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I am Professor of Organisational Analysis at Manchester Business School, joint lead of the Organising Healthcare theme of Greater Manchester CLAHRC(Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care), deputy director of the Health Services Research Centre at AMBS, and convenor of the Manchester Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (MP3) Research Network. 

My research centres on issues of power, knowledge, identity and control in complex organisations and the management of experts/professionals. Over the last decade, I have focused on the study of innovative forms of control over knowledge workers and professionals, across various sectors. 

Since 2010 I have led, or been involved with, a number of related research projects on the organisation and management of healthcare in the NHS, including a three-year research project examining "The Use of Management Knowledge across Communities of Practice in Healthcare Organisations" funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme. From January 2014 onwards, I have led a number of research projects within the Community Services and Primary Care themes in the Greater Manchester CLAHRC, including the End of Life Care Pathways project, the Primary Care Demonstrator Pilots Evaluation and Chronic Kidney Disease research programme. I am currently leading a number of projects in the Organising Healthcare programme of CLAHRC-GM studying the transformation of primary care in Greater Manchester under devolution. I am also involved in two NIHR-funded research projects;

Developing and Enhancing the Usefulness of Patient Experience and Narrative Data (DEPEND)

Learning about and learning from GP Federations in the English NHS: A qualitative investigation

A underlying and ongoing interest has been to encourage and expand the field of Critical Project Studies, supported by the organisation of a series of research conferences entitled "Making Projects Critical", and in parallel analysing the emergence of project management as a corporate profession.

I joined the university in February 2000, having previously worked at the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds. I was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 1999, and have previously spent time as visiting faculty at the University of Sydney, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. I was also visiting research fellow at CRISES Research Centre in Quebec, Canada, in 2009.

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