1987 …2020

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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 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 (Aberdeen), 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, Business Elites and Corporate Governance in France and the UK, was followed by a series of 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 from the perspective of elite power and rising inequalities. Recent papers on the ethics and history of entrepreneurial philanthropy have been published in the Journal of Business Ethics (2020) and the Business History Review (2019) respectively. 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.

A further research project with Stewart Clegg (UTS, Australia), Roy Suddaby (Victoria, Canada) and Charles Harvey concerns historical organization 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), Organization Studies (2018), Human Relations (2018, 2015), Strategic Organization (2020) and Organization (2014). I am coordinating a colloquium sub-theme on this topic with Roy Suddaby and Stewart Clegg at EGOS 2021, Amsterdam. An edited collection on Historical Organization Studies: Theory and Applications which emerged from our 2019 EGOS sub-theme will be published by Routledge in 2021.

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 published in Work, Employment and Society (2017).

My research has been funded by the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, Reed Charity, the Anglo-German Foundation and the British Academy. I have recently completed an ESRC-funded project, awarded £394K over two years (2016-2019), on the ‘Rowntree Business Lectures and the Interwar British Management Movement’ with Gareth Shaw and Alan Booth (Exeter). Our research has been published in the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal (2020) and in a data repository, see http://rowntree.exeter.ac.uk/ 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

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

Award Date: 20 Jun 1990

PhD, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 5 Jul 1985

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

Award Date: 5 Jul 1980

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Projects

  • Research Output

    Bourdieu, strategy and the field of power

    Harvey, C., Yang, R., Mueller, F. & Maclean, M., 27 Jun 2020, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 40 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Crafting philanthropic identities

    Maclean, M. & Harvey, C., 16 Jan 2020, Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. Brown, A. D. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford Univerity Press, p. 637-653 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Cross-state mobility of European naturalised third-country nationals

    Sarpong, D., Maclean, M. & Ewong, J. E., 1 Jan 2020, In : European Urban and Regional Studies. 27, 1, p. 50-69 20 p., 5.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Ethical considerations and challenges for using digital ethnography to research vulnerable populations

    Thompson, A., Stringfellow, L., Maclean, M. & Nazzal, A., 14 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Business Research. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Executive remuneration and the limits of disclosure as an instrument of corporate governance

    Harvey, C., Maclean, M. & Price, M., 28 May 2020, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 69, p. 1-20 19 p., 4.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle