If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Stephanie is a Professor in Organisation Studies and History at Aston Business School, where she has been working since 2010. After completing her PhD in history at the University of Liverpool in 2006, she held postdoctoral appointments at the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School, before joining the University of Liverpool Management School in 2007/8. She is currently visiting professor at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

For further information, see my ResearchGate profile.


Research Interests

Stephanie’s research interests fall into two related areas: business and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and the use of historical analysis for management and organisation studies. Her research on Africa has focused on the history of multinationals investing in Ghana and Nigeria, and the legacy of colonialism for organisational legitimacy. She received funding from the British Academy and the Economic and Social Science Research Council UK (ESRC) in support of this research. Her second area of research interest is in the area of historical theory and methodology within management and organisation studies. This focuses on integrating historical approaches, primarily archival research influenced by postcolonial theory, ethnographic history and microhistory into social scientific research data analysis techniques such as documentary and process-based qualitative studies.This research has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, the Newton Fund and the British Academy.


Professor, Aston Business School. (August 2014 - Present)

Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School. (August 1, 2012 - August 2014)

Lecturer, Aston Business School. (September 2010 - July 31, 2012)

Lecturer, University of Liverpool Management School. (January 2007 - September 2010)

Research fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin. (September 2009 - October 2009)

Research fellow, Harvard Business School. (July 2007 - July 2008)

Research fellow, ESRC/London School of Economics. (January 2006 - January 2007)

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise 4 PhD students:

  • Patricia Afful-Kwaw, "Corporate Entrepreneurship in Ghana"
  • Divya Jyoti, "Where is the Worker in CSR in the Indian Textile Industry"
  • Julia Fernando, "Female Entrepreneurship in Uganda"
  • Suad Al-Bulushi, "Institutional Constraints to Entrepreneurs in Oman"

Doctoral students who have completed:

  • Adam Nix, "Organizational Corruption at Enron"
  • George Obeng, "MNCs and Bottom of Pyramid entrepreneurs in Ghana"

As I will be leaving Aston at the end of 2019, I am no longer accepting doctoral students.

Professional/editorial offices

Co-Editor Business History since 2013

Editorial Board Organization Studies since 2018

British Academy of Management council member 2019-2020

Book Review Board Business History Review since 2008


  • PGCert, 2010. Subject: Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • PhD, University of Liverpool, History, 2006. Subject: History
  • MA, University of Liverpool, 2001. Subject: History
  • BA Equivalent, University of Cologne, 2000. Subject: History, Anthropology, International Law

Administrative Roles

Associate Dean Research for Aston Business School from April 2017 - September 2019

Contact Details

Phone:+44(0)121 204 3268
Email: s.decker@aston.ac.uk 
Room: SW8014


  • DT Africa
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • HM Sociology
  • International Business
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • D880 Developing Countries
  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Stephanie Decker is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

West Africa Social Sciences
Nigeria Social Sciences
book review Social Sciences
bibliography Social Sciences
decolonization Social Sciences
Ghana Social Sciences
corruption Social Sciences
economic reform Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2004 2019

Expropriations of foreign property and political alliances: A business historical approach

Bucheli, M. & Decker, S. D., 18 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Enterprise and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Political Alliances

Africanization in British Multinationals in Ghana and Nigeria, 1945-1970

Decker, S., 20 Dec 2018, In : Business History Review. 92, 4, p. 691-718 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Change of referencing style

Decker, S., Stokes, R., Colli, A., de Jong, A., Fernandez Perez, P. & Rollings, N., 2 Jan 2018, In : Business History. 60, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Less than an empire and more than British: Foreign investor competition in Ghana and Nigeria in the 1960s

Decker, S. D., 5 Apr 2018, Imagining Britain’s Economic Future, c.1800-1975: Trade, Consumerism and Global Markets. Thackeray, D., Thompson, A. & Toye, R. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 183-203

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Special Issue Introduction: Historical Research on Institutional Change

Decker, S. D., Üsdiken, B., Engwall, L. & Rowlinson, M., 28 Feb 2018, In : Business History. 60, 5, p. 1-15

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
Institutional change
Institutional Change
Historical Research
Organization studies
Business and society


MNCs and local microbusinesses at the bottom/base of pyramid (BoP) in Ghana: a fair deal or business as usual?

Author: Obeng Dankwah, G., 25 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Decker, S. D. (Supervisor) & Vaidya, K. G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



Henrietta Larson Award

Stephanie Decker (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Business history

Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari

Stephanie Decker (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

British Academy of Management Council Member

Stephanie Decker (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Election to learned society


Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2017

Stephanie Decker (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction

research planning

Visiting Fellow

Stephanie Decker (Recipient), 1 Mar 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Business history

Activities 2001 2017

Strategic remembering in UK banks

Stephanie Decker (Speaker)
20 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Business History (Journal)

Stephanie Decker (Editor)
1 Oct 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

NEP-HIS blog in economic, financial and business history (Publisher)

Stephanie Decker (Editorial board member)
1 Jun 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

External Examiner on Progression Viva for Doctoral Student

Stephanie Decker (Examiner)
18 Jun 2012

Activity: Examination typesExamination

The Silence of the Archives

Stephanie Decker (Speaker)
30 Apr 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk