Dr Sarah Robinson

  • Reader in Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour (Management)

Biography

I started working at the Adam Smith Business School in January 2016. Previously, I worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester, the Open University, Lancaster University and in international development in China and Ukraine.

My interests relate to learning in its many forms, both personal and organisational. I am particularly interested in developing visual, digital and hermeneutic research methodologies for organisational research and in applications of Pierre Bourdieu’s work to organisation studies. 

Projects

Current projects include

  • a study of the learning and development of early career academics in contemporary business schools
  • the origins and development of the English wine industry
  • the genesis of women as political leaders in Scotland

Journals

I have published in a broad range of journals including

  • Human Relations
  • Organization Studies
  • British Journal of Management
  • Organisation
  • Business History
  • Management Learning
  • Leadership and International Small Business Journal.

Research interests

Sarah is a member of the Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.

  • Bourdieusian approaches to organisation studies
  • Leadership
  • Organisational, management and leadership learning
  • Early Career professional’s learning and development
  • HEI management, leadership and knowledge transfer
  • Organisational architecture and symbolism and visual methodologies.

 

Learning from events: asking big questions of organisations and society 


Grants

2007-2010: Innovation Challenge ‘Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Innovation and Competitive Advantage Past and Present’. (Funded by ESRC: £266,885.75)

2009: ‘Developing Skills for Practice Based Learning’ from Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). (Funded by HEFCE: £15,000.00)

2008: Researching student experiences of bridging the theory and learning gap on the final Open University MBA module (B830 ‘Making a difference’). From Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). (Funded by HEFCE: £12,000.00)

2006: UPBEAT evaluation project (university outreach). (Funded by HEFCE: £18,000.00)


Supervision

I welcome proposals using qualitative research in the following areas:

  • Management Education;
  • Higher Education Management and Leadership;
  • Management and Organisation Leaning;
  • Leadership;
  • International Development Management and Practice;
  • Architectural and visual approaches to Organisation Studies;
  • Critical management studies.

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Cristian Holmes
    Professional associations: Nature, agency and contradictory complexity
  • Brian O’Donoghue
    A perspective on follower behaviour and attitudes of Higher Education middle managers in Malaysia
  • Amelia Reigstad
    Culture and gender in public relations firms
  • Christoph Biber
    Semi- virtual team working in MNCs
  • Xiao Wang
    East - West expatriation and the psychological contract

And supervised to completion the following projects:

  • The re-negotiation of critical management education
  • The process of discursive institutional work in creating an innovative degree development practice: An institutionalisation approach to innovation
  • The effectiveness of donor-provided technical assistance for individual workplace learning within the Afghan public sector

Teaching

  • Leadership;
  • Introduction to Management;
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour;
  • Qualitative Research Methods;
  • Research Philosophy (doctoral);
  • Negotiating;
  • Influencing Skills.

Additional information

  • HEA fellow;
  • Member of the Editorial board for the journal ‘Leadership’;
  • Co-chair of BAM CMS track;
  • Edinburgh Napier Business School MSc Management, External Examiner.


Publications

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Number of items: 44.

2019

Bristow, A., Robinson, S. and Ratle, O. (2019) Academic arrhythmia: disruption, dissonance and conflict in the early-career rhythms of CMS academics. Academy of Management Learning and Education, (Accepted for Publication)

2018

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2018) Women leaders in the political field in Scotland: a socio-historical approach to the emergence of leaders. Leadership, 14(6), pp. 662-686. (doi:10.1177/1742715017710592)

Bristow, A. and Robinson, S. (2018) Brexiting CMS. Organization, 25(5), pp. 636-648. (doi:10.1177/1350508418786057)

2017

Robinson, S. and Bristow, A. (2017) Brexit and Critical Reflexivity. British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick, UK, 5-7 Sep 2017.

Bristow, A., Robinson, S. and Ratle, O. (2017) Being an early-career CMS academic in the context of insecurity and ‘excellence’: the dialectics of resistance and compliance. Organization Studies, 38(9), pp. 1185-1207. (doi:10.1177/0170840616685361)

Robinson, S., Ratle, O. and Bristow, A. (2017) Labour pains: starting a career within the neo-liberal university. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 17(3), pp. 481-508.

