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Research interests

My research interests centre on issues of identity, sensemaking, narrative and change. There are four broad strands to my work: (1) theoretical pieces (e.g., Brown 1997; Brown 2006; Brown & Starkey, 2000; Brown & Thompson, 2013); (2) theoretically-driven case studies (e.g., Brown & Coupland, 2015; Boussebaa & Brown, 2017; Huber & Brown, 2017); (3) analyses of texts (e.g., Brown, 2017; Brown, Ainsworth & Grant, 2012) and (4) reviews (Brown, 2015, 2017). My research is an exploration of aspects of the linguistic turn in Organization Studies, and draws on a broad range of disciplines from literary theory to anthropology and discursive psychology in an effort to theorize processes of organizing, identities and change.

Willing to supervise PhD

I have supervised a broad range of PhD students, some of whom have gone on to become highly successful scholars and others who have pursued careers in other industry sectors. I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Identities in and around organizations
  • Organizational identities and processes of identification
  • Stories, narratives and storytelling in, of and about organizations
  • Sensemaking, power and processes of organizing
  • Processes of group and organizational change

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Projects 2013 2015

Global Research Scholarship Scheme - Iva Kostova

Brown, A.


Project: Research-related funding

High Reliability Organisations

Colville, I. & Brown, A.

The Environment Agency


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2000 2019

39 Downloads (Pure)

Company towns and the governmentality of desired identities

Moonesirust, E. & Brown, A. D., 13 Nov 2019, In : Human Relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
16 Citations (Scopus)
201 Downloads (Pure)

Identities in Organization Studies: Identities in Organization Studies

Brown, A. D., 1 Jan 2019, In : Organization Studies. 40, 1, p. 7-22 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Organization studies
Organizational processes
Research agenda
208 Downloads (Pure)

Identity Work, Loss and Preferred Identities: A study of UK business school deans

Brown, A. D., Lewis, M. A. & Oliver, N., 27 Jun 2019, In : Organization Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Human relations virtual special issue: Identities in organizations

Brown, A. D., 1 Apr 2018, In : Human Relations. 71, 4, p. 611-613 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

2 Citations (Scopus)
29 Downloads (Pure)

Making sense of the war in Afghanistan

Brown, A. D., 1 Jun 2018, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 53, p. 43-56 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Narratives of an Organization's Identities

Author: James, M., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Brown, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Navigating Creative Work: Work, self, and emotions in the creative organisation

Author: Josefsson, I., 30 May 2018

Supervisor: Brown, A. (Supervisor) & Gabriel, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD