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Dr Martin Brigham

Martin Brigham

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PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising research into meeting practices, organisational listening, and reflective approaches to senior management development.

Current Research

The programme and practice of contemporary governance in organised contexts:

The 'greening' of organisational change, and discourses and practices of sustainability

Managerialism and NGOs

Modernisation and public management, particularly information infrastructures

External Roles

I am a member of a number of scholarly networks and professional associations:

Critical Management Studies: one of the conference organisers of the 2003 third CMS conference at Lancaster University 

Academy of Management: all-academy symposium co-organiser with Bobby Banerjee, Raza Mir and Maarten van der Kamp, annual conference in Anaheim, Los Angeles in 2008

European Group for Organisation Studies

Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development


An experienced and senior member of the faculty with 25 research publications (journal papers, review articles, and book chapters). I have presented research papers at more than 30 academic conferences around the world.


I have been a guest editor of the journal Ethics and Information Technology and an associate editor of the International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management. I have published in range academic journals includung the Journal of Managment Studies, New Technology Work and Employment, Ephemera, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Ethics and Information Technology, Society and Business Review, and the Journal of Information Technology.

I am a reviewer for number of academic journals and conferences in the field of management and organisation studies including OrganizationHuman Relations, Management Learning, the International Journal of Management Reviews, Organization Studies and the Academy of Management.

Research Interests

My research is underpinned by a theoretical preoccupation with how new forms of technological, organisational and environmental value are constituted through the idea and practice of contemporary governance and how these reconfigure our understanding of organising and organisations.

This theoretical focus connects the empirical research I have conducted over the last 10 years - on public sector modernisation, partnerships and non-governmental organisations, and corporate reporting of environmental sustainability. 

For my doctorate at Warwick Business School, I researched the programmatic deployment of a mobile information infrastructure at a UK fire service. I am currently revisiting the fire service a decade after the initial research to follow the securitisation of public sector management through a national information management project.

I have a recent interest in the management of global development and NGOs through the governmentalisation of management. Particularly evidence-based forms of evaluation and inter-organisational partnerships.

An interest in the natural environment and, specifically, governance through sustainability, but also the genealogy of the natural environment and practices for reporting sustainability in corporate contexts.

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in these three research areas.

Research Grants

Masters, University of Warwick

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Doctorate, University of Warwick

Funded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

ESRC Seminar Series on Corporate Social Responsibility

Co-applicant for ESRC seminar series: 'Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): When Worlds Collide: Contested Paradigms of Corporate Responsibility', £18,000.

Co-applicant for The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW): Seminar Series: 'Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): When Worlds Collide: Contested Paradigms of Corporate Responsibility', £3,000.

Other consortium partners were: Professor Paul Palmer, CASS Business School, City University; Alan Murray, Sheffield University Management School; Dr Rob Melville, CASS business school, City University; Dr Kathryn Haynes, York Management School; and Richard Spencer, Corporate Responsibility Manager of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

The series will begin in the Autumn of 2008 at the British Library in London and run for 18 months, with further seminars at Lancaster, York, St Andrews, the ICAEW and Cass. For more information: http://www.lums.lancs.ac.uk/news/15028/esrc-seminar-series-on-csr/

Governance and Accounting for Sustainability

The Prince's Trust Accounting for Sustainability Project during 2009-10. Funded by the Prince's Trust and the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB). Research projects led by Professor Anthony Hopwood, Oxford University and Jeffrey Unerman, Royal Holloway, University of London. Presentation of findings with David Otley and Vicky Kiosse at HRH's The Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability Forum Annual Meeting at St. James' Palace, London, on 17 December 2009. For more information: http://www.accountingforsustainability.org/home/


BA (Hons) (Lancaster), MA (Warwick), PhD (Warwick)

Current Teaching

I teach across a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience programmes:


OWT.230 Management and Environments: Contributing lecturer

OWT.324 and OWT.325 Management and Organisation: Convenor

MNGT321 Management in the Twenty-First Century: Contributing lecturer and tutor


MA Human Resource and Knowledge Management: Specialist departmental master's programme 

Knowledge Management II: Contributing lecturer

MBA: Two core modules on the Lancaster MBA programme.

Organisational Behaviour: Contributing lecturer

Global Society and Responsible Management: Convenor and lecturer

Executive Tutoring

International Masters in Practising Management (IMPM): Masters programme provided by a partnership of Lancaster University in the UK, McGill Univeristy in Canada, the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Renmin University of China and EBAPE FGV-Rio in Brazil.

I have supervised major papers/dissertations for participants from the International Federation of the Red Cross based in the Indian sub-continent and East Africa. Tutored participants from Aids Allaince from western and eastern Europe, southern and western Africa, South America and Asia. Currently, I am the tutor for participants from the Kenya Red Cross.

Doctoral Supervision

I currently supervise two doctoral students: Maarten van der Kamp is researching organic food standards (supervised with Professor Elizabeth Shove from the Department of Sociology), and Alison Stowell (with Professor Lucas Introna) is researching the impact of e-waste since the EU WEEE Directive. Previously, I supervised Simon Burnett's (with Dr Colin Brown, 2009) doctorate on the cultural trajectory of happiness.

Professional Role

Departmental PQR Coordinator

Until September 2009:

Undergraduate Part I Director of Studies: Management and Organisation

Departmental Equal Opportunities Representative

Steering Group Committee Member: Lancaster MBA

Steering Group Committee Member: MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change

Departmental Undergraduate Teaching Committee

Member of the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation

From 2005-2008 I convened the departmental research seminar series

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