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

Professor Michael Mayer

Professor Michael Mayer

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs
Harvard Business Review

Job Title:

Professor - Strategy

Affiliated Research Centre:

International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM)


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Strategy, Institutions, Organizations, Comparative and International Business Organization and Management.

Research Interests

My main research interests are focused on developing our understanding of the way in which strategies, and associated processes and practices, relate to the wider institutional setting in which organizations operate. In this context I have a particular interest in diversification strategy, the relationship between strategy and organization, and international management. A related area of interest lies in comparative business organization and management.

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates in the broad areas of strategic and international management with a particular interest in comparative and longitudinal studies. More specifically, I wish to encourage students interested in researching the relationship between the strategic development of organisations and the wider institutional context in which they operate.


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Stadler, C., Mayer, M. & Hautz, J. Forthcoming. Few companies actually succeed at going global. Harvard Business Review.

Mayer, M., Stadler., & Hautz J. 2015. The relationship between product and international diversification: the role of experienceStrategic Management Journal, DOI 10.1002/smj.2296.

Stadler, C., Mayer M., & Hautz J. 2014. The Macro-Competitive Context and Diversification: The Impact of Macro-Economic Growth and Foreign Competition. Long Range Planning. 47(6): 337-352, DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2013.07.003.

Hautz, J., Mayer M., & Stadler C. 2013. Ownership Identity and Concentration: A Study of their joint impact on corporate diversification. British Journal of Management 24(1): 102–126.

► older publications

Mayer, M. & Smith, A. 2007 The practice of change: understanding the role of middle managers, emotions and tools. European Management Journal, 25(2): 79-80, DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2007.02.002.

Whittington, R., Molloy, E., Mayer, M. & Smith, A. 2006. Practices of strategising/organising: Broadening strategy work and skills. Long Range Planning, 39(6): 615-629, DOI:10.1016/j.lrp.2006.10.004.

Mayer, M. & Whittington, R. 2004. Economics, politics and nations: Resistance to the multi-divisional form in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom 1983-1993. Journal of Management Studies, 41(7): 1057-1082, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2004.00466.x.

Jarzabkowski, P., Mayer, M., Mounoud, E., Nahapiet, J., Rouleau, L. & Whittington, R. 2003. Taking strategy seriously: Responsibility and reform for an important social practice. Journal of Management Inquiry, 12(4): 396-409, DOI: 10.1177/1056492603258968.

Mayer, M. & Whittington, R. 2003. Après le défi américain; Tracer le multidivisionnaire diversifié dans l'Europe. Enterprises et Histoire, 33: 41-56, DOI:N/A.

Mayer, M. & Whittington, R. 2003. Diversification in context: cross-national and cross-temporal extension. Strategic Management Journal, 24(8): 773-781, DOI: 10.1002/smj.334.

Whittington, R. & Mayer, M. 2002. Response to kay: Chandlerism in Post-War Europe: Strategic and structural change in France, Germany and the United Kingdom 1950-1993: a comment. Industrial and Corporate Change, 11(1): 199-205, DOI: 10.1093/icc/11.1.199.

Whittington, R., Mayer, M. & Smith, A. 2002. Organising for success. People Management, 8(20): 28-34, DOI:N/A.


Geppert, M. & Mayer, M. 2005. Global, national and local practices in multinational companies. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

McDonald, F., Mayer, M. & Buck, T. 2004. The process of the internationalization: Strategic, cultural and policy perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Mayer, M., Whittington, R., Geppert, M., Matten, D. & Williams, K. 2002. Challenges for european management in a global context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Whittington, R. & Mayer, M. 2000. The European Corporation: Strategy, Structure and Social Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other Outputs

Geppert, M. & Mayer, M. 2005, Practices and Practitioners in Multinational firms. In M. Geppert & M. Mayer (Eds.), Global, National and Local Practices in Multinational Companies:: 1 - 14. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Mayer, M., & McDonald, F. 2004. Strategic, Cultural and Policy Perspectives of Internationalization. In F. McDonald, M. Mayer & T. Buck (Eds.), The Process of Internationalization: XXI–XXIV. Basingtoke, Palgrave/AIB .

Michael, M. & Whittington, R. 2002. For Boundedness in the Study of Comparative and International Business: The Case of the Diversified Multidivisional Corporation. In M. Geppert, D. Matten, K. Williams (Eds.), Challenges for European Management in a Global Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave.