Professor Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker

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Stephanie is a Professor in Organisation Studies and History and is the Associate Dean for Research 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.

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 5 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"
  • Martin Kyere, "Algorythms and Ethics in the Financial Industry"
  • 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"

I would be happy to talk to prospective doctoral students in the areas of organizational history and heritage, business and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and corporate social responsibility.

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 since 2017

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Languages & Social Sciences

Organisational unit: School

  1. Strategic remembering in UK banks

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Business History (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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