. To support my research, I have
received over Ă‚ÂŁ6 million from national and international funding bodies, with the
majority provided by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and
Physical Sciences Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research, and
the European Union (see Appendix). Finally, according to Google Scholar, my research
outputs have thus far received nearly 10,000 citations.