Prof. Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor
Assistant Professor of Strategy Organisation
Warwick Business School
Currently Visiting Fellow at Judge Business School
I am currently is the Research Director of SOLAR. My research examines emerging issues in strategic management, organisation studies and international business. My current research projects examine:
Strategic capabilities, change and decision making: examining global uncertainties, risk and developing organisational resilience in the face of global threats and extreme threats and events (supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Institute of Advanced Studies, the Warwick International Security Initiative as well as the UK Cabinet Office, the CBI, AWM, BT, HSBC and IBM) ( inter-and intra-organisational learning, innovation and knowledge transfer (funded by ESRC, EPSRC, DTI, AIM, CBBC).
I have previously held strategic management positions and academic appointments in NZ, the UK and Europe. My research interests include understanding strategic thinking and acting in different international business contexts; organisational challenges with implementing corporate strategy, organisational change and the development of capabilities for achieving sustainedcompetitive advantage, innovation and corporate resilience in the face of new phenomena (e.g. the rise of emerging markets such as China, global uncertainties and extreme events such as global terrorism, the global financial crisis, global climate change) to inform both policy and practice.
My PhD examined the implementation of strategic change in a global service organization, a UK airline. This research investigated strategic change from three perspectives: the context, content and process to help identify the factors that impacted upon the diffusion of the strategy at the macro level of the firm. The three perspectives of organisational culture framework which was then applied to analyse the micro level findings. The macro and micro level findings revealed a highly differentiated organisation with significant integrated-responsiveness tensions resulting in a wide discrepancy between thinking and acting in practice.
I endeavour to use my current research to inform my executive teaching activities and have received a number of Outstanding MBA Teaching Awards. I have taught executive, MBA, Masters and undergraduates as well as supervised dissertations at all levels. I have also supervised PhD and Research Fellows and overseen ESRC, AIM, Leverhulme Trust and publicand private sector funded research projects.
- I have received awards from Emerald Publishing for recognition of highly cited/downloaded articles. My research has informed practitioners, think tanks and UK government policy through publications and other dissemination events at Westminster. My research has also been profiled in the media (e.g.; The Guardian, The Times), University of Warwick events and publications, The World Today (Chatham House/RIIA publication), The Bridge (Industry and Parliamentary Trust) and at the Warwick/IPT series held at Westminster to inform government policy.
Teaching: I have been NIE (Named Internal Examiner/Programme Manager) for a number of MBA, DLMBA and EMBA programmes which involves overseeing all aspects of online and classroom delivery, content and assessment, including liaising with internal and external examiners. I have been involved in all aspects of the supervision of MSc, MBAs, PhDs and UG tutees.
- Research: I have set up the SOLAR research unit with funds raised from research council grants. Managed relationships with research partners and private and publics sector sponsors and employed and supervised research associates and fellows. Hence, I have helped to set-up a research centre, successfully applied for research grants to fund activities, overseen research fellow recruitment, training and development, managed research unit finance and budgets, managed external promotions and established the research unit website.
- Developed SOLAR advisory board with members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, private public sector members.
Helped to establish the Warwick/IPT „Secure Outcomes‟ series at Westminster (2010-2012) .
Refer to website for more information: BSullivan-Taylor.com