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2017) Politics and the ‘Good’ Organisation: The Scottish Parliament Building as Social, Symbolic and Physical Space. 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 Jul 2017.

Robinson, S. and Bristow, A. (2017) Brexit-ing CMS. 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) ConferenceS), Liverpool, UK, 3-5 Jul 2017.

2016

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. K. and Elliott, C. (2016) Developing metaphors in light of the visual and digital turns in organization studies: towards a methodological framework. In: Ortenblad, A., Trehan, K. and Putnam, L. L. (eds.) Exploring Morgan's Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, California, pp. 165-183. ISBN 9781506318776

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2016) Architecture, symbolic capital and elite mobilisations: the case of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s corporate campus. Organization, 23(5), pp. 699-721. (doi:10.1177/1350508415606988)

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. K. and Elliott, C. (2016) Modernism, postmodernism and corporate power: historicising the architectural typology of the corporate campus. Management and Organizational History, 11(2), pp. 123-146. (doi:10.1080/17449359.2016.1141690)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2016) Gentlemen, players and remoralisation of banking: solution or diversion? In: Dorn, N. (ed.) Controlling Capital: Public and Private Regulation of Financial Markets. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138943124

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2016) Women Leaders in the Political Field in Scotland: Extending the ‘Historical Turn’ to Leadership Studies. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 7-9 July 2016,

Robinson, S., Smith, A. and Fischbacher-Smith, M. (2016) Towards an Understanding of the Role of Identity Work in Readiness for or Resistance to Organisational Change: The Case a Community Health Partnership. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 7-9 July 2016,

2015

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2015) Reflexive conversations: constructing hermeneutic designs for qualitative management research. British Journal of Management, 26(4), pp. 777-790. (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12118)

Robinson, S. (2015) Book review: A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about management research. Management Learning, 46(1), pp. 130-133. (doi:10.1177/1350507614561113) [Book Review]

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. and Wiek, E. (2015) Towards a Theoretical Understanding of the Role of Social Agents in Long Term Institutional Development: a historically situated study of the genesis and growth of the subfield of English Wine. In: 31st EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 2-4 Jul 2015,

Robinson, S., Bristow, A. and Ratle, O. (2015) Critical Learning: An Exploration of the Roles and Development of Early Career CMS Academics. In: 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 7 - 11 Aug 2015,

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2015) The Feminization of Political Leadership? Women as Political Leaders in Post-Devolution Scotland: a Socio-Historical Approach. In: 14th International Studying Leadership, Lancaster, UK, 13-15 Dec 2015,

Robinson, S. (2015) In search of an international experience: Towards a 'Bildung' understanding of MBA learning. In: Holden, N. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management. Series: Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Routledge. ISBN 9780415858687

2014

Bristow, A., Ratle, O. and Robinson, S. (2014) Resistance as Institutional Entrepreneurship in Unsettled Times: The Case of Early-Career Academics in Critical Management Studies. In: EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 3-5 Jul 2014,

Elliott, C., Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2014) Corporate Historical Web Identity: Researching the Representation of History in the Light of the Visual/Digital Turn. In: EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 3-5 Jul 2014,

Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2014) Towards an understanding of corporate web identity. In: Bell, E., Warren, S. and Schroeder, J. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization. Series: Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415783675

Kerr, R., Elliot, C. and Robinson, S. (2014) Spectacle, Distance and Détournement: The International Union of Food Workers’ Campaign Against Mondelēz International. In: 5th LAEMOS Conference, La Havana, Cuba, 2-5 Apr 2014,

2013

Reid, K., Robinson, S. and Quintas, P. (2013) Perspectives and practice: facilitating the learning of the twenty-first-century manager. In: Van den Bossche, P., Gijselaers, W. H. and Milter, R.G. (eds.) Facilitating Learning in the 21st Century: Leading Through Technology, Diversity and Authenticity. Springer: London.

