Newcastle University Business School

Strategy, Organisations & Society

Strategy, Organisations and Society


Strategy, Organisations and Society (SOS) is a leading research group committed to using social theory to understand major strategic, organisational and societal issues.

This commitment to social theory is what makes us unique. In contrast to mainstream economic perspectives, we view strategy as an important cultural, organizational and political phenomenon.

We advance academic, practitioner and policy debates in strategy and organisation studies. We possess specific strengths in the use of theories of power, identity, institutions, symbolism and discourse.

We engage with a range of organizations and have particular expertise in the fields of the media, multi-nationals and the organised professions, alongside the longitudinal study of business and business practices.

The ethos of the group is to produce creative and innovative research that generates new insights into important strategic and organizational issues, both longitudinally and from a contemporary perspective. The group is run by Professor Frank Mueller and Professor Iain Munro

All our research is underpinned by the application and advancement of theory from the social sciences and humanities. We have particular expertise in theories of power, identity, institutions, discourse, rhetoric and narrative. Our research is inter-disciplinary and develops links with fields across the social sciences and humanities.

Our research has led to significant advancements in how we understand the strategic and organizational challenges of our time by drawing on major social theorists, such as Foucault and Bourdieu.

For research events including seminar series, please see our research events page.


SOS research is organised into four themes.

Research Projects

Group Members

Head of group

Head of group

Professor Frank Mueller
Chair in Strategy and Organisation

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 1682

Professor Iain Munro
Prof of Leadership & Org Change

Primary group members

Primary group members

Dr Susan Addison
Teaching Fellow in Strategy, Organisations and Society

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 1684

Dr Elizabeth Alexander
Senior Lecturer in IBM and Strategy

Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 1551

Professor Amanda Broderick
Chief Executive Officer & Director, Newcastle University London

Telephone: ++44(0) 203 7522206

Dr Peter Edward
Director of Full-time MBA, Lecturer in International Business Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1599

Professor Suraksha Gupta
Professor of Marketing

Telephone: +44(0)203 752 2461

Professor Charles Harvey
Professor of Business History and Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5812

Dr Allanah Johnston
Degree Program Director, MSc International Business Management / Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8566

Dr Yipeng Liu
Reader in International Management and Organisation Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 1729

Dr Ewan Mackenzie
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1693

Dr Oliver Mallett
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Telephone: +44 (0) 1912081508

Professor Alan McKinlay
Prof of Human Resource Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1565

Professor Iain Munro
Prof of Leadership & Org Change

Dr Rekha Nicholson
Senior Lecturer - International Business

Telephone: +44(0)203 752 2420

Dr Victoria Pagan
Lecturer in Strategic Management


Dr Michael Price
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1737

Dr Stefanie Reissner
Senior Lecturer in Management and Organisation Studies, Deputy Subject Group Head Leadership, Work and Organisation (LWO)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1717

Professor Roy Suddaby
Professor of Strategic Management and Organization

Dr Laurence Vigneau
Lecturer in International Management


Professor Andrea Whittle
Chair in Management and Organization Studies


Dr Robert Willison
Deputy Director of Doctoral Programmes and Degree Programme Director for N200: Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 1510

Dr Natalia Yakovleva
Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy, Programme Director for BSc (Hon) International Business Management (London Campus)

Telephone: +44(0)203 752 2448

Dr Wubiao Zhou
Senior Lecturer


Secondary group members

Secondary group members

Rebecca Casey
Lecturer in Information Systems Mgmt

Lisa Clark
Lecturer in HRM&D/Degree Programme Director MSc Global HRM

Telephone: 0191 2081507

Dr Raffaele Filieri
Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Dr Claudia Gabbioneta
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1728

Dr Andreas Giazitzoglu
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, PhD coordinator for Innovation and Enterprise (MOS subject group)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1699

Dr Jane Gibbon
Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1650

Dr Josephine Go Jefferies
Lecturer in Marketing

Telephone: 0191 208 1749

Professor Christian Hicks
Deputy Director, Professor of Operations Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1604

Professor Stephen Hughes
Professor of International Organisations

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1566

Harsh Jha
Lecturer Quantitative Methods Management


Dr Paul Lewis
Teaching Fellow

Dr Jo McBride
Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Work and Employment

Telephone: 01912081623

Professor David McCollum-Oldroyd
Professor of Accounting

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1707

Dr Elina Meliou
Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HRM, Degree Programme Director MSc International Business Management

Telephone: +44(0)203 752 2446

Professor Daniel Muzio
Professor of Professions and Organization

Dr Paul Richter
DPD - MA Arts Business & Creativity and MSc Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2081696

Professor Jonathan Sapsed
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Professor Ileana Steccolini
Professor of Accounting & Finance and Director of Research

Telephone: +44(0)203 752 2231

Professor Steve Vincent
Professor of Work and Organisation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1706

Dr Fiona Whitehurst
Senior Lecturer in Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1603

Dr Jingqi Zhu
Lecturer in International Business Mngmt