University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Professor Andrew D. Brown

Professor Andrew Brown

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs

MA(OXON), MSc.(Sheffield), PhD(Sheffield)

Job Title:

Professor of Organisation Studies, Associate Dean for Research

Affiliated Research Centre:

Future of Work Research Centre (FoW)


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Narrative, Sensemaking, Identity, Change

Research Interests

My research interests centre on issues of identity, sensemaking, narrative and change. There are four broad strands to my work: (1) theoretical pieces (e.g., Brown 1997; Brown 2006; Brown & Starkey, 2000; Brown & Thompson, 2013); (2) theoretically-driven case studies (e.g., Brown & Coupland, 2015; Boussebaa & Brown, 2017; Huber & Brown, 2017); (3) analyses of texts (e.g., Brown, 2017; Brown, Ainsworth & Grant, 2012) and (4) reviews (Brown, 2015, 2017). My research is an exploration of aspects of the linguistic turn in Organization Studies, and draws on a broad range of disciplines from literary theory to anthropology and discursive psychology in an effort to theorize processes of organizing, identities and change.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised a broad range of PhD students, some of whom have gone on to become highly successful scholars and others who have pursued careers in other industry sectors. I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Brown, A.D. 2017. (forthcoming). Identity work and organizational identification. International Journal of Management Reviewers.

Huber, G. & Brown A.D. 2017. (forthcoming). Identity work, humour and disciplinary power. Organization Studies DOI: 10.1 177/0170840616677632

Bardon, T., Brown, A.D., and Peze, S. 2017. Identity regulation, identity work and phronesis. Human Relations, 70, 8: 940-965.

Brown, A. D. 2017. (forthcoming). Making sense of the war in Afghanistan. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, DOI: 10.1016/

Boussebaa, M. & Brown, A.D. 2017. Englishization, identity regulation and imperialism. Organization Studies 38: 1: 7-29

Colville, I., Pye, A. & Brown, A. D., 2016. Sensemaking processes and Weickarious learning. Management Learning, 47(1): 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/1350507615616542.

Brown, A. D. & Coupland, C. 2015. Identity threats, identity work and elite professionals. Organization Studies, 36(10): 1315-1356, DOI: 10.1177/0170840615593594.

Brown, A. D., Colville, I., & Pye, A. 2015. Making sense of sensemaking in Organization Studies. Organization Studies, 36(2): 265-277, DOI: 10.1177/0170840614559259.

Brown, A. D. 2015. Identities and identity work in organizations. International Journal of Management Reviews, 17: 20-40, DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12035.

Toyoki, S. & Brown, A. D. 2014. Stigma, identity and power: Managing stigmatized identities through discourse. Human Relations, 67(6): 715-737, DOI: 10.1177/0018726713503024.

Brown, A. D., & Thompson, E. R. 2013. A narrative approach to strategy-as-practice. Business History, 55(7): 1143-1167, DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2013.838031.

Brown A. D., & Toyoki S. 2013. Identity work and legitimacy. Organization Studies, 34(7): 875–896, DOI: 10.1177/0170840612467158.

He, H. & Brown, A. D. 2013. Organizational identity and organizational identification: A review of the literature and suggestions for future research. Group and Organization Management, 38(1): 3-35, DOI: 10.1177/1059601112473815.

Eubanks, D. L., Brown, A. D., & Ybema, S. 2012. Leadership, identity, and ethics. Journal of Business Ethics. 107(1): 1-3, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1295-5.

Coupland C., & Brown A. D. 2012. Identities in action: Processes and outcomes. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28(1): 1-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2011.12.002.

Brown A. D., Ainsworth S., & Grant D. 2012. The rhetoric of institutional change. Organization Studies, 33(3): 297-321, DOI: 10.1177/0170840611435598.

Lewis M. & Brown A. D. 2012. How different is professional service operations management? Journal of Operations Management, 30(1-2): 1-11, DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2011.04.002.

Colville, I., Brown, A. D. & Pye, A. 2012. Simplexity: Sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time. Human Relations, 65(1): 5-15, DOI: 10.1177/0018726711425617.

Brown A. D. & Lewis M. A. 2011. Identities, discipline and routines. Organization Studies, 32(7): 871-895, DOI: 10.1177/0170840611407018.

Patriotta, G. & Brown, A. D. 2011. Sensemaking, metaphors and performance evaluationScandinavian Journal of Management, 27(1): 34-43, DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2010.12.002.

Greenwood, R., Brown, A. D., Lounsbury, M., et al. 2010. Organization Studies 30th Anniversary Special Issue. Organization Studies, 31(6): 653-658, DOI: 10.1177/0170840610372578.

Brown A. D., Kornberger M., Clegg S. R., & Carter, C. 2010. 'Invisible walls' and 'silent hierarchies': A case study of power relations in an architecture firm. Human Relations, 63(4): 525-549, DOI: 10.1177/0018726709339862.

Brown, A. D., Gabriel, Y. & Gherardi, S. 2009. Storytelling and change: An unfolding story. Organization, 16(3): 323-333, DOI: 10.1177/1350508409102298.

Sillince J. A. A., & Brown A. D. 2009. Multiple organizational identities and legitimacy: The rhetoric of police websites. Human Relations, 62(12): 1829-1856, DOI: 10.1177/0018726709336626.

Clarke C., Brown A. D. & Hope-Hailey V. 2009. Working identities? Antagonistic discursive resources and managerial identity. Human Relations, 62(3): 323-352, DOI: 10.1177/0018726708101040.

