Dr Catherine Owen

  • Lecturer in Management (Management)

email: Catherine.Owen@glasgow.ac.uk

Adam Smith Business School, Main Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

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Catherine has worked in higher education since 1996, initially as a research manager, and latterly as a researcher and consultant to UK and European organisations including the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), The European Universities Association (EUA) and The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE). Catherine has been an external quality accreditor for universities in Europe and was Associate Director of the European Commission’s IBAR Project, examining pan-European higher education quality strategy implementation. Catherine has recently worked as an advisor to The Glasgow School of Art on its internationalisation strategy and contributed to the creation and management of collaborative visual arts practice with partners including the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Glasgow, the Art360 Foundation, and Creative Scotland. As well as her role at the Adam Smith Business School, Catherine works as a consultant to businesses and public sector organisations, particularly those within the Creative Industries. 

Research interests

Catherine is a member of the Entrepreneurship research cluster

Areas of expertise:

  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Strategy practices
  • Business processes
  • Actor networks
  • Higher education
  • Creative industries
  • Material culture and agency

Catherine is particularly interested in novel ways of representing and analysing the reality of organisational practices, particularly in the production and implementation of organisational strategy and the design of business process. Catherine's PhD thesis was an exploration of the potential of Actor-Network Theory to extend the empirical reach of the strategy-as-practice domain into the wider organisation and considering how non-human agencies contribute to strategy outcomes. 


Catherine is currently supervising MBA students as part of the Industry Pathway. 

Catherine welcomes potential MBA and PhD supervisees with an interest in strategy-as-practice, higher education management, creative industries, and material cultures and agency.