School of Business and Management

Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG)

The Organisational Processes and Practices Research Group (OPPRG) includes a number of scholars engaging in research within the broad field of Organisation Studies. This simultaneously represents an opportunity and a challenge, both of which are due to the interdisciplinary nature of Organisation Studies which as a field derives from sociology, psychology and economics and continues to widen its’ disciplinary range.

The OPPRG focuses on processes and practices of organisation, organising and organisations. We recognise that organisation is a complex phenomenon comprehensible in multiple ways from self-organising auto-poetic systems and complexity theory through to the study of interactions amongst people and things. Within this, we focus specifically on researching ‘business’ organisations including the public, private and third sectors. All of which are combinations of human agency and the agentic properties of objects. And we focus on processes and practices through which such organisations have: (a) been organised; (b) are organising.

Whereas some organisational scholars ask ‘what is an organisation?’ our main focus is on the combination of processes (human and non-human) and practices (mostly human) that produce and regenerate business organisations.

In this context, OPPRG currently focuses on processes and practices from a knowledge management, technology, human relations and resources point of view, on the following:

  • Interactions amongst and between organisations (institutions, communities, networks, platforms, etc.) and people (workers, managers, professionals, etc.)
  • Interactions between organisations, institutions and society at large (cooperation, competition, conflict, resilience, etc.)
  • Interactions between organisations and individuals as they make sense of their roles, working practices and career progression, leadership learning and development.

Members of OPPRG work with a range of research ideas and approaches including:

  • Actor-networks
  • Communities of practice
  • Development and post-development
  • Diversity, gender and equality
  • Ethnomethodology
  • History
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge management
  • Labour process
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management and organizational learning
  • Post-colonialism
  • Practice studies
  • Science and technology studies
  • Sense-making
  • Sustainability
  • Social network analysis
  • Sociometry
  • Social capital
  • Capitalisms
  • Social economics
  • Relations and Relationality
  • Liminal spaces
  • Discourses
  • Narratives
  • Action research
  • Ethnography

Contact: Professor Stephen Fox (

Professor Steve Fox

  • Management and organisational learning
  • How managers, managements, and organizations learn, change and develop
    • especially middle to senior managers and HRM managers
  • How professionals, professions and other occupations learn, change and develop
  • How groups, teams, communities, networks, collectives, mobs, crowds and movements learn, organise, develop
  • Interdisciplinary organisational and educational practices


Professor Gerard Hanlon

  • Labour Process Theory and Management
  • Bureaucracy and Organisation
  • Democracy and Organisation
  • Standardisation and Hierarchy


Dr Giuliano Maielli

  • Path dependence
  • Evolutionary organisational and technological change
  • Architectural knowledge
  • Power across supply chains

Dr Manuela Perrotta

  • Relation between learning, work and technologies in organisations
  • Knowing in practice and processes of institutionalisation of knowledge
  • Relation between the emergence of new technologies and the co-production of knowledge in health organisations
  • Development of professional and lay visions
  • Organisational construction of the body


Dr Andromachi Athanasopoulou

  • Leadership/leadership development (CEO careers; gender & leadership)
  • Decision-making
  • Sensemaking
  • Business ethics & corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Micro-level research and interconnectedness with meso and macro levels
  • Qualitative research

Professor Maxine Robertson

 Dr Elena Doldor

Dr Doyin Atewologun

Dr Liam Campling 

Dr Sadhvi Dar 

Dr Pietro Panzarasa 


Dr Rowland Curtis 

Within the broad research areas of the OPPRG, as scholars we focus on and are keen to supervise PhD students interested in more specific issues, for example:

  • Everyday naturally occurring interactions and learning in organisations; the practices of management and leadership; the world of management development; practical actions and practical reasoning; situated, learning, knowing-doing; the affordances of technologies in the spatial, temporal and material environments of working life; communities and networks of practices, situated management and learning; strategic capacities and actions; practices of diversity management; management education; the micro-politics of change (Steve Fox).
  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility; psychoanalysis and psychology of organisations (Sadhvi Dar).
  • How is individual identity constructed and attached to work, shaping it and affected by it? How do everyday interactions influence who we come to be? The everyday identity work of senior black and ethnic minority people (Doyin Atewologun).
  • Women on Boards; women leaders; organisational politics; leadership and social influence; male and female experiences; diversity (Elena Doldor).
  • Technologies in the workplace (Manuela Perrotta).