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I joined Aston Business School in March 2018 as Lecturer in Strategic Management. Previously, I worked for three years as Research Associate in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. I completed my PhD studies in 2014 in the area of Organisation Theory at the University of Strathclyde, where I had also undertaken all my undergraduate education in Business Management. 

Research Interests

My research is concerned with organisational knowledge and learning. At the practical level I am interested in how organisations learn whilst coping with change, uncertainty, innovation, and implementation of strategy. I am also interested in the social aspects of learning, such as the role of identity, meanings, and community within organised contexts. Theoretically, I mainly draw on i) situated learning and communities of practice, and ii) the philosophy of Michael Polanyi, and I apply these perspectives to the management literature. A part of my research work I enjoy synthesizing different theoretical traditions in order to offer new, practical recommendations for everyday managerial practice.

My other stream of research is in developing the 'Eden and Ackermann' approach to causal mapping as a research method and an approach to engaging with organisations, in particular with respect to making strategy. As part of this research stream I concentrate on strategy development seen as a social negotiation, and on the ways in which it can be supported. I regularly use causal mapping and group support systems to run strategy workshops with senior executive management teams.

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  • PgCert in Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University, 2020 (with Distinction)
  • PhD in Organisation Studies, University of Strathclyde, 2014 (viva passed with no revisions)
  • PgDip in Research Methodology in Business and Management, University of Strathclyde, 2013
  • BA Honours in Business Technology, University of Strathclyde, 2011 (1st Class Degree)


  • 2018 – Present: Lecturer in Strategy, Aston University
  • 2015 – 2018: Research Associate in Management Science, University of Strathclyde
  • 2011 – 2015: Teaching Assistant in Business and Management, University of Strathclyde

Teaching Activity

  • Module leader for BM2288 Fundamentals of Strategy and BS2232 Business Policy
  • Teaching one full semester on BS3335 Strategic Decision Making
  • Project supervision for placements, MSc and MBA dissertations

Funding Applications and Awards

  • December 2019: £1,678 awarded as Project Investigator from Strategic Priorities Funding UKRI for the project: Fostering Innovative communities in healthcare with gamification techniques. In collaboration with Agnessa Spanellis and Omid Omidvar.
  • December 2019: Proposal submitted to SAMS/BAM Research and Capacity Building Grant Scheme for the project “The Impact of Political Connectedness and Reaction of Policymakers on Performance and Strategic Choices of Chinese Privately Owned Enterprises”. I took the role of potential Project Investigator who coordinated the proposal submission. In collaboration with Henley Business School, Aberdeen University, Curtin University, Deakin University, Nankai University and Zhejiang University.


  • October 2019 – ongoing: external examiner for MSc Process Technology and Management degree at University of Strathclyde.
  • October 2019 – ongoing: member of the ethics committee, Aston Business School.
  • September 2019 – ongoing: Co-Director for BSc Business and Management undergraduate programme, Aston Business School.
  • September 2018 – August 2019: Co-Director for BA Business with Politics and BA Business with International Relations undergraduate programmes, Aston University.

PhD Supervision

  • Associate supervisor for Patricia Afful-Kwaw. A full-time PhD project in the area of corporate entrepreneurship in strategic management.
  • Associate supervisor Xiaohao Dai. A part-time DBA project in the area of process view of strategy.


I facilitated strategy workshops for the management teams of:

  • Scottish Power, UK. (February 2018)
  • SSE, UK. (February, 2018)
  • Chivas Brothers, UK. (October 2017)
  • Turner Group, UK. (February 2017)

Continuing Professional Development

  • November 2019: Leading a causal mapping workshop for the international doctoral students attending the Circular Economy Autumn School organised by Aston Business School.
  • September 2019: Leading a PDW workshop on using causal mapping in management research. Organised as part the British Academy of Management held in Birmingham, UK. In collaboration with Viktor Dörfler.
  • April 2018: Leading a PDW workshop on using causal mapping in management research held in Birmingham, UK. Organised as part of Strategy SIG of the British Academy of Management. In collaboration with Colin Eden, David Mackay, and Viktor Dörfler.
  • September 2014: Leading a PDW workshop on using causal mapping in management Organised as part the British Academy of Management held in Belfast, UK. In collaboration with Viktor Dörfler.


  • Best Paper Award at the Group Decision and Negotiation Conference, Springer. (2017)
  • Shortlisted for the top three Best Papers of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (2015)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Academy of Management

Contact Details

Phone:0121 204 4086

Room: ABS 239

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Research Output

  • 7 Conference contribution
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Conference article

Business Development as Internal Strategic Partner

Oues, F., Dörfler, V. & Pyrko, I., 4 Sep 2019, British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings. British Academy of Management , 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Communities of Practice in Landscapes of Practice

    Pyrko, I., Dörfler, V. & Eden, C., 1 Sep 2019, In : Management Learning. 50, 4, p. 482-499 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Knowledge Acquisition Using Group Support Systems

    Pyrko, I., Eden, C. & Howick, S., 15 Apr 2019, In : Group Decision and Negotiation. 28, 2, p. 233-253 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Towards a resilience management guideline—Cities as a starting point for societal resilience

    Marana, P., Eden, C., Eriksson, H., Grimes, C., Hernantes, J., Howick, S., Labaka, L., Latinos, V., Lindner, R., Majchrzak, T., Pyrko, I., Radianti, J., Rankin, A., Sakurai, M., Sarriegi, J. M. & Serrano, N., 1 Jul 2019, In : Sustainable Cities and Society. 48, 101531.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Using Causal Mapping in the Analysis of Semi-structured Interviews

    Pyrko, I. & Dörfler, V., 1 Jul 2018, In : Academy of Management Proceedings. 2018, 1, 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access