Thornborrow T. & Brown A. D. 2009. 'Being regimented': Aspiration, discipline and identity work in the British Parachute Regiment.Organization Studies, 30(4): 355-376, DOI: 10.1177/0170840608101140.

► older publications

Courpasson, D., Arellano-Gault, D., Brown, A. D. & Lounsbury, M. 2008. Organization studies on the look-out? Being read, being listened to. Organization Studies, 29(11): 1383-1390 [Editorial], DOI: 10.1177/0170840608099520.

Brown, A. D., Stacey, P., & Nandhakumar, J. 2008. Making sense of sensemaking narratives. Human Relations, 61(8): 1035-1062, DOI: 10.1177/0018726708094858.

Humphreys, M. & Brown, A. D. 2008. An analysis of corporate social responsibility at Credit Line: A narrative approach. Journal of Business Ethics, 80: 403-418, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-007-9426-0.

Coupland, C., Brown, A. D., Daniels, K., & Humphreys, M. 2008. Saying it with feeling: Analyzing speakable emotions. Human Relations, 61(3): 327-353, DOI: 10.1177/0018726708088997.

Kornberger, M. & Brown, A. D. 2007. Ethics as a discursive resource for identity work. Human Relations, 60(3): 497-518, DOI: 10.1177/0018726707076692.

Brown, A. D. 2006. A narrative approach to collective identities. Journal of Management Studies, 43(4): 731-753, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00609.x.

Brown, A. D. & Humphreys, M. 2006. Organizational identity and place: a discursive exploration of hegemony and resistance. Journal of Management Studies, 43(2): 231-257, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00589.x.

Brown, A. D. 2005. Making sense of the collapse of Barings Bank. Human Relations, 58(12): 1579-1604, DOI: 10.1177/0018726705061433.

Rhodes, C. & Brown, A. D. 2005. Narrative, organizations and research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 7(3): 167-188, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2005.00112.x.

Brown, A. D. & Coupland, C. 2005. Sounds of silence: graduate trainees, hegemony and resistance. Organization Studies, 26(7): 1049-1069, DOI: 10.1177/0170840605053540.

Rhodes, C. & Brown, A. D. 2005. Writing responsibly: Narrative fiction and organization studies. Organization, 12(4): 505-529, DOI: 10.1177/1350508405052757.

Coupland, C. & Brown, A. D. 2004. Constructing organizational identities on the web: a case study of Royal Dutch/Shell. Journal of Management Studies, 41(8): 1325-1347, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2004.00477.x.

Brown, A. D. 2004. Authoritative sensemaking in a public inquiry report. Organization Studies, 25(1): 95-112, DOI: 10.1177/0170840604038182.

Lam, S., Schaubroeck, J. & Brown, A. D. 2004. Esteem maintenance among groups: Laboratory and field studies of group performance cognitions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 94(2): 86-101, DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2004.03.004.

Currie, G. & Brown, A. D. 2003. A narratological approach to understanding processes of organizing in a UK hospital. Human Relations, 56(5): 563-586, DOI: 10.1177/0018726703056005003.

Humphreys, M. & Brown, A. D. & Hatch, M. J. 2003. Is ethnography jazz? Organization, 10(1): 5-31, DOI: 10.1177/1350508403101001.

Humphreys, M. & Brown, A. D. 2002. Dress and identity: a Turkish case study. Journal of Management Studies, 39(7): 927-952, DOI: 10.1111/1467-6486.00318.

Humphreys, M. & Brown, A. D. 2002. Narratives of organizational identity and identification: a case study of hegemony and resistance. Organization Studies, 23(3): 421-447, DOI: 10.1177/0170840602233005.

Brown, A. D. & Humphreys, M. 2002. Nostalgia and the narrativization of identity: a Turkish case study. British Journal of Management, 13(2): 141-159, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.00228.

Brown, A. D. 2001. Organization studies and identity: towards a research agenda. Human Relations, 54(1): 113-121, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2007.00522.x.

Other Outputs

Brown, A. D. 2009. Organizational identity. In C. Clegg & C. Cooper The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume 2: Macro Approaches 175-191. London: Sage.

► older publications

Brown, A. D. 2008. Identity. In Y. Gabriel Organizing words, a critical thesaurus for social and organization studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brown, A. D. 2008. Managing understandings: Politics, symbolism, niche marketing and the quest for legitimacy in IT implementation. In R. Dingwall Qualitative health research: 134-149. Sage Publications. Reproduced from Organization Studies, 1995, 16(6): 951-969.

Brown, A. D. 2007. Narcissism. In S. R. Clegg & J. R. Bailey (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, 3: 941-944. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Brown, A. D. 2007. Organizational identity. In S. R. Clegg & J. R. Bailey International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, 3: 1077-1080.

Humphreys, M. & Brown, A. D. 2007. Narratives of organizational identity and identification: A case study of hegemony and resistance. In S. Minahan & J. W. Cox (Eds.), The Aesthetic Turn in Management: 279-305. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited. Reproduced from Organization Studies, 2002, 23(3): 421-447.

Humphreys, M., Gurney, P. M. & Brown, A. D. 2006. Reminiscing in tempo: A story of stories. In M. Kornberger & S. Gudergan (Eds.), Only connect: Neat words, networks and identities: 70-87. Copenhagen Business School Press.