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Sir Roland Smith Chair in Strategic Management

Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Closing Date:   Sunday 07 May 2023
Interview Date:   Wednesday 31 May 2023
Reference:  1543-22

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy (ENST) at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is seeking to appoint a Sir Roland Smith Chair in Strategic Management. Applicants must have an excellent international research profile evidenced through publications in leading/impactful peer-reviewed journals, an international network of collaborators, significant grant funding, and a record of engagement activities with practitioners. Successful candidates are expected to develop and provide leadership across the field of strategic management through high-profile research, teaching, and engagement activities. Successful candidates will extend the Department’s international networks and profile in the global arena and actively support junior faculty and doctoral researchers. 

LUMS is a leading UK management school. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, LUMS was ranked first in the UK for research power and joint-first for our research environment. We are one of a select group of management schools accredited by all three international business school accreditation bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.  As an influential management school, we recognise that we have a responsibility to help make the world a better place through our research, and to transform the lives of our students. Join us as we fulfil our responsibility to deliver research, teaching and engagement that makes a positive impact on society. Become part of a community using academic excellence to respond to societal needs, find solutions to research grand challenges, and help develop the responsible managers of the future.

Find out more about our responsible approach, and what it is like to work in a place where you have the support and academic freedom you need for a successful career:

ENST offers an excellent research environment with a high level of collegiality, excellent industry links, and a strong seminar series. In the Department, we investigate the initiation, management, and effects of transformation for organisations and places. The strategy group (SG) in ENST focuses on behavioural aspects of strategy and strategic management, such as the varieties of strategies needed at different levels of organisations and the distinctive characteristics inherent in them (e.g. economic, social, ethical, and practical concerns) that shape both the development and implementation of strategies. The behavioural approach to strategy within the SG is apparent in the diversity of research areas, including but not limited to strategy process and organisational change, strategy implementation and capability development, corporate social responsibility, cognitive and psychological underpinnings of strategising, strategic leadership and decision-making, corporate strategy and transformation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), business model innovation, global strategic management and internationalisation, open strategy and innovation, digital strategy and digital transformation, etc. The SG further acknowledges other approaches to strategy and embraces a high level of diversity.

Our research in ENST is internationally recognised, and members of the Department (including doctoral researchers) publish in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, British Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, and Strategic Organization, just to name a few. Members of the Department are active contributors to the international academic community, holding key leadership positions in leading academic organisations and associate editor and editorial board positions in leading journals. 

More information about the Department can be found at:

Informal enquiries to: 

Professor Lola Dada, Head of Department (

Applicants should apply online and submit a cover letter outlining the rationale for applying, a full CV, a supporting statement, and an intended research programme (maximum 2 sides of A4). 

We welcome applications from people in all diverse groups.

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