Professor Robert Chia

  • Research Professor in Management (Management)

Biography

Robert Chia is Research Professor of Management at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He holds a PhD in Organization Studies (Lancaster), an MA with distinction in Organizational Analysis, a Diploma in Training and Development Management, and a Technical Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Singapore Polytechnic. He is an elected Fellow (by invitation) of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, (FRSA) United Kingdom, as well as an invited member of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), UK.

Prior to entering academia, Robert worked for 16 years in aircraft maintenance engineering, manufacturing management and human resource management for a large multinational corporation based in the Asia Pacific. As an academic, he has held various positions including professorial appointments at the universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen and Strathclyde prior to taking up his research professorship at the University of Glasgow. Robert has consulted extensively with well-known international organizations and institutions such as the International Federation of Red Cross (Geneva), British Airways, BNFL, British Aerospace, Ciba-Geigy and Cathay Pacific Airlines. He has been invited to give numerous keynote presentations at major academic conferences as well as in practitioner conferences.

Research interests

Areas of expertise:

  • Decision-Making 
  • Strategy/Strategic Thinking 
  • Organization Theory 
  • Function of Business Schools 
  • East-West Mentalities 

Supervision

PhD supervision areas

Adam Smith, Ethics and Corporate Governance; Decision-Making and Intended/Unintended Consequences; Process Philosophy and Management Theory; East/West Philosophy and Business Practices.

Current PhD students

Jian Ming Chua

Co-supervisor: Dr Ignacio Canales

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Executive MBA (British Airways) – Strategic Thinking (University of Lancaster, 1990-1994);
  • MBA – Strategy and Organization, International Management (University of Exeter, 2000-2003);
  • MBA – Corporate Strategy, Organization Theory, Strategic Thinking (University of Aberdeen, 2005-2008);
  • Executive MBA (Zurich, Glasgow, Singapore, Hong Kong) – Strategy, Scenario Planning (University of Strathclyde, 2008-2012);
  • Several In-Company Executive Programme for Babcock PLC; William Grants; Standard Life (2008-2012).

Additional information

Robert has published extensively in top international management and organization journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organization, Human Relations, Long Range Planning, British Journal of Management, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Management Learning, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management Inquiry and Revue Française de Gestion. He is the author/editor of five books as well as book chapters in a variety of management sub-fields. His latest books include Strategy without Design: The Silent Efficacy of Indirect Action (with Robin Holt), published by Cambridge University Press, 2009 and Philosophy and Organization Theory: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald Group Publishing. He has been a senior editor with the international journal Organization Studies and is on the international advisory board of several established management journals including Journal of Management Studies, Management Learning, European Management Journal, Journal of Change Management and the Journal of Chinese Management.

Robert has acted as external PhD examiner for numerous universities including:

  • Cambridge University
  • Warwick University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Lund (Sweden)
  • University of Limburg (Belgium)
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of East Anglia

He has also been an External Assessor for Professorial Appointments at:

  • University of Nottingham,
  • Strathclyde University
  • Queens University Belfast

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
Number of items: 38.

2016

Chia, R., and Nayak, A. (2016) The art of relevation/revelation: a Whiteheadian approach to management education. In: Steyaert, C., Beyes, T. and Parker, M. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. Series: Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415727372 (In Press)

Bosma, B., Chia, R., and Fouweather, I. (2016) Radical learning through semantic transformation capitalizing on novelty. Management Learning, 47(1), pp. 14-27. (doi:10.1177/1350507615602480)

2014

Chia, R. (2014) Reflections on the distinctiveness of European management scholarship. European Management Journal, 32(5), pp. 683-688. (doi:10.1016/j.emj.2014.06.002)

Nonaka, I., Chia, R., Holt, R., and Peltokorpi, V. (2014) Wisdom, management and organization. Management Learning, 45(4), pp. 365-376. (doi:10.1177/1350507614542901)

