A Sociologist by background, Joanna’s research interests encompass social, spatial and temporal dimensions of organisations in an international context. Joanna’s work has been published in academic journals (such as British Journal of Management, International Business Review, Journal of World Business and Urban Studies); she has also published numerous book chapters, as well as practitioner-oriented reports and conference papers.
Joanna’s research interests and activity fall into three broad categories:
1. SME internationalisation: This research explores the challenges and opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises undertaking international expansion. Joanna has recently been Principal Investigator on a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust-funded study which has generated insight into UK-Polish international relations between SMEs. She is also Co-Investigator on the SINET research project, which explores the role of strategy, decision-making and network links in the internationalisation of SMEs in China, Denmark, Egypt, India, Jordan, Poland, the UAE and the UK. Joanna’s work has been recently recognised with a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. As a result, she has organised two workshops at St Edmund Hall (Oxford), designed to integrate academic, practitioner and policymaker perspectives on SME internationalisation, with a view to developing an agenda for future research in this area.
2. Time, place and culture: This area of Joanna’s research encompasses the study of cultural and creative organisations, promotion of historic European cities, the social and economic value of cultural heritage as well as the temporal character of organisations. She has been involved in variety of collaborative interdisciplinary projects in this area, and she is currently a member of the Place, Culture and Identity Research Group at the School of Architecture (Oxford Brookes); Joanna is also associated with the Centre for Organisational Time at Copenhagen Business School.
3. International work and employment: Joanna researches employment relations and the social integration of international migrant workers and other marginalised communities. She has conducted an EU-funded international study focused on social entrepreneurship as a means for overcoming inequalities on the employment market. The study involved organisations from Finland, Italy, Poland and Scotland and resulted in theoretical comparative case studies as well as practical guidance and recommendations. Joanna has also conducted a longitudinal study investigating the role of British trade unions in the workplace integration of migrant workers.
Joanna takes a proactive role in leading research and scholarship within the UK and internationally. She is a regular sub-theme convenor at the European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS) Conference, having co-chaired streams such as The power of performing in performing arts organisations (with John Child and Roy Suddaby) and Internationalisation of SMEs: Actors, Processes and Practices (with John Child and Said Elbanna). Joanna is also a member of the European Sociological Association’s Scientific Board of Research Network 17 Work, Employment and Industrial Relations. Within Oxford Brookes, Joanna is the Faculty Grant Panel Chair, with responsibility for ensuring the quality of the School’s research funding applications, and Research Lead for the Work and Organisation Research Group.
Research grants and awards
Joanna is an experienced Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on international and national research projects. This includes two awards from the British Academy, several from the EU Commission and two Fellowships from the French Government and the Tokyo Foundation.
Joanna is also involved in wide range of activities, where her research expertise benefits people and organisations. Her work in the area of social entrepreneurship has resulted in case studies of good practice as well as practical recommendations; it has also inspired changes in the law at the European as well as national levels. Joanna has been elected to the jury for the Research Category of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage; she is a member of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra and a member of the Scientific Cultural Tourism Committee of ICOMOS-UK. This has given rise to her collaboration in practice-oriented initiatives such as Sacred spaces: from 'visitor management' to managing the experience of visitors: St Paul's Cathedral (http://www.icomos-uk.org/icomos-resources/).
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