Robinson, S., Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2013) Towards an Organizational Historiographical Methodology: A Historical Study of Corporate Power and Architecture – The Case of the ‘Corporate Campus'. In: 29th EGOS Colloquium: Bridging Continents: Cultures and Worldviews, Montreal, Canada, 4-6 Jul 2013,

Rose, M., Decter, M., Robinson, S., Jack, S. and Lockett, N. (2013) Opportunities, contradictions and attitudes: The evolution of university–business engagement since 1960. Business History, 55(2), pp. 259-279. (doi:10.1080/00076791.2012.704512)

2012

Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2012) MBA imaginaries: Projections of internationalization. Management Learning, 43(2), pp. 157-181. (doi:10.1177/1350507611428854)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2012) Designing and Contesting Material and Symbolic Spaces for Corporate Elite Reproduction: The Case of RBS Business School. In: 28th EGOS Colloquium, Helsinki, Finland, 5-7 Jul 2012,

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2012) From symbolic violence to economic violence: the globalizing of the Scottish banking elite. Organization Studies, 33(2), pp. 247-266. (doi:10.1177/0170840611430594)

2011

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2011) Leadership as an elite field: Scottish banking leaders and the crisis of 2007-2009. Leadership, 7(2), pp. 151-173. (doi:10.1177/1742715010394735)

2010

Robinson, S. (2010) Book review: The Sage Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development. Management Learning, 41(1), pp. 115-119. (doi:10.1177/13505076100410010805) [Book Review]

Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2010) International Imaginaries - A Study of Four MBA Programmes. In: OLKC 5, Boston, MA, USA, 3-6 Jun 2010,

Johnston, L., Robinson, S. and Lockett, N. (2010) Recognising “open innovation” in HEI‐industry interaction for knowledge transfer and exchange. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 16(6), pp. 540-560. (doi:10.1108/13552551011082498)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2010) Scottish Banks in Globalising Fields: Tracking the Contribution of the Scottish Bankers to the Banking Crisis Of 2008-2009. In: 26th EGOS Colloquium, Lisbon, Portugal, 1-3 Jul 2010,

2009

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2009) The hysteresis effect as creative adaptation of the habitus: dissent and transition to the 'corporate' in post-Soviet Ukraine. Organization, 16(6), pp. 829-853. (doi:10.1177/1350508409337581)

Robinson, S. K. and Kerr, R. (2009) The symbolic violence of leadership: A critical hermeneutic study of leadership and succession in a British organization in the post-Soviet context. Human Relations, 62(6), pp. 875-903. (doi:10.1177/0018726709104546)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2009) The Metaphor of the Journey: Beyond the MBA and Back to Bildung. In: 25th EGOS Colloquium, Barcelona, Spain, 1-4 Jul 2009,

Lockett, N., Cave, F., Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2009) The influence of co-location in higher education institutions on small firms’ perspectives of knowledge transfer. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 21(3), pp. 265-283. (doi:10.1080/08985620802279973)

Robinson, S. (2009) Multiple Perspectives: Constructing a Hermeneutic Research Design. In: BAM 2009, Brighton, England, 15-17 Sep 2009,

2008

Lockett, N., Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2008) Multiple perspectives on the challenges for knowledge transfer between higher education institutions and industry. International Small Business Journal, 26(6), pp. 661-681. (doi:10.1177/0266242608096088)

2006

Robinson, S. (2006) Reflecting on the "International Group Working Experience": a study of two MBA programmes. International Journal of Management Education, 5(2), pp. 3-14.

2005

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2005) Charisma Revisited: Disciples, Dissenters and the Problem of Succession. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2006,

2004

Robinson, S. (2004) Social Capital and the Internationalising MBA: Bonding, Bridging and Belonging. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, 2005,

This list was generated on Sat May 18 21:07:27 2019 BST.
Number of items: 44.

Articles

Bristow, A., Robinson, S. and Ratle, O. (2019) Academic arrhythmia: disruption, dissonance and conflict in the early-career rhythms of CMS academics. Academy of Management Learning and Education, (Accepted for Publication)

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2018) Women leaders in the political field in Scotland: a socio-historical approach to the emergence of leaders. Leadership, 14(6), pp. 662-686. (doi:10.1177/1742715017710592)

Bristow, A. and Robinson, S. (2018) Brexiting CMS. Organization, 25(5), pp. 636-648. (doi:10.1177/1350508418786057)

Bristow, A., Robinson, S. and Ratle, O. (2017) Being an early-career CMS academic in the context of insecurity and ‘excellence’: the dialectics of resistance and compliance. Organization Studies, 38(9), pp. 1185-1207. (doi:10.1177/0170840616685361)

Robinson, S., Ratle, O. and Bristow, A. (2017) Labour pains: starting a career within the neo-liberal university. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 17(3), pp. 481-508.