Paton, S., Chia, R., and Burt, G. (2014) Relevance or 'relevate'? How university business schools can add value through reflexively learning from strategic partnerships with business. Management Learning, 45(3), pp. 267-288. (doi:10.1177/1350507613479541)

Chia, R. (2014) From relevance to relevate: how university-based business school can remain seats of “higher” learning and still contribute effectively to business. Journal of Management Development, 33(5), pp. 443-455. (doi:10.1108/JMD-02-2014-0013)

Chia, R. (2014) Reflections: In praise of silent transformation: Allowing change through ‘letting happen’. Journal of Change Management, 14(1), pp. 8-27. (doi:10.1080/14697017.2013.841006)

2013

MacKay, B., and Chia, R. (2013) Choice, chance and unintended consequences in strategic change: a process understanding of the rise and fall of Northco Automotive. Academy of Management Journal, 56(1), pp. 208-230. (doi:10.5465/amj.2010.0734)

Chia, R. (2013) Paradigms and perspectives in organizational project management research: implications for knowledge-creation. In: Drouin, N., Müller, R. and Shankar, S. (eds.) Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational. Series: Advances in organisation studies. Copenhagen Business Press: Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 33-55. ISBN 9788763002493

Chia, R., Holt, R., and Li, Y. (2013) In praise of strategic indirection: Towards a non-instrumental understanding of phronésis as practical wisdom. In: Thompson, M. and Bevan, D. (eds.) Wise Management in Organizational Complexity. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 53-67. (In Press)

2012

Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2012) Reflexive practice and the making of elite business careers. Management Learning, 43(4), pp. 385-404. (doi:10.1177/1350507612449680)

Chia, R., and Nayak, A. (2012) Décisions dramatiques ou incisions imperceptibles? Vers une théorie de la prise de décision en devenir. Revue Française de Gestion, 225(June), pp. 147-166.

Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2012) Sensemaking, storytelling and the legitimization of elite business careers. Human Relations, 65(1), pp. 17-40. (doi:10.1177/0018726711425616)

2011

Tsoukas, H. and Chia, R., (Eds.) (2011) Philosophy and Organization Theory. Series: Research in the sociology of organizations. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.: Bingley, UK. ISBN 9780857245953

Chia, R. (2011) Complex thinking: Towards an oblique strategy for dealing with the complex. In: Allen, P., Maguire, S. and McKelvey, B. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management. SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 182-198. ISBN 9781847875693

Nayak, A., and Chia, R. (2011) Thinking becoming and emergence: Process philosophy and organization theory. In: Tsoukas, H. and Chia, R. (eds.) Philosophy and Organization Theory. Series: Research in the sociology of organizations (32). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.: Bingley, UK, pp. 281-309. ISBN 9780857245953

Tsoukas, H., and Chia, R. (2011) Introduction: Why philosophy matters to organization theory. In: Tsoukas, H. and Chia, R. (eds.) Philosophy and Organization Theory. Series: Research in the sociology of organizations (32). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.: Bingley, UK, pp. 1-21. ISBN 9780857245953

Yuan, L., and Chia, R. (2011) The effect of traditional Chinese fuzzy thinking on human resource practices in mainland China. Chinese Management Studies, 5(4), pp. 431-449. (doi:10.1108/17506141111183479)

2010

Chia, R. (2010) Rediscovering becoming: Insights from an Oriental perspective on process organization studies. In: Hernes, S. and Maitlis, S. (eds.) Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing. Series: Perspectives on process organization studies. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 112-139. ISBN 9780199594566

Chia, R. (2010) Shifting paradigms through "letting go": On allowing oneself to become a management education scholar. In: Wankel, C. and DeFillippi, B. (eds.) Being and Becoming a Management Education Scholar. Series: Research in management education and development. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC, USA, pp. 11-41. ISBN 9781607523475

Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2010) Dominant corporate agents and the power elite in France and Britain. Organization Studies, 31(3), pp. 327-348. (doi:10.1177/0170840609357377)

Rasche, A., and Chia, R. (2010) Epistemological alternatives for researching strategy-as-practice: Building and dwelling worldviews. In: Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D. and Vaara, E. (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 34-46. ISBN 9780521517287

2009

Rasche, A., and Chia, R. (2009) Researching strategy practices: A genealogical social theory perspective. Organization Studies, 30(7), pp. 713-734. (doi:10.1177/0170840609104809)

Chia, R. (2009) The nature of knowledge and knowing in the context of management learning, education and development. In: Armstrong, S. and Fukami, C. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development. SAGE: London, UK, pp. 23-41. ISBN 9781412935395

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2009) Strategy without Design: The Silent Efficacy of Indirect Action. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9780521189859

Pavlovich, K., and Chia, R. (2009) Perplexity, process and practice. In: Lowe, S. (ed.) Managing in Changing Times: A Guide for the Perplexed Manager. Response Books: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA, pp. 113-134. ISBN 9788132102335

2008

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2008) The nature of knowledge in business schools. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7(4), pp. 471-486. (doi:10.5465/AMLE.2008.35882188)

Chia, R. (2008) Enhancing entrepreneurial learning through peripheral vision. In: Harrison, R. and Leitch, C. (eds.) Entrepreneurial Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Applications. Series: Routledge studies in entrepreneurship. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 27-43. ISBN 9780415394161

Chia, R. (2008) Feeding marshmallows to alligators: The inherent fragility of human organization. In: Barry, D. and Hansen, H. (eds.) Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization. SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, CA, USA. ISBN 9781412912181

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2008) On managerial knowledge. Management Learning, 39(2), pp. 141-158. (doi:10.1177/1350507607087579)

2007

O'Leary, M., and Chia, R. (2007) Epistemes and structures of sensemaking in organizational life. Journal of Management Inquiry, 16(4), pp. 392-406. (doi:10.1177/1056492607310976)

Harrison, R.T., Leitch, C.M., and Chia, R. (2007) Developing paradigmatic awareness in University Business Schools: The challenge for executive education. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 6(3), pp. 332-343. (doi:10.5465/AMLE.2007.26361624)

Chia, R. (2007) Ontology. In: Clegg, S.R. and Bailey, J.R. (eds.) International Encyclopaedia of Organization Studies. SAGE: London, UK. ISBN 9781412915151

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2007) Wisdom as learning ignorance: Integrating East-West persepectives. In: Kessler, E.H. and Bailey, J.R. (eds.) Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom. SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 505-526. ISBN 9781412915618

Chia, R., and MacKay, B. (2007) Post-processual challenges for the emerging strategy-as-practice perspective: Discovering strategy in the logic of practice. Human Relations, 60(1), pp. 217-242. (doi:10.1177/0018726707075291)

Nayak, A., Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2007) Entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and Indian business elites. International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 1(1/2), p. 9. (doi:10.1504/IJICBM.2007.014468)

Pina e Cunha, M., and Chia, R. (2007) Using teams to avoid peripheral blindness. Long Range Planning, 40(6), pp. 559-573. (doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2007.08.004)

2006

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2006) Strategy as practical coping: A Heideggerian perspective. Organization Studies, 27(5), pp. 635-655. (doi:10.1177/0170840606064102)

This list was generated on Sun Jul 24 18:16:26 2016 BST.
Number of items: 38.

