Professor Alice Lam

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Alice Lam is Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Management. Before joining Royal Holloway in 2005, she held a research chair for three years at Brunel University where she led a research programme on ‘Knowledge, Innovation and Organisational Change’. She was previously a Reader at the University of Kent and, before then, taught at Manchester Business School. At Kent, she led a multi-country European project on ‘higher education, skills formation and industrial innovation’. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and was a research fellow for a time at its Suntory-Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD). 

Professor Lam’s recent research has focused on the relationship between organisational learning, innovation and societal institutions. It has a specific emphasis on how education and training, labour markets and careers influence knowledge creation and organisational innovation. She also has a long-standing interest in the work and careers of scientists and engineers, and other creative knowledge workers. Her current work examines the changing nature of academic scientific work and knowledge flows between university and industry. She has led and been involved in several major EU projects on these research themes. She has served as a Senior Editor of Organization Studies and is currently a member of its Editorial Board. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Journal Management.  

She currently leads the research theme group on Knowledge and Organisational Learning at the School of Management.


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