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2016) Architecture, symbolic capital and elite mobilisations: the case of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s corporate campus. Organization, 23(5), pp. 699-721. (doi:10.1177/1350508415606988)

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. K. and Elliott, C. (2016) Modernism, postmodernism and corporate power: historicising the architectural typology of the corporate campus. Management and Organizational History, 11(2), pp. 123-146. (doi:10.1080/17449359.2016.1141690)

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2015) Reflexive conversations: constructing hermeneutic designs for qualitative management research. British Journal of Management, 26(4), pp. 777-790. (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12118)

Rose, M., Decter, M., Robinson, S., Jack, S. and Lockett, N. (2013) Opportunities, contradictions and attitudes: The evolution of university–business engagement since 1960. Business History, 55(2), pp. 259-279. (doi:10.1080/00076791.2012.704512)

Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2012) MBA imaginaries: Projections of internationalization. Management Learning, 43(2), pp. 157-181. (doi:10.1177/1350507611428854)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2012) From symbolic violence to economic violence: the globalizing of the Scottish banking elite. Organization Studies, 33(2), pp. 247-266. (doi:10.1177/0170840611430594)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2011) Leadership as an elite field: Scottish banking leaders and the crisis of 2007-2009. Leadership, 7(2), pp. 151-173. (doi:10.1177/1742715010394735)

Johnston, L., Robinson, S. and Lockett, N. (2010) Recognising “open innovation” in HEI‐industry interaction for knowledge transfer and exchange. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 16(6), pp. 540-560. (doi:10.1108/13552551011082498)

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2009) The hysteresis effect as creative adaptation of the habitus: dissent and transition to the 'corporate' in post-Soviet Ukraine. Organization, 16(6), pp. 829-853. (doi:10.1177/1350508409337581)

Robinson, S. K. and Kerr, R. (2009) The symbolic violence of leadership: A critical hermeneutic study of leadership and succession in a British organization in the post-Soviet context. Human Relations, 62(6), pp. 875-903. (doi:10.1177/0018726709104546)

Lockett, N., Cave, F., Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2009) The influence of co-location in higher education institutions on small firms’ perspectives of knowledge transfer. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 21(3), pp. 265-283. (doi:10.1080/08985620802279973)

Lockett, N., Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2008) Multiple perspectives on the challenges for knowledge transfer between higher education institutions and industry. International Small Business Journal, 26(6), pp. 661-681. (doi:10.1177/0266242608096088)

Robinson, S. (2006) Reflecting on the "International Group Working Experience": a study of two MBA programmes. International Journal of Management Education, 5(2), pp. 3-14.

Book Sections

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. K. and Elliott, C. (2016) Developing metaphors in light of the visual and digital turns in organization studies: towards a methodological framework. In: Ortenblad, A., Trehan, K. and Putnam, L. L. (eds.) Exploring Morgan's Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, California, pp. 165-183. ISBN 9781506318776

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2016) Gentlemen, players and remoralisation of banking: solution or diversion? In: Dorn, N. (ed.) Controlling Capital: Public and Private Regulation of Financial Markets. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138943124

Robinson, S. (2015) In search of an international experience: Towards a 'Bildung' understanding of MBA learning. In: Holden, N. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management. Series: Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Routledge. ISBN 9780415858687

Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2014) Towards an understanding of corporate web identity. In: Bell, E., Warren, S. and Schroeder, J. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization. Series: Routledge companions in business, management and accounting. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415783675

Reid, K., Robinson, S. and Quintas, P. (2013) Perspectives and practice: facilitating the learning of the twenty-first-century manager. In: Van den Bossche, P., Gijselaers, W. H. and Milter, R.G. (eds.) Facilitating Learning in the 21st Century: Leading Through Technology, Diversity and Authenticity. Springer: London.