Articles

Bosma, B., Chia, R., and Fouweather, I. (2016) Radical learning through semantic transformation capitalizing on novelty. Management Learning, 47(1), pp. 14-27. (doi:10.1177/1350507615602480)

Chia, R. (2014) Reflections on the distinctiveness of European management scholarship. European Management Journal, 32(5), pp. 683-688. (doi:10.1016/j.emj.2014.06.002)

Nonaka, I., Chia, R., Holt, R., and Peltokorpi, V. (2014) Wisdom, management and organization. Management Learning, 45(4), pp. 365-376. (doi:10.1177/1350507614542901)

Paton, S., Chia, R., and Burt, G. (2014) Relevance or 'relevate'? How university business schools can add value through reflexively learning from strategic partnerships with business. Management Learning, 45(3), pp. 267-288. (doi:10.1177/1350507613479541)

Chia, R. (2014) From relevance to relevate: how university-based business school can remain seats of “higher” learning and still contribute effectively to business. Journal of Management Development, 33(5), pp. 443-455. (doi:10.1108/JMD-02-2014-0013)

Chia, R. (2014) Reflections: In praise of silent transformation: Allowing change through ‘letting happen’. Journal of Change Management, 14(1), pp. 8-27. (doi:10.1080/14697017.2013.841006)

MacKay, B., and Chia, R. (2013) Choice, chance and unintended consequences in strategic change: a process understanding of the rise and fall of Northco Automotive. Academy of Management Journal, 56(1), pp. 208-230. (doi:10.5465/amj.2010.0734)

Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2012) Reflexive practice and the making of elite business careers. Management Learning, 43(4), pp. 385-404. (doi:10.1177/1350507612449680)

Chia, R., and Nayak, A. (2012) Décisions dramatiques ou incisions imperceptibles? Vers une théorie de la prise de décision en devenir. Revue Française de Gestion, 225(June), pp. 147-166.

Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2012) Sensemaking, storytelling and the legitimization of elite business careers. Human Relations, 65(1), pp. 17-40. (doi:10.1177/0018726711425616)

Yuan, L., and Chia, R. (2011) The effect of traditional Chinese fuzzy thinking on human resource practices in mainland China. Chinese Management Studies, 5(4), pp. 431-449. (doi:10.1108/17506141111183479)

Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2010) Dominant corporate agents and the power elite in France and Britain. Organization Studies, 31(3), pp. 327-348. (doi:10.1177/0170840609357377)

Rasche, A., and Chia, R. (2009) Researching strategy practices: A genealogical social theory perspective. Organization Studies, 30(7), pp. 713-734. (doi:10.1177/0170840609104809)

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2008) The nature of knowledge in business schools. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7(4), pp. 471-486. (doi:10.5465/AMLE.2008.35882188)

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2008) On managerial knowledge. Management Learning, 39(2), pp. 141-158. (doi:10.1177/1350507607087579)

O'Leary, M., and Chia, R. (2007) Epistemes and structures of sensemaking in organizational life. Journal of Management Inquiry, 16(4), pp. 392-406. (doi:10.1177/1056492607310976)

Harrison, R.T., Leitch, C.M., and Chia, R. (2007) Developing paradigmatic awareness in University Business Schools: The challenge for executive education. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 6(3), pp. 332-343. (doi:10.5465/AMLE.2007.26361624)

Chia, R., and MacKay, B. (2007) Post-processual challenges for the emerging strategy-as-practice perspective: Discovering strategy in the logic of practice. Human Relations, 60(1), pp. 217-242. (doi:10.1177/0018726707075291)

Nayak, A., Maclean, M., Harvey, C., and Chia, R. (2007) Entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and Indian business elites. International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 1(1/2), p. 9. (doi:10.1504/IJICBM.2007.014468)

Pina e Cunha, M., and Chia, R. (2007) Using teams to avoid peripheral blindness. Long Range Planning, 40(6), pp. 559-573. (doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2007.08.004)

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2006) Strategy as practical coping: A Heideggerian perspective. Organization Studies, 27(5), pp. 635-655. (doi:10.1177/0170840606064102)

Books

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2009) Strategy without Design: The Silent Efficacy of Indirect Action. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9780521189859

Book Sections

Chia, R., and Nayak, A. (2016) The art of relevation/revelation: a Whiteheadian approach to management education. In: Steyaert, C., Beyes, T. and Parker, M. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. Series: Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415727372 (In Press)

