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Research interests

As a historian working at a management school, most of my work is concerned with the connection between the social sciences and history, specifically organization studies and history. I am interested in how to theorise from historical research and in developing archival and historical methods for organization studies. My historical research focuses on the history of organizations, entrepreneurs and the wider political economy in sub-Saharan Africa.

For further information, see ResearchGate profile.


Stephanie is Professor of History and Strategy at the University of Bristol Management School, and head of academic group for International Business Management and Strategy. She is also a visiting professor in African Business History at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously she worked at Aston Business Schoo, Birmingham, from 2010 to 2019, where she was the Associate Dean for Research since 2016. After completing her PhD in history at the University of Liverpool in 2006, she held postdoctoral appointments at the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School, before joining the University of Liverpool Management School in 2007/8. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, in 2019, and at Copenhagen Business School in 2015.

Editorial and professional roles

  • Joint editor-in-chief Business History since 2019
  • Co-Editor Business History 2013 - 2019
  • Editorial Board Organization Studies since 2018
  • British Academy of Management council member 2019-2020 

Doctoral supervision

I am currently supervising students four students and have supervised another two to completion on topics such as organizational corruption at Enron, bottom-of-pyramid businesses in Ghana, corporate entrepreneurship in Ghana, ethnography of CSR in an Indian garment factory, and women entrepreneurs in Uganda.

I would be happy to hear from prospective students in the following areas: 

  • Historical methods and approaches in strategy and organization studies
  • Bottom-of-Pyramid and sustainable business models in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Organizational Corruption
  • Use of computer-aided qualitative discourse analysis (corpus linguistics) in strategy and organization studies

I currently completing supervision of 2 PhD students at my previous institution:

  • Julia Fernando, "Female Entrepreneurship in Uganda"
  • Suad Al-Bulushi, "Institutional Constraints facing Entrepreneurs in Oman"

Doctoral students who have completed:

  • Patricia Afful-Kwaw, "Corporate Entrepreneurship in Ghana" 
  • Divya Jyoti, "Where is the Worker in CSR in the Indian Textile Industry"
  • Adam Nix, "Organizational Corruption at Enron"
  • George Obeng, "MNCs and Bottom of Pyramid entrepreneurs in Ghana"


External positions

Visiting Professor in African Business History, University of Gothenburg

1 Jan 20201 Jan 2022

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • MGMT International Business Management and Strategy
  • MGMT theme Global Political Economy
  • MGMT theme Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Digital Societies

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Research Output

Research strategies for organizational history: A dialogue between historical theory and organization theory

Rowlinson, M., Hassard, J. & Decker, S., 1 Jul 2014, In : Academy of Management Review. 39, 3, p. 250-274 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 230 Citations (Scopus)

    Rethinking History and Memory in Organization Studies: The Case for Historiographical Reflexivity

    Decker, S., Hassard, J. & Rowlinson, M., 3 Jun 2020, In : Human Relations. 33 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 21 Downloads (Pure)

    The Tangled Historical Roots of Entrepreneurial Growth Aspirations

    Decker, S., Estrin, S. & Mickiewicz, T., 19 Feb 2020, In : Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 30 Downloads (Pure)


    Henrietta-Larson Award

    Decker, Stephanie (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Emerald Citation of Excellence 2017

    Decker, Stephanie (Recipient), 1 May 2017

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility

    Decker, Stephanie (Recipient), 1 Mar 2014

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 3 Editorial activity
    • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk

    Business History (Journal)

    Stephanie Decker (Editor)

    1 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    University of Gothenburg

    Stephanie Decker (Visiting researcher)

    1 Jan 20201 Jan 2022

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Univ Cagliari, University of Cagliari

    Stephanie Decker (Visiting researcher)

    1 Nov 201930 Nov 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution