I am professor in health policy, organization theory and ethics in the People, Management and Organization Division of Manchester Business School. I hold degrees in medicine, health policy and planning and a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining academia I have worked as a medical doctor for Medecins du Monde and Medecins sans Frontiers in Turkey, Iraq and Albania and as the EU resident senior adviser to the governments of Russia, Georgia and Armenia for ten years in total. My responsibilities included managing teams of senior international and local experts and drafting workable policy proposals on reforming governance of social security and health insurance, and addressing the social impact of economic restructuring and privatisation in projects ranging between 4 and 7 million Euros.
Since moving to the academia nine years ago, I have attracted major research grants totalling £700,000 from the Department of Health, the British Academy and the European Union. I have organized and co-organized numerous streams and workshops in leading international conferences (American Academy of Management, European Group of Organization Studies and Critical Management Studies). I have been an elected member of the CMS Division Executive Board at the Academy of Management (2010-2012) and am currently a member of Editorial Board of Organization Studies, and an elected member of Academic Advisory Board of the Academy of Business in Society (EABIS).
In the research I do, I draw on my knowledge of public health policy, management and organization studies and use critical social theory to develop psycho-social methodologies to contribute to reducing inequalities and improving equity of access and fairness in public service provision. While in the Business School, I developed interest in the impact of business in society and ethics of diversity in organizations. My work on the marketization of public policy, health inequalities, gender and ethics has appeared in British Journal of Management, Health Policy & Planning, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Social Policy, Organization, Organization Studies, Policy & Politics, Public Administration, Sociology of Health & Illness, Social Science & Medicine. A monograph of mine ‘The Fantasy and Reality of Choice in Public Services’ is to be published by Edward Elgar and a co-authored book with Nancy Harding ‘Wo/men at Work’ is forthcoming by Routledge.
The research I do reflects my diverse work experience and education, focusing on: (i)health and public policy comparisons in EU countries and economies in transition, (ii)the effects of introducing markets in public sector with focus on user choice and consumerism, (iii) the impact of public policy formulation on organisational change, un/learning and leadership. I also use my experience in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic group relations, together with insights from Freudian & Lacanian psychoanalysis and critical political thinking, to theorise on gender, professional migration and otherness? in organisations and society. More recently, I have developed an intrest in business, ethics and society.
My work has appeared in Human Relations, Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science and Medicine, Organization Studies, Organization, Public Administration, Journal of Social Policy, Policy & Politics, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Public Money and Management and Eurohealth. I am currently working on a book on the tyranny of choice in health care, social services and education (Edward Elgar forthcoming) and a book on critcal approaches to business ethics.
I have designed and taught an innovative experiential elective on Organisational Dynamics and Clinical Management for MBA students for five years between 2004-2009. Currently, I direct and teach Business, Ethics and Society course for 2nd year undergraduates in Manchester and People, Management and Change course for undergraduate students in Hong Kong and Singapore for the last four years. I have taught and directed modules in MSc Health Care Management and executive courses for Medical Registrars between 2003-2006.
I was a lead investigator in projects looking at patient choice and the role of Directors of Public Health in the North West funded by NCCSDO (Department of Health) and Health Development Agency, North West in 2003-2006. At present I am conducting a British Academy funded research comparison on women careers in business and mangement schools in England and Australia.
I have been a member of various professional organisations (General Medical Council, Academy of Management, European Group for Organisation Studies and others), and have organised a number of international workshops and conferences including psychoanalytic symposium on 'Happiness and goodness in organisation and society' at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Management in Philadelphia, August 2007, the stream on 'Movements of transition: hegemonies, resistances, alternatives' at the International Critical Management Conference, Manchester, July 2007; a two-day pre-conference pre-conference workshop on Psychoanalysis and organisational theory? in the University of Southern California in August 2008 and a stream on 'Psychoanalytic approaches to knowledge and innovation' in ESADE, Barcelona in July 2009 during 25th EGOS conference. This year I will convene a pre-conference workshop on 'Critical approaches to business ethics' as part of the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Montreal.