Mairi Maclean


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Accepting PhD Students

1988 …2018

Personal profile

Research interests

I have previously held positions at the universities of Newcastle, Exeter, UWE, Royal Holloway, Aston and Paris-Sorbonne, where I have served as Associate Dean for Research (Newcastle), Director of Research (Exeter), Subject Group Head (Exeter), Research Degrees Director (UWE), Deputy Dean and MBA Director (RHUL).

My research interests lie primarily in the area of international business elites and elite power from a Bourdieusian perspective. I am the lead researcher of a four-person team, including Professors Charles Harvey (Newcastle), Gerhard Kling (SOAS), and Robert Chia (Glasgow). The research has required the production of a large-scale elites database and the conduct of numerous interviews with elites. A research monograph was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006, entitled Business Elites and Corporate Governance in France and the UK. This was followed by a series of journal articles on elite power, social networks, storytelling, reflexivity, and capital theory, published in Organization Studies (2014; 2010), Organizational Research Methods (2017), Human Relations (2012), Management Learning (2012), the Sociological Review (2008), Business History (2008; 2007), Research in the Sociology of Organizations (2015) and Theory, Culture and Society (2017).

I am also interested in entrepreneurship and philanthropy, particularly from the perspective of elite power and rising inequalities. A paper on the philanthropic journey was published in Human Relations (2015), and a paper on the tax aspects of charitable giving and elite philanthropic networks in Organization Studies (2016). I am a member of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy (REWP) at Newcastle University, led by Charles Harvey.

My research on aspects of international management has embraced France, Germany, Serbia, Central and Eastern Europe, India, Japan, the US and the UK. One research project concerns the adjustment of marginalized, first generation migrant workers from West African countries to today’s multi-ethnic workplaces (with Dr David Sarpong, Brunel). A paper on this topic was recently published in Work, Employment and Society (2017).

A further research project with Stewart Clegg (UTS) and Charles Harvey concerns historical organisation studies, examining how history is ‘carried into’ the present within organizations, what strategic difficulties the on-going force of history creates, and what results can be achieved by better understanding the dynamics of strategic change. Papers on this topic have appeared in the Academy of Management Review (2016) and Business History Review (2017), with further papers published in Human Relations (2015) and Organization (2014). My research has been funded by the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, Reed Charity, the Anglo-German Foundation and the British Academy. I am currently engaged on an ESRC-funded project, awarded £394K over two years (2016-2018), examining the ‘Rowntree Business Lectures and the Interwar British Management Movement’ with Alan Booth, Gareth Shaw and Morgen Witzel (Exeter). 

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in the areas of international business elites and elite power, entrepreneurial philanthropy, storytelling, and historical organisation studies. I have supervised seven doctoral students to successful completion.

Education / Academic qualification

Business and Management, Master of Business Administration, University of Bath

French, German, History, Master of Arts, University of St Andrews

PhD, University of St Andrews

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elite Social Sciences
Great Britain Social Sciences
Elites Business & Economics
Southeastern Europe Social Sciences
identity Social Sciences
Serbian Social Sciences
joint venture Social Sciences
political ideology Social Sciences

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 1988 2017

1 Citations

Elite business networks and the field of power: A matter of class?

Maclean, M., Harvey, C. & Kling, G. 1 Sep 2017 In : Theory Culture and Society. 34, 5-6, p. 127-151 25 p., 6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social class

Establishing causal order in longitudinal studies combining binary and continuous dependent variables

Kling, G., Harvey, C. & Maclean, M. 15 Sep 2017 In : Organizational Research Methods. 20, 4, p. 770-799 30 p., 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vector autoregression
Longitudinal study
Social networks

From Cadbury to Kay: Discourse, intertextuality and the evolution of UK corporate governance

Price, M., Harvey, C., Maclean, M. & Campbell, D. 10 Oct 2017 In : Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 31, 6, 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Corporate governance
Critical discourse analysis
1 Citations

Narrative, metaphor and the subjective understanding of identity transition

Maclean, M., Harvey, C. & Stringfellow, L. 11 Aug 2017 In : Business History. 59, 8, p. 1218-1241 24 p., 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oral history
Individual freedoms

Organization Theory in Business and Management History: Present Status and Future Prospects

Maclean, M., Harvey, C. & Clegg, S. R. 11 Oct 2017 In : Business History Review. 91, 3, p. 457-481 25 p., 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Business history
Organization theory