Dr Mark Healey

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Position: Lecturer in Business Economics and Strategy
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Mark Healey is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategic Management at Manchester Business School. He received his Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). Following this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Research based at Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds. While at Leeds, he became Senior Research Fellow in Organizational Psychology and then Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour and Strategic Management, before returning to Manchester in 2011. His research focusses on cognition in organizations, particularly applied to strategic decision making and the wider strategic management process.

Research Interests

Dr Healey’s research focuses on cognition in organizations and its influence on individual, group and organizational responsiveness. He is particularly interested in managerial and organizational cognition, including cognitive adaptation – how decision makers update their knowledge and thinking in response to changing conditions.

Current applications of his work include:

  • Cognition in strategic adaptation (e.g. psychological foundations of dynamic capabilities; cognition and emotion in strategic management)
  • Strategic decision making (e.g. overcoming bias and dysfunction; tools and techniques for strategic intervention)
  • Group/team cognition (e.g. reflexive and reflective processes; transactive memory).

His work has been published in leading international journals including Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies and Strategic Management Journal. He serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Research supervision

I am keen to hear from potential PhD students who want to join my field of research. Click the research tab (above) for more information on my research interests. Currently, I supervise students in the following areas only:

Given that much of the research I do draws on the behavioural sciences, I particularly welcome applications from students with a background in social psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive science or anthropology. The research I supervise is also suitable for students who have experience with laboratory experiments, field observation (especially ethnography) and agent-based modelling.

If you’d like to get in touch about a PhD …

  1. Before you write to me, read some of my published work (see my Google Scholar profile). This will give you a rough idea of what my research is about.
  2. Write to me by email, indicating your interest in one of the above areas. Tell me how you are qualified to undertake a high quality PhD in this area, e.g. relevant research methods skills, academic qualifications, or subject matter expertise. If you plan to send me a research proposal, please ensure that it engages directly with the literature concerning one of the topics above.

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  • Healey, M. (2016). Groups Need Selves, But Which Selves? Dual Selves in Groups and the Downsides of Individuation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. . Publication link: da5b9c52-a0f7-4d09-bc8c-2982dcbda22f


  • Healey, M. P., & Hodgkinson, G. P. (2015). Toward a theoretical framework for organizational neuroscience. In Y. Berson, D. A. Waldmann, & P. A. Balthazard (Eds.), Organizational Neuroscience . (pp. 51-81). (Monographs in leadership and management; Vol. 7). Emerald Publishing. DOI: 10.1108/S1479-357120150000007002. Publication link: 0e43335a-debe-41eb-978a-27a783c91a87
  • Healey, M. P., Vuori, T., & Hodgkinson, G. P. (2015). WHEN TEAMS AGREE WHILE DISAGREEING: REFLEXION AND REFLECTION IN SHARED COGNITION. Academy of Management Review. . Publication link: eb19c49d-1c56-4658-ab50-c0f43f9ff4d5
  • Healey, M. P., Hodgkinson, G. P., Whittington, R., & Johnson, G. (2015). Off to Plan or Out to Lunch? Relationships between Design Characteristics and Outcomes of Strategy Workshops. British Journal of Management, 26, 507-528. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12038. Publication link: ec2421c0-2abf-491f-aab9-3737c2a9371d


  • Healey, M. P., Hodgkinson, G. P., Whittington, R., & Johnson, G. (2014). Off to Plan or Out to Lunch? Relations Between the Design Characteristics and Outcomes of Strategy Workshops. British Journal of Management, In Press. . Publication link: 8e69f859-7a24-4e3d-8a18-e175107e26ba


  • Healey, M. P., Hodgkinson, G. P., McGee, J. (Ed.), & Sammut-Bonnici, T. (Ed.) (2013). Psychological foundations of strategic management. In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Strategic Management. (3rd ed.). London: Wiley-Blackwell. . Publication link: 55870f60-2323-4901-9499-5d931d577bb8
  • Healey, M. P., Hodgkinson, G. P., Teece, D. (Ed.), & Augier, M. (Ed.) (2013). Neuroeconomics. In Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. London: Palgrave. . Publication link: a3d3fc09-2376-4ccc-a60f-cbdf42e249ff


  • Vuori, T., Healey, M. P., & Hodgkinson, G. P. (2011). When people agree whilst disagreeing: Implicit and explicit mental models in group cognition. In Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, AOM 2011|Acad. Manage. Annu. Meet. - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, AOM. Academy of Management. DOI: 10.5464.AMBPP.2011.168.a. Publication link: 280e1fd5-eb19-4ba2-a3f1-c87fcd0adfa0
  • Hodgkinson, G. P., & Healey, M. P. (2011). Psychological foundations of dynamic capabilities: Reflexion and reflection in strategic management. Strategic Management Journal, 32(13), 1500-1516. DOI: 10.1002/smj.964. Publication link: 0adc441e-e4de-4972-87ae-28af885f74a6
  • Healey, M. P., Hodgkinson, G. P., Ashkanasy, N. M. (Ed.), Wilderom, C. P. M. (Ed.), & Peterson, M. F. (Ed.) (2011). Interorganizational macrocultures: A multilevel critique. In The Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate. (2nd ed., pp. 291-316). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. . Publication link: d2de8c8c-0c2e-4b39-9cd1-15ae014527f3



  • Hodgkinson, G. P., & Healey, M. P. (2009). Psychological foundations of dynamic capabilities: Reflexion and reflection in strategic management. In Academy of Management 2009 Annual Meeting: Green Management Matters, AOM 2009|Acad. Manage. Annu. Meet.: Green Manage. Matters, AOM. ISSN 1543-8643. . Publication link: e20449db-74fb-461c-a7b2-4dbce1e0bf48
  • Healey, M., Wong, W. B. L. (Ed.), Stanton, N. A. (Ed.), Hodgkinson, G. P., Teo, S., & Wong, B. L. W. (Ed.) (2009). Responding effectively to civil emergencies: The role of transactive memory in the performance of multiteam systems. In W. B. L. Wong, & N. A. Stanton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th Bi-Annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making. (pp. 53-59). Swindon, UK: British Computer Society. . Publication link: 26d82697-f714-43be-9043-3e134eae3bfe


  • Healey, M. P., & Hodgkinson, G. P. (2008). Troubling futures: Scenarios and scenario planning for organizational decision making. In G. P. Hodgkinson, & W. H. Starbuck (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making. (pp. 565-585). (Oxford Handbooks). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199290468.003.0030. Publication link: 1ef0e652-6a9c-4d6b-b287-ef8e5ec99100


  • Chattopadhyay, P., Hodgkinson, G. P., & Healey, M. P. (2006). Of maps and managers: Toward a cognitive theory of strategic intervention. In Academy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting: Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern, AOM 2006|Acad. Manage. Annu. Meet.: Knowl., Action Public Concern, AOM. ISSN: 1543-8463. . Publication link: 46a93406-b91a-47db-a9ef-34a0e1474b63


  • Healey, M. P., Lewis, B. R., Brown, S. W. (Ed.), & Turley, D. (Ed.) (2003). The construction of post-consumption comparison standards. In European Advances in Consumer Research. (Vol. 6, pp. 283-288). Valdosta, GA: Association for Consumer Research. . Publication link: efcaf7d1-b825-4ac4-b651-e1b93def5ed9