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Dr Sarah Gregory

Senior Teaching Fellow in Organisation, Work and Technology

Sarah Gregory

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510949

PhD supervision

Areas relating to behavioural and organisational ethics.

Research Interests

Behavioural and Organisational Ethics.

Ethical Leadership.

Working in groups and teams.

Current Research

MPhil Thesis title: "Castaway: Group life on the MBA".  An exploration of the issues concerning groupwork identified by managers on the full-time MBA programme at Lancaster University.


PhD Thesis title: "Purchasing Prostitutes in Paris".  An exploration of the influence of ethics on the decisions of middle managers.


Refereed Paper at the ANZAM Conference 2006: `So, am I ethical?' Ethics and the Everyday Decisions of Managers.

Refereed Paper at the ANZAM Conference 2008: A Methodological Discussion of an Approach to the Study of Ethics: The Ethics of Researching Ethics.

Refereed Paper at Management Learning: Learning to Publish, Publishing to Learn Conference 2013 (with Steve Kempster): 'We don't often talk about this': Exploring Discourse Ethics in Executive Education.

Refereed Paper at The 5th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference 2013 (with Steve Kempster): Austerity and Ethical Leadership Behaviour: Should we be concerned?

Refereed Paper at The 6th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference 2014 (with Steve Kempster): Critical Incidents and Discourse Ethics in Executive Education.

Refereed Paper at BAM Conference 2014 (with Steve Kempster): '[Almost] Purchasing Prostitutes in Paris': Middle management and ethical leadership.

Refereed Paper at ANZAM Conference 2014: 'A moment of truth': The development of a process model for the teaching of business ethics.

Abstract for 4th Annual ABEN Conference 2014: 'Purchasing Prostitutes in Paris': Exploring the scope for ethical leadership practice for middle management.

Journal Article:

'Should I stay or should I go?' Exploring Leadership-as-Practice in the Middle Management Role, Leadership Journal, October 2015 (with Steve Kempster)


BA (Hons) in Economic History, Leeds University

MBA, Open University

MPhil in Critical Management, Lancaster University

PhD in Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University


Prior to joining the University in 1992, I obtained 10 years management experience in both the UK and Australia with positions ranging from a buyer for Fisons plc, manager of a computer graphics bureau and recruitment consultant.

My initial role in the Management School involved the administration of a number of programmes for BAeSystems (then British Aerospace) including the Certificate in Management and Graduate Development Programme. In 1997 I transferred onto the full-time MBA programme where I was Director of Admissions, then Deputy Director. In August 2003 I was appointed to the post of Programme Director for the BBA in Management, transferring to the BBA in European Management in 2006.  From August 2009 to September 2014 I was the Programme Director for the MSc in Management programmes at Lancaster, Goenka and Sunway.  I currently am the Departmental Part 2 Director of Studies and the Recruitment Director for the MSc in Human Resources & Knowledge Management and MSc in Politics, Philosophy & Management.

Professional Role

Part 2 Director of Studies (Department of OWT)

Recruitment Officer for MSc in HRKM and PPM 2014 - present

Director of the MSc in Management programmes (Lancaster, Goenka and Sunway): 2009-2014

Dissertation Supervisor for MBA, MSc in Management, MSc in Management and Leadership Practice, International Masters in Practicing Management, OWT undergraduate majros, BBA in Management and European BBA in Management

Tutor on the Executive MBA: Cohorts 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20 and 25.

Academic Officer for the Graduate Management School

Member of the Undergraduate Teaching Committee

Member of the LUMS Research Ethics Committee


Current Teaching

Module Leader and Teaching

Undergraduate Final Year Module: OWT 314 Ethical Responsibility in Business

MSc in Management (Lancaster and Goenka): MNGT 534 Business Ethics and Society

MSc in Management: MNGT 507 Management

MSc in Management (Lancaster and EMLyon): MNGT 506 Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management



MBA/EMBA: FMBA 514 Global Society and Responsible Management

MBA/EMBA elective: Ethical Leadership



PhD: Referencing and Plagiarism

PhD: Research Ethics

GMS Programmes: Referencing and Plagiarism

External Roles

Course Consultant for the Executive Diploma in Management Studies at Blackburn College and Blackpool & The Fylde College (2004 - 2008)

Member of the Quinquennial Review Panel and Validation Panel at Blackburn College and Blackpool & The Fylde College (2008)

External Examiner at the University of Huddersfield for the DMS/MBA programme and MSc in Strategic Change Management (2008 - 2012)

Critical Reader for the Open University Global MBA (2009 - 2010)

Reviewer for the following book publishers:

McGraw Hill, Plagrave Macmillian, CIPD, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford University Press.

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