Book Reviews

Robinson, S. (2015) Book review: A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about management research. Management Learning, 46(1), pp. 130-133. (doi:10.1177/1350507614561113) [Book Review]

Robinson, S. (2010) Book review: The Sage Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development. Management Learning, 41(1), pp. 115-119. (doi:10.1177/13505076100410010805) [Book Review]

Conference or Workshop Item

Robinson, S. and Bristow, A. (2017) Brexit and Critical Reflexivity. British Academy of Management Conference, Warwick, UK, 5-7 Sep 2017.

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2017) Politics and the ‘Good’ Organisation: The Scottish Parliament Building as Social, Symbolic and Physical Space. 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 Jul 2017.

Robinson, S. and Bristow, A. (2017) Brexit-ing CMS. 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) ConferenceS), Liverpool, UK, 3-5 Jul 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2016) Women Leaders in the Political Field in Scotland: Extending the ‘Historical Turn’ to Leadership Studies. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 7-9 July 2016,

Robinson, S., Smith, A. and Fischbacher-Smith, M. (2016) Towards an Understanding of the Role of Identity Work in Readiness for or Resistance to Organisational Change: The Case a Community Health Partnership. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 7-9 July 2016,

Kerr, R., Robinson, S. and Wiek, E. (2015) Towards a Theoretical Understanding of the Role of Social Agents in Long Term Institutional Development: a historically situated study of the genesis and growth of the subfield of English Wine. In: 31st EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 2-4 Jul 2015,

Robinson, S., Bristow, A. and Ratle, O. (2015) Critical Learning: An Exploration of the Roles and Development of Early Career CMS Academics. In: 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 7 - 11 Aug 2015,

Robinson, S. and Kerr, R. (2015) The Feminization of Political Leadership? Women as Political Leaders in Post-Devolution Scotland: a Socio-Historical Approach. In: 14th International Studying Leadership, Lancaster, UK, 13-15 Dec 2015,

Bristow, A., Ratle, O. and Robinson, S. (2014) Resistance as Institutional Entrepreneurship in Unsettled Times: The Case of Early-Career Academics in Critical Management Studies. In: EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 3-5 Jul 2014,

Elliott, C., Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2014) Corporate Historical Web Identity: Researching the Representation of History in the Light of the Visual/Digital Turn. In: EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 3-5 Jul 2014,

Kerr, R., Elliot, C. and Robinson, S. (2014) Spectacle, Distance and Détournement: The International Union of Food Workers’ Campaign Against Mondelēz International. In: 5th LAEMOS Conference, La Havana, Cuba, 2-5 Apr 2014,

Robinson, S., Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2013) Towards an Organizational Historiographical Methodology: A Historical Study of Corporate Power and Architecture – The Case of the ‘Corporate Campus'. In: 29th EGOS Colloquium: Bridging Continents: Cultures and Worldviews, Montreal, Canada, 4-6 Jul 2013,

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2012) Designing and Contesting Material and Symbolic Spaces for Corporate Elite Reproduction: The Case of RBS Business School. In: 28th EGOS Colloquium, Helsinki, Finland, 5-7 Jul 2012,

Elliott, C. and Robinson, S. (2010) International Imaginaries - A Study of Four MBA Programmes. In: OLKC 5, Boston, MA, USA, 3-6 Jun 2010,

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2010) Scottish Banks in Globalising Fields: Tracking the Contribution of the Scottish Bankers to the Banking Crisis Of 2008-2009. In: 26th EGOS Colloquium, Lisbon, Portugal, 1-3 Jul 2010,

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2009) The Metaphor of the Journey: Beyond the MBA and Back to Bildung. In: 25th EGOS Colloquium, Barcelona, Spain, 1-4 Jul 2009,

Robinson, S. (2009) Multiple Perspectives: Constructing a Hermeneutic Research Design. In: BAM 2009, Brighton, England, 15-17 Sep 2009,

Kerr, R. and Robinson, S. (2005) Charisma Revisited: Disciples, Dissenters and the Problem of Succession. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2006,

Robinson, S. (2004) Social Capital and the Internationalising MBA: Bonding, Bridging and Belonging. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, 2005,

This list was generated on Sat May 18 21:07:27 2019 BST.