Professor Sarah Robinson
- Professor (Management)
Sarah started working at the Adam Smith Business School in January 2016. Previously, she worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester, the Open University, Lancaster University and in international development in China and Ukraine.
Her interests relate to learning in its many forms, both personal and organisational. She is particularly interested in developing visual, digital and hermeneutic research methodologies for organisational research and in applications of Pierre Bourdieu’s work to organisation studies.
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.
Sarah has published in a broad range of journals including:
- Human Relations
- Organization Studies
- British Journal of Management
- Business History
- Management Learning
- Leadership and International Small Business Journal.
Sarah is a member of the Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.
- Bourdieusian approaches to organisation studies
- 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.
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)
Sarah welcomes proposals using qualitative research in the following areas:
- Management Education
- Higher Education Management and Leadership
- Management and Organisation Leaning
- International Development Management and Practice
- Architectural and visual approaches to Organisation Studies
- Critical management studies.
She is currently supervising the following PhD students:
- Shaw, Laura
The development of women’s leadership within the Scottish Parliament since devolution.
- Wang, Feier
Women's Views on Leadership in Chinese Higher Education Institutions
- Yañez Ospina, Claudia Mylena
Working well, living well? Views and use of employer-led wellbeing initiatives amongst early career medical and academic professionals
Sarah has 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
- Introduction to Management
- Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Research Philosophy (doctoral)
- Influencing Skills
- 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