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    I am keen to hear from prospective doctoral candidates whose research interest fall in the broader areas of strategy, innovation, technology management, and international management. Candidates are advised to download the requirements of the ABS Doctoral Programme and contact me with either an idea or a fully developed proposal.

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    Email: d.sarpong1@aston.ac.uk

    Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4023

    I am Professor of Strategy and Head of the Marketing and Strategy Subject Group at Aston Business School. Before joining Aston, I was Professor of Strategic Management at Brunel University London, where I also served as Head of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and International Business (SEIB) Research Group. I Previously held the position of Division Lead of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and International Business Subject Group at Brunel, Senior lecturer in Strategy and Course Director at UWE Bristol, Visiting Senior  Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) Laboratory for Economics of Innovation, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Management, Information Technology, and Public Governance, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Externally, I am a Member of the International Committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), where I am working with colleagues to identifying and exploring novel strategies for the academy to tackle the biggest issues facing the internationalisation of business schools, both in the UK and abroad. A former Convenor of the annual Doctoral Symposium of the Academy, and an elected Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM), I serve on the BAM Council's Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building (AACCB) sub-Committe. In terms of scholarship, I am Associate Editor for the Journal of Strategy and Management (JoSM), Section Editor of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Associate Editor of Technology Analysis and Strategic Management (TASM). I currently enjoy a Visiting Professorship at the Bristol Business School, an Adjunct Visitng Professorship at the KNUST Business School, and Trustee and Board Membership at The Milestones Trust, a social care Charity based in Bristol that supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, and people with complex cases of dementia. 

    Research Interests

    My research is practice and process-oriented, and frequently draws on Heideggerian-Wittgensteinian approaches to social practices to engage with cross-level management research problems. My research interests primarily focus on the intersection of strategy, international management, and innovation. My current research concerns relationalism and process theory, second-order technology and innovation management, strategy-as-practice, strategic foresight and temporality, discursive practices, and the world making of European cosmopolitan marketplaces. Methodologically, much of this work is qualitative oriented and focuses on theorising organizing repertoires, performative routines, and how activities, dispositions, and choices get ordered over time to shape innovation and strategy in organizing. I also frequently employ microstoria, narratives,  ethnographic interviews, and publicly available archival datasets for my empirical inquiries.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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