I was awarded my DPhil from Nuffield College, Oxford University in 1986. My thesis was about how management strategies, power and skill played out in Clydeside shipyards and factories between the wars. The politics of skill remains one of my interests.
Over the years I have researched and written about historical and contemporary management strategy and practices; unionisation; and new forms of work. I have examined these issues in many settings, from a Motorola factory making mobile phones to Ford car factories through to television studios.
My current research is about management strategy and practices in the BBC and ITV. This is a project that I'm working on with Chris Carter, Edinburgh University. A new project is about the changing definitions and experiences of the career since 1945.