Dr Alex Wright
Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Organization
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Sheffield University Management School
I joined Sheffield University in May 2018, having previously worked at The Open University, where I had two years as a head of department, and Wolverhampton University. I am a member of the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). My key research interests are in strategy work (strategy-as-practice, strategizing), where I take a critical perspective; communication as constitutive of organization (CCO); routines; performativity; criticality and critical literature reviews; and qualitative research methods. I have published in the following journals: Organization, Journal of Management Inquiry, Long Range Planning, M@n@gement, Journal of Marketing Management and Sciences de la Société.
- Research interests
My main research interests center on strategy work, CCO, performativity and routines. Aside from individual article writing, I have two major long-term research projects on the go. With Professor Snejina Michailova, University of Auckland, New Zealand, I am working on articulating the qualities and approach to the crafting of a critical literature review (article in review and book contract signed), which attempts to position the critical literature review as a distinct form of literature review to that of the systematic or integrative review. With Profs. Nicolas Bencherki (TÉLUQ Montréal, Canada) Laure Cabantous (Business School, formerly Cass, City, University of London, UK) and Mie Plotnikof (Aarhus University, Denmark), we have had our proposal to EGOS accepted for a new Standing Working Group (SWG) on "Communication, Performativity & Organization". Our SWG will run at each EGOS annual conference from 2022 through to 2025, with a possible extension. We are in the process of identifying projects that will run alongside the annual EGOS conference.
- Ventriloquial authority in management learning and education : a communication as constitutive of learning and education perspective. Academy of Management Learning & Education.
- From ‘pretty’ to ‘pretty powerful’: the communicatively constituted power of facial beauty’s performativity. Organization Studies, 42(12), 1885-1907. View this article in WRRO
- Embodied Organizational Routines: Explicating a Practice Understanding. Journal of Management Inquiry, 28(2), 153-165.
- The performativity of strategy: Taking stock and moving ahead. Long Range Planning, 51(3), 407-416. View this article in WRRO
- Organizational routines as embodied performatives: A communication as constitutive of organization perspective. Organization, 23(2), 147-163.
- Performing market segmentation: a performative perspective. Journal of Marketing Management, 31(1-2), 62-83.
- Critical literature reviews: A critique and actionable advice. Management Learning, 135050762110739-135050762110739.
- Research group
Affiliated member of Organization Studies (OS)
- Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business
Awarded a Leverhulme Overseas Academic Fellowship in 2013, to the value of £15,389.
- Teaching interests
My research interest in criticality infuses my approach to teaching where I aim to help students develop their ability to think criticality, and to communicate their critical understanding. This means that alongside developing an understanding of the content students are confronted with, I see it as vitally important that students develop their critical awareness so that they become active learners rather than passive consumers.
- Teaching activities
I am the current module leader for the MBA module MGT6041, Strategic Management. I also teach on modules MGT136, Management Themes and Perspectives, MGT231 Business Strategy, and MGT6047 Strategic Management.
- Professional activities
Member of the Academy of Management and EGOS
- PhD supervision
I am keen to supervise new PhD. students who are interested in taking a critical and qualitative approach to the study of strategy, communication as an aspect of organization and organizing, routines in management and organization, and performativity as communicationally constituted.