Professor Christopher Grey

Personal profile

Before working at RHUL I was a full Professor of Organizational Theory at Cambridge University and Fellow of Wolfson College. In 2007 I moved to Warwick University where I was Head of the Industrial Relations and Organizational Behaviour Group until 2010, and between 2010 and 2012 I held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. I joined RHUL in October 2012. I have also held several visiting appointments, including Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Velux Foundation Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and Professeur-invité and Chercheur-associé at Université Paris-Dauphine (DRM) in France. In 2015 I was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).

I have been a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Management Studies and the British Journal of Management and am currently on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Learning & Education, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Philosophy of Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organization, of which I was an Associate Editor for four years, and Management Learning, of which I was Editor-in-Chief for six years.

Research interests

I have a broad set of research interests within organization studies, with a focus on sociological and historical analysis. I have published extensively in academic journals, on topics ranging from the professional socialization of accountants to the regulation of smoking at work; from the organizational significance of C.P. Snow's novels to the critical analysis of management education. More recently I have researched the organization of codebreaking at Bletchley Park during World War Two, giving rise to the book Decoding Organization. Bletchley Park, Codebreaking and Organization Studies, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. See my Google Scholar profile for more details of all my publications and my Amazon Author page for my books.

My current research interests include organizational secrecy and a book on this topic, with Jana Costas (Europa Universität Viadrina, Germany), was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. In a related project, with colleagues from psychology and sociology and with funding from industry, I developed a multi-disciplinary approach to risky cyber-security practices in the workplace. I am also the author of the best-selling student primer A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations, the fourth edition of which was published by Sage in 2017. This book has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian. I write a blog linked to the book and I also discuss my research on the media, including BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed. I have been profiled on Social Science Bites.

Public engagement and impact

I am extensively involved in public engagement activities communicating the effects of Brexit on, especially, business and international trade. Apart from academic publication these activities include numerous public talks and lectures, media appearances and quotes (including the BBC, CNN, Reuters, Financial Times and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and writing articles for a wide variety of general and specialist websites, some of which feature in the House of Commons Library EU Referendum reading list and the Northern Ireland Assembly Brexit resources site. I write regularly about Brexit for The I and I also write a Brexit blog, analysing events as they unfold (described as "a blog to follow" by Andrew Neil, the political journalist), with accompanying twitter feed @chrisgreybrexit.

PhD supervision

I welcome proposals from well-qualified prospective PhD students wishing to undertake theoretical, historical or qualitative empirical research in organization studies. My previous doctoral students include Professor Jo Brewis, Sadhvi DarProfessor Jana Costas, Patrick Cullen, Ziyun Fan, Professor Damian Hodgson, Marie MathiesenMichelle O'Toole, Yihan LiuProfessor Juliane Reinecke and Rod Saper. My current PhD students are Chris Hall and Ian McDonald.

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