Chia, R. (2013) Paradigms and perspectives in organizational project management research: implications for knowledge-creation. In: Drouin, N., Müller, R. and Shankar, S. (eds.) Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational. Series: Advances in organisation studies. Copenhagen Business Press: Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 33-55. ISBN 9788763002493

Chia, R., Holt, R., and Li, Y. (2013) In praise of strategic indirection: Towards a non-instrumental understanding of phronésis as practical wisdom. In: Thompson, M. and Bevan, D. (eds.) Wise Management in Organizational Complexity. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 53-67. (In Press)

Chia, R. (2011) Complex thinking: Towards an oblique strategy for dealing with the complex. In: Allen, P., Maguire, S. and McKelvey, B. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Complexity and Management. SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 182-198. ISBN 9781847875693

Nayak, A., and Chia, R. (2011) Thinking becoming and emergence: Process philosophy and organization theory. In: Tsoukas, H. and Chia, R. (eds.) Philosophy and Organization Theory. Series: Research in the sociology of organizations (32). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.: Bingley, UK, pp. 281-309. ISBN 9780857245953

Tsoukas, H., and Chia, R. (2011) Introduction: Why philosophy matters to organization theory. In: Tsoukas, H. and Chia, R. (eds.) Philosophy and Organization Theory. Series: Research in the sociology of organizations (32). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.: Bingley, UK, pp. 1-21. ISBN 9780857245953

Chia, R. (2010) Rediscovering becoming: Insights from an Oriental perspective on process organization studies. In: Hernes, S. and Maitlis, S. (eds.) Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing. Series: Perspectives on process organization studies. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 112-139. ISBN 9780199594566

Chia, R. (2010) Shifting paradigms through "letting go": On allowing oneself to become a management education scholar. In: Wankel, C. and DeFillippi, B. (eds.) Being and Becoming a Management Education Scholar. Series: Research in management education and development. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC, USA, pp. 11-41. ISBN 9781607523475

Rasche, A., and Chia, R. (2010) Epistemological alternatives for researching strategy-as-practice: Building and dwelling worldviews. In: Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D. and Vaara, E. (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 34-46. ISBN 9780521517287

Chia, R. (2009) The nature of knowledge and knowing in the context of management learning, education and development. In: Armstrong, S. and Fukami, C. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development. SAGE: London, UK, pp. 23-41. ISBN 9781412935395

Pavlovich, K., and Chia, R. (2009) Perplexity, process and practice. In: Lowe, S. (ed.) Managing in Changing Times: A Guide for the Perplexed Manager. Response Books: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA, pp. 113-134. ISBN 9788132102335

Chia, R. (2008) Enhancing entrepreneurial learning through peripheral vision. In: Harrison, R. and Leitch, C. (eds.) Entrepreneurial Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Applications. Series: Routledge studies in entrepreneurship. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 27-43. ISBN 9780415394161

Chia, R. (2008) Feeding marshmallows to alligators: The inherent fragility of human organization. In: Barry, D. and Hansen, H. (eds.) Sage Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization. SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, CA, USA. ISBN 9781412912181

Chia, R. (2007) Ontology. In: Clegg, S.R. and Bailey, J.R. (eds.) International Encyclopaedia of Organization Studies. SAGE: London, UK. ISBN 9781412915151

Chia, R., and Holt, R. (2007) Wisdom as learning ignorance: Integrating East-West persepectives. In: Kessler, E.H. and Bailey, J.R. (eds.) Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom. SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 505-526. ISBN 9781412915618

Edited Books

Tsoukas, H. and Chia, R., (Eds.) (2011) Philosophy and Organization Theory. Series: Research in the sociology of organizations. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.: Bingley, UK. ISBN 9780857245953

This list was generated on Sun Jul 24 18:16:26 2016 BST.